I started a redo of our son’s bedroom over a year ago, when he seemed a bit down and depressed. He’d moved up to intermediate school, one of his best friends had moved out of the country, and life at home was not as rosy as any of us would have liked. Dragon was in need of some positivity, as well as a more personalized and grownup space, and I hoped to bring about a change in his spirit by making some changes in his environment . It has been a long process, and it still has a little way to go, as there are a few decisions we haven’t made yet. His furniture is an eclectic mix of antique auction, hand-me-downs, thrift store finds and IKEA, and he wanted to keep all of it.
I began by removing a second, unnecessary closet to give him more space (one of the remaining decisions is how to best use the extra room he gained) and then refreshing the paint color from bronze to a muted bright green Dragon chose himself.
I re-covered his antiquated office chair, switched out the chocolate brown room-darkening drapes for faux-oak blinds, replaced the knobs on his desk drawer, and refinished the handles of his walnut Mid-Century Modern dresser. He also got a new ceiling fan, nightstand and bedding. He now has shelves over his desk to corral some of his special things, too, though I think he may still need more. It amazes me how much stuff kids acquire in such a short time. He has very fond memories of his first bedroom (it’s now the playroom – we switched the two rooms when he was 4) and I believe it’s because it was very uncluttered, with loads of breathing room. Far fewer belongings back then!
Here are some photos of his current space before the makeover… see how many references to his nickname you can spot!