The contractors moved out a few weeks ago and the new sofa has arrived and I am shopping the clearance weekly to try and find the best deals to decorate all this new living space I have.
Since my son was away on a school trip for a few days I decided to get his room finished as a little surprise for him on his return. He is a 15 year old teen boy and from my experiences thus far his room smells like a guys locker room before game seven of the Stanley Cup. No amount of air freshening can remove that smell. Finding the floor is often challenging AND no matter how often we tell him not to eat in his room we find dishes in there, weeks later. Although, I read lots about the horrors of a teen boys bedroom it wasn’t until I was actually living with one that it all became a scary reality. Saying that I decided this would be the cheapest room I would ever decorate. I even went to Walmart to get his bedding. I know, its true. I actually did. It was a last resort but one that proved to be successful in colors and price.
The existing playroom/games room was gutted and walls were put up to make the bedroom for my oldest son. This new room is much larger then his old room and has a closet. As there was no window in this space ( the window you see is not on an outside wall but the old outside of a wall before we put an addition on our home) we also had to put in a window to make it legally a bedroom and make an exit should there ever be a need and I am referring to a fire not a midnight joy ride with his buddies. He has so many ways to sneak out in the basement.
Walls going up!
After Same view as above
we added a closet
Behind these walls is the new bedroom
You can see the new window and where the medals are is where there was a window. The bedding from walmart which included a sheet set was $40.00. We reused his dark black curtains because on the weekends and holidays he needs to sleep in until 1:00 in the afternoon and all other times he is in his room he lives as a vampire and the sun burns his eyes out and how else would he contribute to our “whole shit” this power bill is high.
On this photo you can see on the wall where he has created an outline for a skyline that he is going to draw on his wall. He is a very good artist. This will be his Summer project.
A few weeks ago while he was shopping with me at Winners’s he found some pictures he really liked so a few days later I went back to purchase these for him. These were probably the most expensive purchase in the room. The two pictures were total cost of $51.00.
My son is also very involved in hockey and is quite a skilled goalie. We retired one of his sticks and hung all his metals for him. Personally, I wanted to display them chronically as to the age he was when he won them but my husband said that was being overly organized. What do you think? Cost: Free
Finally, I purchased some bins and labels from the dollar store and created a storage system for his socks and boxers and anything else he wants to “store”. Cost: $6.00
And true to 15 year old behaviour he came home from his trip and his suitcase threw up all over his room and I will look fondly back on these pictures .
There ya have it! The first before and after photos.