Roundup: 10 Bedrooms that Actually Incorporate Sports Memorabilia and Decor with Style

by Jennifer Farley
Roundup: 10 Bedrooms that Actually Incorporate Sports Memorabilia and Decor with Style
Source: Apartment Therapy; Homes by Novogratz; Photo: Matthew Williams

We are a family who loves sports so it doesn't surprise me when my son wants to add in his "fan gear" to his bedroom. I want my kiddo to have things in his room that inspires him, and being a "fan" of something is also something I want my kiddo to experience. Here are ten bedrooms that incorporate sports decor yet the basic elements are timeless and grounded in style.   

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Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

by Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.    

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

Here is how the only finished room in my house turned out. My kiddo loves color so the decision to paint the walls white might seem odd, but the room must be able to transition. We have a long renovation list of painting, so needing to repaint in a couple of years really isn't wise. From a design perspective, I knew the white walls would give the mix of colors and patterns I planned to put in the room some balance. The room was inspired by the buffalo check curtains. I found the upholstery fabric at a fabric warehouse.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I was on a major budget since we were upgrading the bedroom windows, floors, drywall, and the overall house HVAC. I saved money by using what I already had for the larger pieces. My hoarding finally paid off. Our adoption took over a year, so I also had some time to patiently search for deals. The rug is a carpet tile rug from the same local carpet warehouse that I found the commercial grade tiles for this rug. I was originally looking for a black solid rug but I liked the lightness the small white texture added. I also liked the price and durability. It is a 9 X 15 for about $160 after I bought extra tiles if needed to switch them out. Patience is the key for good deals. If you know what you want early on you can be patient and purposeful in your purchases.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The loveseat was actually bought three years ago on Craigslist for $50. I had no place for it then, but I new it was a piece I could use for a long time and reupholster when needed. It is actually a sleeper loveseat which allows this room to become another room for guests or visiting cousins. 

Little Boys room makeover

Here is an overview of the entire room. The shelving system is an Ikea hack using their inexpensive Ivar shelving units. We bought only the side units and added our own shelves cut to size. Because of the large base trim, we wall mounted them and painted them the wall color. I love this storage because it can transition with the room. Imagine a full-sized bed where the sofa is, the twin bed replaced by a desk in the big opening. Perfect teenage room, right?  The light fixture is a vintage mid century light who was hiding at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was pretty "as is" in its wood and antique brass "vintageness" but felt busy when we hung it up. A can of white spray paint makes it a statement fixture that blends.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The mid century bed was found at an estate sale and the Ikea Rast next to it was the only dresser small enough depth wise to fit cohesively within the shelving unit. Inspired by all the Rast hacks, I painted it. 

Little Boys Room Makeover

The dresser is one we have had for a long time, found at a thrift store. My son loves to draw and color so I hung some clothesline to display all this masterpieces. The calendar has been a life saver for me as a mom. It not only helps him understand his months, dates and days of the week, but it has also helped him be a little more responsible as he sees our family schedule for the month.

Little Boys Room Makeover

Books and toys are the cheapest things to style with in kids room. They add color and are useable. The jar is what we call the "treasure" jar. He picks up "treasures" everywhere and to manage the stuff that comes home, I created a jar for it all. He can fill it to his hearts desire but when the jar gets full, he has to make room for new ones.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I love this little picture-ledge gallery wall because it is so transitional. Since the art and photos are not attached to the wall I can change it up as he grows.

Little Boys Makeover

I am kind of obsessed with this lhama print. My son and I both smile at it daily. The sunrise photo is a custom painting from a local artist. It was given to my son the day he moved into our home. It is a painting of the sunrise on the day he was adopted. It makes me tear up at times so the silly lhama provides comic relief.

I often find myself choosing to linger in his room and just look around. Mostly because I am thankful for him and our story, but also because I love how it turned out. What I love most about the design of this room is it is anchored in timeless "grown up" pieces, yet the color and texture of all things "little boy" gives it a since of whimsy. We all need a little bit of whimsy in our life...don't we?

If you loved this before and after you have to check out this living room makeover from Curbly. Are you on a budget like me? Here are my tips to finding things at estate sales. Have you renovated a room for a kiddo? Please tell us about your favorite elements in their room.

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Roundup: 10 Delightful Desk Makeovers

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 10 Delightful Desk Makeovers

Currently I'm in the midst of combining my office and craft area into one space. The craft part is almost done, but the office part is still a work in progress. (I'm actually typing this post in a fort made of books, boxes, and potted plants.) During the times I'm not  working on the space, I've been trolling the internets for inspiration. Which leads me to this roundup. Desk makeovers! 

This garage sale find had lovely leather inserts on its surface.

Photo: Restoration Redoux

An application of ivory chalk paint that was distressed to coordinate with the inserts led to this transformation:

Photo: Restoration Redoux

How many of these 1970s/80s "prison issue" metal desks have we seen? Lots.

Photo: Home Hinges

But we probably haven't seen many that look as good as this after a new blue finish:

Photo: Home Hinges

 This curbside pickup on Craigslist was missing "large chunks" of veneer on its drawers' fronts. 

Photo: Prodigal Pieces

The veneer was removed, leaving a smooth surface, which was painted. As for that gorgeous top? It was refinished. Talk about trash to treasure.

Photo: Prodigal Pieces

This solid little desk was in pretty good shape, except for a few stickers plastered to its side. Before it could be made over, it sustained a water damage. (Oops.) But that's little to contend with if you're determined.

Photo: Addicted 2 Decorating

Not only was it spruced up, a fabricated cubby/hutch was added to the top too. Now it's perfect for a little girl's room.

Photo: Addicted 2 Decorating

Both the desk and chair in this makeover combo were freebees. 

Photo: Sunflower Hugs

Check out what they look like now:

Photo: Sunflower Hugs

This $7 yard sale find could have been easily overlooked:

Photo: Amy Giggles Design

Three coats of white paint and new pulls later, and it looks like something out of Pottery Barn Kids:

Photo: Amy Giggles Design

The addition of bright green lacquer on this ornate desk is certainly eye-popping. And how fabulous does that old hardware look now?!

Photo: Decor Hacks

This family heirloom had some major veneer damage:

Photo: Making It In The Mountains

But its major makeover was a labor of love:

Photo: Making It In The Mountains

This next desk needed some serious restoration too.

Photo: Restyle Relove

Its top was refinished and the lower part painted with a black chalk paint and beautifully distressed. New pulls, which were very similar to the broken originals, were added as well:

Photo: Restyle Relove

And, finally, this big old thrift store find:

Photo: Scrappy Geek

After a bunch of sanding and finishing (yeah...no paint!) this is what it looks like now:

Photo: Scrappy Geek

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How to: Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

by Jeran McConnel

I recently became an aunt again. I've made baby quilts and mobiles for all three of my brother's kids. The first one was a drift wood and sea shell one and then I made a birch bark and birdy one, but for this third baby I made a brightly colored quilt in triangles, so I wanted to continue that theme with the mobile. 

How to: Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

A few supplies from the craft store, a drill and some craft paint, and I had a mobile made in about an hour.                  

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, spray

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How to: Super Simple Painted Stool Makeover

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Simple Stool Makeover

We have a lot of thrift store finds in our home - how about you? Firstly because we can't walk  away from a good deal when we see one! And secondly, I just love a simple challenge to see what I can do to breath new life into an old and neglected piece. Take for example this hot pink stool I found for $3! I actually didn't mind the color too much, but what I really loved about it was how solid it was and the fact that you don't see a lot of stools with only 3 legs. So, I had to have it! I decided to convert it to a small side table for our daughters room, but she can still use it as a stool if need be. 

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How To: Make Magazine Image Transfer Art

by DIY Maven
How To: Make Magazine Image Transfer Art
Photo: Crafts Unleashed

As fans of DIY and crafting, I'm guessing we all still have a soft spot for actual paper magazines. Some, Martha Stewart comes to mind, have photography that is pretty enough to be framed. In this case, Nancy decided to skip the frame entirely and transfer images from magazines directly on to canvas. The result is a really cool

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Our Makeover: A Modern Boy's Bedroom With A Dash of Adventure

by Alicia Lacy
Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover!

Yesterday, we told you all about our plans to make over our little boy's bedroom. Before we get to the big reveal, let's do a mini recap. 

We moved into the Curbly House when our son was two weeks old. Because we were insane people who purchased, gutted, moved into, and attempted to furnish and decorate a whole house with a brand new baby, his room was left looking fairly generic.

Curbly: Boy's Bedroom Makeover Before
A view of the nursery the day we closed on the house
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