The second floor of our home is pretty plain and in need of a facelift but as far as our list of priorities goes, it’s pretty close to the bottom (you can read all about our plans here). That being said, Max’s bedroom was bright purple and we promised him that we would repaint it as soon as we moved in. Once talk of new paint started, it was only natural that we started thinking about a theme. He is my child afterall and I have such fond memories of redoing my own childhood room every couple of years. As a parent myself now, I look back and marvel at the fact that my parents never once questioned my choices or pushed back on some of my ideas. I remember dying carpet purple, painting teal and pink flowers in a border around my room, and creating multiple versions of collages and storyboards on my walls. Somehow I doubt Max will go through quite as many iterations of a room design as I did over the years, but when he expresses an interest in trying something out, I am definitely up for working on it together! Previously, we had designed a Pokemon room for Max in our condo and while he still loves Pokemon (and the loooong walks that come with our Pokemon Go! outings), nothing rivals his love of hockey! We talked about what kinds of things he’d like in his room and he told us he wanted the room to be orange and have lots of “hockey stuff and hockey players”. Seemed fairly straightforward. I spent some time on my two favorite inspiration sites, Pinterest and Houzz, and came up with a few ideas.
First up was the paint. While I totally support Max’s creative side, I hate painting. Like I mean I really, really loathe painting. Pre-handyman husband, I had a wonderful gentleman who came and did my painting for me but with all the DIY projects I rope Graham into now, it’s a hard sell to hire a painter simply because I don’t like doing it myself. Therefore, I try to paint rooms in neutral colors that will stand the test of time, and when I want to change things up, I do so with textiles, my real love! With that in mind, I struck a deal with Max. We were going to paint his room grey, not orange. But he got to pick the shade of grey (battleship gray…chosen solely for its name) and we would paint the inside of his closet orange. Max helped with both painting projects and they turned out fabulously!
We had some orange curtains made, with zig zags being a special request from Max, and once the paint had cured (three weeks), we added the wall decal we had seen on Pinterest, purchased through Etsy.
Next up was the furniture. Given that we weren’t planning to tackle any of the second floor until much later, we opted to keep all of Max’s bedroom furniture rather than purchase anything new. However, inspired by a few ideas we had found on Pinterest, we undertook a project to build a headboard for the bed out of hockey sticks. You can read all about this project here. Max was pretty particular about keeping his blankets the same on his bed (no real reason for this, but moves can be tough on kids and if there are some familiar items that bring them comfort in a new space, you keep them)! Personally, I would not have kept red and green pillow covers in his newly grey and orange room, but hey, it’s what makes him happy and a child who is happy when they climb into bed tends to translate to a child that will have a good night sleep! Luckily, I found a really fun throw pillow on Etsy that worked perfectly with the colors we now had in the room.
Finally, it was time to add the accessories. I had seen a lot of great ideas for ways to display medals but many of them involved a hockey stick and given that we already had twelve in the room, I didn’t want to overdo it. Instead, we purchased a kitchen rail at Ikea for $5 and voila!
We also placed some of Max’s player of the game and other commemorative pucks around the room, as well as a few of his favorite hockey player figures and posters.
Some well-placed storage boxes allow my mini-me to keep his hockey cards and other small toys organized at the end of each day.
From a pure design perspective, there are a lot of things I would have done differently in this room, beginning with the shade of grey paint on the walls. But what matters is that Max loves it, he sees himself in it and feels proud of the work he personally put in to bring it to life, and it is a space that with a few small changes, can completely transform into whatever new theme he may decide!
Head over to Shutterfly to check out this bedroom design, along with some other inspiring boys bedrooms!