I’m back with a quick update in our son’s room. I’m really happy with how it’s progressing — it’s going to look so good when I’m done! And it’s super functional too, which is important to a young man who loves to collect stuff. 🙂
Here’s what we started with a few months ago:
We added built-in bookcases in his old room and I LOVED them (I built them with my Dad when I was pregnant) but I didn’t want to do something permanent in here, at least not yet. Instead, I got Billy bookcases from IKEA and had a plan to make them look a little more custom. I’m about halfway there!
I’ll share more details about the bedding at the end of the post if you’re interested!
My original plan was always to install a long shelf over the two bookcases and the bed so we’d have a shelf to display his basketballs. I measured and had an inexpensive pine board cut to size (around ten feet!) and when I took it up to install it, it was a good six inches too short. Not sure where that went wrong, but it turned out to be a happy accident.
It’s important to note that before I did any of this, I secured the two bookcases to the wall with brackets IKEA provides. This is a must! Then I screwed the top shelf into the sides of each bookcase. I also installed a small piece of wood along the top under the shelf to support the length of it. (All screws going into studs.) It’s super secure now — nothing moves!
I added the strips of wood down the wall and then small cuts of it down the sides behind the headboard and bookcases:
If you take the headboard down the wall is empty behind — the side pieces are an illusion and just look like full pieces. 😉 Just a reminder that it doesn’t need to be perfect if you’ll never see it!
I plan to stain the boards behind the bed, but I haven’t decided yet if I’ll stain the shelf above or paint it white to match the bookcases:
What do you think? I was planning on painting it white but now I’m leaning towards stain.
I still have a plan for the bookcases and hope to display his items a little better. Boys love STUFF!! Goodness. It’s his room so I want to decorate it the way that HE likes, but I do want to declutter just a bit so his prized possessions shine.
It’s coming together so well! We love that it feels like a little nook for his bed. What you can’t see here is that I added some LED lights from IKEA to the top as well. I plugged them into an outlet that works from a switch, so he leaves those on at night. The boy is in heaven. 🙂 It’s becoming a pretty cool space!:
More projects to come, but I always like to share the process with you! Rooms do NOT happen overnight around here. 🙂
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