Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy’s Room One Room Challenge Reveal

img_5092mid-century-inspired-boys-room It is here!! Reveal day. My favorite, mostly because it means it’s over and I did it!!!! But also because I love to see everyone’s big reveals. Thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting this challenge. It is a privilege to be able to participate, and I loved it. It is not an easy task. It is good for us though because we need the extra incentive, it keeps us motivated and it is a great feeling to have a space that you are proud of at the end of the tiring and very quick 6 weeks. You can catch up with my progress posts here…. Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5  I know you came here today for the pretty after pictures but first how about a reminder of where we started?

*I received compensation in the form of merchandise for this post. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was provided.


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We started with a tacky 12×10 space that had too many nooks and drawers for a cluttered little guy to keep clean.


Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomMid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomMid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomNow we have a streamlined and practical space that will be very easy to maintain. It makes us all so happy. I absolutely love the color!! It is very similar to the popular Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball. It is Balmy Night by Clark and Kensington.

img_5100mid-century-inspired-boys-roomDo you love mid century inspired pieces but can’t find affordable options? That was my scenario. I scoured resale sites for weeks trying to find a deal and came up empty handed!

But I found a dresser at IKEA and a desk from Hayneedle, I tweaked them a little with some DIY and they are exactly what I had in mind. I shared the links to them LAST WEEK. The bed and chair are hand me downs from big brother. It all came together pretty well.

I added mid century feet from Lowe’s to the dresser…Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's Room

I also painted the drawer fronts on the desk white. It was a winning combo.

Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's Roomimg_5059mid-century-inspired-boys-roomimg_1832-2Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomMid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomI needed a week 5.5 update to tell you about everything that went down this last week as we pushed to finish. One thing was that while installing the fan we broke the shade. Lamps Plus came to the rescue with their superior customer service and I had a replacement shade in no time. Doesn’t it look so good? It is a huge improvement over the white boob one that it replaced. It will be so much easier to clean too. It is soo good!! I linked to the lighting choices in Week 3.

Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomMid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomWhile we are on the subject of lighting…the sconces, also from Lamps Plus , are wonderful! They have a dimmer switch too, which makes them perfect for over the bed!!! I have been wanting to add lights like this for so long and I was thrilled to find these that plug in so there was no fancy electrical needed.

The placement was kinda tricky. You can’t just move these easily, so that really put the pressure on me to arrange the furniture in a way that made everybody happy. Do you remember in week 1 when I said how Garrett is very opinionated about his room? It turns out that he got it from his dad. But after much compromise from everyone they both love it and I love that. Done and done.

With that said, we decided to put the scones flanking the newly trimmed out window because then they don’t have to be moved if and when the furniture gets shifted around.

With this layout we were able to make a little reading corner too.

Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's RoomThis shade is from Blindsgalore, I chose THIS ONE. This is the nicest window covering that I have ever owned. It is lined with black out fabric and it is white on the back which is great because on the exterior it faces the front porch, which brings me to the fact that it is top down/bottom up!!! It’s amazing! it is so nice to let in light and still have privacy. Now he can sit and play video games in his underwear without the UPS guy seeing him. I think they call that first world problems.

It is really hard to photograph this room because of the large sunny window and dark walls. But you get the idea.
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He loves this personalized initial print from JIBEPRINTS It is pretty cool!!

This Mexican serape and the one of a kind aztec planter from Avelynlane are dreamy. it is my new favorite etsy shop. She curates globally sourced finds like kilim pillows and rugs. Owning one is on my wish list.  img_5118mid-century-inspired-boys-room

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I had fun with this grid mood board. It’s a DIY. I hope to get the tutorial up soon…be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at the top of this post so that you don’t miss it.

I wanted to make him an area that was his to have fun with and that could be easily changed to whatever direction the wind was carrying him. Thumb tack holes all over the walls are now a thing of the past. WooHoo!!!

These free printables were fun to put together, I pinned them all to my Teen Boy’s Room board on Pinterest….find it HERE and I would love if you followed me there because Pinterest is my favorite.

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How fun is that scrap book paper? I have always wanted to use it somewhere. I will not throw paper airplanes. Love it!

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I did pretty good with my punch list….


  • Pick out and order desk
  • Pick out and purchase dresser
  • Try paint samples, choose color and purchase
  • Pick out and purchase new bedding that is tween approved
  • Pick out and order ceiling fan
  • Choose wall sconces for over the bed
  • Come up with furniture placement
  • Paint room
  • Paint the closet doors, add a chevron pattern to the doors–decided to leave plain
  • Trim out window with wood
  • Hang new shade from Blindsgalore
  • Install new door, paint and add knob
  • Install new ceiling fan from Lamps Plus
  • Install wall sconces also from Lamps Plus
  • Sell old furniture–no takers
  • Put IKEA dresser together, possibly add mid century feet
  • Put desk together and paint the two drawers white
  • Paint the drawers on the bed with gel stain or paint them black—changed my mind
  • Hang mini basketball hoop–ran out of time
  • paint hook rail black
  • stain tray for top of dresser if I decide to use it–ran out of time
  • frame and hang initial poster
  • add grid for a mood board


Now my son has a fab place to write his own TO DO list. OK I wrote it for him. But the good news is that he already crossed it off….
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and is enjoying his new room!!!

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Teenagering is in full force!!! It’s a word in the urban dictionary and it’s happening.

Thanks again to my sponsors who made this possible:

  • Blindsgalore….see the window shade that I chose HERE
  • Lamps Plus….see my lighting choices HERE
  • Some globally sourced accents from Avelynlane
  • A personalized print from JIBEPRINTS
*I received compensation in the form of merchandise for this post. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was provided.

Be sure to head over to Calling It Home HERE and see all the big reveals. I can’t wait!!!

34 thoughts on “Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy’s Room One Room Challenge Reveal

  1. Jessica I totally love how this room came out!! The color is GORGEOUS (I might be a little biased since it is very similar to my own bedroom color, BM Gentleman’s Gray 🙂 ) and I love the cool desk and chair, wire clip board over the desk, and the black and white accessories. It all looks amazing!!

  2. I love the color, and all of the thought you put into the design of the space. It turned out great! Glad you mentioned the mid-century legs on the desk being from Lowe’s. I have a chair for my son’s room that’s perfect other than the legs. I’ll be going to check my nearest store for some soon! Thank you for the info!

  3. It really turned out great! Plus you got a PhD in paint so win-win! Love the whole room but the wire grid to hang cool stuff?? Genius!

  4. Ahhhhhh!!!! I love it! This room is so teenage boy “cool”! I totally want blinds like that! I think playing video games in your undies is a teenage boy necessity. The desk makeover turned out great -I love the white drawers. The wall colour is perfect and those sconces are amazing! Fantastic job!!!!

  5. You did such an amazing job on his room!! I’m sure he loves it! The paint color looks so great, and those blinds are so cool! Such an awesome room Jessica!

  6. Jess!! you nailed it!! Your son must for sure think you are awesome!! I love the paint color all the furniture and added touches are super cool!! All your hard work paid off my friend

  7. Jessica!! I’m loving it all!! The wall color, the desk and dresser, the lamps and ceiling fan…..It’s all so good! So many awesome details, I’m sure your guy will love and enjoy for years to come! Amazing job my friend!

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