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Big Boy Room … Fun Finishings! {One Room Challenge … Week 5}

October 30, 2014

We’re still plugging away on Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy room!  One more week left, so we better get our act together here to bring you the big reveal next Thursday!

This marks week 5 of the One Room Challenge (brought to you by Linda at Calling It Home).


If you’ve missed the previous weeks updates, we’re in the process of making over Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room, and let me just recap our progress so far.

Week One:  I shared the mood board and basic plan for the room:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge  |  View From The Fridge


Week Two:  Lots of destruction.  Lots.  Carpet gone.  Old trim gone.  And discovery of some (less than perfect) wood floors underneath!

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge | View From The Fridge


 Week 3: New trim, lots of white paint, and an accent wall:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week 3 of the One Room Challenge  |  View From The Fridge

Herringbone Accent Wall



Week 4:  And finally, last week I shared how we Whitewashed the wood floors:

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!


This week was all about moving in the furnishings!  I’ll just give you a sampling of some of the touches we’re putting in place, and save most of the pictures of the room for the big reveal next week.

Here’s a really quick summary of some of the items we’ve purchased for the room:



Okay … I realize there’s not much color going on, but remember we’ve got quite a bold accent wall going on plus I’m on the hunt for a few bright accessories to throw in some ‘pops’ of color.  We stuck with a very neutral theme on all the bigger pieces.


First up, Owen has his very first ‘Big Boy Bed’ to put in the new room.  (he’s actually had the bed for quite awhile, but it’s finally going in the finished room).

We decided on the Ikea Hemnes Daybed.  After much debate whether we should try to fit a Full or Queen size bed in the room or stick with a twin, we decided on this bed which is a bit of a compromise.  It fits absolutely perfect in the weird nook … that was plus #1.  And … it can be made into a full size bed by sliding out the drawers.  Takes up less space like a twin, but we have the ability to make into a larger bed if necessary (maybe for out of town guests down the road) … plus #2.  Also going for it?  The price.  At $300 we can afford to update it later in his life if necessary.

We also purchased a duvet cover from Ikea (here’s a preview of the bedding):



As you can see … Molly has made herself right at home.

We also bought quite a bit more at Ikea for the room …

  • Some Mini Lack Floating Shelves
  • A couple Ribba Picture Ledges
  • Simple plain white curtains that we jazzed up a bit with some easy Navy ribbon trim (they look better hanging up … I promise.  This was a shot late at night … prior to ironing):



We purchased this Grey Rug for the space from RugsUSA.  Actually, this rug was purchased in January as planned for Baby Ben’s nursery.  Instead, we’ve decided to use it in this room (sorry, Ben … we’ll get you a new one).



We had originally planned on a blue dresser (from the Mood Board), but with the blue herringbone accent wall, we decided instead to use the white dresser we already owned (also from Ikea).

I also ordered this ‘Go Canoeing Print‘ from HouseLoveShop on Etsy, and I’m in love!!


We have a light fixture, too.  It’s hung, but the ceiling now needs some touch up work …

We also have to finish up hanging closet doors, and adding some fun accessories, pictures, and art.

And paint the bottom of Charlie’s crib (details, details).

Can’t wait to share the big reveal next week, though!!

Let’s review the to-do list:



Just the fun part left this week … oh, and hanging those closet doors.

If you stopped by from the One Room Challenge Link Up Week #5 … Welcome!!

Feel free to snoop around our home while you’re here.  In honor of Halloween tomorrow, take a peak at our Halloween Home Tour from a couple weeks ago:

Halloween Home Tour from View From The Fridge. Lots of fun, simple, and unique ideas

Or you can check out more of our home HERE.

Now … if you’re loving this challenge, and you’re wanting to see more bloggers in action, head on over and check out all the other participants’ WEEK 5 PROGRESS HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  As I’ve mention each week of the challenge, any words of encouragement, advice, recommendations, etc ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!!  I want to make this room just perfect for my boys, so I need your help!


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  • Reply Christine Dovey October 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Everything is looking great…Love the dotty bedding with your sweet Vizsla lying on top:) Excited to see that accent wall in action against the fabulous floors!
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  • Reply Shelly October 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Looks like everything is coming along! Can’t wait to see it finished!
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  • Reply Jodie @ Sypsie Designs October 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Loving your mood board and cozy theme! I can’t get over how cute that print is either… too perfect! Good luck next week, can’t wait to see the finished space! : )
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  • Reply kate@willowinteriors October 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    That print is adorable and I love me some IKEA!! Good luck in our final week!!!! OMG!!!
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    • Reply Katie October 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Kate. I try so hard not to rely on Ikea for so much, but the price and simplicity of the pieces seems to get me every time!! Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck with your final days, too!! Wishing you a happy (and productive) weekend!!
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  • Reply Ariean @OneKriegerChick October 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Please come help me do my boys rooms! I cannot wait to see the finished room!! You have such a FUN STYLE. :)
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  • Reply Carrie October 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Love that print and your accent wall! I can’t wait to see the reveal! :)
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    • Reply Katie October 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Carrie!! Best of luck to you in your final days, too!!

  • Reply Amy W October 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Love the direction it’s heading! That car print is so adorable!!
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  • Reply mrs. V | Chez V October 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    The floors look great! Excited to see the bold wall against the neutrals – will look great!

  • Reply tara // sproutzdesign October 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    love that bed! I have debated on it many a time while browsing through IKEA. Can’t wait to see the reveal next week!!
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  • Reply stephanie kraus October 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Love the art you chose and the room looks awesome so far – cant wait to see more!

  • Reply Krista @the happy housie October 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    This room inspiration is so fun and cute, Katie! I love that wall, and the floors…WOW! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!

  • Reply Erin October 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m kinda jealous you have so much completed :) Everything looks so fun! Can’t wait to see the big reveal next week!
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life October 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    That print – I love it SO much! Can’t wait to see the full room next week!
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    • Reply Katie October 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks, Melissa!! I’m super nervous about finishing everything and getting it ‘just perfect’ for the final reveal next week. Aye. Fingers crossed…

      Your pantry is awesome, and I’m dying to see the reveal!!!! Best of luck for a productive weekend!!
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  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl October 31, 2014 at 6:22 am

    It is coming together so nicely! I am loving it so far!

  • Reply Rachel October 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It’s coming together beautifully! I am so excited for you and the boys!
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  • Reply Shelia @ House of Highlands November 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    This room is going to look fantastic! I love the print!

  • Reply Anna-Mack Severn February 19, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Love it! Saying hi from the Blue I Style link party :) I did actually go to the wreath tutorial and then I got sidetracked by all the other colors haha :) Off to check out more of the blog!
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    • Reply Katie March 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      You’re so sweet!! Glad to feed your wandering eyes!! So glad you stopped by! Hope you’re having a good week!

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