Before & After: Ben’s Room Reveal

After several months of shopping, planning, painting, and organizing, my nephew Ben’s room has finally all come together. You may remember a few months back when I showed you the mood boards for the project, and if you’re an instagram follower, you’ve also seen some of the progress. I’m pleased as punch as the way that it turned out, but most importantly, so is Ben.

I’m using the term “before & after” pretty loosely here as my “before” photos were lost. BOO. So if you’re wondering what it was before, think back to how your high school bedroom was and you’ll have a pretty good idea. 🙂    Ben’s room gets a ton of great natural light due to two large windows and also offers quite a bit of square footage.  In its previous life, it was home to a bunk bed that offered little in the way of storage or, frankly, function. The closet was pretty much under utilized with only hanging racks. So in addition to the overall look of the room, we also had to add some storage to make it the perfect mix of form & function.  The room was painted a pale grey with an accent wall in a charcoal color, which was great — it meant I didn’t have to paint anything too much, but it needed a pop of color to make it feel fresh and not so blah.

Initially, the inspiration was actually the Houzz logo; Ben was really digging the interlocking triangle design as well as the color scheme. From there, I worked up this beginning mood board to set the tone for the project.

And here’s the final result! We taped off the wall one Saturday and using a couple of quarts of chartreuse and white paint, we whipped this little triangle pattern into shape. The result was entirely fresh & transformative.  We even randomly found a triangular patterned pillow at Target to complete the look.

The ultimate find for this makeover was this set of vintage lockers that I found locally. They were a steal of a deal and extremely heavy. One Saturday I loaded Ben up in the car and off we went to go pick it up from the antique shop where I’d found it.  The car felt SO heavy as we drove it back across town and we cracked up the whole way.

We drug it out onto a tarp on the front lawn and spray painted it chartreuse, along with this combination table and lamp from Target. I love how the spray paint transformed both of those pieces. The previously black lamp became a cohesive part of the design with the addition of the color.  All in all, the project maybe took 2-3 hours total. It’s the perfect piece for any teenage kid – and one that he can get tons of use out of, even one day when he goes to college and gets his own place. Plus there’s tons of storage space.

The bedframe came from Ikea, and all the linens came from Target.  (Psst –> You can find all my sources, including more ideas at my Pinterest board.)

We even outfitted his closet with an entire set of ClosetMaid shelves & drawers from Home Depot.  Now all the things that were previously scattered about finally have a home, especially important for things like tshirts, jeans, etc. that don’t typically get hung up, but rather, folded. Plus, the drawers make the perfect catchall for socks, etc.

Another important element for Ben was a comfy chair where he could hang out, read a book, or surf on his laptop. The chair we chose from Ikea can also extend into a twinsize futon, and it also had the cool industrial look that we were going for.

Overall, we both love how the room turned out. Heck, I might have to move in when he leaves for college in a few years. It’s such a great space. In the future, we need to add a desk and probably some more artwork, but it’s definitely a great start in the right direction.

Big huge thanks to Ben for letting me come help you out; I love how much time we got to spend together and we made some memories that I know I won’t soon forget. xoxo, Aunt Rachel.

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  • Danielle

    Hold the phone….you painted that wall? You rock sister. Are you for hire? I need your design help!!! No joke!

    • RachelShingleton

      Bring it on! I love projects like these! Yeah, that wall turned out to be so striking – and it really was so easy!

  • Whoa! That looks awesome! I’m also very impressed that you painted that wall, it looks like it would be so difficult! What a cool room, though!

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! You’d be surprised at how easy it really was.

  • Looks awesome! I need to do something for my little misters room. He’s twelve so pirates won’t work anymore. 🙂 I love the chair from IKEA. I’m going to need to take a drive over and see if I can get one of those. The lockers are a great idea too. Does he put his clothes in there?

    • RachelShingleton

      No, he doesn’t put his clothes in there, mostly just knickknacks, books, that sort of thing.

      That chair is particularly great b/c if a friend comes to stay, there’s a twinsize bed basically for them. That chair was a beast to assemble, but it really is a great mix of form & function.

      • I just showed my husband and said that we need to get this for his room. I went to the website and they have different prices for the chair. Thinking it’s because of the thickness of the mattress.

  • I love the lockers!

    • RachelShingleton

      I think the lockers are my favorite part; now I need to find some for our house. There’s something so fun about lockers.

  • I love the side table/lamp thing!

  • William Moynihan

    Rock’n room reveal Rachel! The lockers look awesome and the use of geometric patterns is very well done.

  • Kira

    My mom saw this post and told me to find it…very cool! As I am gathering inspirations for our new house, it has been fun to find real life examples (let’s face it, the people from Dwell make you move out for awhile to set up for photo shoots!). Well done!