Boys' Room - Before & Update

Finding out we were going to add to our family was such a happy day.  It was actually our fourth anniversary - super fun!  I have to admit that my brain switched into overdrive thinking about how I wanted to decorate the room both of our kids would share.  How exciting to find out that our second child will be a boy!  I grew up in a family of all girls and Mr. D has all sisters so to say that I am learning about boy-inspired style is an understatement considering that I really like all things girl.  The blogosphere has become a wealth of inspiration and it's from this inspiration that I inundated Mr. D with one idea after another.  We decided to switch the office with little C's room because there would be more room to fit both boys and ALL of their stuff.  THEN Mr. D woke up one morning and decided he wanted to make my boy room dreams come true and create board and batten detailing on the walls.


AH!  I totally LOVE that look!  That was the sweetest thought EVER but unfortunately we hit a huge roadblock.  All of our walls are textured...heavily textured.  I thought it was no big deal and that we could just sand them down or something.  Ha ha ha, silly me!  Board & batten was not meant to be.  We consulted with our good friend and construction guy extraordinaire who gave us the sad news that we would have to take down ALL of the drywall and redo it if we wanted untextured walls again.  WOW!  I was so not expecting that.  Well, we revamped our idea and decided to use the feeling of the flat moulding used in board & batten but in such a way that would work with our really great textured walls. 

Mr. D got to work and removed all of the 1980s moulding and Construction Guy Extraordinaire got to work, with Mr. Ds help, to put up our new moulding. 

colour possibilities...the red was a fleeting thought

As you can clearly see, our room and whole house actually, has 1980s moulding that really has very little character.  Oh and I don't need to mention the strange use of chair rail moulding that looked more out of place than anything.  If you look really closely you can see that dark olive green on the walls - again.  I can't tell you how nice it is to have a light and airy room.  The black furniture in the middle of the room will be moved into the office with the help of a few very strong and burly guys.  It's so heavy and this pregnant lady is not taking any chances.

That's the uninspired before.  Here are some pics showing our progress to date.

We still have some details left to finish with the new trim.  There will be a piece of trim under the window sill and the opening to the closet (in the top right of the above photo) needs to be finished properly then trim applied.  Let's just say that the people who owned our house before us did a lot of interesting home improvements...on their own...without looking into the how-shall-I-say "right" way to do things.  Needless to say, there's been much undoing and redoing.  

We are so excited (I did my happy dance) about how the room is turning out and I can't wait to get little C moved in.  I'm pushing to have the trim that is up painted by the end of the weekend so we can start the moving process.  I ran into a little glitch with that but trusty Google came to my rescue.  I'll share more about that another time.  It's getting difficult to live with office furniture and stuff in every corner of our house.  

There you have it.  We've been at a sort of stand still until that trim gets finished but I'm going to push things a little.  I think we can finish the rest of the trim with little C moved in so we're going for it!  YAY!  I can hardly wait! 

I'm off to our home improvement store with little C.  Have a wonderful weekend.


  1. looking awesome sis! can't wait to see more pics. how did I not know you were in the middle of doing this?

  2. I love it!!