We dropped our son off at college in the fall. Actually, we stuffed his suitcases to capacity and headed to the airport. I preordered his Bed Bath & Beyond dorm essentials to be picked up in Minneapolis. Erich refused to check his tennis bag because he said his racquets cost more than anything he packed in the suitcases. Smart kid… I mean young man.
This mama remembers his first tennis tournament…
Returning home to his bedroom was about 90 seconds of twisted knots of emotions.His room once housed bunk beds for him and his younger brother. It housed a rock climbing bed inherited from a dear friend. This same room is where he outed the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Easter bunny and the Leprechaun from his younger brother’s imagination and belief system. We can laugh about that outing now.
But on the evening of our return, as I surveyed the hangers on the floor and the button down shirts that didn’t make the final college wardrobe selection, my eyes began to dart around the room.
My husband knows this look- it terrifies him.
But on this day, knowing I was on an emotional cliff, he kept quiet. Smart man. Deep breaths. And I knew the best way for me to handle this milestone was to give his childhood room a college-age bedroom makeover.
And, because his younger brother has almost an identical room, separated by a Jack & Jill bathroom (or a Jack & Jack bath), I completed two bedroom makeovers.
College Age Bedroom Before
This was a photo I took before listing his bed on Craig’s List. I sold his captain’s bed in less than an hour. It made it so much easier to paint with the bed out of his room.
While I cleaned out his room I took a few photos to capture a few mom memories. His closet played a major role in the bedroom makeover. Before boxing up his trophies and awards I snapped this picture.
With a new mattress, boxspring and bed framed scheduled for delivery, I cleared, donated and stored the contents of his room I got to work on a neutral paint color.
I chose Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. It matched the paint colors we chose when we had our house painted last year.
The lighter paint color brightened the room immediately. Nadal stayed. In the photo below you can see the inspiration for the previous paint color. Yep,r I chose the shade of blue based on a Babolat tennis bag and banner.
Keep your eyes on those bifold closet doors on the right.
Next up was finding a queen size bed. I found this one at Wayfair and it did not disappoint. Once I got the first bed frame I reordered a second for my other son’s bedroom. I was nervous to order something so large from Wayfair, but the reviews for this particular bed got high marks.
With wood and metal elements it was exactly what I wanted for an updated, industrial look for the college-age bedroom makeover.
Here’s a peek at the barn doors to replace the bifold closet doors. No love lost on the bifold doors. They were constantly jumping the track.
My husband found the solid pine doors at Home Depot on sale because of scratches on one side of the doors.
Perfect for a closet.
I found this lamp on Etsy a few years ago and it never found a permanent home, until now.
A reminder of where he came from…
More details to share on the updated bedrooms for my teenage sons, but I am so excited for the direction the rooms (and them) are headed! Proud mama!