Teen Bedroom Tweek, Goes Bohemian Chic

Several years ago I shared a post re: our daughters bedroom. She had a fun loft bed and my hubby and I built a pallet day bed/couch/lounge area to sit underneath it. This was her set up. Great for friends, hanging out and she loved it. (Please ignore the unmade bed up top).


This combination is still getting pinned on Pinterest daily. I only know, because I receive the notice on my phone…..and to date its been pinned 9.5 k. Which is a bit hysterical. It’s fun to watch that number continually increase. Guess I’m not the only Pinterest addict.

About 8 months ago our daughter decided it was time for a change. She, and her taste, have certainly grown and evolved. She is weeks away from 17 now and she is a total Boho, beachy, wanderlust, creative girl. It all started with shiplap. My husband and I had put it on a focal wall in our master and on another wall downstairs in our library/music room. She knew instantly that she wanted some shiplap in her room. Our youngest son, now 14, was dying for her setup in his room and that worked out grand. So we were recreating 2 rooms at once. Here’s his set up that I posted a few weeks ago. 


I have to confess, that the pictures taken while recreating my daughters room are, for now, unavailable. Destroyed my phone in a skiing accident and got a new phone. But I have soooo many photos to still retrieve off of the crushed phone. So these pics aren’t really before and afters, they are all afters. LOL

Because we have a walk out basement, our daughters room is actually 3 stories up from the backyard. She has a sweet deck w/French doors off of her bedroom. (Every teen girl should have this off of their room). Her views of the mountains and downtown Denver are epic. In fact, she has the best view in the house. We watch about 30+ different sets of firework from her deck every 4th of July. We applied the shiplap to the rear wall. It’s such a fun element.



Everything we created and purchased was a total bargain. Mirror above her bed went to an old buffet that I rehabbed for a client and she did not want the mirror, so I stripped the old wood stain down and hung it above her bed. The faux tapestry is a throw rug from TARGET (we couldn’t find one she really liked). I stained a wooden dowel, drilled holes through it and attached the rope. 


Cute little side table was a clearance find from TARGET several years ago…it was sitting in my master, so I stole it from myself. Looks perfect in here. And the other fun round gold table was an awesome TARGET clearance score that someone had ordered online and returned to the store. Our daughter sits in this little chair constantly, journaling, looking at many travel and photography books or playing her Ukulele. 


Her headboard is from our old guest bedroom. It is a cheap ‘pleather’ headboard. That just wasn’t going to cut the mustard in this room. So I purchased the grey linen fabric from IKEA and reupholstered the headboard. Nailhead trim I already had from reupholstering our TV room sitting chair.


We already had the desk from IKEA and the TV stand. I added decorative corner pieces to the desk from Home Depot, just to dress it up a little. The upper shelves are wood pieces, cut and stained by myself, mounted to brackets and hung on the wall for storage. The bedside light and the clamp light at her desk are both from IKEA. I LOVE these lights. I have 3 of the black ones in my TV room area.


And we did the same type of single shelf over her TV stand for her flatscreen to be mounted higher on the wall. As you can see, we still need to cover the wires.


And there you have it. A teen bedroom tweek, gone Boho chic.

Completely Classic Hutch

I stumbled on this piece a couple of weeks ago. Though it looked NOTHING like this when my husband brought it home for me, the price was right and I knew I could revive it somehow.  So this is where it began, not so pretty……


The upper cabinet doors were almost impossible to reopen once you had closed them and one of them was missing the pane of glass. Initially I thought I would take the inserts out all together and replace that with some chicken wire. But when I saw the piece in person, the era of this hutch does not lend itself to the farmhouse feel. That, and I still had the issue of the doors sticking shut….super bad. Plan B, remove the doors altogether, Dremel off the metal pieces that keep the doors shut, fill all the holes, sand…..and she’s ready for primer and paint.


Because this piece was finished in very vintage, dated, cherry type of stain, I knew I’d be dealing with a lot of bleed through if using a lighter paint color. Save yourself the headache, after cleaning, prime the old stain really well. Even if you are using a high end, expensive chalk paint. I’ve heard sad stories from friends and many clients who spent lots of time, money and elbow grease trying to paint a piece (multiple times) only to have lots of bleed through. I will say, if you are using a dark shade, this typically will not be a problem. Case in point, I painted the exterior of this piece in a DIY chalk paint, graphite color. No primer needed, I just applied 2 coats of paint. The upper portion I wanted to do in Alabaster white. 2 coats of primer sealed the deal and then I applied 2 coats of paint.


No distressing on this lovely lady. I was aiming for clean and classic. I used a hand rubbed poly on the entire thing and applied 2 coats the the shelving area for added durability. 


The original hardware was lovely, so I gave it a good dose of Rub n’ Buff and it gives such a pop of elegance.


I love the graphite color and was excited to bring it back into the mix (haven’t used that shade in a while). It’s a stellar combination of super dark charcoal’ish/grey/black. And seriously, I love this thing without the doors and the detail at the top stands out even more. 

IKEA & Target Hacks for a Teen Boys Bedroom


This transformation has certainly been a work in progress. I have a few more finishing touches to add, but wanted to share this easy, budget friendly DIY hack. It all began with the small rolling cube/coffee table pictured above. This entire IKEA loft bed and cube were formerly in our daughters room. She got the bug (like her momma) to make a huge design change in her room and we ran with it. (That post and pics to come later). So in an effort to recycle those bedroom pieces, our 14 yr old son said that he would love this set up in his room. Done and done! You can read the post re: the pallet couch/day bed at this link. https://crissaclark.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/pallet-couchdaybed-for-under-a-lofted-bed/.

This room used to be our teen daughters room and it was painted 2 bright colors.  Knowing that I was looking to take my sons room design in sort of a rustic direction, I primed and painted the walls (cutting in carefully around the map) my favorite white, Alabaster. The map mural was already on the wall in this room and I felt like it would be a fun design element to just keep it where it was. (That and the fact that it is literally glued to the wall with wallpaper paste……um, yep….its staying). Working with what we had, furniture wise, I decided it would be cool to have my hubby cut some wood pieces for me so I could basically wrap the white IKEA ‘Kallax’ piece with some rustic, stained wood. Handy hubby willingly agreed. He got busy cutting and I got busy giving the wood a quick sanding to remove any splinters. I mixed 2 stains together to create the desired color, applied and let the wood dry well. My husband started with some pilot holes to prevent splitting and used wood screws to attach each piece.


I decided to match this effect with a multi-storage/cube unit for a flat screen tv and miscellaneous storage. I intended on heading back to IKEA to purchase a 6 cube unit, until I saw the same exact thing at Target and they had all of their storage pieces discounted by 20%……Zippadeedoda. Much cheaper, and a bit closer to home. So I assembled it, had my husband cut more wood and I recreated that piece the same way we had the single cube.


I wanted to add some rustic mounted lights beneath the loft bed. I had decided on the HEKTAR clamp lights ($14.99 each) from IKEA. While I was there I saw some plain wooden shelf brackets (they are the EKBY VALTER brackets, $4 each). I literally played with those 2 things in the lighting section of IKEA to see if I could clamp the light onto the bracket and mount the bracket onto the wall. And so I did. After staining the wood brackets, I mounted them to the wall and attached the lights. I had my husband help me to staple the cord of each light down the base of the wooden bracket and onto the loft bed, ultimately hiding each cord. These provide great spotlight for reading and whatnot while on the couch, beneath the bed. They turn, angle and swivel and each has its own switch at the top of the cord. LOVE them!


So close to being completely finished and our son is loving the hang out space in his room as well. 

Stately, Serpentine front, Navy dresser/buffet

It’s official, I have a soft spot for vintage, serpentine pieces. You can imagine how giddy I was when I came across this jewel. The finish on the wood stain was bad, there was no hardware to speak of, other than the locking skeleton key and the bottom drawer would not close very well. But she was a diamond in the rough, with that delicious curvy front, original caster wheels and 3 locking drawers. Potential was just a paint brush away. This is what I started with…..


Not too bad in a picture, but up close and personal the finish was not pretty. I knew instantly that I wanted to go Navy. It’s so ‘Hot’ right now and truly, it has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s also way more neutral than one might think. Ive rehabbed several pieces in Benjamin Moore-Hale Navy, but I was dying to try Sherwin Williams-Naval. It’s slightly deeper in tone. After a good cleaning and light sanding I mixed up some DIY chalk paint using Calcium Carbonate. It’s my ‘go to’ mix every time. Dissolves really well in water and does not clump up or become gritty when mixed thoroughly into latex paint. I applied 2 coats of the ‘Naval’ paint in no time.


I purchased all new hardware from Hobby Lobby. However, because the hardware of the drawer pulls are flat and the drawers are curved, I asked handy hubby to help me bend them slightly so as to allow them to sit a bit more flush against the drawer. Well, bad news……it completely broke. Literally, what feels and looks to be metal hardware is actually made out of some type of composite material and it snapped like a tree branch. Back to the drawing board. I kept the knobs for the narrow top drawers and began scouring Amazon for some drawer pulls with a vintage appeal and found some that only came in packs of 10. Two days later those arrive. Again, my sweet hubby attempts to bend the pulls ever so slightly. And what happened you ask? It snapped, just like the Hobby Lobby ones…..UGH! The packaging even stated that the material is ‘metal’……umm….ok…..but no they aren’t. Praise God I only needed 6 pulls, so I just went with it. The edges do not sit quite flush against the drawer, and you know what?….they look awesome.

I buffed all of the hardware with gold ‘Rub n Buff’, my favorite stuff ever. After painting this piece, I lovingly distressed it. The areas that I distressed I lightly touched with the gold Rub n Buff, such a sweet accent to the deep navy.


The body of the piece was given a good coat of clear wax and buffed to a pretty vintage finish. I applied 2 coats of a wipe on Polyurethane to the top surface for added durability. The navy and gold look so super sharp together, very stately and timeless. The super double bonus prize……it sold in less than 48 hours. 


The new owner of this jewel just bought her first home. Hope she enjoys it for years to come.

Simple & Elegant Creamy White Buffet

After completing the rehab on my previous piece, it sold almost immediately. This was a double blessing, as I received a call from a sweet young woman wanting me to find/resource a buffet for her since the Drexel piece was no longer available. She came over for a visit and to look through some of my portfolio of past rehabbed pieces and decided to move forward. My client, darling 25 yr old professional, had just moved into her very own condo and was looking for something to be multifunctional for years to come. For now, this will serve as her entertainment center for her flat screen. Within 24 hours of that meeting I was picking up this gem.


Excellent bones, smooth operating drawers and cabinet doors, very sturdy piece, all original hardware, locking skeleton key for the cabinets and unique with it 8 lovely legs. The stain on the top was quite damaged with water marks and what not. Additionally, I could tell that the age of the stain was likely going to produce a great amount of ‘bleed through’. After a good wipe down I gave it a good once over with some sand paper and cleaned it well with tack cloth. Let the priming begin.

One coat of primer seemed to be sufficient. Moving right along, I lightly sanded the primer and cleaned the piece again. My sweet client knew she wanted white, so I went with my all time favorite with, Alabaster. It’s a Sherwin Williams color that I have always had mixed in Behr premium. I’m a HUGE fan of Behr paints, and sadly, they are not giving me a little kicker bonus to say that. It’s just the truth. 

When the first coat dried I could see the bleed through beginning. Because I always apply two coats of paint, I wasn’t worried. However, after the second coat there were a few areas still faintly showing some bleed through so on went a third coat. Creamy and beautiful was the end result. I allowed the paint to cure really well and then elegantly distressed the buffet with 150 grit sand paper. The body of the piece was given a coat of clear wax but the top needed more durability than anything wax has to offer. Anytime I recreate a piece that has a possible activity surface (table top, dresser, end table, buffet….etc), my ‘go to finish’ is Minwax wipe on polyurethane. It’s a charm to use, still allows a hand applied finish and you can record multiple times after each coat dries. For me, and my pieces, three coats is the magic number. That way I know it has sufficient durability to withstand a lot of use. 

The original hardware was rejuvenated with some antique gold Rub n Buff. LOVE that stuff. And it added the perfect pop of gold against the creamy white. My darling client and her boyfriend pick it up yesterday, I think she was over the moon.

It certainly turned out so elegant. 

Pristine Drexel Buffet in French Linen

Suffice it to say, we have been crazy busy. Like most everyone during this time of year, somehow there doesnt seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I would like to.  Half way through working on this lovely piece, I was also completely redoing our teenage daughters bedroom (that post to come) moving our younger teenage son into our daughters old room (and redoing it), planning, prepping, baking/cooking and creating a huge Thanksgiving feast for our local extended family and attempting to tackle some smaller projects around the house. Does this strike a chord in any of you? I thought it might, so we are moving on. 

I was tickled when I found this piece. Not only was it in great overall condition, but none of the veneer needed repaired and all of the drawers/doors operate very smoothly.

I knew right away that I wanted to keep this buffet very  classic. So I opted for a French Linen DIY chalk paint on the body of the piece and the trim received a delicate coat of Alabaster White. 

I very gently distressed, as a nod to its vintage appeal, and buffed all the hardware with Rub n Buff in antique gold. 

The top of the buffet was given 2 coats of a wipe on Polyurethane for added durability and the body was coated with clear wax.

The overall finish is so super elegant and absolutely timeless.

She’s available for sale. 

Serpentine front Buffet

Our kiddos just started school and I feel like I am still playing ‘catch up’ on so many different projects. We traveled as a family to Grand Cayman for vacation and literally arrived home just before school began. It was a great recharge for all of us and the snorkeling there is like no other.  Back in the real world, and the kids are going many directions. The house is a bit too quiet now and it’s a sad reminder for me as to just how quickly this time goes.  We have 2 very grown children, already out of the house, a senior in college, a junior in high school and an 8th grader. But I’ve been here before……you blink and it feels like it’s over. My sentimental message….cherish every minute. 

Moving on, after getting my ducks in a row around the house, laundry going, school supplies purchased, I was finally able to get started on this gem.  Beautiful lines on the piece, with its gentle serpentine front, but the finish and sad floral motif left a lot to be desired. Here’s where she started. 

    
 
I knew with a little effort she would be shining in no time. So I got busy, cleaning, sanding, cleaning….maybe a bit  more sanding and cleaned it well with a tack cloth…..UGH!!!! The veneer on the top was looking a bit temperamental so I could not sand the floral too much. On goes the paint. I thought a bright, creamy Alabaster White would look smart and refreshing. So I gave it 2 coats of DIY chalk paint (3 on the top). Then some light distressing just on the edges to enhance the authentic scrapes and marks that are obviously on the original wood. On top of that went a good solid coat of dark wax for protection. 

   
   
I resuscitate the original hardware with some antique gold Rubb n’ Buff …..it’s the bomb. And hardware looks magnificent. 

   
   
She is waiting patiently for someone to purchase her. Wish a had a spare wall in my own home that she could reside. Elegantly farm, french chic.