One room challenge week 3- Lets get some wall art up!

One room challenge week 3- Lets get some wall art up!


This week has kicked my decorating booty. For those of you not familiar with what I am up to around here, I have joined the One room challenge hosted by Calling it home. The title explains it all, we have 6 weeks to redo a room. Six weeks, one room! This is me not panicking and this is me thinking it is completely doable, something a ton of people are willing to do. Which means it must be possible. I am redoing Caleb and Gavin’s bedroom, giving it a much needed update and function for my newly turned 6 year old and 4 year old. Here are week 1 and week 2.

The to-do list is as follows-
  1. Paint wall a neutral tan or gray
  2. Paint trim white
  3. Build bunk beds (working on it)
  4. Build steps to bunk bed with storage cubbies under them
  5. Create reading nook
  6. Create gallery wall with boy’s names 
  7. Make LEGO table that can have storage under it
  8. Paint big shelf 
  9. Upcycle old toddler bed into chair
  10. Make a valance for windows
  11. Update art work on walls
  12. ORGANIZE and CLEAN out toy’s!!!!

I have added a few things to this to-do list. As the bedroom is slowly coming together I am finding new things that need to be done to it. Just put the new projects on my tab. Lets just pile on more for the fun of it. I am kidding, this may sound crazy but this is my idea of fun. Decorating, having a challenge, trying new things and seeing results. I am all about this.  I have checked off a few new things! Yay! There is still so much to do, but I can see the progress and overhaul taking shape.

I did a lot of shopping this past week, making sure the pieces I have in mind to put in here are doable. I am mixing newly purchased accessories and furniture. Redoing some pieces already in the bedroom, building some new things as well as up cycling newly purchased secondhand pieces. A little bit of everything is going into this transportation themed bedroom. It is all about planes, trains, airplanes and cars.

If my boys’ had it their way we would have one LEGO room for Caleb and one Skateboard themed room for Gavin. Since we live in a 3 bedroom house, and Nora has the other available bedroom I had to get creative in making this work for both of them. I am going to be bringing small elements of them in this bedroom. But the transpiration was a good neutral theme. Trying to keep everyone happy.

I found this great airplane shelf at Goodwill this week. It is a little rough and not the right colors for this bedroom, nothing a good can of paint cannot fix. I have seen the potential in worse pieces. I also schlepped our family of 5 1 hour away to IKEA. I planned to entice my kids for the long car ride by bringing their tablets along, which were all not charged. My kids were pissed and Dale and I did it on purpose, obviously. Three angry and whiny kids is just the kind of fun Dale and I look forward to. The non-charged tablets was the plan all along. We got to IKEA where the kids immediately perked up. They adored getting to walk around all of the showrooms, picking out what living room, kitchen and other rooms they will have in their house. Can you tell we are a decorating family? My three kids were just as happy and giddy as me walking around and daydreaming in home decor. It was 3 floors of happiness for us all.

We ended up finding some amazing ceiling lights, stools for the LEGO table, and a bunch of other stuff that has nothing to do with the One room challenge and we were not aware was on our shopping list. It was, we needed it all.

I created a new and fun gallery wall. We are in a heavy DIY spot in this project, finishing up the bunk beds, painting the big shelves and building a LEGO table. Lots of manual labor, but no fun. I needed to get my creative juices going, I had a need for creativity! So I got together the new gallery wall. Using some pictures already in their room and a few new additions I put it together. I will be sharing the process of this, and what it looks like soon. 
This bedroom has so many small projects going on. I am still not sure how I will be sharing it all with you. There is so many tutorials and steps. I usually have things planned out better, but with this being a quick 6 week challenge I am just creating, working, building, sanding, painting… future me will figure out the posts on these projects. Present me just wants to paint and create!
In this bedroom overhaul this bunk bed is the big deal. This bad boy is taking all of our time and attention. To be honest I was worried on the timeline with this, and worried about my skill level in doing this. Neither Dale or I have ever made something this big, except three humans (ba-dum ching)  But in home improvement this is the biggest project we have undertaken. There are no online plans, not many tutorials. A few inspiration pictures, none with a detailed plan and building steps. I wanted to make sure we could actually accomplish this. So all of the efforts for the past 3 weeks have been on this. Doing little things here and there around it. 
He hearts DIY projects. 
I am happy to say, this will get done in time. My husband is amazing and has taken the reigns on this. I am the man with the plan and he is just simply THE MAN. He took my plan, rough sketches and has turned this into a beautiful, built in bunk bed monster. I am of course helping and right there with him. He has done the muscle, the blood, sweat and tears with this. 
I am so excited for this! The kids are excited for this, we are just thrilled. The plan is to sand down, seal any cracks, prime,  paint these white, add some trim, lights for each bunk bed, do something special and individual for each of their little shelf areas. I am trying to let them have a space just for them. Sharing a bedroom is hard sometimes, having a cozy spot that is just for each boy is important.
Caleb and I at the home improvement store, we call this a Saturday. Just the usual. 
This bed is being built in two parts, with the beds and then the steps being separate. We have a quickly put together ladder being used to get up and down. The steps are what we will be working on this next week. I am eager to get these up so we can have a more sturdy way of getting to the top bunk and so I will also be able to start organizing some of the toys. They are getting out of control at the moment. The worst part being I cannot blame the kids, tell them to put the toys away. There is currently no place for them to go. 
Who knew the One room challenge, taking a room and turning it pretty meant the rest of my home becomes a dumping ground. Is there a recovery clinic I can go to after this is over? I will have a wonderfully pretty, cute, and organized boy bedroom. The rest of my house…. well… lets not go there. This week marks the halfway point for this challenge. I have three weeks left. Really it is two weeks of good solid work. The last week in this challenge is the reveal. I am following along with many other participants and their plans are amazing!You can go here to see what everyone else is working on. I am so excited to see what they are up to. If you are taking part in the challenge, let me know. I would love to cheer you on!



  1. LOVING the built in bunk, it's so great!

  2. The bed is looking fabulous- I just love built in bunks!

  3. I love DIY bunk beds…I don't think there is cooler furniture for a kid!! I can't wait to see this room come together. I get you a lot of credit for tackling a project this big in 6 weeks. Good luck and I look forward to following along!

  4. That bunkbed… I can't wait to see it!

  5. Have you thought about how you are going to MAKE the bed. I hate making my son's loft bed!

    • I have not thought of that too much, I guess it helps that the beds do not get made every day 😉 I am sure it will be a struggle to get the fitted sheet on. I will figure it out.

  6. So excited ot see how this is going to turn out! You guys are so brave and it is looking great!

  7. What a huge undertaking this will be to get those bunk beds done. That airplane shelf was an awesome find at Goodwill!

  8. I have a Caleb too, and during the last ORC I took a very similar picture of us at home depot with the humongous cart hauling wood. Love it! Looks like you are making amazing progress. And cheers to our husbands that help out so much! Great work Emily!!!

    • I did not know you had a Caleb too, how fun! We are at the home improvement store a lot, they know us there. My kids are old pros and know the layout of the store. So when they are older I can send them to get supplies 🙂

  9. Looks good! I can't wait to see how everything turns out.

  10. Haha! That sounds about like what happens in our house with all of our projects…the rest of the house just goes to pot. But that one room…it looks fantastic…or at least picture-worthy. Amazed at those bunk beds, and I can see why it's taking all of your time. Love what you have done so far, and can't wait to see the rest!


  11. Emily, this is amazing and I can't WAIT to see it – only three more weeks! Unbelievable!

  12. This room is going to be GREAT! I want a bunk bed for myself now! LOL! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next week, friend!

  13. Your art work is so pretty Emily! The cars are a favorite. The bunk beds look so cool

  14. The bunk beds look amazing! Love the art work and can't wait to see how it looks next week.

  15. Yah the bunk beds are coming together! Love the accessories you are finding.

  16. This is AMAZING! Great job! I love me a good kids room and bunk bed build! Can't wait to see the full reveal!

  17. Emily, I applaud you for the bulk bed. I wouldn't have the guts to do anything like this without professional help. You and your hubby are amazing!! Can't wait to see the progress next week. Karolina

  18. I can't wait to see how the bunk beds turn out! They are going to love it so much! Love how it's coming so far!

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