One room challenge, – Week 6, Boy bedroom reveal

One room challenge, – Week 6, Boy bedroom reveal

Today is THE day! The boy bedroom reveal is here! That bold writing is the equivalent of me squealing with excitement… The One room challenge reveal is here! Caleb & Gavin’s bedroom overhaul is done. They are happily playing in their new Lego station, rocking out in their music corner, reading by the reading nook and sleeping in their awesome built in bunk beds. I am breathing a huge sigh of relief. I did it!
**this post contains product provided by a third party, all opinions are my own. **

You can go here at Calling it home to see the amazing One room challenges completed by others. I am in awe of what people can do and get so excited to see the talent and their plans come to life. I am a home decor fan first and foremost and these people inspire me so much!

 boy bedroom idea before and after
Here are the links to the One room challenge posts from past 6 weeks-
Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3 – Week 4 – Week 5
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. Make ladder for bed
  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!!!!
  13. Make guitar wall hooks
  14. Paint crates for books
  15. Take out fan and install new lighting over LEGO table
  16. Make a large wall art piece
The only thing not crossed off of my list is the guitar wall hooks. It will get done. It sounds crazy that something that small could not happen, I focused on the big things and then worked my way down through the small. A few small things did not make it in the 6 week cut off.
With the big help of my Husband Dale and the patience of my three kids this was all possible. Now, let’s get this reveal going! There is so much going on, I will be sharing tutorials on any DIY projects I did. Those will be rolling out in the next few weeks.
I also plan to have a source list of where I purchased any of the new pieces featured in this bedroom. That along with smaller tips, tricks and organization I created will all be broken down separately in the coming weeks.
Take a look around!





The great Volkswagen bus pillow is from Pillow Central. I have one here and one the boys bed. It works great as a reading pillow. Love the colors and the print!



Gavin is putting the new reading nook to use already.

















You would not know it, but there is major Lego storage happening right here. Our of sight but easily accessible!









That rubber ball was not there when I began taking pictures, I had a few tiny people interruptions while I was taking pictures. Real life happens…




This is the part of the bedroom that Caleb is most excited about. He is obsessed with Leg’s right now and wanted a spot to set his newly built masterpieces. This will get a lot of use.







 I had some very loud drumming going on during a lot of these pictures being taken.


I removed the ceiling fan, moved the light socket and installed these. So worth the work!



These were the big project in this bedroom, taking up most of the 6 weeks. The ladder had to be revised from steps with cubbies. I have to say, needing to change things up with this rope ladder is such a happy surprise. I adore these built in bunk beds with the rope ladder.
A relieved me and a Monkey Gavin enjoying the rope ladder.










Each boy gets their own light’s in their bunk bed. How cool is that? My kids get all the cool stuff.


I actually finished up this bedroom while my oldest son Caleb was at school. When he left in the morning no toys were organized, beds were not made and the rope ladder was not up. He came home from school to a big reveal of his own!

He went straight for the ladder, he was awe struck with it!


I think he likes it!



Each shelf in the beds was supposed to have a custom picture put together by each boy with their personal interests in it. The snail mail was very snail-ish and they did not get here in time. I will update this picture when that comes in the mail. It is such a fun way to let the boys have a say in their space.


I love the addition of the giant letters in their beds.





Because I have to be hit with reality I figured you all could be too. While the picture taking and categorizing of the pretty in this bedroom overhaul was happening,  I was being serenaded by a very loud drum set and a eager 4 year old to have his bedroom back. Mom life at it’s finest.


Notice the boy hiding in the corner? He thought if he was not seen the drum playing would not be heard. He was wrong.
I also had to enlist a bouncer at the door to prevent the riff-raff from entering. Dale had to stop two dog’s and one child from entering for most of these picture. Notice the rubber ball in Gavin’s hand? That made an appearance earlier in the tour. I think this is a good sign that the kids were so excited to get in here.



Here is what the past 6 weeks have looked like-
I had big plans and got to execute most of them, a few had to be shifted or completely thrown out. The most important pieces to this bedroom was the bunk beds, and creating more storage and function to the bedroom. I succeeded in all of that.


We did it! When I say “we” I mean me, my husband, my kids, my dog’s and the many fellow bloggers that did the one room challenge as well. That my friends is something to celebrate!!!
As I said before, be sure to check back in the next few weeks for a list of new purchases, many tutorials on DIY projects, I will be breaking down the full process of the bunk beds. This bedroom is a mix of new pieces, upcycles, new builds, thrift store finds, and family decorations. It is the best of all of those worlds, mixed together in a transportation themed bedroom ready for my 6 and 4 year old boys. So much more to come with this ORC, this reveal is just the beginning for me. I have so much to share and explain. I will be spilling my secrets so you can tackle a bedroom overhaul of your own!
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Follow along!
I had to include Dale in this, he was my right hand man either working on this with me or taking over the kid duty while I was sequestered in here. It was a team effort.
Thank you so much for following along on this 6 week journey! I am decorating crazy and have a few more rooms in my home to do,  low cost solutions, making our house work for my family with many projects coming up. Did you take part in the One room challenge? 





  1. Emily, you did an amazing job. This is such a fun place for little boys and so many great ideas are found here. I don't know which part is my favorite. You deserve a big pat on the back! Cathy

  2. Emily! You did so much to this room! Wow! I'm so impressed. I love all the organization and little "nooks" for the boys. The rope ladder is awesome!!! Great job you two!!!

  3. Congratulations on an amazing job to you and your sweet crew! :). That bunk bed is so impressive. Such a big focal point in the room. Loving all the fun details of the planes and that gallery wall. Now, go celebrate! Ah, it feels great to be done. What a great challenge!

  4. What an amazing room! The bunk beds are incredible! Love the Lego table, reading area & drums, though you may regret those, lol! You must be so excited!

  5. Emily, this came out awesome! Not only is it beautiful-it's totally fun & functional for your kids! LOVE it!

  6. Great job! The bunk beds turned out awesome and I love the rope ladder. You packed a ton of function and cute into their room. Well done!

  7. Wow, it all looks amazing! The bunk beds are so cool!!! Love the ladder and the airplane shelf! Awesome job!

  8. you are one amazing blogger Emily, this is a beautiful room, so many details and ideas!!!

  9. Wow Emily! What a great room for your boys. I absolutely love that bed; so fun to add their initials, reading lights, and rope ladder. Great job on organizing all the toys. It's always a challenge to keep all the kids' stuff in order. I'm sure your boys are going to love it in here!

  10. Emily this is amazing! The boys I bet are in heaven! You attentional to detail is impeccable! The bunk beds are adorable! If I were there age I would love to go snuggle up in bed!

  11. Very cool room Emily! Those bunk beds are awesome and those light fixtures! I am sure the boys are loving it!

  12. Wow! What a transformation! You must be so proud of the space! Love the bright colours you choose. I bet your boys love their room as much as my daughter loves her new space 🙂 Congrats on the completion!
    Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

  13. The bunks turned out great! What lucky boys!

  14. This is so cute and so boy friendly!! I love the transportation theme you have going that is so perfect but not overly done. You covered every detail to make it adorable but easy to live in. I love it and I can relate because I have 2 boys also who are now 26 and 23. So much fun!!

  15. Emily it is fantastic – I love all the details like the lamp and the shelf and the lego table – just love it can I move in ?

  16. Oh, Emily! This room is ah-mazing! I love the bunk beds, the Lego table, the light fixture, and all of the personal touches. I can't believe you got all of that done in just 6 weeks. I can tell from the pictures that your boys are so excited. :0) Congrats on an awesome room redo and ORC!

  17. You did most excellent! A great room to grow with them. Love it.

  18. Wow, Emily, this looks so great!! I love all the light fixtures you chose, and that ladder to the to bunk is adorable! All the artwork looks great! What a perfect bedroom for your boys!

  19. What a great room! Your boys must be so thrilled to have such a cool room. Where do I begin. The bed of course it awesome ! I love that you have infused the whole room with lots of primary colors to give the room a punch of fun! ! And all of the toys, the artwork the plane shelf. Everything is fantastic!!

  20. This is amazing!!!! I've been away from Blog meets Blog for a few weeks and haven't been keeping up. I'm happy to see you in the photos! The room really came out amazing. You are truly an inspiring woman, so creative.

  21. Love this fun room. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. I love the ladder. Great ideas.

  23. Oh my goodness Emily! It's perfect! You've really thought of everything and all of those sweet little details are just too cute! The bunk beds look AHHHHMAZING! You definitely knocked it out of the park my friend!

  24. Wow, I love the change. It looks really modern a "breathable"

  25. I love what you did! The travel theme is amazing and all the airplane details are my favourite (especially that shelf). I love that it is decorated but still feels like a child (or two!) could actually LIVE in it. Way to go!

  26. Wow! What a great makeover! I really love the beds and the table.

  27. It looks simply amazing! Love your attention to detail! Isn't it so nice to be DONE!?

  28. How I love it! The bunk beds are so incredible I want them in my master! The rope ladder is so cool. You mentioned it in previous posts but couldn't imagine what it looked like – – I love it! The room looks great!

  29. The room looks fantastic! It's so bright and fun. I love all the storage, the gallery wall, the bunkbeds, and I LOVE that airplane shelf. You all did a really awesome job!

  30. What a cute room – this is stunning – you guys did a great job!!

    Samantha |

  31. Love the bunk beds! What a great room for little boys. One day they will be bragging on how their mom was the coolest. 🙂

  32. Oh my goodness!!!!! Every single piece of this is AWESOME! If I were a boy and could have had this room growing up I would never want to leave home! You and Dale did one awesome job on this and I can tell the boys LOVE it!

  33. So many whimsical little touches and such a fun, playful room for your boys. They must be so so happy! Great job!

  34. Nicely done Emily! I love all the little fun areas and the you did an awesome job on the bed!

  35. Wow, so many great touches. Love the bunkbeds… totally a little boys heaven!

  36. Your kids must love their new bedroom. You created such a fun & creative environment for them & the bunk beds – Amazing!!!

  37. Emily, this is AMAZING! What a super fun room for your boys to grow up in. It looks so much bigger! Congrats on finishing and celebrate!

  38. What an awesome kids' room! I love the bunk beds and the ladder.

  39. This is seriously the coolest space!!! Your kids are so lucky – what an awesome space to have growing up! Love all of your DIY projects and the cohesiveness of your design!

  40. Wow, so much hard work went into this! Finally the reveal! Congratulations 🙂

  41. So much hard work went into this! Congratulations!

  42. What a great use of the space. Love the bunks and the big initials!!

  43. Wow! Emily there's so much greatness going on in this bedroom its hard for me to name just one thing I love it all!!! You and your husband are very talented. Your children are very lucky to have such a great space. The beds, the lights, the artwork..everything is phenomenal!!!

  44. Such a fun space for your boys! Great job!!

  45. Emily, your sons are two very lucky boys!! What an amazing transformation. I love the bunk beds! I'll be building a lofted bed for my daughters' shared room in a couple of months, so I'll look to you for inspiration! Congrats – job well done!

  46. This. is. fantastic! I LOVE those built in bunks. Wow- what an amazing space for two little boys! Shared on my Facebook page – happy Saturday!

  47. This is SUCH a cool space! So many great ideas, you're a cool mom!

  48. A great kids room…..full of great ideas! Great job!

  49. I'm fairly certain my two boys would want to immediately come for a playdate and never leave. The Lego table and airplane shelves are so clever, and how cool that there is even a little niche reserved for the drum kit. My son is showing an interest and I have NO idea where to put this equipment! Congratulations – I'm sure they LOVE it!

    • Thank you! It was hard to find a place for those drums, they were downstairs in the playroom. But the kids do not play down there too often so they were not getting used. It was my goal to situate the room in a way for these to come up here. MY kids are really creative and now bang away on the drums and guitars daily. I love the noise and creativity!

  50. Oh my gosh Emily this room looks amazing! So many nice touches and great details. The bunk beds look great. Love the airplane shelf, storage/organization and the gallery wall. Congrats on getting so much accomplished.

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      Thank you so much! It was a long few weeks that were really hectic. But it is so nice to have a fully finished and functioning bedroom for my boys!

  51. This is stunning! My boy would love this!

  52. So cute!! I love the colors, the creative storage and all the details! Oh, and by the way – my younger two boys are Caleb and Gavin too! Good taste in names 😉

  53. This turned out so great! I think the rope ladder is perfect even if it wasn’t what was planned! I bet it keeps the room feeling more open too! And i can only imagine how much fun boys would have climbing it! Yay, it’s done!

    • EmilyBurmeister says:

      Thank you! I agree, the rope ladder does make the room feel more open. It was a pleasant last minute change. It is done and it feels wonderful!!!!

  54. I love this. I can’t decide which part I love the most, but probably the fact that everyone was involved. How cute is your son climbing up that ladder. Great job, and really well done.

  55. I love this room Emily, you can tell so much work went into it. Everywhere there are colorful, interesting personal touches. The airplane theme is just adorable. This is my favorite post I’ve ever seen from you! Wish I had those custom built bunk beds in my house.


  56. I am OBSESSED with this room! I want to make those bunk beds for my boys when they get to that stage. Awesome job!

  57. What a fun room; you did a great job!

  58. I have two sons, so I absolutely love this post!! You did such an amazing job. I’m pinning this to my dream home board! <3

  59. I love the transportation theme. The decor is wonderful. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this at if you don’t mind.

  60. I like the designing of the room. My boys will love it.

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