jenny lind beds | for the boys

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Lately I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do this year for Sam’s big boy room.  Looking through my Pinterest boards for boy’s rooms I noticed one thing that kept repeating itself.  Jenny Lind beds.
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This next photo doesn’t use the same bed, but the look is the same.
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So when I came across one for sale on Craigslist I jumped on it.  We brought it home in the back of our truck in the pouring rain.  Given it’s condition, I wasn’t worried about it.  I looks like it has seen worse.  But with some love and paint I think it could be really cool again.

Mike doesn’t like the idea of me giving Sam a “girly bed”.  I think the pics above show it can be very boy and very cool.  
What do you think?  Would you use this style of bed in a boy’s room?  If you would, what color would you paint it?
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  1. Lil Avatar

    I love the examples you provided! The darker beds seem a touch more masculine? Dark grey would be nice.

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    OH YES YES YES. love me some jenny lind- check out krystine edwards, too- she just did her son's room and used one and it looks awesome!

  3. Ralphie23 Avatar

    I am drooling over that bed! Several years ago I spotted a Jenny Lind bed frame by a dumpster and I still regret not grabbing it! 🙂 I think it is definitely appropriate for a boys room. I think a navy blue or a cool dark red would be very nice. Paired with the right bedding, it would work in a boys room for sure.

  4. Aja Avatar

    Great find!! I actually came across a painted one on craigslist yesterday, and had to talk myself off the buying ledge.. even when I don't need these things, I have a hard time passing up good finds. 🙂 Can't wait to see how it comes together in Sam's room. I love the inspiration pics and think it will look awesome!

  5. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    Score. I love them. I've got one just waiting for the right 'moment' in my basement. Can't wait to see what you do.

  6. Mindy Avatar

    I'm obsessed with them in black and midnight blue for boys. Love, love, love.

  7. Megan B Avatar

    Yes! Scored one over the summer for $25 and I'm going to paint it orange for my son's room.

  8. OurDreamHouseDIY Avatar

    Ohhhh Emmmmm Geeeee I absolutely love it!! I don't think it is girly at all. Great find 🙂


  9. Amy Avatar

    Black. But also like the idea of midnight blue. And even though they are boys…they still like color. Maybe orange? Samantha wants to paint her furniture. Not sure I can bring myself to paint it pink…and don't think she'll go for gray. Can't wait to see what you do here.

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