Sam’s Bedroom Refresh Preview

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Last year when I gave Izzy’s bedroom a refresh, Sam promptly asked me if I could work on his bedroom next. Of course I said yes! While I don’t believe a child’s bedroom has to be refreshed over and over again, the last time I did anything to his room was when we transitioned him from his crib to a big boy bed. You can see that room reveal here. He was so tiny then! Sam is now eight years old and is very clear about what he likes, doesn’t like, and what he would love to have in his room. So with that in mind I want to share with you the direction we’re taking Sam’s bedroom refresh preview.

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Current Bedroom

black Jenny Lind bed boy's room
ikea rast hack nightstand
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I have to include this one because oh my goodness, he was so little bitty back then!!!

Sam's bedroom preview

Sam’s Bedroom Refresh Preview

While I love seeing total room makeovers, I’m a refresh kind of girl. Unless a room or space calls for changing it all out, I prefer to keep what’s working and update what isn’t. I’m not sure exactly what to call this room, but went with relaxed vintage.

Sam's bedroom refresh preview mood board

What’s Changing

What’s Staying

  • Rug – Sam loves the color red and requested that the red rug stay put. I’ll be the first to admit it doesn’t go with the rest of the house at all, but this is his space so it stays. It’s actually a very beautiful vintage Bokhara rug my husband bought overseas.
  • Jenny Lind Bed – His spindle bed is an antique that I found and made over. It didn’t have any side rails so I added those as well as painted it black. You can check out that tutorial here.
  • Dresser – This dresser was my grandmother’s that I painted white years ago. I still love this dresser and it suits his needs well.
  • Hanging Chair – The most fun chair in the house to chill out in and he loves it so it’s a keeper. This particular one is discontinued, but this is similar.
  • Drapes and Blinds – The bamboo shades are neutral enough to go with everything as are the IKEA drapes.
  • Art – The artwork over his dresser was updated a couple of years ago and will work with the newer additions to his room so that stays as well. You can check out more about that side of the room and the art in this post.
  • Wall Sconces – His existing brass wall sconces on either side of the bed will still work so we’re keeping those. Unfortunately they are discontinued, but these offer a similar look.

Shop the Look

What are your thoughts about Sam’s bedroom refresh preview? I’m really excited about making these changes for him! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram. All the progress and details will be shared in Stories as I go along. My plan is to have it done before school starts at the end of August!


  1. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    I love his room but love the new more grown up look it’s getting!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      He has been asking for quite some time now, so I’m really excited about it!

  2. Pamrla Avatar

    It’s a winner. Love the bedding change. And yes he’s at that age fir a desk. Really liking the style if desk and end table.❤

    1. Shelley Avatar

      He is so excited about his room changes which makes it even better!

  3. Catherine Sydney Avatar

    It really feels good to find an idea blog post such as this, nice articles.

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