Sam’s Bedroom Refresh Reveal

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Well, it took me long enough! Today I’m finally doing Sam’s bedroom refresh reveal. If you have been following along from the beginning of this I started with the refresh mood board, and then shared some progress here. While I was working with a lot of what he currently had in his room, it still took longer than expected. Basically I was just dragging my feet thinking I should change more things up before realizing I didn’t need to. Reminding myself this was a refresh, not a total makeover. So, here we go! I’ll have a full source list at the end of the post.

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Bedroom Before

Here’s a reminder of where we were at the beginning. This was his room when I first moved him out of his crib. The goal with the refresh was to soften things up, bring in a desk, and have it be more reflective of who Sam is now at almost nine years old.

Bedroom After

California casual boy's room

It just feels soooo much better in here now!! I can’t stop scrolling up and down between the two images. So much stayed the same, but it finally works now.

Desk Area

Sam has his desk, which was the number one request he had for this refresh. I purchased the desk and nighstand from the same furniture line so the wood tones would match and styles would compliment each other. Love that the chair is the perfect bridge between the lines of the mid-century modern desk and then the spindles of the Jenny Lind bed. This chair was originally a natural color that I painted Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black, the same color as his bed.

kid's room desk


Ok, remember the moon art from the before picture? That is still what’s on the wall. The surfboard art is a canvas wrapped frame that perfectly fit inside the deep frame of the old moon art!


Updating his bedding was what made the biggest difference. Since he wanted to keep the same red rug, I wanted the bedding to calm it down. We needed less high contrast but more texture. Some striped sheets and multiple shades of linen/white did just that. The texture of the blanket is amazing and really added a lot of interest. The sham and pillow set are a linen and cotton blend with a great frayed edge on the shams. I had made the mud cloth pillow years ago. It had been sitting on the playroom’s window seat, but the size and pattern worked perfectly in here. One decorative pillow is all this little boy can handle!

neutral boy's bedding

Drapes + Blinds

Here’s where I was dragging my feet. I kept thinking I should get him new drapes. A warmer color, maybe a pattern. It was really just me trying to change something to change it. I finally got over that. But, I did switch out his corded bamboo blind for a cordless version of the exact same thing. It’s much easier for him to open and close the blinds himself this way. A couple of years ago I updated the curtain rood to this thinner version.

neutral boy's bedroom
Jenny lind bed

Hanging Chair + Dresser

This side of the room completely stayed the same aside from a couple a new accessories. His hanging chair is the best seat in the house and so much fun so it definitely stayed! The dresser, which used to belong to my grandmother, is a great piece so there was no need to change it out. I had plans to simplify some of the artwork but decided against it in the end.

boy's room California casual

Stuffed Animal Storage

Always important in a kid’s room is to have storage for their stuffed animals. I just added this large basket to hold the excess animals that used to sit on the floor. They’re now out of the way from our dog and safe and sound. On the wall next to his nightstand is more stuffed animal storage that’s actually left over from his crib days. Making use of vertical space helps to keep clutter off the floor.

Serena & Lily Seagrass basket
stuffed animal storage hanging baskets

DIY Pinboard

As kids grow so does their stuff. I made him a large pinboard out of insulation board and painter’s drop cloth. You can see exactly how I made it here. This area is normally not seen when his door is open, but it holds all the things he cherishes right now. I let him put everything on the pinboard just how he wanted. He had so much fun doing it. I find him stopping to look at it every night before bed.

pin board kid's room

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed seeing Sam’s bedroom refresh reveal. Proof that you don’t have to change it all for a new look.

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  1. Pamela Avatar

    Well he keeps growing up and so does his room. The desk and chair are great. A nice refresh.❣

    1. Shelley Avatar

      He is just so excited about that desk! I found him sitting there drawing monster trucks the other day 🙂

  2. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    I love his room! He’s so cool and has the coolest mom!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Ha!! I keep trying to tell him just how cool I am but he’s not buying it!

  3. Donna Avatar

    I agree. The chair is cute.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      It’s always a race between me and my husband as to who gets to sit in the chair as we’re putting Sam to bed 😀

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