Accessories for a Tween Boy’s Room for Under $100

evan's foam finger

It’s done! After multiple negotiations makeovers and tweaks my son’s room is done!  Here is the finished room. For the details on this before and after click HERE.  On a side note, the hardest part of this project is reconciling my wish for a Pottery Barn  room with the reality that my son wants a “cool” room.  I should be grateful that he isn’t pushing for a budget buster room.  This is a labor of love to give him what he wants, minimize his “collections” that only middle school boys can harbor and minimalize the furniture in a small room.  I think we got this!  And, yes, check out Nadal in the corner. He is the first and last person I see each morning and night when I check on my son!  Well, unless you count my {first} husband. Wink. Wink!

evans room wide image And here is another angle: evan's room image wide 2 The bed purchase was the anchor for the room. The built in storage meant we could clear out the clutter that all boys collect.  And, I got to searching for a few accessories.  The bed was the big purchase (we bought an identical one for our other son), so my budget was tight! I recycled this craft project. It was formerly a grass covered coat wracked. 042 It was spared the trash when I realized it was a great place to set his favorite sport balls without them rolling off the bookcase: evan's room image 3 I framed this popular photo from Google Images (free) and put it in a frame. I gave one to each of my tennis playing kids for their rooms! evan's room When I saw this lamp at IKEA I knew I had to buy it. If I had known it required assembly I may have kept walking.  I am “mechanically challenged” so this took me more time than I care to admit. I love it and it is my son’s favorite lamp!  You can find the lamp HEREevans lamp Okay, this next find is from a store my sister refers to as the “crack house.”  She calls it the crack house, because I just have to go back- just this once!   And, she always calls when I am within 100 feet of this store (parking lot).  But, for $14.99 I had to add this little bean bag cube.   Another son favorite: evan's cube

Ii have blogged about this headboard HERE. I am in the process of adding vinyl to it!  After recent reports about the use of foam mats in over 500 foods we eat, I hope this doesn’t make my son hungry!  That’s crazy!

evan's foam mat

I would like to thank Miley for  ruining this formerly-innocent …… evan's foam finger

This concludes the 2 1/2 year saga of trying to update my son’s room.

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Son’s Room Before and After

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This summer my tween son said, “Mom, I need a big boy bed.”  Okay, now before images form in your heads of my 12  year old son sleeping in a crib, he was referring to not having an official bedroom set.  I have shared several of his room updates, but none of them addressed his mix-matched bedroom furniture.  And, given that they had zero comments, none of the updates were that fabulous! In fact, they were more like ghetto-fabulous!  Here’s the most recent makeover: evans room photo with sign But the room is small at best and the bed sorta centered on the wall took up too much space!  So this past November I found this bed.

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The  “headboard” centered on the length of the bed was perfect.  I actually bought 2 beds (one for each son).     The bed frame included built in shelves and storage underneath through that little door in the corner at the end of the bed.

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I have talked about this former exercise foam squares turned headboard before, but now it is a feature wall piece.    When we moved the bed against the window I no longer needed this headboard.

evan's room image wide 2 I loved this project so I simply repositioned it against the main wall.  I continue to add tennis and fun stuff to this headboard. The “and Evan” is in reference to the fact our son is the youngest so all references tend to end with … “and Evan.”

evan's foam mat Here’s the opposite wall. It’s difficult to make a boy’s “study area” neat and tidy!  And, the phone finger has to go!

evansroomafter  More to come on the accessories I used, but this room is done!

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