Monday, July 11, 2011

Another Room Complete! Boys Room Reveal

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The kids come home from camp and within 15 minutes the house is trashed!  Laundry abounds!  Messy house or not, it is wonderful to have them home. 
Despite getting in bed at 7:00 on the 4th of July and being miserable most of the week with severe allergies, I got so much done while the kids were away.
I painted some of the woodwork and doors around the house that were in dire need of a fresh coat of paint.   I 'fixed up' the 1980's light fixture in the girls bathroom here, I re-enameled the kitchen sink, Shawn and I hung some drapes and an old buffet top that I converted into an architectural element (will share later), put the finishing touches on our powder bath, got my dining chairs ready for new fabric, did some decorating here and there and more organizing.  It was strange doing only two loads of laundry and running the dishwasher once this week.  We usually do at least three loads of laundry and run the dishwasher twice daily.  
What I decided to show today is the boys room and decided I'd better show you all now because it is likely that we may very well never see the beds made or the floor picked up again, now that they're back home!  
Just a reminder...this was the room with the pot (as in marijuana) stickers all over the walls, and worse. Before house pics HERE

The room is a total mish-mash of vintage sports memorobilia, like this field hockey stick with the 1972 Munich Olympics (sad) insignia and the teammates signatures,

 and the random oddity, here and there, like an old tennis shoe slipper Trevor refuses to let die, which hangs from a framed Wheaties box signed by Steve Largent. 

Oh, and yes, those are leg lady lamp lights (from A Christmas Story) hanging over the cricket picture.  The antique sled was something I picked up a flea market in Colorado for $5 while we lived there.

Trevor just found the Kellen Moore jersey for $19 at Ross (they're usually $80), here in Oklahoma!  He knew it must have been meant for him, because Boise State fans are just about unheard of here in Tulsa, OK! 

This book is tacked to the wall.  We live through these often: know him and you'll know just what I mean.

Big Foot shoe forms, from the 1970's, leather arm cuffs that belonged to Grandma Judy's Dad, C-3PO, R2D2, and a Boise State Mr. Potato Head are on the shelf above T's bed.
No rhyme or reason.  Just neat stuff.

I really wanted to make headboards out of some vintage wooden skis.  I was inspired to do this after living in Colorado and visiting Leadville, where one of the homes is completely surrounded by a fence made of old skis!  So cool.  Wouldn't a headboard be so cool made with three or four pairs of ski's lined up against the back of the bed.  Dang, I want to do that!  I already had it planned out in my mind.  I'd use a single, taller ski in the center and then graduate down on either side.  

But, neither J or T wanted ski headboards :-(, so I just talked them into letting me put a pair by each of their beds.  Between the skis is a vintage, original poster from the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs.  The ski runs have been closed for years now.  We could see them from our deck along with the Broadmoor's beautifully maintained grounds.  You can see my Pining For Colorado post here.  

A set of patches from various Apollo missions hangs near Jonah's bed,
along with a pair of vintage, Democratic and Republican decanters which are displayed on his side of the shelf,
in front of a Tulsa version of Monopoly game box cover.
 This is one of the neatest sport items they have...a huge, World Cup soccer ball used in a retail store as advertisement last summer for the South African cup. Unfortunately, it's too large to fit through the door of their room!  

And, in case you all don't recognize this's the one that had dirt all over the walls,
 burn marks on the walls

 a vent full of trash, cigarettes and who knows what else...
a decaying window sill
 and the glow in the dark marijuana stickers on the wall.

And here it is now:

I'll be joining: 


  1. WOW! I've been following you and your "new" home and I'm enjoying all the transformations! I love this room for the boys. Too cute! All the sports items are perfect! You all did an amazing job!

  2. Nancy, what a difference you have made in their room. It is really wonderful -- all the sports stuff my son would really love! Can't believe you have a Boise State fan. I have 2 SIL's who are fans as they live in Boise -- me, not so much they beat my football team unmercifully when they play them and their Smurf Blue field....but, having said that I think they have been unfairly treated in the BCS. Where did that tangent come from. Love their room -- truly a wonderful makeover. Joni

  3. wow, what a transformation! a great boys room!

  4. You are definitely transforming this house one room at a time. Incredible work and the results are absolutely stunning. I so admire you stamina and courage to tackle it all. Hugs, Marty

  5. You are certainly making some powerful changes to your new home Nancy. HUGE improvements, and I'm sure a huge amount of work too!
    The boys room looks fantastic, and I'm certain they're REALLY pleased with it :o)
    Just think, every room finished is another step to your ultimate goal just don't forget a little 'me'time ;o)
    Very best wishes
    Rose H

  6. This room looks great now! You've done a wonderful job creating a fun space for your sons. Love the idea of a headboard made from skis. ~ Sarah

  7. Very cool room! It is amazing that a Boise State fan lives in you have to keep it under wraps?! You have done an amazing job with this house-I love the transformations! Have a great week!


  8. Nancy, what a transformation! I love the room. Tell your boys that you are a COOL mom to make their room so neat! I was watching TLC one day and they had a sled on a wall. Theirs looked so out of place because there was nothing else on the wall. You pulled it all together. GREAT JOB!

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    It looks amazing Nancy!! I love the whole theme of the room, and darn they didn't let you do ski headboards~they would have been great!

  10. Great Boys Room. All their favorite stuff displayed (and off the floor). Bet they were happy.
    - Joy

  11. Your boys room looks amazing! Very masculine!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. I know that the boys must have been thrilled when they came home from camp. There may be enough good collections there to send at least one of them to college. So many interests....really cool. Thank you for sharing you marvelous makeover. Cherry Kay

  13. Thank you all for the sweet remarks. Trisha, we can't keep Trevor's Boise State fanship (did I just make that word up?) under wraps. Literally, he can be seen at least five days of the week in a Boise State t-shirt, and that's usually paired with Boise shorts, and sometimes slip on sneakers. He's got it all...backpack, pencils...etc. Definitely starts some interesting conversations...Oklahoma has HUGE football fans...esp. for the Sooners!


    Shawn's from Boise and his Dad is a HUGE fan too, so Trev just comes by it naturally.

    Hugs to you all,


  14. A beautifully done, masculine, colorful room! I don't know how you're accomplishing so much ~ it's amazing at the transformation of this house from the "befores" to these gorgeous afters. I hope the landlord knows how incredibly fortunate he is to have you.

    Hope you're staying cool! It's unbelievably hot every day here.


  15. This looks wonderful, Nancy! You truly had a vision and incredible strength to transform this room {and the others too, I'm sure}.

  16. Okay Nancy, I think I've finally figured it out: you're one of a set of identical triplets. One person cannot possibly accomplish everything that you do. :-)

    I'm tired just from reading about all you did while the kids were away. You truly are amazing. The room is, too!

    P.S. Where did you find the chest that's between the beds? I want one!

  17. Hi, the boy's room looks wonderful. Lots of hard work for you, but I'm sure they appreciate it. Where did you find the spaceship patches? My 5 year old grandson is all into flight. He has flew in a blackhawk and spells his name using pilot lingo. Cute huh?
    Stella B.

  18. Gosh would you please do a post on how you get so much accomplished!!!!! You are amazing! The room looks fantastic and I am sure they are enjoying it- hopefully keeping it as nice looking as you show!

  19. Ah! Nothing says "home" like glow in the dark marijuana stickers! LOL! Apparently the former owners missed Decorating 101 as well as Parenting 101!
    Your home is so lovely! I have been away but I am slowly catching up.

    Thanks for stopping to "see" me!


  20. Nancy:

    You are truly amazing. Every time I see one of your new rooms completed, I am amazed. Your landlord should bless the day he met you. Has it seen it lately?

    - The Tablescaper


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