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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Sean’s Room

Let’s start this year off with a bang!  I have talked endlessly about making over my youngest kiddo’s room for at least three years, but you know how it is – with projects in your own house it’s easy to do a little here, a little there and drag things like a room makeover on forever. Today is the day to commit and finally make this room functional for Sean!
Every January Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living hosts the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge with a group of wonderful bloggers and this year she has invited everyone to join in the fun and share a link every Tuesday of the month. If you’re like me and need a deadline to finish up a space, join me and we’ll finish up our rooms together!! If you’re not a blogger you can link up an Instagram photo of your progress on Casa Watkins Living each week! Read more about the challenge here.

This is our jumping off point:  a tiny bedroom that has $3 “oops” paint on the walls and majorly lacks storage and a workspace for a fifteen year old high school sophomore. (Those of you who have read about this space before will be happy to know I finally moved the preschool desk out of here!)


I shared this design plan for Sean’s “Rugged & Refined” teen bedroom in the fall. The only element Sean really wants is navy walls and we landed on Sherwin Williams’ Naval after trying a few samples out.

A teen boy's room design featuring navy walls and wood accents.


Vince Lombardi sign via Freestyle Mom on Etsy | City Map  | 

Striped Duvet & Sham | Rope Light

Lidded Basket | Striped Curtains 


In December I completed the first big DIY for this space – a long, narrow inlaid wood desktop that is currently sitting on temporary legs. It spans an entire wall and is great for Sean to spread out when he does his homework!

But oh, my friends, I have so many more projects to finish to call this room done!


The hitlist:

Paint the walls and trim

DIY cabinet and pull out laundry hamper for the desk base

DIY shoe storage

Display shelves

Closet makeover that includes hanging clothes storage

Some kind of interesting ginormous art for the huge bulletin board




A top secret situation with the bed that will make this makeover so worth the wait!


I guess it’s time to accept the fact that my baby is not a Mitey Mite football player in second grade anymore!!


I’m looking forward to joining Stephanie and everyone who will be sharing their updates each Tuesday and linking up at Casa Watkins Living!


If you have a space that needs a little loving, come link up with me and let’s knock some things off our 2018 to-do list!

For more bedroom projects, see my older son’s One Room Challenge Moody-Masculine-Mighty Teen Room makeover that is chock-full of DIYs,

DIY block art for a teen boy's room.


my daughter’s teen room makeover that includes a tutorial on converting two twin beds to a king,

Teen girl's room with Instagram photo collage

and our master bedroom that I recently spruced up for fall and winter with some cozy touches.

Navy and white master bedroom with layers for fall.


Many thanks to Stephanie for the motivation to get Sean’s room DONE!!

I’ll be back next Tuesday with an update on this space.

Hope your year is off to a great start!

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Corinna Henderson

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Oh wow that's going to be such a fantastic transformation!


Tuesday 9th of January 2018

Thanks Corinna! So glad to have this challenge as motivation to finish this room!

Calypso in the Country

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Go Lisa! I love your plan and I am sure your son will be thrilled to have this new room! Good luck! Happy New Year! Shelley


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Shelley I've been talking about this for way too long......time for me to get it done, right? Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.....happy new year to you all! xox

cassie bustamante

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

yay! this is going t be awesome! i a working on my kitchen for this project, but didn't share real legit plans. love your legit plans! :)


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

So excited to be in the trenches with you getting these rooms banged out Cassie!! I love the navy on your cabinets but the new color is going to be GORGEOUS with that beautiful backsplash!!! Can't wait to see it!