Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Fisherman's Bedroom

Ok, everybody, hop on the Super-Awesome-Time-Travel-Machine I built. Yea, it's invisible. Just pretend it's there. Because we are going back in time. Many moons, ago. Ok so like 2007. But still.

I wanted to share some pictures with you guys of the room makeover I did for my brother back when I was a freshman in college, he was a sophomore in high school. He had an overnight soccer tournament so it was the perfect opportunity. We had exactly 2 days to get this done. A While You Were Out moment.

First, the BEFORE photos. Be warned. It's a little scary.

He had his room done in LSU when he was a lot younger. Now that he'd gotten older, he just didn't care anymore about college sports as much. He was more of a hunt, fish, four-wheeler riding kind of guy.

It was a train wreck. I will note that my mom had already begun the process of gutting out his closet, getting rid of clothes he never wore. And notice the blanket he has NAILED around the window to keep out light.

Yea, the dresser? It was an old one of mine that I had tried to begin to paint to match the colors of my bedroom. A LONG time ago. And there's a sticker from a pair of pants stuck to it. Everything is even regurgitating into that hallway. I told you it was scary.

So the first thing we did was paint over that horrible gold with a nice deep green. "Spinach" was the name actually. My dad even helped paint. We usually put him in charge of edging since we hate doing that part because he's tall and everything. Doesn't the color just look so much better already?

Here's the finished room (well almost... the paint was still drying to nothing's pushed against the walls yet)! And please ignore macho-me. It was late. I think the paint fumes were getting to me.

I bought most everything, since this was my early Christmas gift to him, but my parents got him a nice new bedspread (brown) and camo duvet cover thing.

We hit up a lot of garage sales for this thing. We got these old fishing poles and used them as curtain rods. We also used towels on shower curtain hooks as the curtains. They do an AMAZING job at blocking out light without having to pay for the blackout curtains.

We got rid of that HIDEOUS dresser and got him a small plastic dresser. Perfect since his wardrobe has been cut in half thanks to mom :) We went to town with that camo duct tape. Used it to cover the yellow on the bulletin board. Also added hooks to the bottom for his hats. The fishing rod is hanging from the ceiling with fishing wire.

Nice, organized, desk. We used tackle boxes from garage sales to store stuff in. It's hard to see but at the bottom left part of the desk we used some vintage looking fish pails for storage.

We found this great wreath at one of the garage sales, already made up with the baits and stuff.

Another fishing pole hanging above his closet. With a new pair of waders from my parents. Also camo duct taped his old LSU light switch plate. You can slightly see the PILES of stuff we pulled from his room in the hall.

Now, want to see his reaction?

First walking in and turning on the light.

Realization hits in.

So excited! He LOVED it! Well, as much as a guy will admit. "This is so cool!"

Gotta hug for mom to get it on camera :)

Overall, I LOVED the way it turned out. So did he. It's not a fisherman's room anymore (since he moved out last year) but it's still one of my favorite makeovers! And the whole thing didn't cost much since we hit up them garage sales and used what we had!


Brooke Anna @ Mommy Does... said...

So, I'm using this as my favorite craft entry... the entry will tell you WHY EXACTLY.

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