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A Rustic Boy's Room for $248

Warm gray walls and a pallet-planked ceiling turn a sweet nursery into a big-kid retreat

budget redo of boy's bedroom
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Outgrowing a nursery can mean more than just getting too big for the crib. Kat and Mitch Hertzler knew their son Ryder was also getting too old for the room's bright blue baby decor. So when their neighbor wanted to get rid of a full-size tubular-aluminum bed and mattress, Kat happily snatched them up, spray-painted the bed black, and started planning a new rough-and-tumble big-boy room around it.
Outgrowing a nursery can mean more than just getting too big for the crib. Kat and Mitch Hertzler knew their son Ryder was also getting too old for the room's bright blue baby decor. So when their neighbor wanted to get rid of a full-size tubular-aluminum bed and mattress, Kat happily snatched them up, spray-painted the bed black, and started planning a new rough-and-tumble big-boy room around it.
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before of budget redo for boy's rustic style bedroom
Before: Periwinkle blue dominated the made-for-baby space, but once their son got older, it was time for a redesign.
Rustic Accents
First, she and Mitch painted the periwinkle paneled walls a more neutral gray. Then, inspired by images of salvaged wood-plank walls they had seen online, Mitch lined the ceiling with wood from pallets scored for free at the food-processing plant where he works and added a new industrial-style ceiling fan. To complete the room, Kat added sturdy vintage furniture she found at local thrift stores and auctions, and hung gingham curtains and woven blinds on the windows. But Kat and Mitch's favorite part, by far, is that showstopping ceiling. "When we finished, we would just lie on Ryder's bed and stare at it," Kat says. "The texture and warmth are just right."
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The Project Tally
• Gave a hand-me-down bed a wrought-iron look with leftover spray paint $0
• Painted the walls stormy gray $30
• Lined the ceiling with free wood-pallet planks they sanded and nailed to a plywood base $50
• Installed an industrial-style ceiling fan $140
• Finished the room with an armoire, a bookcase, a vintage school desk, and a dresser bought at auction $15
• Added a pinboard DIYed from fabric and cork panels found on clearance $6
• Hung curtains snagged from the thrift store and blinds they already had on hand $7

Total $248
 
 

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