"Faites que le reve devore votre vie afin que la vie ne devore pas votre reve"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week six: the big reveal!

Today is the end of the One Room Challenge.
For this challenge, I chose to redo my 16 years old son's bedroom.
His room was never really updated since we moved into this house 6 years ago,
so it was time to do something special, before he goes away to college!

And because he will be leaving in 2 years, I wanted to keep the update
simple and on the cheap, which I did: I spent about $300 on his room.
Not bad for a good paint job, a brick accent wall, and some seriously sturdy shelves.

It all started with a visit to Ikea and this picture:

Brick Master and I really liked the feel of this "room"
and realized we could make something like that happened with his room.

So I repainted the walls white, and then we installed one brick wall,
the feature wall when you enter the room.

All of his art went back on the wall and then some,
Brick Master is a huge Star Wars fan, and he likes to acquire prints when we travel,
like the painting from Paris skyline, the cartoon print from the Tate museum in London,
the airplanes prints from Pearl Harbor, and the Lego"Free Hugs" from DC.
And let's not forget Miss C.'s Star Wars paintings she made for him as presents,
or the boomerang Mon Cheri brought back from Australia.

The next thing we addressed was a cool bedding, he currently likes
his comforter and bed set so we opted to not change anything there,
so instead I finally finished a quilt I had started many years ago....
and it is perfect for the room with its black, white, grey and orange!

don't you love that giant houndstooth?
so bold and graphic!

Finally we took care of displaying Brick Master's many collections:
of airplanes with this little shelf,

and of tanks, and WWII vehicles, and helicopters, and Star Wars with these shelves below:

(and karate trophies, he is now a brown belt, hoping for the black one soon!)

That's what I called some serious shelves!

I made them out of very popular plumbing parts,
it is quite sturdy but expensive, compare to regular shelves.

But it really showcases Brick Master's collection:

perfect view from his bed.

So overall it is a great upgrade of his bedroom for about $300,
with $100 for the 4 brick panels, $120 for the shelves (plumbing parts)
and about $80 of paint, wood and miscellaneous parts.

And the best part, I have a happy teenager!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week five

There is only one week left for this spring One Room Challenge!
And we have had some progress, yeah!

Last week, I only had part of the quilt to show,
but this week, there is an airplane shelf,
new blinds and the beginning of more shelves!

Let's start with the airplane shelf:

Brick Master has a thing about airplanes, especially model ones,
so he has this neat collection of WWII planes that he wanted displayed.
So I built him a simple shelf, very similar to these ones from my previous baking corner.

It fits perfectly above some of his Legos,
just next to his desk, in plain sight for him.

And next to the window with one of the new blinds!
I installed another 2 on the main window.
The previous ones had lost their strings and it was no longer possible to open them,
giving this room a cave feeling, perfect for a sleep deprived teenager!

So I spent about 2h uninstalling the old blinds,
and installing the new ones, I chose them cordless for safety,
2 blackouts and 1 light filtering....
it might help to get up in the morning on the weekend!

My last project is to make some more shelves for this side of the room:

Originally he had a tv but never really watched it,
so Miss C. was happy to take it off his hands!

He has a few more collection of tanks and helicopters,
and some Star Wars helmets he wants to display.

The art needs to be rehanged above his bed...

So I am planning on making shelves like these:

(picture from Dandelion Patina)

I already purchase the hardware,
I just run out of the time this week end,
Brick Master was studying for his AP government,
so I did not want to make too much mess in his room.

The test is this Thursday, on May the 4th,
a great sign for him
and all the other Star Wars fans out there!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week four

So this is week 4 of the One Room Challenge,
which means only 2 weeks left,
so technically last weekend should have seen super productive....
well it wasn't!
Instead we had the Science Walk downtown DC,
more specifically for me watching my niece and nephew
while their parents and Mon Cheri went marching downtown!
They came from NY, the least I could do is spend the days with the kids,
we had fun but no work was done...
And on Sunday, it was our town Science day,
so Brick Master and the robotic team were on display,
which means me too, as I am a parent volunteer.

Not everything was lost,
I had a little bite of time at night to do some sewing.
I am finally finishing the quilt I started years ago,
more exactly I finished the top in April 2014!

(we had a lot of snow that year)

It just sat there in my sewing room waiting for me to quilt and bind it.
 At the time I had even purchased some black and white fleece 
for the back and cut the binding.
But I felt overwhelmed by the size of the quilt and the challenge 
of putting all that bulk in my sewing machine.

Well no more, with this room redo, we need a good quilt,
and this is it.

I just finished quilting and attached part of the bidding,
it will be done, in time for the room reveal.

So at least we will have painted walls,
brick wall and a handmade quilt!

We are moving along toward this mood board:

Better chance next week!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

rock climbing bag, perfect for teens

As I mentioned on the first post of this year ORC
Brick Master is a fan of rock climbing,
he goes after school about once a week
and really enjoys it, especially with his friends.
This year for Christmas and his birthday (just a few days apart)
he received his own set of shoes and harness.

So of course I had to make him a bag to carry it all!
I followed the same tutorial that I used previously to make some art journal bags.
It is just much larger and with corners to accommodate the width of the shoes.
The fabric I used is a set of prints I won 5 years ago,
which I saved for a special project for Brick Master,
unfortunately I never did anything with it,
and now it is too old for the robots!
(do not hoard fabric, use the good stuff right away!)

So I kept the robots for the lining instead of making them a feature.
The coordinating prints were really good, so it was easy to work with all of them.

I added on the bag a loop to attach a little carabiner,
making it easy to attach to his backpack,
as he goes just after school.

For the strings I used shoes laces, it is the perfect color,
sturdy and cheap!

I could not help myself and use a robot as a tag on the front,
layering it with another print.
It is a claw/hand robot as Brick Master is usually the one designing something like that
for his robotic club....
may be it is not too late for that fabric after all!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week three

This is week 3 of the ORC: my son's bedroom makeover,
and the half way point and we have progress!

It was a busy weekend, we installed the "brick wall",
actually just paneling, but it was a bigger job than I expected.

We had to work in the room, which is not too small
but has a queen size bed, so it really limits the space.

And do not get me started on the flying dust that came from having 
to cut the panels in the room...
they were there, we were not taking them back downstair to cut them!

( I still need to reinstall all of his Star Wars pictures...)

We also decided against gluing the panels to the wall,
just in case we get tired of it.
So we screwed the panels to the studs, it is not as seamless as glue,
but if/when we decide to remove it,
it should be easy and the drywall will not be totally ruined.

I still need some 1/4 round for the sides for a more finished look.

Brick Master likes it and it brings a lot of characters to his room.
This wall (and the computer) is the first thing you see when you enter the room.

(in case you are wondering, it is a root beer bottle among the many glasses of milk!)

With the walls painted white and the brick accent wall,
his room is on its way to have that industrial loft feel we were hoping for.
Next we need to tackle some shelves!

here is our inspiration board:

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