Sharing all the tips & tricks of this awesome built in boys dark blue bedroom renovation & reveal with more than 8 DIY project ideas included like new pine floors, bead board ceiling, built in bed, bookcase, drawers, desk, angled door & storage ideas to increase floor space in a narrow bedroom with pictures!
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Built in Boys Dark Blue Bedroom Renovation & Reveal
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Ryan’s Built in Boys Blue Bedroom Before & the Plan for Renovation
Ryan’s room presented quite a challenge for us to figure out how to make it feel more open.
His room had 3 doorways, one window and a large double door closet which left little room to place furniture.
As you can see from below he doesn’t have a normal looking doorway and he’s missing a door.
The room is also only 8 feet wide so whatever furniture we did have left the room feeling very cramped.
Before starting this boy’s built in bedroom we did close off one of the doorways into Ryan’s room to make room for a built in desk in Bennett’s room.
We also added a pallet sliding barn door to the doorway between Ryan’s and Tucker’s room when we turned our former master closet into our youngest bedroom ( you can see that transformation here).
DIY Bead Board Ceiling in our Built in Boys Blue Bedroom
The first thing we did was demo this boys bedroom!
We are adding a built in bed in the same spot as the former closet so we had to figure out the footprint of that first so we knew where the DIY bead board ceiling was going.
Once we took out the closet we started adding the strips to where the bead board ceiling was going next.
Next we added the tongue and groove bead board with a little crown molding around the perimeter of the ceiling followed by 3 coats of white paint.
See how to DIY a bead board ceiling here.
We also added a new ceiling fan to replace the old one.
DIY Painting this Blue Bedroom Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy
We added Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy to Ryan’s Walls.
We loved the color of Ben’s blue bedroom so much that we decided to repeat it in Ryan’s room.
The dark flat paint does a fantastic job covering any imperfections on the old plaster walls.
DIY Wide Pine Floors to our Boys Built in Blue Bedroom
Next up we started to lay some wide pine tongue and groove floors.
We added the same wide pine floors as we added to the rest of the 2nd floor.
It is so great to finally have all our floors match!
See how to add DIY wide pine floors here.
Once the floors were in, stained & poly urethaned, I cut the baseboard trim to nail in.
We decided to replace the old baseboard that was here because it was really small & we wanted to have it match the rest of the house.
I just love the crisp white woodwork against the navy walls & pine floors!
Final Reveal – Built in Boys Dark Blue Bedroom
DIY Built in Bed in the Dark Blue Bedroom
Ryan absolutely loves his DIY built in bed.
I find him constantly snuggled up with a book in hand & his red light on!
DIY Pallet Name Sign in this Boys Dark Blue Bedroom
The pallet sign we created for over his bed matches the colors in his plaid PB bedding perfectly.
DIY Built in Bookcases, Bookshelves, Dresser & Secretary Desk in this Boys Dark Blue Bedroom
After finishing his bed we turned an old thrift store secretary into some much needed storage space with a built in dresser / desk for his blue bedroom.
DIY Built in Desk in the Boys Dark Blue Bedroom
Later we added a desk under the boys blue bedroom window to help give him more desk space now that he is in high school. (see the DIY HERE)
DIY Roman Shade for Privacy in this Dark Blue Boys Bedroom
I made this Pottery Barn inspired roman shade for only $15. (see the DIY HERE)
It gives Ryan a little more privacy from his window even if he thinks he doesn’t need it!
My kiddo’s books are well worn.
He absolutely loves to read so I know it won’t be long before his shelves are filled with even more books.
Ryan also loves playing lacrosse and we were lucky to find 2 “vintage” lacrosse sticks at our local thrift store.
The lax sticks wood goes well with the pallet barn door Jason made to divide his room from his younger brothers.
I think just about anything looks great hung on his navy walls with white trim, even store bought maps.
For only $15 for 2 at our local Costco.
We used the other one in his brother’s room.
DIY Angled Door in this Boys Dark Blue Bedroom
And last but not least every bedroom needs a door, right?
His was doorway was a little challenging but I absolutely love how his angled door came out!!!
We are incredibly happy with his room but thankful to be DONE.
Sharing his built in blue bedroom the One Room Challenge as guest participant with Calling It Home.
Thanks so much for Linda for hosting.
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out his built in blue bedroom.
I hope this inspires you to try one of the many DIY projects we shared in his boys built in dark blue bedroom!
by Tara Lehman
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Love this room – that built in bed is amazing! And I love the paint color. And I just went to check out Tucker’s bedroom too and I’m kinda blown away. So so good!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my son’s room Lizzie!
This room came out amazing Tara! I love all the custom details. I can’t wait to see how you made the Roman shade because I love that too!
Thanks so much Roxanne!
Simply beautiful! I love it all!
How exciting Tara! Reveal day is so much fun! Your Boys room transformation is fabulous…great job!
Thank you so much Vicki & Jen!!!
I absolutely love this room, Tara! All the built-ins are amazing. Great job!
Thanks so much Amy!!!
I love the room! It looks so great! The ceiling looks amazing and best. ceiling. fan. ever! The room color is awesome and all the accessories tie everything together so nicely!
Thanks so much Lisa!
The final reveal looks great, nothing like gorgeous navy walls against the bright white trim + ceiling 🙂
Thank you Nicole!!!
I LOVE IT!!! The built-ins make it, in my opinion!!! I love the little alcove for the bed – my 10-year-old would love to curl up in there, too! What a lucky boy – and great work!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my son’s blue built in bedroom Stephanie!
Tara what a great space! That built in bed nook is awesome!!!!! Love the color on the wall with all the crisp white, the red light, the built in desk and bookcases, so much character everywhere! Your boys’ names are really cute by the way.
Ha! Thanks so much Lisa!!!
Incredible results, Tara! I love everything about this room and I love how much space there is with the built-ins!
This room turned out amazing! I love the bedding, the wall color…well really all of it! Excellent job!
Thanks so much for stopping by Laura!!!
The bed in the nook is very clever! And I love the angled door. Very nice!
Thanks so much Justynn!!!
If I were a boy, I would never want to leave this room! It’s stylish without being too grown-up. Love the navy and hits of wood throughout. Well done!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Jen!
That built in bed is so cool and I love the paint color. Great job!
Thanks so much Tiffany!
How you placed your bed is GENIUS! i also love how you displayed his favorite things in the cabinets! Congrats and Cheers for another room done!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my son’s built in blue bedroom Vel!
Now every friend who comes over is going to want a bed like his. I know I would! Well done, mama! I adore it!!!! xx
Thank you for your sweet comments Elise!
This room turned out so well! I cannot believe how much building you did and still finished on time ! Great job, it is fantastic.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Danielle!
It looks amazing, Tara! I love the color scheme and I’m a sucker for built-ins! You guys did such a great job!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s bedroom Samantha!
You guys did an amazing job, Tara! It’s not surprise he loves that bed tucked into the wall! So cozy! Love all the DIYs you guys did… Hope you have a very relaxing weekend! xo
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Kendra!
I can’t believe you got all of that building done in 6 weeks! The room is amazing and makes such good use of the space. I love the bed. Ah-mazing!
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my son’s built in bedroom Amanda!!!
What a great use of space! Love the style, details and storage!
Thanks so much Krystle!
The bed nook? Genius! Love the colors and the lacrosse sticks on the wall. It’s fantastic!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Heather!
Such a great room makeover! I love that map and the lacrosse stick…what a great touch!
Tara, everything looks awesome! I especially love the built-in bed and secretary desk. Such smart uses of the space!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Emily!
Ryan’s room is perfect! I still can’t believe how much you utilized the space in the room with all of those built in features. As soon as I saw the bed I thought about how fun it would be to curl up in that nook and read – I’m glad your son loves it! 🙂
Wow, Tara–this room is amazing! I love all the built-ins you created, especially the bed. The ceiling with the navy walls is so crisp and classic. The map artwork is such a great touch. No wonder your son loves the room–well done!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Sharon!!!
Love the built-ins and the design! Great job!
Thank you so much Holly!!!
It looks amazing! And I absolutely LOVE the wall color!
Thanks so much Erin!
Love…love…love the ceiling and all the built ins. You created an amazing space!!!
Thank you so much Tammy!
What a great room this is Tara! I knew it would turn out great when I saw that you had painted it the navy color. It must be your lucky color. The navy and white look so crisp and clean. And of course, you guys worked miracles with the unit that surrounds the window. A really fun room for a young boy. Love the pallet door too, it adds such character.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Mary!
This is perfection for a boy! The blue and crisp white is timeless. I love the way the bed ended up in the nook. Great job!!
Wow, thank you so much Stacey!!!
So cute! I love the navy blue, and all of your accents go together so perfectly! I know what you mean about being tired just thinking of the One Room Challenge…I’m still exhausted from it!
Thanks so much Rachel!!! The One room challenge is definitely tiring but it’s so fun to have a new completed space!!!
Tara! Ryan’s bedroom is fabulous! Labors of love always seem to turn out the best, don’t they? Thanks for sharing, and I’ll definitely be back to see how you made the roman shade — my eye went right to it. Have a great week, Cynthia
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son’s bedroom Cynthia! The roman shade was crazy simple and no sewing required :).
Tara! This bedroom turned out beautifully. That navy on the walls is seriously perfect. I love it with all the white trim. You did an amazing job in here!
Thanks for your sweet comments about my son’s built in blue bedroom Erin!!!
I can’t remember if I commented, but your sons room looks amazing, I love the white chairs and the blue together.
Thanks so much Maria!!!
Hi! Can I ask what paint color this is? Thanks!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my son’s blue bedroom Bridget! We painted the room Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy.