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I just discovered this old picture—by that I mean from 2004.

Renovating and redecorating Landen's bedroom--Three summers ago I was busy redecorating and renovating 2 of my great nephews’ bedrooms.

One of the projects was REworking a thrift store dresser (I bought and revitalized when the BIG brother was born -in 2004) to look less baby’ish as it moved to the LITTLE brother!

I shared the Before & After project with you, but couldn’t share the BEFORE THAT portion because I didn’t know what ever became of the pictures.  Since I just found one of them, I thought it would be fun to revisit this cute project!

Do you remember this?

Take 3!

This is where it started . . . original “beauty.” $15

Take 1-- directly from the thrift store.

I liked the “framed” front profileand it was SOLID wood, well made, and heavy.  Perfect for a future rough & tumble boy- right?!

My niece wanted to decorate the baby’s room with blues & greens and lots of animals!  I can do that!

Again—this was back in 2004.

Take 2!  REvamped for Braeden.

Eventually, it passed from BIG brother to LITTLE brother

-and needed to “grow up” a bit more too.  That was the Summer of 2012.

You can read about that project in the original post HERE.  In the top picture my great nephew was about even with the doorknob, at 4.  He’s 7 now  and TALL.  I should check back—wonder if it needs another update!?  ; D


3 stages--


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Uh huh—knockin’ my socks off with some (self-inflicted) aggravation____ tell you later, and sure you’ll laugh.

Yes–this is of my own making.  Figuratively and literally.

I’ve been thinking about this design -idea- for quite a while.  **Sourcing the car part was its own challenge.  I’ve fallen asleep many a night working out some of the design concepts/construction in my head.  I’ve sketched out one design to change up to another–and finally aNOTHer.

Here’s the concept AND last sketch of my crAzy idea!

Braeden’s bed wall—is being built around a 1971 Ford pick up TAILGATE!

to be made into a bed!

the design--

You can see it is essentially a sofa.  The back of it is the tailgate, the seat is the bed.  The other half of the waterbed drawer frame is the base.  And I’m still hunting for some tail lights–oy vey!

I originally wanted a really old (1930’s-40’s) truck hood because they were small(er).  Or I thought a bumper or a grill could be really fun!  ~Couldn’t find ANYthing—affordable.

The original concept was for something unusual to become the headboard of my g-nephew’s twin bed.  But when a neighbor found this tailgate for $10, and I wasn’t sure how good it was going to look cut down from 67″ to 55″ (the space it had to fit in)—this became the new design plan!  And will probably work out better as he gets older!

I think he will be able to claim the most   ORIGINAL   bedroom of any cousin, friend or classmate around!


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This is my next project!

And, YES—I’m still working on Braeden’s room!

Curious–??   *Travel* with me!

and my crAzy ideas!


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I finished his closet, hung the trophy hooks, took some pictures—and I can’t figure out where the day went–??  I promise, I was truly busy.  All day!    Anyway. . . .

The closet!

I’m going to begin with that pole-thingy, that no one could figure out, it’s a PANTS POLE!

Make sense now?!?

How about NOW—does this help?!?

He’s 8.  What 8 year old, I ask, is very good at hanging up their clothes–??  If he can’t hang up his pants with THIS system–he’s REAlly lazy!

I think it’s a pretty big improvement!  It’s certainly a whole lot more storage and organization!  I actually wanted to install the pants pole in the center, with ½ hanging rods above and below it.  Like winter shirts above, pants pole, summer shirts.  But my niece vetoed me in favor of this order.

The shelves will be filled with sweaters to pajamas–and his games!  And I think it will fair well open to the room (the door has left the building!).

Now, the Bench, with Trophy Hooks!   At last!

Tomorrow, I have some other details to wrap up,

and then I begin working on the BED wall—I can’t wait to show you THAT crAzy idea!


Like always, click on the pictures to see the details closer up!

I’m sharing this project with some of my favorite linky parties!

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I wish I could say I have nothing else to do but focus on Braeden’s bedroom—but that’s not LIFE!

So, he started school with a semi-torn up, and totally chaotic-looking room!

But he is having fun loading up his lockers and shelves with all his fancy LEGO’s and Pokemon stuff, and now wants to get locks for the lockers.

At 8!–what does he want to keep private already?  Me/G-Auntie; “Only if daddy has the extra key or knows the combo!”  Daddy; “No worries–I have a good bolt cutter!”

With the lockers and the dresser/bench installed, I’m working on his closet, that will now be open to the room at all times—my niece asked if it “would be too weird to remove the closet door–??”  So, I’m taking a new approach to the finishes in the closet!

I’ve hung adjustable shelves on one entire wall, and re-lined the rest with floor to ceiling, stained bead board.  Plus, I have one other trick up my sleeve to make it more VISUALLY INTERESTING!

Any guesses what this is?!?


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Everything is done with the lockers!

And tomorrow, when Brian finishes work, he and I will install Braeden’s lockers–yAy!  I can’t wait–ha–imagine how Braeden feels!

Below, as I quit last night—and today, cutting drawers down, base molding, last details, and finish waxing.

Sorry Kathy Ireland–really not feelin’ your cardboard drawers, or plastic veneers.

I am so-o-o-o-o happy to be done with this part of the project.  It was fun, exhausting, exasperating, and loooong to get through.  I looked upward more than once to acknowledge God’s sense of humor–uh huh–and I persevered.

I’ll show you how it looks installed and stylized—but here’s a preview!  It’s only propped together for the picture, so the middle shelf is missing, but you definitely get the jist!

two parts down, two to go—


I’m sharing this project in this linky party!


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There are 4 key areas of change to Braeden’s bedroom:

  1. His dresser, turned into a bench,
  2. the locker  wall,
  3. the bed  wall,
  4. and, the closet!

While I’m painting “lockers,” let me share this other little project—

I found a hotel/motel styled swing arm lamp (that would be mounted between the two beds, even has a plug-in), and altered it to go beside his bed.

I found it at the ReStore for $5!

I’ve been sitting on the finished lamp until I show you the completed bed wall,  B U T—

  • It was that ugly “brass” finish, so I used some Rust O leum hand hammered spray paint.
  • Instead of standard lamp shades–let’s do something wAy more fUn!
  • I bought a vintage globe in the flea market–I think I paid about $7.  I cut it in half, painted the inside a watery blue, trimmed the raw edges—

–et voilà, lamp shades!

And I topped them with vintage finials!

It was interesting to take the globe apart and get to see how they actually make these things!

I have a sUper cool surprise of a headboard—

Braeden has NO IDEA,

and I can’t wait to finish it and share it with you!

It took quite a bit of sourcing for THIS idea, and it may very well

knock your socks off!


**If you go to this more recent post, you’ll find info on how to cut your globe!

I’m sharing this lighting project with these favorite linky parties!


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