Shared Boys Room- One Room Challenge Reveal!

6 weeks ago, I signed up for the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge. It’s not a competition, just some motivation to start and finish a room within 6 weeks, with a bunch of other people doing the same!

I didn’t do anything too dramatic or expensive, mostly using things I already had, along with a some thrifted finds. Changing out a light, painting the walls, some DIY projects including some prints, vertical shiplap and an easy sign and the difference is night and day. I’m so happy with the change and even happier that it didn’t cost much!

Tween Boys Room
Tween Boys Room

I was supposed to post updates weekly, but I’m going to need to learn to love progress photos, because here we are at week 6 with my first and last post.

Teen Boys Room

I love to have my kids share a room. I have 2 girls and 2 boys and for now, we have a girl room and a boy room. Maybe they will grow out of it someday, but I grew up sharing a room with my sister who is still one of my best friends. Maybe those late night shenanigans had something to do with our friendship? I’m willing to bet on it.

Boy Room Decor

There are a million reasons why I like my kids to share rooms, but I won’t go into that. My goal was to make them a comfortable and cool space where they like to hang out. We’ve done bunk beds in the past and while they make a lot of sense, I have loved having individual beds. Sometimes, you just have to get in there for a snuggle and those top-bunkers always miss out on that. Never to old for a bedtime snuggle.

Boys Room Shared
Shared Boys Room

We started out by painting the walls Sherwin Williams Dover White, which is a warm white (we had to go warm because of our existing trim color). We rearranged the furniture over and over again until we finally settled on this arrangement. I normally wouldn’t put beds in front of a window, but this gave the most usable floor space and symmetry. I’m into symmetry.

Navy Boys Room
Boys Room

Then we switched out that old light for a modern update. We tried a couple of different options, but ended up being really happy with this option from Amazon. Such an improvement without a lot of cost.

Teen Boy Room
Teen Boy Room

We also decided we wanted an accent wall. We went with some vertical “shiplap” with 1/4 inch gaps for a clean and modern look. We used 1/4 inch underpayment material from Home Depot and had them cut it into 1/4 inch strips. We painted the accent wall Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue. In the process, we removed and replaced the trim, which proved to be the tricky part. With some trial and error and a bit of caulk, we are happy with the outcome. I love white and crisp, but I am a big fan of a fun or funky accent too!


This “Work Hard” sign came from a local shop, Artisign Designs. I love everything she does, you cant go wrong!

Some Ikea Lack shelves filled with thrifted treasures, favorite books and souvenirs is my favorite part.

Vertical Shiplap
Ledge Shelf Boys Room

Below are the sources for everything pictured.








Throw Blanket



Ledge Shelves

“Work Hard” Sign


Wall Compass

Wall Map (similar)

Frames (24 x 36 available in store)

Night Sky Print

Eclipse Print

Paint Colors:

Accent Wall: Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue

Main Color: Sherwin Williams Dover White

Plants: Home Depot

I had so much fun re-vamping this space and making it something my boys would love. Thanks for taking a minute to check it out. Be sure to check out some of the other awesome projects and inspiration at

Decorating Hack-- Outdoor Rugs

I have a thing for rugs. 90% of the time, I think a rug and a pair of curtains is a game changer for any room—tying the components together and making it look finished. While I have a love for good quality rugs, filling a whole home with them isn’t easy on a budget.

White Piano

When we moved into our home, I wanted rugs for several spaces, but I knew it would be a long time coming. Until one day, I took a stroll in the Target outdoor section. I filled my cart with 4 rugs 8 x 10 rugs for the price of one indoor rug. I know they won’t last forever, but I am so happy with the neutral colors and the washability. I’m a believer.

White Piano

We turned our formal dining room into a music room. It doesn’t get a ton of traffic, but we wanted to break up all the wood floors, so an outdoor one was the perfect choice. This one ha neutral colors and a mild pattern to coordinate with other rugs in sight, which is important too.

Dining Room Rug

I have never had a rug under my dining room table because ewww. But, my kids have gotten older so the bananas are fewer. This outdoor rug cleans up super easy. It’s going on 1.5 years with no stains so far. That’s money well spent.

Kids Art Area

My kids art room definitely called for a rug to protect the carpet underneath without breaking the bank. I am expecting this one to get a little beat up, but for the price, I’m good with it. This rug still reads as a neutral and works just like I hoped.

Kids Art Room

Last but not least, never underestimate the power of an outdoor rug for your outdoor space. You can easily sweep or hose them off and they tie a space together to create a nice outdoor living room. Recognize this one? I bought 2 this one, one for my art room and one for this outdoor space. I love the blue!

Back Patio

They also work great for a front entry and a mudroom. Since they are thinner than a more expensive rug, the corners might have a tendency to curl. At Home Depot, you can buy peel and stick tiles. I like to buy one “tile” for each rug, use a utility knife to cut it into 4 pieces and stick a piece to the bottom of the rug in every corner. It will make sure it stays smooth and flat. Or if it will be on a hard surface with no furniture to anchor it down, you may want to get some rug grips tape. Works like a charm!

Target, Amazon, RugsUSA and Overstock are great places to buy outdoor rugs. The ones pictured are all from Target. Happy Rug Hunting!

5 Steps to Beautifully Stenciled Tiles

When we bought our home, I didn't love the basement.    It was a great room for kids to hang out, so it didn't need to feel like home, right?   Wrong.   Fast forward a year and a few baby steps and this room has become one of my favorites.   I love what a little paint and a little DIY can do. 

Just a few steps transformed this tile completely.   Gather your supplies and make a room you love

Here is a list of products you will need to get started (I have used affiliate links for the products I used):

TSP Cleaner


Masking Tape

Sanding Block

Roller and Foam Brush

Paint (I used leftovers.  Matte paint would be best-  I always love Behr from Home Depot)

Tile Stencil

Spray Adhesive

Small detail brush for touch ups


The first step is to clean your tile really well, using a heavy duty TSP cleaner (or similar).   Then using a sanding block, sand it to rough up the top, wipe it down once more with water and tape your edges.


Using a good primer is super important.   You will need 2-3 coats just to be sure it all stays put.   I waited about an hour between coats and made sure the coverage was super even.  I used this Zinsser 1-2-3 from Home Depot because I prefer working with water based.   For priming, I use inexpensive brushes and plan to throw them away after use.


I used some left over paint that I had from another project that was a satin finish, but everything I read says to use something matte.  Mine worked just fine, but if you are buying all new supplies, I would chose a flat, eggshell or even chalk paint.    I always swear by Behr Paint from Home Depot.  Amazing coverage, I wont ever use anything else!  I did 2 coats of the base color and let it dry overnight.

Base Paint: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin

Base Paint: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin


This is the big step and it was a little bit of a doozy.   When I started, I wasn't prepared with the right supplies.   First, choose a tile stencil.   I chose this one from Amazon and I was very happy with it.  Just be sure to order the correct size for your project.  My tiles are 12 inches, so I purchased the large size.

Again, I used leftover paint from another project (semi-gloss this time), but I think matte paint would have had less bleed.   I got started as soon as my stencil arrived, but I should have been prepared with the other neccesary supplies first.   They made a huge difference.

Stencil Paint Color: Behr Marquee - Unpredictable Hue - Semi Gloss

Stencil Paint Color: Behr Marquee - Unpredictable Hue - Semi Gloss

The thing the made the biggest difference is spray adhesive.  No matter how much tape I used, I could't get the lines as crisp as I hoped until I used adhesive. I gave it a good spray on the back every time before I set it down.  Game changer.

You can buy special stencil brushes and rollers too, but I think any small roller would work.  I preferred a small foam brush for the edges.  The trick is to barely use any paint.   You need to use a paper plate or something to off load the paint before applying in order to avoid the bleed around the edges.  You can go over the stencil several times to get the coverage you want, but the less paint on the brush, the better.

When I finished everything, I went around the edges with a small paintbrush to clean up with inevitable mistakes.   It wasa a little bit tedious but made the biggest difference. 

STEP 5: Top Coat

I knew I needed a UV resistant, non-yellowing topcoat that would protect and seal the paint.   Again, I went to my paint supplies and found what I needed.  I ended up using this Rustoleum Gloss in Clear.   I used 2 coats and I love the sheen it gave to the project and I think it's just the protection I was hoping for.   

It was a lot of work.  I like quick projects and this was more detail work than I imagined, but i am super happy with how it turned out.  If you have tile that could use a face lift, I say go for it!  

Wall Paint: Behr Marquee - Black Evergreen- Satin  Stencil Base Coat: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin  Stencil Paint: Behr Marquee- Unpredictable Hue- Semi Gloss

Wall Paint: Behr Marquee - Black Evergreen- Satin

Stencil Base Coat: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin

Stencil Paint: Behr Marquee- Unpredictable Hue- Semi Gloss