Super Hero boys bedroom

I absolutely LOVE to design with my kids and help them create spaces they will enjoy spending time in. In my experience, most kids really don’t know what they want. So, I love helping them out and giving them a few different options. As with most rooms, we start with an inspiration piece. Something that they LOVE and are really drawn to. I love taking my kids shopping or just looking on pinterest for some ideas.  It was SO much fun seeing my kiddos creating and learning! I guess I pooped them out though… because after I made them paint for two hours, they crashed in the car on the way home. Ooopsy! I am in the LOVE with how the room turned out though and so is my son, which is the most important 🙂 I’m sad I didn’t get a really good picture of the room before. But it was pretty bad! The bottom half was a poop brownish green and top half was an even poopier brown! Bleh!!  The final product ended up being fun, clean and mature… just what I was going for!

TIP- THE DREADED THEMED ROOM AND HOW TO COMPROMISE

I personally am not a huge “theme room” person. Especially when it comes to children’s rooms. I just feel like themes can become tacky really quickly and the colors are usually those that I don’t care for. But in this case, my son was adamit. Cooper, my oldest knew he wanted his old Spider man stuff since he didn’t get to enjoy it in the old house for very long. And since it had been a couple years since we really decorated his room, he had matured and wanted something a little more grown up boy. So I set out to make the cleanest and most tasteful Super Hero room I could think of.  I thought by adding some navy blue it would really make the room feel older while still maintaining that superhero theme. I also, wanted to put a more modern. clean spin on the superhero theme. So I thought, large simple stripes would so the trick! I am VERY much in love with lime green (it’s my favorite color) so I just HAD to incorporate it into this fun boys room as well! I knew I wanted to bring in the clean crisp color of cream to make the room feel large and open as well so I continued the color up to the ceiling and onto the entire ceiling.

TRICK- USE THEME PIECES SPARINGLY

In my opinion (and take it for what you will) I like to use theme pieces sparingly. That means, if your child tires of the theme, then just take down the themed decor and you still have a perfectly designed and functional room! I love how if he did end up growing out of super hero’s anytime soon then, I can just remove a few wall decals, and a few decor pieces and his room still looks great! No, themed pieces needed or we can easily add a different theme!

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Ok, so it is mostly ugly… But I have big plans for this house!! And like I said before, there really are so many good things about it. Below are some before pictures. You see, in Texas even ugly houses are so spacious with wide hallways, tall ceilings and big ol’ rooms! At least, that is what the experience here was! The natural lighting in the home was fabulous, it just needed a fresh coat of a nice crisp clean creamy white color to reflect some light off of and it brightened the whole house up! Going into this project, we set a strict budget of $50,000. That was to include complete renovation of the kitchen AND master bath, tearing down two archways, putting up a brick wall, adding a pantry, adding lockers, painting the entire interior of the house from top to bottom with fresh paint, and new flooring in the ENTIRE 4,200 sq ft.  The timeline was a strict 8 weeks (because that is when our lease ended) and I was also about to pop with my fourth baby! So, I really wanted to get in and settled for a few weeks before baby came! So, we were on a mission! A general contractor was completely out of the budget and so were any custom designs, so we were on our own! Luckily we found Juan… a FABULOUS general construction worker with lots of knowledge in all aspects of renovations and he was able to work with our budget! We went and picked out all the tile, backslash, paint colors, carpet and flooring on our own to save money and delivered it right to the house. Juan was pretty amazing… he would tell us exactly what to get and how much and then he would work his magic!

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This is the fabulously HUGE and tall front entrance. It is VERY grand and gorgeous!!

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I never did get a very good kitchen shot before we started working on it! But you get the idea. The kitchen had a funky layout with a long hallway thing to the side and a wet bar towards the back. Since we don’t drink and there wasn’t a pantry, we decided to take it out and put in more storage!

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The fabulous dark oak cabinets were TOP priority to go! But they were in great shape luckily and so we were able to just re paint them!

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The master was screaming for some love!! Dark cheap laminate flooring and tan walls… eek! This was just cosmetic though.. pretty easy fix.

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The Master bath was very “builder grade” with tan EVERYTHING!! The walls, the tiles, the backsplash, the cabinets… all tan!!

Selling our first home and renting for the past two years has definitely given me an itch to have my own place again! It’s taken us a while to decide on what neighborhood and location, and we are REALLY picky… I mean REALLY PICKY.  We don’t know quite how long we will be here so my top priority was to find a place we could eventually sell and make some money on. Not only that, but I’m really into renovations! I LOVE everything about them… the construction, the design, the concept… you name it, I LOVE it! My favorite part is bringing life back into something that is just really ugly, old or worn down. I love the entire process. Being a realtor for several years, I also know what to look for and what are good selling features in a home. I know where to spend money and where to save it. And although, I have no professional training in design, I have a knack for pulling things together, seeing beauty and bringing out the best features in a space (I’d like to think so anyways 😉 ). After house hunting and neighborhood shopping for months… I found this beauty online myself and met straight with the seller. I was able to negotiate the price down quite a bit since the property had been sitting on the market for over 110 days and it didn’t show well at all. The overplayed Tuscany theme was well past it’s glory days and the whole place was orange with thick troweled walls and faux brick arches with cheap laminate flooring… BLEH!! BUT it had GREAT bones… the layout was fabulous, the rooms were large, the ceilings were high and the concept open! Really, it just needed a major face lift and a little moving around in the kitchen and we were golden! The lot was over 1/4 an acre and very private and came with a new large play structure PERFECT for the kiddos! I knew this was the place the second I walked in. It was love at first sight. I immediately started re-designing in my head, knocking down a couple walls and spiffing the place up! I had to have it… it was PERFECT!

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