Shared Boys’ Bedroom

There is one more room of our renovated 1940 colonial that I’ve never toured for you.  I’ve shared bits and pieces here and there, but since their room in our next home is going to be completely different, I thought this room deserved one last hurrah before we put it to bed.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

Let me start by saying, I love this room.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

For a woman who is obsessed with neutrals – both my home and my closet are full of whites and wood tones – this room was my one major colorful outlet (and my excuse to leave a giant mess 😉 ).

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

It was one of those rooms that evolved over time.  My oldest son was not even two when we moved in, and to say the room looked different would be an understatement.

boys room before

We painted and added the wainscoting, then got two twin beds from my parents (the ones my brother and I used as a child!) as new baby brother claimed ownership of the crib.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

I repurposed some yard art as a mobile.

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Painted a rusty metal train.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

And made some wonderful no-sew bunting.

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It made for a very happy room.  I love the mismatched bedding (the navy one was mine in college, and the quilt work one I found at HomeGoods) and the vintage table and desk as bedsides.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

I think the most important thing for my boys (who are now 3 and 5) is a space to claim their own (they like having different bedding, for example) and some space to share.  They build tinker toys non-stop on the rug. 😉

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

The little desk area that connects to their closet is a wonderful bonus.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

I finished it off with a diy roman shade, and the boys love coloring here.

colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

It’s been a wonderful space for our family, and we’re excited about creating a new one in our new home.  As the only girl (with three brothers), I always got my own room, but there was always a part of me that wished for the kind of camaraderie my sons now share.  I pray it continues always!

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colorful, vintage shared boys room with adorable diy projects | maisondepax.com

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Hello Rachel, I just love what you’ve done with this room. It looks so fresh and crisp. I’m always inspired by what you do. I have a question for you regarding the white wainscoting you’ve used here. We’ll be adding wainscoting in our tiny basement space (to hide some uneven walls) and I’m trying to decide which white paint color to use. Do you have any suggestion? The top portion of the walls will be a very light cream (yellowish and grayish tones).I think it should brighten up this dark space.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Stephanie! I do love how so much white trim can help brighten a space. :) If it is a tiny basement space, I might be tempted to use an off-the-shelf extra white. It will be less expensive, will really brighten the space, and will save you the trouble of worrying about how the undertones might clash with your color above. Whites are SO tricky, though, so I make no promises! I do hope this helps, though! :)

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