Tween Boy Bedroom Reveal & Giveaway!

What do you get when you mix really cool paint technology, one ‘tween’ boy and one mom in denial over the fact that her son is actually a ‘tween’? You get one really cool room makeover AND even better…an amazing bonding experience.


‘Tween’ boys are an interesting species. One minute still pretending that a giant box is an airplane and ‘flying’ all around with his sister and the next behaving like such a young man that it completely startles you and brings tears to your eyes. Frankly this year has been an emotional one for this mama. I feel tears springing to my eyes at the most unexpected times as I see my sweet boy changing before my eyes. I go in at night while he’s sleeping and brush his hair off his forehead and can’t believe that his feet reach the end of the bed. And then I see that he still has his favorite stuffed horse, ‘Paco’, wrapped around his neck, and I can’t help but feel grateful that, for now, there is some ‘little boy’ still inside. They really are in be’tween’ two worlds, aren’t they? That’s why getting to do this makeover with my own ‘tween’ boy was such a special experience. He was 100% involved in every aspect of it and, no surprise here, was especially excited to get to try the latest Sherwin-Williams technology to help choose the colors for his room.

paint color visualizer screen shot

The Color Visualizer tool was hands down his favorite, and he loved getting to virtually paint the space and see how the color combinations would work together.

paint visualizer from sherwin williams

Once we had selected our colors, we headed out to our local Sherwin-Williams store! They have so many fabulous color options, and we selected SW 6148 Wool Skein for the top half of the room and SW 7533 Khaki Shade for a fun stripe around the room. The employees there even let my son scan the color and watch the tint drop down into the paint can. He loved getting to do that almost as much as going out for a treat to cap off our paint buying date!

painting date

And after all of our planning and hard work we were able to take his room from this…
boys bedroom before

To this!


Moving the bed from the middle of the room completely opened up the space and my ‘tween’ told me he really liked being nestled into the corner of the room. He says it feels cozier. :-)

boys bedroom changes

The new shelving and desk add the perfect rustic meets industrial feel to the room and provide much needed storage and workspace. My boy was very proud that he put them together all by himself…with Dad supervising nearby.

tween boy desk and shelving

A map wall decal hanging on the wall over the desk pulls all of the paint colors together perfectly.

map wall decal

An inexpensive metal folding chair adds to the industrial feel.

metal folding desk chair

And the surface of the desk has a more rustic look.

camera bank

One set of shelves is dedicated to Lego storage and display.

metal and wood bookcase

Chalkboard labels help to keep the colors sorted.

chalkboard labels for Lego storage

The other side of the room has dramatically changed too. Going from this…

boys room makeover before plans

To this! I mean, seriously folks, doesn’t this look TONS better?!

Tween Boy Bedroom

I’ve come to accept that this might be the only time the top of the dresser looks this uncluttered, so let’s pause for a moment while I gaze at it ok?


tween boy bedroom dresser decor

Thanks for allowing me that moment! 😉

Paint cans make for fun book ends and also provide storage for all of the strange items that have been deemed ‘treasures’ by my child who likes to hoard  collect things.

paint cans as book ends

A door picked up at a secondhand store became the perfect headboard.

door turned headboard with wall lamp

And a lamp attached makes it the perfect reading spot.

wall light mounted on headboard over bed

We thought it would be fun to keep the stripe going right onto the curtains by painting drop cloth with the SW 7533 Khaki Shade. I’ll show you how I did it on a later date!

painted stripe curtain matching wall stripe

Time seems to be moving at warp speed these days. I look at this boy of mine and can’t help but ache a bit. It’s not that I don’t absolutely love this time in our lives and the young man he is becoming. Because I do…I truly do. It’s just, well, it’s just so bittersweet. If these last 11 years have gone by this quickly, how much faster will these next few years go? So, it may have seemed like we were simply picking out paint colors and putting together furniture, but I know that it was so much more. When I tucked him in on that first night after his room makeover was completed and he said to me, “Mom, I really love my room. It’s cool!” This wasn’t just about a makeover. This was about a memory. A moment in time where we came together and celebrated the fact that he was getting older, changing, growing. And that for all of my “I can’t believe my sweet baby boy is getting so big” and all of his “moooommmm stop smothering me with kisses,” we both know that we wouldn’t trade these moments for anything!

And now, my friends, are you ready for a GIVEAWAY? 

One of you will win a $50 Sherwin-Williams gift card!

  Simply leave a comment here answering this question:

What room would you makeover with Sherwin-Williams?

I can’t wait to hear your answers! Good luck!

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  1. JoeyfromSC says

    It looks GREAT!!

    I’d makeover my living room. It needs color & alot of help haha..Thanks for the chance to win!


  2. says

    Oh my Vanessa…your son must be over the moon happy with is beautifully re-decorated room!…So many creative details…I love how you attached the reading light to the door/headboard…and how you lined up the stripe on the drape with the strip on the wall…I have so many “paint projects”… I currently have Sherwin Williams Macadamia in the media room and it is time for a change after 9 years…so would love re-paint that room with a lighter color…the powder room is scheduled to be painted also in SW Silvermist….You did a magnificent job on the room Vanessa….and great giveaway!
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  3. Denise says

    Your makeover looks amazing! I’m sure your son is loving his room. If I were to win the giftcards I would use it to buy paint for our master bedroom – definitely in need of a change!

  4. says

    It turned out great, Vanessa! Love the colors and the stripe. Such a fun idea to have the stripe come across the curtains, too. This is a great room that will grow with him. I remember doing my son’s room makeover with him, too. He was a bit older than your son, but he had lots of input and he really loved out his room had turned out, too. I think they feel some pride that they put together such a nice space that reflects their personality.
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  5. Sari Croson says

    I’d love to paint and redo my youngest son’s room! He is the youngest child of 8 and the last of my 5 boys…all his furniture and things are hand me downs! I’d love to make his room special and “his”!

  6. Kelli says

    I have a whole new (to us) house filled with builder beige … so I have plenty of options! My boys’ room is probably next on my list though :)

  7. says

    I love what you did, I think I would try to a makeover of my ‘tween daughter’s room, you should see the closet, it really needs some organizing!

  8. the misfit says

    What an awesome makeover! (I can’t believe he assembled his OWN shelves. My husband doesn’t even do that – ha!) I came over from the Nester’s to see the tour of homes (will find that next) but figured I’d enter the contest first. I’ve painted lots of the house, but I’ve been toying with the notion of a stencil treatment in my room, and SW makes such great paint, I bet it would only take one coat!

  9. Ellen says

    I would paint my guest bedroom. Where did you get the boxes that the Legos are in? Did you paint them to match dresser?
    Love the room. Where did you get the map decal? Sorry about all the questions.

    • says

      Hi Ellen! I LOVE questions!! :-) The Lego boxes I picked up at a store called Fred Meyer and they were already that color so thankfully I didn’t have to paint them. And the map decal I found on clearance at Target but I’ve seen a lot of them online too through Amazon or Ebay! Thanks for stopping by!
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  10. Cheryl says

    I’ve been waiting for the big reveal! It looks fantastic. I know what you mean about time flying. My 15 year-old just told me she wants to pack away some of the things on her shelves for the attic. That is SO hard on me! But she is growing into a wonderful young woman and for that I am grateful. I would re-do my basement family room. It’s on the list for this summer. I want to bring my husband’s Coke collection out of the attic and give it a fun, vintage feel.

  11. Susanne says

    I love your son’s new bedroom. I would paint my kitchen. It needs HELP!!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway. I love reading your blog.

  12. Mary Stewart says

    Love that room! I would makeover my office. I need to add another desk/computer area for my granddaughter. The desk and chair in the tween room would be great for her!

  13. Jeannene says


    The room looks great. I would make over my bathroom that has ugly 90’s wallpaper and depresses me every time I’m in there!

  14. Joetta Colquette says

    I and my daughter would love to paint her bedroom~ We painted her furniture last summer-desk and hope chest in purple, and two bookcases in aqua-all match her quilt, shams and curtains 😀 LOVE what you did in your son’s bedroom~

  15. Pam says

    I love the makeover. I went through the same thing a few years ago with my now 16 year old son. You are so right-time flies!
    I would/am going to make over my laundry room. It needs a boost. Looking for the perfect color. I am a teacher so it is my summer project!

  16. Christina says

    Just discovered your blog yesterday and I’m enjoying it! Getting ready to redo my 10 yr old sons room this summer so I really appreciated this post. I’m looking forward to doing this project with him. Thanks for the ideas and encouragement!

  17. kathy millimen says

    Moving from Memphis to the Atlanta area.Have a whole new house to paint! Starting with the living room! Enjoy your time with your son. time flies! My son is 22! I swear he was 11 yesterday!

  18. Natalie says

    I need to makeover my living room because there is no paint or pictures on the walls. Winning this gift card would help buy quality paint!

  19. linda says

    Would love to do a family room makeover. Have my curtains made now on to the paint! Love your bedroom makeover!

  20. Suznne says

    The room looks fabulous – simple changes, huge impact! I’d love to know where you purchased the lamp over his bed.

  21. Heather B says

    I would start with my master bathroom. It is a cotton candy pink color that I really do not care for.

  22. Cheryl says

    I would make over our bedroom. I painted it green when we first moved in and can’t seem to make that color work. I need something more neutral.

  23. Yvonne says

    My son’s room needs to be transformed into a sewing room for me. A new coat of paint would be a wonderful start.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Cindy says

    I would paint my family room. We’ve been in our house for 3 1/2 years and the walls still have only white primer on them.

  25. Teri says

    My powder room is in need of a make-over. New paint would be a great way to start! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Alina says

    I would love to paint my master bedroom and bathroom with this paint. Love how the room turned out!

  27. Jenny says

    Great job, his room looks Awesome. I would repaint our bathrooms with the Sherwin Williams paint. They really need it.

  28. Anna says

    I would LOVE to paint almost any room in my home! I am actually DIYing it to sell!! Your son’s room looks great…we have eight children!! Your blog is great. Blessings on you both.

  29. says

    What an awsome room and cool that you did it together, and will have that time-stamped memory :=) thr room turned out great, my favorite part is the stripes and how they coordinate with the map, and the industrial furniture is beautiful and per fect fora still growing boy… I mean young man!! I would re-paint my kitchen, I have got to cover over a painting mistake that I made in there…and soon, LOL!!!

  30. Amy S says

    Our master bathroom for sure! It really needs a new coat of paint…the pale green in there is so boring!

  31. Betty C says

    I love the way the room turned out. I’d like to redo my bedroom but my living room needs it more.


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