Teen Bedroom Wrap-Up

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Jeezum Crow, people, it’s June, and we’ve finally finished Barish’s two-room makeover!

You’ve already seen the first room reveal, so today I’m going to show you the second room.

Now, you need to understand that Barish’s second room was an afterthought, built years after the original house in a small space above the garage that used to be an attic.

Here’s what it looked like before the makeover.

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It’s all elbows and angles.

And it’s impossible to photograph, so there are no full-room shots, because, well, they’re impossible with his wacky sloping walls!

Anyway, this reveal will be a little different than what you may be used to. Sure we’ll give you the source list for all his doodads and gizmos and thingamabobbers, but throughout the pics, I want to tell you about an amazing thing that happened during the course of making over both rooms.

Okay, look, I promised my babes that I’d have it finished by her birthday on April 15th. It was going to be my gift to both of them!

That didn’t happen.

Life got in the way, I got distracted by a bunch of other projects around the house, and The Boy’s room dragged on for an additional month and a half.

I’ll tell you, though – it feels good to wrap this one up! Not because it’s been haunting me since January, but because My Boy finally has the room(s) he deserves!

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Of all the things this project has shown and taught me, the most rewarding by far was watching how the transformation of this space – customized for his needs and wants – also transformed Barish.

When we started in January, Our Boy was still a kid. His room was a mess, and his mind was scattered and unfocused.

Handan and I impressed upon him that the changes we planned for his rooms would also benefit his brain.

A clean and orderly living and working space leads to an organized mind, and an organized mind is one of the keys to success in life.

I don’t think he believed us when we told him that.

But as we ticked projects off the to-do list, and as his new rooms took shape, Barish took ownership of his new space.

He took pride in his new space.

Dishes and food wrappers that might have stowed away for weeks in forgotten corners of his old space suddenly appeared downstairs only minutes after he finished with them.

Laundry piles on the floor shrunk to individual pieces, and even they were few and far between.

His desk and floor remained free from the loose-leaf schoolwork that used to blanket every surface like multi-variable snow.

Sure, we had told him at the outset that we expected him to keep his new area clean.

Did we really expect full compliance right away?

I know I didn’t!

But the change didn’t stop there.

The bussed dishes, clean floors and organized desk were just a prelude to (or perhaps a symptom of) something far grander.

Between January and now, we’ve witnessed our son mature from a boy to a young man, both mentally and emotionally.

He carries himself with more confidence.

He thinks ahead with schoolwork, no longer putting everything off until the last minute.

His thoughts are more complex – he has started to formulate ideas and voice questions that show a deeper understanding the world he inhabits.

Where before he was a simple kid with simple thoughts, he has grown into a rounded and thoughtful young adult.

Okay, I get it. Six months at his age is like six years at ours.

Maybe it was just his time to grow, regardless of what his room looked like.

Maybe we had nothing to do with it.

But just maybe we did.

Just maybe this teen room makeover was the catalyst Our Boy needed to set aside the trappings of childhood so he could take his first tentative steps as a man.

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  1. Barish is very lucky to have parents thoughtful enough to do this for him, and I know the extra time taken to “do-it-yourself” so many of the cool things in his rooms matters to him. This has been such a fun journey to follow on your blog. Do you have plans for any sort of light near his bed?

    1. Hi Kay, we’re not planning a light, as all his bedtime “reading” is on an electronic device. There’s also plenty of light in his room at night thanks to the salt lamp. 🙂

  2. Wow, what a difference a DIY makes. His new spaces look fabulous. So fresh, clean, and full of little touches and details. Bravo to you both for creating such a cool space for your young man. I hope he finds it a great space to dream, imagine, and relax. It’s been a fun journey to follow.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! It’s been quite a journey for us, too, but I’m glad it’s over! Time to clear out and let The Boy enjoy his rooms in peace, lol! 😀

  3. And, you’ve given him the gift of knowing the satisfaction of doing something from start to finish, all by yourselves. Seeing you create something (laundry hampers leap to my mind) that he’ll use for a very long time, will inspire him for the rest of his life. I’ll bet he is a quick study in the shop, too. Can’t wait to see his first projects.

    1. I think he’ll make a great DIYer someday, Corky. He hasn’t spent much time in the shop yet, but building IKEA furniture for his room seemed to light spark!

  4. wow. it is a dramatic change. I would love to have that room! I think you guys are so talented. I love the whole thing, there is nothing I would change.
    out of the park!

  5. When you give people something they can be proud of, that they’ve helped have a hand in, they usually put thought and effort into respecting that space. It’s why building communities around the needs of the people is so important. You’ve built Barish a space that is tailored to his needs, his tastes, and allowed him to take part in decision making and the work required to build the rooms. It’s amazing what that can do for a young person’s confidence and maturity.

    You’re such a proud Daddy and it’s fantastic! I bet Handan is glowing as her little boy grows up. You’re both great parents. I really mean that.

    Barish’s rooms look fantastic and I’m sure he’s going to enjoy and utilise the spaces for many years to come!

    1. You are so right about that, Jay. If we had done this whole project with no input nor help from Barish, I think he would have viewed it as just another bedroom. But he built his new IKEAS, he watched us build his other furniture in the basement, and we consulted him on certain design elements, so he really does feel as though the rooms are truly his own.