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.
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!
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.
- IKEA Tarva Hack
- IKEA Kallax Makeover
- DIY Tilt-Out Laundry Hamper
- Bamboo Curtain
- Belt Clock
- DIY Rustic Mirror Frame
- Red Lanterns
- Salt Lamp
- Bamboo Shoots
- Shibori Duvet Cover
- Zebra Head
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