Another day, another makeover, but who’s counting, right? I mean, what else are we going to do in this house? Nothing much has been unpacked because everything depends on getting the dining room columns removed and replaced with some sort of wall. Once that happens, the dominoes will start to fall, and not to be too crass about it, but Shit’s Gonna Get Done.
And I’m just the guy to get it done.
But until then, there will be no peace between House and me until every last green wall has been mercilessly buried under two coats of a more retinal-friendly paint.
So, in honor of The Boy’s triumphant return from his first year away at university, we’ve turned our makey-makey eyeballs to Baris’s room. He’s going to be living with us this summer, so he may as well do so in style. Besides, he’s earned it. Let me explain…
We interrupt this blog post for a Proud Papa moment.
I was scared. There’s no mincing words. In fact, I was terrified of what might happen to my boy.
My boy, born in Turkey and raised around the world. My boy, who learned to speak English from a Russian nanny whose own English was broken. My boy, who never really learned his native tongue, so his first language, English, struggled to become native. My boy, who couldn’t differentiate between real life and video games when he first came to live with us in Vietnam in 2011. My boy, whose early grasp and mastery of math was overshadowed in my eyes by his struggles with English. My boy, who spent so much time alone because he had no roots and no long-term friendships.
(My boy, who used to play monopoly against himself, alone in his bedroom, because he had no friends close by. My wife, who discovered this one day and came downstairs in tears because she understood what her boy couldn’t, because he was still too young to be troubled by this.)
My boy, who even in high school didn’t seem ready to venture off to college.
My boy, who lived with his grandparents in Connecticut while the pandemic raged around him and his parents were in Georgia.
My boy, who moved to Georgia for his high school senior year and was forced to start over, again, in a new school in a new land for the…how many times had it been? Ten? More?
My boy, who changed profoundly during his senior year, maturing into a young man and revealing a side of himself that must have been simmering under the surface for years, just waiting to emerge.
My boy, a young man (but still a boy) more ready for life than he had been (but still my boy, still my boy).
I was scared he was not ready to go out on his own. I was scared that he was still too naïve, too inexperienced. I was scared the world would devour him, as it so often does the innocent.
I was scared he would falter, that he would fall…and that he would ultimately fail.
My boy did not falter, he flourished.
My boy did not fall, he flew.
My boy did not fail, he found himself and crushed every expectation we had and more.
He grew in ways I never dreamed possible at his age. He blew past his peers, posted a 4.0 GPA this semester and a 3.9 for his first year in a major that saw many kids pummeled to tears.
And he made his Dad so very proud.
So, yeah, The Boy has earned the coolest room in the house, and that’s exactly what we’re going to give him with this makeover. He’ll be arriving home soon, and if he’s willing, he can help out with some of the components of this makeover. Or he can relax and enjoy his time off before he starts his internship. Either way, his new bedroom – perfect for any young adult – will soon be ready for him to enjoy!
Let’s take a look at what we have now, and then we’ll talk a little about what we’re going to do.
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The Green is strong with this room. But not for long.
It’s a simple bedroom with carpet so plain it’ll put you to sleep before you can walk across it, walls so green, you’ll either want to vomit or eat a bowl of split pea soup, and a tropical fan that looks like it wandered in from a Tommy Bahama photo shoot.
There’s a small walk-in closet just off-camera to the right in the picture below that will be the subject of a future post. Our immediate concern is the bedroom.
And the walls.
Those seasick-green walls.
Eventually, I’ll be ripping out this carpet (if it doesn’t lull me to sleep before I’m done slicing it up) and installing LVP, but that’s a future concern, so for now, the carpet stays.
If nothing else, it’ll help Baris sleep.
Just turn on the light, roll over, and stare at the perfect blandness of the carpet. You’ll be asleep in less than two minutes!
Now let’s get back to what I will be doing. Here’s the plan.
Young Adult Bedroom Makeover
Obviously, the first change will be the wall color. You could pretty much pick any color at random, and it’d be an astounding improvement over what’s currently slathered on the walls. I found an orphaned can of the stuff in the garage. It’s called “Daylight.” I can’t even write it with a straight face, let alone say it. In my opinion, “Tobacco Hornworm” would be a much more suitable name for such an intestinal green.
Anyway, the tobacco worm green will be replaced with our beloved Bohemian Lace – one of the HGTV/Sherwin-Williams colors sold at Lowe’s. We have two 5-gallon buckets of the stuff we’ll be using around the house.
Unlike Baris’s last two bedrooms, this time he’s getting an accent wall. And we’ve decided that we’re going to switch paint brands. Instead of the Sherwin-Williams for DIYers sold at Lowe’s, we’re going to start buying real Sherwin-Williams paint from the real Sherwin-Williams store in Freeport. I will be giving you my honest opinion on their paints as we progress through this house, and I’ll compare them to Lowe’s and Home Depot’s paints. Is Sherwin-Williams worth the premium price tag? We’ll see.
For Baris’s accent wall, we picked a color called Sea Serpent. I’m loving the name. Let’s hope the paint lives up to the hype.
But a simple painted accent wall is not enough. We want to do something new and exciting for the wall behind his bed. I suggested a full-wall, built-in aquarium with tropical fish and topless mermaids swimming around. I’m sure you can imagine the reception that idea received.
Of course, my babes had other plans which unsurprisingly had nothing to do with topless mermaids and everything to do with wood slats. She showed me some inspiration pictures.
Wood and blue are a fantastic combination. Instead of angling the slats, I’m going to install them horizontally on the right side of Baris’s bed. We think this is going to be a real stunner!
The Closet Door
Though the closet is slated for a future makeover, the closet door is on the docket for this one. I’m going to build a door for a sliding barn door hardware kit. This is my inspiration, but I’m going to make mine a little different.
I will likely use the same slats for the barn door that I will use for the accent wall. I’m thinking furring strips will be the most affordable option that’ll give the best bang for the buck.
We bought Baris’s bed in August of 2013, when we moved into a small condo rental in Glastonbury, Connecticut. It was a simple stained wood affair that looked decent enough and didn’t break the bank. In October of that same year, we moved into our first house and brought his bed with us. It has since moved three more times – to Georgia in 2020, to Jacksonville in 2021 (where Handan and I used it), and now to Freeport in 2022. Instead of setting it up in his new Florida room, we put it in one of the guest rooms. It’s time he had a new bed. Handan found a bed with dual pistons that raise the mattress to reveal a massive storage space underneath. It’s the perfect area to hold some of the roughly one thousand cubic feet of pillows we’ve accumulated over the years.
And since two pillows and a blanket won’t even get you a day pass in Blogland, my babes is planning to buy even more pillows to make the bed look fuller and far more fabulous.
Of course, Baris will be confused and befuddled by all the Fluff and Plumpery – as all men are by such things – and he’ll just toss his mother’s hard work onto the floor, so he can actually utilize the bed for its intended purpose.
The Ceiling Fan
We’re shifting gears here and going for something a little different than what we’ve had. Since the accent wall is going to give the room a more modern and slightly edgy feel, we’re going to follow suit with the ceiling fan, and give Baris something a little more sleek, modern and minimalist. We’ve picked out a 3-blade fan with black blades and brass motor housing.
I think it’s going to look badass with the accent wall!
Keeping it simple here, we’ve selected a black curtain rod with minimalist end caps. It’s a perfect match for the fan.
The curtains we picked are natural linen color. This will stand out against the Bohemian Lace walls, and the warmth will complement the wood slats on the accent wall and the barn door across the room.
My babes has been wanting to make some raffia pendant lights for quite a while now. She keeps showing me pictures like this one.
And while we probably won’t duplicate those lamps, we do have an idea for a pendant lamp that’s pretty outside the box and might look really fantastic hanging in the corner by the wood slat accent wall. We’ll see how this one shapes up in the coming days.
Plants and decor
It wouldn’t be a Navage Patch room makeover if it didn’t include some beautiful and realistic faux plants now would it?
Besides the greenery, Handan has been busy scouting around for little baskets and other decor items to spruce up the unused spaces of Baris’s new young adult bedroom.