Monday, August 26, 2013

Ryan's Room

nope, this one is not about the builder Ryan; rather, my son.
You build and have all these grand ideas on what you want to do.  Some you act on pretty quick while others slip away in time.  My better half and I have wanted to give Ryan a cool room.  Something a 12year old will enjoy and also something that a future 16-17 year old would be good with as well.  Think to the future here people!  It took us a 1.5years, but we did it.

Please excuse the blurry photos, what do you want from a crappy phone camera!?
I don't have before pictures.  But it's not hard to imagine.  a bed and dresser in a flat paint "whole wheat" color.  bleh.

The blue chair and desk legs are from Ikea.  The desk top I cut and edged myself.  The magnetic board, magnets, and "towel bar thingy" are from ikea.  The curtain rod is galvanized pipe.

The hex shelves I built with 3/4 ply.  They were glued and then I added 1" brackets for both assembly reasons, but also because I thought it looked cooler.

The skateboards are held up with skateboard brackets we found at Ikea.

I cut Ryan's nickname out of sentra and attached with 3M poster strips.  The bedspread, again, purchased from Ikea.
The room was painted with Behr "lunar surface" gray (in satin). 
My wife wanted an orange stripe around the room.  While I have mastered the ability to paint stripe with no bleed, I was not looking forward to measuring, marking, taping, painting the stripe.  I came up with another idea.  What if we ripped (11.5") strips of 1/8" hard board, paint those orange and nail to wall with finish nails.  Way easier and keeps with the theme of his room.

Needless to say, Ryan loves his new room.


  1. Very nice...we were struggling with what to do with our 13 year old boys room as well. We haven't painted yet but we are about 80% done. Still lookin for a desk to match his furniture and an area rug. Very nice job I love the orange stripe!

  2. Very cool! I love the hex shelves. Great job!

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  4. It looks great, I like the blue and orange together.

  5. love the color combination and the hex shelves are awesome!!! Great job!!

  6. Love it! I need to get that desk for my son!

    1. it was really easy. you could buy a 24x48 handy panel at home depot of Melamine. Trim it out with 1x2 poplar or wood of choice and buy the legs from Ikea at $3 each.

  7. Looks awesome. You guys are very creative! I love the honeycomb shelves.