One Room Challenge {Week One}: Rustic Big Boy Bedroom

Otherwise known as:

How I’m squeezing a year’s worth of planning into just six weeks!


Oh my goodness!!!

I’ve been dying to share this with y’all for weeks now! You may have heard mention of it on Tuesday with my {Currently} post, but today I’m finally revealing what I’ve had up my sleeve …


I am CRAZY excited to be taking part in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home! If you haven’t come across the One Room Challenge in your travels yet, you can read all about it here. Basically, I’ll be working my butt off (with a ton of help from hubs) to completely transform one room in our home in just six weeks. That’s right folks … SIX WEEKS!

Any guesses as to which room we’ve chosen?

For those of you that have been following along with me for a while, you’ll know I’ve been planning to give our not-so-little guy a cabin-themed “big boy bedroom” for quite some time now. Almost a year actually. Pathetic right? I swear I had every intention when I announced it all here. Aaaaaaand again here. But, then we secretly decided to move, putting all of our decorating plans on hold for practical projects to get our old house ready to sell. Blah! Finally, almost one year later, we are in our new home, which isn’t actually “new”, but is 40 years old and in desperate need of some updating. Not to mention that our little man deserves a special space of his very own in our brand new home.

So, my friends, here’s what we’re starting with:

New Home Tour | making it in the mountains

Pretty much a blank slate. We’ve already replaced the old vinyl flooring with carpet before moving in, so I suppose that’s a start.

We’re also hoping to find a good way to organize this disaster we call a closet:

New Home Tour | making it in the mountains

Yikes! Definitely scary and more than a little embarrassing (though please keep in mind we did just move!!!).

I’ve been pinning away all sorts of inspiration (check out my Boy’s Bedroom Board here) for ages and I’ve got to say, I’m SO, SO excited that we’re finallyFINALLY – ready to start work on {Carson’s Rustic Big Boy Bedroom}! With so much time to think about things, I think we’ve come up with a really great plan:

Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

We’ll kick things off by painting the entire room with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.

Gray Owl Benjamin Moore

And what cabin would be complete without a rustic plank wall like this one from Dimples and Tangles.

Plank Wall

Just to mix things up a bit with all that wood, we’ll be adding in some fun pops of Rustic Charm green from Country Chic Paint.

Rustic Charm

And of course many, many super fun accents.

Rustic Accents for Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

Having a total blank slate to start with, there’s really just endless possibilities before us! Unfortunately, endless possibilities don’t necessarily mean and endless budget. Bummer right?! To not only keep track of all of our supplies and plans, but also our budget we’ve been using this awesome new tool called Itsums (you can read all about how it works here)! Plus, if you’re looking for sources for all of my fab finds, you’ll find them all pinned to my Big Boy Bedroom board! It’s been an absolute lifesaver as we embark on our renovation journey and I know it will come in so handy as we move through each room in our home!!!

Because this gal LOVES her lists, I’d like to leave you with a quick rundown of everything we’ve got planned:
– paint walls with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl
– replace closet doors
– paint doors trim work with Benjamin Moore’s Paper Mache
– replace door and closet hardware
– DIY plank wall
– add light fixture
– blackout blind
– make DIY window valance
– make DIY bedside table
– paint DIY crate table
– make DIY headboard
– find & purchase accessories
– make (or buy) laundry basket
– make artwork
– create reading nook


Now that’s a ton to do in just six weeks, but I cannot wait to start crossing things off of that list!

With a ton of fun DIY’s planned, these six weeks are sure to make for THE BUSIEST Spring EVER, but I’m so, so excited to get started!

Hmmmmmm … what have I gotten myself into?!

Below, you can find links to all of the DIY projects made for this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom as well as a source list. I’ll be sure to update this list as new tutorials are posted:

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131 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week One}: Rustic Big Boy Bedroom

  1. Oh I absolutely your house, location, and the plan for your son’s room! Your floors are so gorgeous, too. Can’t wait to see this room completed!

    1. Awww, thank you so, so much Teresa!!! Definitely excited to get started with things! It’ll be so much fun to share our journey through the ORC!!!

  2. Oh Boy! Your son is going to be a happy little camper in his new room. Love the plank wall and the moose head. Can’t wait to see the reveal. Where did you find that cute ceiling light?

  3. Kristi, I love your style and your plan for your little boys room! I can’t wait to see how you transform this blank slate into the perfect big boys room! I made over my daughter’s room last ORC, and just love designing kids rooms! Let’s do this!

  4. Your plans look great! I can’t wait to see the room come together. I also think the idea for a list is great. Crossing off the small projects makes the big ones less intimidating.

  5. Love it all and you know I love mounts and antlers. How nice he will have a space for a little man. I am envious of your abilities it is going to be a really special place.

  6. Gray Owl is the color we have in our kitchen and I LOVE it, it will be perfect for your little guy’s space and those sheets-adorable! Excited to see how it turns out!

  7. absolutely love what you have planned for this room! it’s time for my big boy to get a room update too….going to be soaking in all the inspiration from you!! xoxo

  8. Thank you Kristi for your comment:) I really like your mood board, so natural and calm. Can’t wait to finish the big FINAL!

  9. Love love the idea of the plank wall! The palette you chose is so sophisticated–it definitely looks like something he can grow into. Starting out with that blank slate, you are on track for a huge transformation!

    1. Thank you SO, SO much Brittany!!! We’re officially changing each and every thing in his room! What a fun journey for us all to take together!!!

  10. Oooooh I love where you’re going with Carson’s big boy room. All the rustic elements sound perfect for a boy’s room and much more interesting than your typical blue & white…well you know. I can’t wait to see the reveal in six weeks. Carson’s going to be one happy camper (pun intended)!

  11. Ah, I just LOVE ALL OF THIS. That plank wall is going to be awesome and that bedding is just too precious. Carson is going to love his big boy room! So excited to follow you on your ORC journey 🙂

  12. Can’t wait to see what you do babe!! I hope 6 weeks goes quickly! We started with a blank slate for our nursery and am so excited about how things are going. Can’t wait to show you!

    1. I’ve had that plank wall pinned for ages! SO excited to finally get moving on things!!! And what could be better than sharing this journey with so many fab bloggy friends?! Happy Easter weekend Jennifer!

  13. Hi Kristy! First of all, thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! I am really excited to do the ORC! I adore that Grey owl Benjamin Moore colour….and it’s going to look amazing next to that rustic plank wall!! Best of luck (we’re going to need it: Only 6 weeks???EEEEK) Will be following your process!

    1. Thank you SO much June! I keep wondering what we’ve gotten ourselves into 😉 Will be so fun to journey through this craziness with so many talented bloggy friends at least!!! Happy weekend!

  14. Kristi! This is going to look so amazing! Thanks for stopping by earlier & I can’t wait to see what you do in here! I have 2 little guys, so I may be taking some pointers from you with the whole “big boy room” concept! I just did my youngest son’s nursery last year and don’t really want to admit that my oldest may be needing a big boy room sometime soon!

    1. Awwww, thank you Rachael! Our son is almost three {how did that happen?}, but I’m desperately wanting something that can grow with him! I’m sure we’ll inspire each other!!!

  15. I love this concept for a boy’s room. We’re from Minnesota and I secretly think my husband would LOVE cabin-like retreat somewhere in our house. I am excited to follow your blog as you go through the process. Good luck!

  16. OOooo! I can already tell this is going to be a super fun project! Looking forward to following along and seeing the final result! Good luck!

  17. I love your plans for your little guy’s room! I just added a moose to my four year old’s bathroom – I think they are perfect for little boys! 🙂 Can’t wait to see it all comes together!

  18. I love your plans!! The plank will look so amazing! We made one in our basement, and it was surprisingly simple and super satisfying to see it go up so fast and look so great! Best of luck to you! I’m excited to be following you along for the next few weeks and beyond!

  19. I am SO excited to follow along on your challenge! I’m currently working on an outdoorsy , camp themed play room for my lil’ guy so I can’t wait to see what you come up with:)

  20. So So nice! I would love for you to share this over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!

  21. I just love this! I am thinking of doing a cabin theme in my boys’ playroom. You’ve given me a lot of inspiration! Can’t wait to see the updates!

  22. That’s on ambitious list for just six weeks! I love your mood board. It’s tranquil and a theme that can grow along with your son. Best of luck and I can’t wait to follow along.

    1. Awwww, thanks so much Betsy!!! I was SO excited when I came across those sheets – I just had to have them! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together now!

  23. I love your plans! Stay organized and you can do it! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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