Vintage Industrial Teen Boys’ Room Reveal

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Vintage industrial style is hot and currently trending, especially for teen boys. Who can deny the funky fun of metals mixed with woods, and the fact that texture abounds? If you know me, you know I love vintage and tend to have an industrial twist in my home. It’s rubbed off on my oldest son and was our focus for his bedroom makeover that he shares with his brother.

To catch you up to speed, take a minute and head over to see all the BEFORE goodness of their bedroom. I’ve got fun details over there and will help you get the full scope of this project.

Our boy's room is getting a vintage industrial makeover from ceiling to floor. We are removing storage space to save our sanity! Come see why. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

We’ve gone from a nature-inspired room to a factory-inspired hangout that is full of metal, wood, and oodles of texture. Come on in and take the tour!

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We are so pleased with out bright and fresh our boys’ room has become. From the ceiling to the floor, it’s amazing what a little paint and DIY can do for a space. The Universal Gray by Glidden was a perfect match for our design, and the contrast against the new plank ceiling is perfect. Painting that ceiling with all the grooves was made easy with our HomeRight Heavy Duty sprayer. Brushing all that, even in a small space gets hard on the neck, I tell ya.

The once candy-apple red furniture now has a rustic feel after I gave it a faux wood look and added those awesome pulls by Hickory Hardware. Hard to tell that dresser is made of part wood and part pressed board, isn’t it?

We had fun hunting down vintage items from flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores. I’m sure we’ll continue to change it up as we run into another sweet piece.

Our son’s desk is made of a poplar board with two brackets. Simple and functional, and all it needed for an update was a new stain treatment of Espresso by Minwax, and I painted the brackets a flat black. The medical stool was found at a garage sale and I upholstered it with a scrap piece of plaid wool I had in my stash.

A nice storage and decorative piece is this wire pocket shelf found at Decor Steals for my guys’ magazines. It has my husband’s great-grandfather’s license plate and a rusty bolt from my junky stash on top.

The bunk bed was a boring dark pine before, but I am so stoked with how my vision of making look like an industrial rack came out so well. I explained in the before post how I used a gray for the based and then used my glazing method to create a grunge look with chocolate metallic paint.

There wasn’t any way I was going to hand-paint this entire thing, so I am beyond excited I can use my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer to knock this bad boy out in a few hours.

The boys’ yellow down comforters were easily updated by finding a matched set of organic Pottery Barn duvet covers on eBay. I love the plaid and it adds a touch of cozy to the industrial feel of the room.

Our thrifted wire velocipede was painted a flat black and adds that classic industrial feel, and those charcoal art prints I found inside a custom dresser I worked on were mounted on some chipboard I painted black.

How about the mural? Seriously, the faux brick really creates texture in the room and the best part is that it is an Easy-Off product by Ink Shuffle. When we’re ready to remove it, it comes off without a scraper and oodles of angry peeling. I am NOT a fan of wallpaper in most instances, but I didn’t shy away from giving it a go in here. This company has every mural you could ever think of available and they’re customizable too!

The nightstand was made from a plant stand and a remnant table top from my son’s table makeover. It’s rustic, industrial, and only cost a dollar to make! I updated their lamps with Rustoleum Brushed Nickel spray paint, same as we did in our bathroom remodel. You just can’t get any easier than that, right?

Their window were given a similar trim treatment to how we trimmed out our windows in our master bedroom. I love the wide boards and the added pipe curtain rods are funky fun. The curtains I made from blackout fabric and a simple cotton. I wanted them to look like an old man’s shirt.

We removed the ugly pressed board bookcase and added a few simple pine shelves stained in a Minwax Espresso, same as their desk. Storage and style are what we’re after.

That faux metal directional arrow was made from a piece of chipboard I cut with a jigsaw, and then hot-glued the back of a desk calendar cut into strips around the edge.

I found that antique Victor Radio shell on Craigslist and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at first. But then it hit me. First I covered the empty front with a bit of caning I had from roll my dad gave me. Painted it brown and glazed it with an antique gold. I replaced the missing knobs with a couple from my hardware stash, and added a faux dial to the face. You can see the before HERE.

Once the repairs were made, I said to myself, “What could be more cool than a secret compartment for them to hide their treasures?”

It’s hung with door hinges and has a magnetic closure to keep it flush to the wall. My guys LOVE it. ♥

The room didn’t have a light fixture before we started and we are delighted with how well the fixture from eFaucets accents the style we were going for. Isn’t it sweet?

Our project is complete and we’re so happy to have been able to give our boys’ a new space to enjoy for a few more years. I can’t believe one day they won’t be here. sniff, sniff.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and are inspired to try to create your own space with found treasures and giving a room a facelift with some DIY elbow grease.

We’d love if you’d pin and share our project to inspire others too!

More makeover madness from yours truly:

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis DIY patio design features a rustic and repurposed touches with a harvest table, faux fireplace, and curtains for privacy. All completed by one couple on a budget by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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24 Comments

  • Kimm at Reinvented

    COMPLETELY amazing, as usual! I love every detail. Your rooms are always proof to any doubters that great design can be accomplished on a budget. 🙂 Perfect!

    October 15, 2015 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Kimm! It’s funny that even if we didn’t have to be budget-conscious, I would still be thrifty. hee hee. 😉

      October 16, 2015 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Spectacular, Larissa! So much hard work but so worth it. It is an awesome space. I wish you lived closer to me. I think we would get along fabulously! 🙂 But, alas, I’m in NW Ohio, not NE. You’re truly inspiring in more ways than one! Keep up the great work! ~Rachel @ The Olde Windmill Farmhouse

    October 15, 2015 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! So happy to hear you like it. It was fun to work in their room and make it “new”. Thanks for stopping by!

      October 16, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Wow, Larissa, that turned out great! I know I’d read the brick was faux but it looks so real! There’s so much to comment on…the light fixture, the curtain and rod, the beds, desk, shelving! All wonderful. But the secret compartment is the very creative! I bet they do love it. This is a great room! (And they do grow up too fast! Just saying. 🙂 )

    October 15, 2015 at 9:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, too fast. I have a hard time believing I’m a mother of a teenager – just isn’t possible. Thank you for the compliment and love!

      October 16, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Doris Myrick

    Love this room! Love your projects! Thanks!

    October 15, 2015 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome to hear, Doris! Thank you. 😉

      October 16, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply
  • Mary-In the boondocks

    Larissa, the first thing that hit me was the brick wall. It l ooks fantastic – real!! The bed is so cool very industrial and the rest of the room fits right in with this vibe. A really wonderful job. I really like the duvet covers they pull the whole room together. Your boys must be thrilled and what about that secret compartment.

    October 15, 2015 at 11:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The wall is a fun accent, isn’t it? The best part about doing a room is getting to have that treasure hunt that inspires the space. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and then you’re room is done! 😉

      October 16, 2015 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Wow! Great room! Love all the industrial details! Love that light fixture and the radio cabinet turned secret compartment! Great job and lucky boys!

    October 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sherry! It was fun to redo their space and to see them proud of it too.

      October 16, 2015 at 6:29 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    I KNEW your boy’s room makeover would be none less than magazine worthy Larissa! Woweeeeeee. The bunk bed makeover is AWESOME! The brick mural – AHMAZING and so realistic looking! That hidden treasure compartment behind the radio cabinet is CLEVER! Love the light fixture. The industrial stool…I could go on and on and on. I have no doubt that this space WILL be featured in print.

    October 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Seriously, Marie, you made my day! We work so hard to make our house a fun and inviting place to be and to hear how it is appreciated is the icing on the cake. Thank you!!

      October 17, 2015 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Jen Stewart

    That’s the best idea I’ve seen for an old radio!

    October 17, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Susan Homeroad

    Gorgeous gorgeous room!! I bet they love it! 🙂 Great job as always Larissa 🙂

    October 25, 2015 at 6:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Susan! Yes, they have already commissioned it with a mess. 🙂

      October 27, 2015 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Christy

    Do you have a tutorial on your faux wood look you did on the boys’ dresser?
    I have a customer wanting some shutters stripped and stained. The problem is, the stripper won’t touch the bottom layer of paint. Maybe it’s chalk paint, I don’t know, but it’s not coming off!

    February 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply
    • Christy

      And I certainly should have begun by saying that you do amazing work! I found your blog today while staying home from church with sick children. I am certainly enjoying reading your posts!

      February 21, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Oh, I know how it is to stay home with the sickies. So happy you found me and thank you for the love, Christy!

        February 23, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s the same idea as I used on my garage door here: http://www.prodigalpieces.com/2013/10/diy-faux-wood-garage-door-tutorial/ Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

      February 23, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Tamara Mendez

    Will you please provide exactly which faux brick wal paper that you chose for your boy’s room? I LOVE it!

    March 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I honestly can’t remember the name of it and haven’t been able to remember the number. It was something like antique brick? Sorry I’m not much help. 🙁

      March 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm Reply

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