DIY – Summer Project, Room Make-over

I love DIY projects, but I don’t get to do as many of them as I would like.  When I started blogging I added a section for DIY, but have come to realize that I did some of my best projects before I started blogging.  I have no before pictures to post leaving the DIY part of my blog quite scant.  Now that school is out, summer is here and it stays daylight longer, that means more time for projects.   I started a new project, I am slowly re-doing my sons room.  I started with an idea from a picture that I found in one of my decorating magazines …or was it on-line?

boys room

Anyway, this is what I want the closet area to look like when I am through.

This is what it looks like now.


He has a small room and is in much need of more space.  The closet above would be a good solution for better organization.

I also thought a floor and wall shelf would be good to display his trophies, awards etc.  A neighbor of mine had a shelf that she no longer wanted.  I decided to take it and give it a new look with a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color of orange.

ty shelf before ty shelf

The new shelf.


It is amazing what a new coat of paint will do for an old tired shelf

1.  Floor shelf to help display awards and things  – painted and functional – Check!   🙂

Thanks for visiting!


23 thoughts on “DIY – Summer Project, Room Make-over

  1. I love how the bookshelf came out!! I am constantly re-organizing my kids’ rooms… so much STUFF!! What color orange did you use? I may paint my son’s desk chair orange and your shade looks great. Thanks!


    1. Thank you so much! The color is called Caramel Cream and the brand was Valspar from Lowes. I am not sure if I think it looks like a caramel cream …but we were happy with the results. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!


  2. Nice! I love how you made something old new again with just a fresh coat of paint. I love DIY projects, but lack motivation sometimes, especially when the weather is nice out! Great job, Arl!


    1. Thanks so much! I know what you mean about motivation …there are so many other things going on, and time, I find it hard to find the time to do the DIY projects that I want. Thanks so much for stopping by Ngan! 🙂


  3. I absolutely love the shelving! I see above you used Valspar paint from Lowes…and then, did you prime it first? Is there a special primer (brand) you used? Good luck with the closet!


    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I did use a primer first, especially since the shelf is in a child’s room. The primer will help the paint last longer. Also, if the underlying paint is not as it should be, the new paint will not dry properly. It could look blotchy with an uneven sheen. It may turn out lumpy with brush marks. It could flake off sooner rather than later. Primer creates a smooth and consistent layer for the paint to be spread over and to bind onto. It’s a sturdy interface. I also sanded it a little first to take off some of the rough blotchy spots of the previous paint job. I am not sure what brand I used …I would have to check, but everything came from Lowe’s and they are so helpful at my Lowe’s in telling you what you need and why. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂


  4. Love that color!!! Awesome. I’m always looking for decorating ideas so I hope to get some inspiration from you. More DIY please! 🙂


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