Boy Room Makeover

Boy Room Makeover and Tips for Painting Stripes

 A few weeks ago, I shared our plan to update our little guy’s bedroom. We knew we wanted to incorporate yellow, his favorite color, and wanted stripes on the wall.  But we weren’t sure if we wanted to go with blue or green. I was so happy to work with Glidden® paint and My Colortopia so we could really visualize the paint colors in the room. We decided to go with blue stripes, and our whole family just loves it, especially Max! So many of you weighed in and said that blue is a calming color, and you were so right! Paired with graphic stripes, and the pops of red and yellow, it is the perfect little boy room. We learned a lot about painting stripes along the way, so I thought I would share a few of those tips. We started with the plain tan walls. It’s a good neutral color, but the paint was flat and after two years in the house, it needed to be freshened up. Plus, Max has been asking for his walls to be painted a fun color! The good news was, flat paint is an easy surface to paint over.

Max's Room Before


We used Glidden Duo™ Paint + Primer in Swiss Coffee (white) and Rich Navy. The paint was wonderful to work with, and the Rich Navy is just such an absolutely gorgeous color. It really is just a deep and rich blue color, not blackish-blue or cobalt blue. One of the great things about Glidden paint is that they don’t confuse you with several shades of the same color. The Rich Navy is the perfect example. This is the ideal navy blue color, and I am seriously in love with it. We started by painting over the tan with two coats of Swiss Coffee. On the two walls with the stripes, we didn’t worry about cutting in at the ceiling and floor because the navy stripes would start there. Once we had the white base, we were ready to paint the stripes.

Boy Room Makeover and Tips for Painting Stripes

Tips for Painting Stripes

1. Measure the wall from floor to ceiling and divide that number by the number of stripes that you want on the wall. An odd number, like 7 or 9 is a good place to start. We have 8 ft walls, and wanted a total of 9 stripes. 96 inches divided by 9 = 10.667

2. Keep it simple and round off the number. We measured off 10 inch stripes and let the stripe at the bottom accommodate the extra inches. It’s a little wider than the rest, but since it so low, you can’t tell. The eye just goes to the pattern and assumes they are all the same width.

3. Use green painter’s tape. We used the blue painter’s tape for delicate (freshly painted surfaces) initially, and got crisper lines on the other wall when we used green tape.

4. Use a laser level and tape off all the stripes. Then mark the stripes you don’t want to paint with extra tape. That way,  you can stand back and look and make sure you haven’t made a measuring mistake.

5. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet, no need to let it dry. You risk peeling and damage to the first coat the longer the tape stays on the wall.

Boy Room Makeover

Painting the stripes was surprisingly quick, and it was so exciting to remove the tape and see the graphic bold stripes. They instantly transformed the room. My little guy’s room is not huge, and he only has one window. So it was in the back of my mind that it might be too dark in his room with the navy blue. I was happily surprised to see that it was not darker! In reality, we added more light by using the bright fresh white. We are so happy with how it turned out! Max is especially thrilled. He really loved how the blue stripes looked in the Glidden My Colortopia tool preview, and I was happy that the blue color made it easier to find affordable accessories. Plus, the navy stripes worked well with the red dresser and red arrow shelf we already had on hand.

Boy Room Makeover

The little side table was built by my stepdad. It’s galvanized pipes and a small piece of redwood. I spray painted the bottom a bright yellow. The red faux leather Moroccan pouf is from Land of Nod, and my son and daughter both love it! The size is perfect to use as an ottoman or as a a seat. It’s now a hot commodity at our house, so we are ordering a pink one for our little girl too. They love pulling it out into the living room to watch a movie or play restaurant. .

Boy Room Makeover

The vintage brown leather chair is from my parent’s house. Lucky for us, they don’t have room for it anymore. They recently had the leather straps replaced, and Max really wanted to use it in his room. It’s a Wassily style reproduction chair, and I think it makes a great cozy spot for a young reader. I wanted a fun lamp to go over the chair, so I spray painted this Target find bright yellow.

Boy Room Makeover

On the other side of the room, Max’s vintage school desk is the perfect space for homework and art work. I rescued it from the road side a few year ago, and didn’t do anything but clean it.

Boy Room Makeover

 We found the red arrow shelf last year at a small boutique shop. I kew I wanted to use it in Max’s room eventually!

Boy Room Makeover

The red vintage dresser is also from my stepdad. He painted it a glossy red and added the brass accents when he was a teenager. Max loves Star Wars, so I created a simple poster in Photoshop and had it printed in an hour at Walgreens. It’s 20×30, and make a great focal point on the simple white wall. The dog bust and the yellow wire basket are both HomeGoods finds.

Boy Room Makeover

The blue quilts on the bunk bed are from Target, and I sewed the yellow and white pillow covers to bring in more yellow. I ordered the chevron rug from Rugs USA and it is just what Max needed,  a cushy spot to set up his Legos!
Our whole family is thrilled with this fresh and fun space, especially Max. It’s the perfect little boy retreat, and he can’t wait to have a sleepover.
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  1. This might be my favorite boy room makeover EVER! I’m so glad you went with the blue stripes – they look AMAZING! The entire room is fabulous! I want it all, especially that rug and the arrow shelf! 🙂

  2. I tweeted about it for the sweepstakes entry as well (not sure if I did it right though, but oh well!)

  3. I’d like to paint our master bathroom.

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  5. I love the color scheme of this room, it is perfect for for a growing boy! The contrast of the stripes in the rug and on the wall are awesome!

  6. WOW – this is a super cool room and I bet Max will love it for years to come! I love all the details and the mix of modern and vintage!

  7. WOW! This room looks great; it is so put together. What a transformation, AND it must be nice to have a room marked off the decorating list as “done!”

  8. knock me over! it’s amazing!!!!!!!!

  9. Shelly Baker says:

    I would love to redo my grandson’s room. We have been working on acquiring some of the stuff but lack the finishing touches. He is our miracle grandson and we are so blessed to have him.

  10. I want to paint our kitchen

  11. Kathryn Drewry says:

    This is an Awesome makeover! We’ve been wanting to make over our kitchen – but are on a budget and want to do as much of it as we can on our own. So, I’d start with paint, then move on to counters and cabinets, and last appliances.

  12. What a lucky boy!!! It’s spectacular!!!

  13. Becky Horn says:

    I would like to paint my bedroom, its very bland

  14. Becky Horn says:
  15. It looks amazing Melissa! I love the colors and all of the fun patterns! Love, love, love!

  16. Oh my word, this is incredible! I love love the bold look you gave it. It looks fabulous.

  17. This looks amazing! My little boys favorite color is yellow, too! I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate yellow into his room and I think I’ve found the perfect inspiration! Looks like Ill be buying some painters tape this weekend!

  18. What room DON’T I want to paint?! I would LOVE to redo Harper’s room like this one, bathrooms, living room, kitchen, and dining room! Hope I can win, even tho I don’t have Twitter.

  19. Absolutely love this. Painting lines can be so intimidating – it’s all about the prep work and these came out beautifully!

  20. Very cute! I love the arrow shelf and old school desk.

  21. i would do my baby boy’s bedroom

  22. WOW. I looooove this room so so much! The red accents add so much to the blue and yellow, and I am totally jealous of that amazing chair. My parents don’t have anything remotely as cool to pass down. 🙂 Awesome job, friend!! Love every detail!

  23. amy pugmire says:

    I would love to paint my sons nursery navy blue and white with some lime green

  24. amy pugmire says:
  25. You did a fantastic job on this makeover! I absolutely love the stripes and all the little details in the room. My little guy’s favorite color is yellow too!

  26. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this boys room! I just finished my boys room a few months ago,and it was tough, so I know this was. That rug rocks my world,and your stripes are amazing! Pinning!!

  27. Wow! What an amazing transformation! It looks fantastic and I love the colors you chose. Very boy and so cute!

  28. This is AMAZING, Melissa!! Love, love, love those stripes, girl!

  29. Omg, omg, omg!! This is awesome! Can you come and redo my son’s room (I think he is tired of Winnie the Pooh 🙂 ) So cool!

  30. Susan Smith says:

    Looks Great! I want to paint my family room. It’s white now and I’d like to put some color on the walls.

  31. Susan Smith says:
  32. Jessie C. says:

    Love the color you pick for the room! I would like to paint our living room
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  33. Jessie C. says:


  34. Love! Love! Love this room Melissa and my favorite part is the poster – I need to make one for Reece 🙂

  35. You did an AMAZING job my friend! I really love the decor and that rug! So so cute!

  36. I’d love to paint our sunroom. Right now it’s rough cedar walls. Needs some help!

  37. i’d like to repaint the master bedroom

  38. I would like to paint our bathroom.

  39. soha molina says:

    my room

  40. id like to pain the bathroom its time for a change

  41. Chase smith says:

    my girlfriend and i would love to repaint our bathroom, the last color we used came out aweful so the quicker i can get it redone the better

  42. Lisa Brown says:

    I need to paint the bathroom – it is burnt orange in color and that color makes the room dark.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  43. Lisa Brown says:

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  44. Cindy Merrill says:

    Not sure yet, but our bathroom, possibly. I’m bored with the white walls in there.

  45. Margaret Smith says:

    I love the way your room turned out. Quite creative.
    I’d love to paint our familyroom. I was thinking a very pale soft green.
    Thanks so much.

  46. Cynthia C says:

    I would love to start with my bathroom. It could really use more than paint, but that would be a start!

  47. Cynthia C says:
  48. Cathy Truman says:

    I would like to paint our bathroom it needs some work.

  49. I would love to paint my bedroom!

  50. Bahtroom yellow

  51. I would like to paint the living room. It hasn’t been painted in over 10 years.

  52. Emily Morelli says:

    There isn’t a room in my house that doesn’t need new paint. I’d love to do my daughter’s room and the kitchen/entry way too.

  53. Wow your room is amazing! I’d like to redo my master bath

  54. I’d like to paint my bathroom.

  55. I would like to paint our computer room, but we have not decided on the color yet.

  56. Love what you did with that room! It looks fun and great 🙂 I’d love to paint my bathroom! Make it a little more cheery and a little less plain 🙂

  57. Becky Richied says:

    At our house we are currently turning the basement into an apartment for my daughter’s family….fun…fun…fun!!

  58. Becky Richied says:
  59. janna johnson says:

    My bedroom for sure.

  60. Love to do my spare bedroom now. This is the best boy’s room I think I’ve ever seen! Heck I’D love this room!!!

  61. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i’d love to repaint our hallways . too many dirty kid fingers have left their marks

  62. Michelle Weaver says:

    Our bedroom is plain white, so I would like to paint it a pretty color.

  63. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Really need to do over the bedroom. It is a plain boring white color that is peeling

  64. I’d like to paint my bedroom.
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  65. I love what you did in that bedroom! I would love to transform my livingroom.

  66. I get inspiration from fabric designs.

  67. Maria Iemma says:

    I need to paint my guest room but your post has inspired me to paint my son’s room. The stripes are awesome –

  68. Maria Iemma says:
  69. Stephanie Foster says:

    Within the last year, we have repainted nearly every room in the house…except the master bedroom because we could not decide (or agree) on a color that we would both want to live with every single day. I change my bedspread often, so I am afraid of picking a wall color that would limit my options for bedspreads. Basically, I am too indecisive and I don’t know if I will ever settle on a color…so either my walls will remain white, or I will begin changing the wall color as often as I change my bedspread.

  70. I’d love to paint my daughter’s room next but it will be quite a chore because she has this bed with drawers that we’d probably have to take apart to move it!

  71. I’d love to paint my kitchen! Thanks!

  72. I love it! I want to paint my son’s room next.

  73. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’d like to get our living room painted in a welcoming bright color. It’s so brown and ugly right now, lol.

  74. Great job! I don’t think stripes are in my future, because I’d be terrified I would get them all wonky. So I’ll just admire yours.

    In our house I would like to pain the master bedroom and bathroom. But not the same color. Unless I find a color so perfect I just love it to bits.

  75. I want to paint my boy’s room.

  76. joseph gersch says:

    i want to paint my living room

  77. I’d like to paint the bedroom with an accent wall.
    I love what you did!
    Thank you.

  78. my kitchen looks so awful its hard to choose where to start or what color to use

  79. Elizabeth Ryan says:

    Um…All of them? Well my bedroom is probably the most in need.

    I love your stripes! I have always wanted to try that – maybe someday.

  80. Elizabeth Ryan says:
  81. i’d love to paint my son’s room

  82. I would love to paint my downstairs bathroom, the previous owners painted it yellow. I am just struggling to decide what color because my Husband and I have very different ideas, I prefer pastels and he likes black!

  83. Our bathroom could use an update.

  84. Would love to paint my living room. I just need to find some inspiration.

  85. We just redid the entire downstairs. Next up is the upstairs bath and spare bedroom.

  86. our kitchen!

  87. I would love to paint my bedroom…it’s so drab right now

  88. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to paint our living room next.

  89. It turned out very nice! I like the deeper navy blue you decided on. Great job!

  90. Hello! I featured your bedroom makeover in my monthly blog series, Get Your Color On!. Each month I select a color, provide tips on how to decorate with it, and feature other bloggers with their projects that relate to this color.

    This month’s post is all about red, so I featured this bedroom because you did such a wonderful job coordinating the red, blue, and yellow. It’s a great example of how red looks great with other colors and perfect for a boy’s room! Feel free to grab a Get Your Color On! featured button and check out my post at
    Get Your Color On! Red . Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!

  91. Nicole Larsen says:

    I’d love to paint my daughter’s room!

  92. Nicole Larsen says:
  93. The teal in the living room, but alas I live in a rental.

  94. I would love to paint my kitchen.

  95. I would paint the living room. The chips on the wall and the uneven color done by the builder need to painted over.The color is not even a neutral color.

  96. I would love to paint my kitchen!

  97. i need to remove some old wallpaper and paint my kitchen

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  98. tina reynolds says:

    Wow that turned out amazing. I want to do my youngest son’s bedroom it need new paint bad it has old wallpaper right now.

  99. tina reynolds says:
  100. I would love to paint our living room a chocolate brown!

  101. I’d like to repaint the guest bedroom it’s basically white….and boring. I’m a color person, so this white has GOT TO GO!

  102. I have two big dogs who drool, shake their heads and splatter everywhere. Every room could use new paint.

  103. My living room needs a major change. It beyond boring.

  104. Ours is easier because we have a Victorian. We saw a similar house with warmer less ‘museum-esque’ colors and copied accordingly.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  105. maria cantu says:

    I think I’d like to do the bathrooms next.

  106. want to repaint the bedroom

  107. My last project was painting my son’s bedroom orange with stripes because that is his favorite color.

  108. I need to paint my living room!!!

  109. I want to paint my bedroom.

  110. Brenda Elsner says:

    I want to paint my kitchen.

  111. I would really like to change up our bedroom

  112. looks great!! i want to paint our kitchen!!

  113. Need to paint the family room

  114. I would like to paint my bedroom. It’s all white and has not been repainted since we first moved in 21 years ago. A touch of color would really bring it to life.

  115. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Id love to paint my bedroom

  116. My bathroom! 1/2 of the drywall is gone due to a leak that ruined it and the rest of the walls have not been painted in 7 years!

  117. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  118. susan smoaks says:

    i would like to paint our spare bedroom next

  119. tiffany lane says:

    i really wanna paint the kitchen. My fave is neutral colors

  120. I would love to repaint my living room and make it more bright

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  122. I need to paint my baby’s girl new room 🙂

  123. I’d like to paint the kitchen.

  124. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would like to paint my bathroom.

  125. Cody Anderson says:

    I want to paint my living room.

  126. Thomas Murphy says:
  127. I love the vertical stripes with the chevron rug. I want to paint our dining room – but we’ll wait a while since we just finished our daughter’s bedroom

  128. Francine Anchondo says:

    i would like to paint my bedroom.

  129. Christian alejandro says:

    I would love to work on my bedroom next!

  130. Christian alejandro says:
  131. Shea Balentine says:

    My current project is the master bathroom.. my inspiration came from humming birds =)

  132. Shea Balentine says:
  133. when I got a new couch.

  134. My son’s bedroom could use some paint.

  135. I’m making the spare bedroom over into a work/reading room and need to brighten it up with a “snazzy” paint job.

  136. I would love to paint my kitchen next

  137. Shana Felts says:
  138. Love the Star Wars poster. What font did you use?

  139. Love the star wars wall decor. What font did you use? I would love to hang that in the bathroom lol.


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