Bland Boy's BedroomMichael Almeida may be the most creative kid on the block, but you wouldn't know it by his bland, disorganized bedroom. He wants his new room to encompass all his varied interests such as bikes, cars, graphic design and photography. He also wants his room to have a retro mod feel. The Design on a Dime team turns his room into a funky teenage hangout for less than $1,000.
Almeida's bedroom needs color and organization to make it fun and functional. He doesn’t have enough space for his computer and other electronics and could use some desk drawers, but all he has is an old kitchen table for a desk. The windows are bare except for plain white mini-blinds, and Almeida would prefer the room to be darker. Mismatched furniture in different wood tones and a wagon wheel light fixture will definitely roll on out!
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Retro-Mod Teenage HangoutThe Solution
Interior designer Kristan Cunningham, along with design coordinators Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson, update the room with retro inspiration. An aqua and brown color scheme serves as a backdrop for the retro revamp, and a modern light fixture brightens the room. They use Almeida's own photography to create graphic artwork, build modular bookcases to frame a new futon and replace the work table with a Danish-American modern desk.
Paint – $60
- paint, Behr, matched to Benjamin Moore, Blue: Seaside Blue W 1B 2054-50; Green: Eucalyptus Leaf W P-712 4B 2144-20 – The Home Depot
Window treatments – $141
- curtain panels, Anno Tupplur, White, 30078144, $14.99 – Ikea
- window treatment hardware, Kvadrant, 80079363, 30079370, 30079365 – Ikea
Desk and chair – $150
- desk chair (used) – St. Vincent's
Magnetic board – $15
- magnet boards, Bits 9005907, $6.99 each – Ikea
Futon – $270
- sofa bed, Lycksele 90032681, $130 – Ikea
- slipcover, Lycksele 10093621, $60 – Ikea
Pillows and rug – $31
- rug, $29 – Urban Outfitters
- pillow fabric – Jo-Ann Stores
Custom shelves – $117
Photo art – $50
Bike art – $80
- bike gears for art – Bicycle Kitchen
Lighting – $85
- desk lamp, Espressivo, $6.99 – Ikea
Total – $999
Danish Modern DeskThis Danish American modern-era desk was found at a thrift store. It needed a little touchup and a fresh coat of stain to bring out the beauty of the cherry wood. The chair was another thrift-store find — for only $5!
Mod LightingCunningham creates a modern light fixture to replace the outdated one. She builds an 18x36-inch box to hide the wiring and serve as a drop ceiling-type structure. She routes the edges and paints it white, which gives the structure a retro plastic look. She drills several holes into the box for hanging pendant lights and attaches cardboard tubes, covered with white self-adhesive paper around those holes.
All Geared UpTo incorporate one of Almeida's interests into an art display, Sheinkopf shops at a bicycle store for inspiration and finds an assortment of gears. He cleans them off with a degreaser and wire brush and paints some of them white. He arranges them artistically and attaches them together with epoxy.
Hand-Painted Curtain PanelCunningham paints a birch tree and mountain scene onto a curtain panel to hang over the mini-blinds to tie the color scheme together. She found the image, copied it onto acetate, projected it onto the curtain panel using a projector, traced the lines onto the curtain and then filled in with fabric paint.
Modular Storage UnitAlmeida's knotty pine bookcase is replaced with two modular storage units that add 14 feet of shelf space while taking up less than five feet of space in the room. Because they will house expensive electronics, they must be very sturdy, so they are secured with both wood glue and screws. The edges are rounded for a softer, mod look, and the units are painted white.
Graphic Art PanelsAnderson takes two of Almeida's digital photos, plus two others, enlarges them and changes the colors to go with the aqua and brown color scheme. Then he prints them and cuts them in half. He sprays the back with a semi-permanent adhesive and hangs them on the closet door panels. Almeida can change them out as his portfolio grows.