My Attempt at a Pottery Barn Boys’ Room…
We re-did my two oldest boys’ room two years ago. They wanted bunk beds, and I was glad.
I couldn’t afford the ones at Pottery Barn, but I found a great deal on some bunk beds online that I think look just as good.
Well, I tried to be thrifty and creative, and this was the result…
My husband added chair railing around the room, and we painted the top half tan, and the bottom half navy blue.
The bedding is from Meijer. I got it around Christmas two years ago, and it was majorly on sale.
The storage bins under the bed are from Walmart, and labeled with some of their favorite toys.
The swing arm lamps are from Goodwill. They were old brass lamps and were only $2.50 a piece! I used brushed nickel spray paint to cover them up, and found the lamp shades at Target.
(You could also paint them with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Just be sure to use a can of spray KILZ primer first!)
I think I had about $25.00 total in the both of these! Much better than the $220.00 it would have cost me from Pottery Barn!
I was wanting some collector’s shelves, but they would have cost me $39-$59.00 a piece if I ordered them from Pottery Barn.
My in-laws had these really cool antique church pew hymnal holders (boy, that was a mouthful!).
I thought they would be perfect for the boys’ room. So I told my father-in-law, and within an hour, he had made a pattern of his and created three for my boys! I took them home and spray painted them a dark red to match their bedding.
The boys absolutely love their collector’s shelves! They read books every night before bedtime and love having their own light to read by.
My mother-in-law had made the boys pillows with their names stitched on them many years ago that ended up matching their bedding perfectly!
My mother and father-in-law used to re-do the interiors of Porsches (the cars). So my mother-in-law used some leather (that they used to re-cover the seats with) to make these wonderful pillows. The boys think that’s awesome! The best thing is that she traced their names in her own handwriting…what a treasured keepsake!
Thank you, Pop and Grammaw!
Here is the other side of the room. I got the dark walnut dressers from Walmart! They matched the bunk bed perfectly, and the drawers are extra roomy.
I got the shelves from Hobby Lobby and stained them with Minwax “provencial” stain to match the dressers.
I had the hardest time getting a picture of this baseball frame because of the glare of the window.
I found this white circle frame at Big Lots for less than $15.00, and I painted the baseball stitches on it with red paint.
It’s not perfect…but it’s good enough for us! And I had a ball trying to create the look I was after for much less.
WOW! That is awesome… truly! You did a great job! I love it!
That looks really nice! Just as nice as a PB room, but much less $$$$. Gotta love that! :)
Which were the Pottery Barn photos and which were yours? :-) The room looks great and I love all of the little touches that you added. Great job. Those pillows are pretty special too!
pk @ Room Remix
Wow, I'd say you showed Pottery Barn who's boss! What a neat room!
~Gorgeous and inspiring boys rooms Tracy.
The pillows are awesome!
I am telling my sister about this post. She loves PB and just had her second boy last week.
Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)
Traci I'm adding you to my blogroll! Your blog is just wonderful! :)
You did an awesome job! I especially love the collector's shelves that your father-in-law made. Think he wants to make some for me too?
This is darling and you made the Pottery Barn inspiration pic work for you! Love those replicas of the hymnal holders! Your in laws are very creative (and helpful :)
I love the book holders!
Hey Traci. What a fabulous job you did. I bet the boys are crazy about it. And what wonderful inlaws. I really love the room and everything in it. It's so much more fun when you can create it by seeing how much more affordable you can do it. Does that make sense?
Have a nice evening…Tracy
Oh yeah. I wanted to thank you for listing my giveaway on your side bar. You're a sweetie.
I'm not usually a fan of theme rooms, but I LOVE what you did. So many great ideas to borrow.
What a labor of love, and so close to the "inspiration room."
Really great job – it's VERY pottery barn!
That room looks great! I've never thought to have the swing arm lamps for a bunk bed. I might just have to do something like this for my boys' room! Good job!
Great job! You have great taste…I've enjoyed peeking through your blog!
I am so very impressed and inspired:)
Love this! One of the best little boy rooms I've ever seen. (The swing arm lamp is pretty amazing, love the color you used!)
All Things Heart and Home
WOW…you did a GREAT JOB! It was hard to tell which one was Pottery Barn and which one was your sons room.
Have a wonderful day.
What a great room! You did a fantastic job! I love it! :)
Wow! I'm completely impressed! Your boys' room looks great!
I would have never known the difference in the PB version vs yours! Excellent! I know your boys must love their room!
Such a fabulous job! I am loving those leather pillows! My question is: Who CAN afford the Pottery Barn furniture? Yours look just as good!
Great job!! My youngest sons room is done with the same colors! Tan, Rangers Blue and Red stripes etc. I like your baseball frame…
Their room tured out awesome! I know that they just love it! I've always loved Pottery Barn but they are just way too expensive. Your room looks just like it came out of one of their magazines. You have really inspired me. I've been wanting to re-do my little boy's room. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!
This has got to be one of the cutest boy rooms I have ever seen. What a creative idea with round frame. I love that, if you don't mind I am going to share that one with my sister. Her oldest son has a sports theme room and she is in need of ideas. Love it!!!
You did such a great job….inspiring! Your whole blog is beautiful! Plus…I love your heart!
God Bless You!
Traci-You did a fabulous job! Your boys are very lucky!
Tracy, that turned out fantastic! Great copy of PB rooms.
This is the best Pottery Barn knock off I've ever seen Tracy. ABsolutely great use of creativity!
I think you did a great job. I like Pottery Barn for inspiration too. I like that you used them for inspiration, but did a few things with your own take on it. I think it looks just as good if not better than the PB inspired room.
You've created such a great room for your boys! Way to go, mom! I love trying to recreate the PB look with thrift store finds. It's fun and with a little creativity, it can be just as stunning! You did a great job!
Great job! I salivate and obsess when I receive the PB catalog so I understand the inspiration. The boys' room looks amazing and the little touches make it ever so much more special.
It looks beautiful!
You did a fabulous recreation of the PB room! The room looks fabulous! I too did that when I redid my boys' rooms. I used to love redecorating their rooms to reflect their growing needs and wants. My youngest son is in the process of redoing his room and he is doing it all on his own. I cannot wait to see the final results.
Wow! I think Pottery Barn should hire you! Looks great and has such sentimental value also!
Fabulous ideas!! Great job!
This room is just breath taking. You did a fabulous job, and on a shoestring budget. I love it when we do such a an awesome job, and it costs so little. I would say Pottery Barn would be so proud of you. It is a very GREAT replica. Thanks for sharing sweetie.
I am so thrilled to see that you are keeping busy with yourself. I am trying. One day at a time for sure. Keep in touch. Stop by and say hi. I so love it when you do. Country hugs sweetie, Sherry
Traci, this is wonderful! And you know, I like your room better than the Pottery Barn room. Anyone could get a Pottery Barn credit card, purchase all that stuff, and have a showroom-ready room with no thought and no love. Your room evidences lots of thought and lots of love. What precious attributes to surround your boys as they play and sleep!
Love it!! You did awesome! I can't tell the difference!
Lou Cinda :)
You did an incredible job!!! Straight out of a PBK catalog! Well done. I have 3 boys and would love to do something like this. :)
Oh the boys room looks amazing, I bet they love it in there. I'm busy changing my dd's room from jungle to a wolf theme! She loves wolves, so I just bought the bedding but will think of repainting the bottom of the wall and getting a border soon, then some wolf posters to frame. She is already calling it her 'den' and she is the 'Wolf Princess'!!!
I think it looks amazing, and very PB-ish! I love their kids catalog! Thanks for sharing this!
SO INSANELY AWESOME!!!!
Way to go- it's incredible!
Wow, you really have the knack!!
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Each week you amaze me with all you do! I just love the boys' room! The swing are lamps and "pew holders" add so much practical fun to the room! Great job as always!… Dee Dee
What an adorable boys room! Great job.
I love it! I love the pottery barn stuff. But I can't think of paying their prices. But I think that you room great!
The room is wonderful! Love all your thrifty decorating!
Very cute! I can't wait until my boys are a little older and sharing their room so we can do something similar. I love bunk beds!
Wonderful room. Love all of the touches. The pew rack idea is just amazing. I also adore the pillows that your mother-in-law made.
Oh I love these ideas! My boys room is on my room makeover wish list and you can bet I will be using some of these ideas!
The room looks great!! and so clean:) I like your room better than PB!
That room is incrdible!! Pottery Barn has nothing on you.
I love it!!! I am wondering where you ordered your bunk beds from because I am so nervous of ordering online and having them be not sturdy. Also which dresser is it at Walmart?? I love your ideas….my hubby is making the cafe shelves this weekend=) That is how I found your blog!
you are amazing!!! how much can i pay you to come and decorate AND organize MY boys? (and…again….i have to ask….HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO ALL OF THIS STUFF???WOW!)
I ask again…how do you find the time? The room is beautiful and so great for boys! You did a superb job ~
I think you did a fabulous job! The room looks great – every detail is just perfect.
Great job on the room. I'm in awe! I have two boys and I want to put together a pottery barn style room. Great find on the bedding! That's the type of thing I've been looking for. You've given me hope that I'll come across it eventually. And I love the baseball frame! I am so going to keep my eyes open for a circle frame. Thanks for more inspiration!
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Love this room!!! Too cute! I may have some questions about where you got certain things…
LOVE the look of this room! I especially love the pew back book holders next to each sleeping area- brilliant! I’m curious where you ordered the bed from and if you’d recommend the seller? We’re also looking for some cheaper than pottery barn bunk beds- I’d splurge for this because ordering online scares me after a dresser we ordered- but there’s no way I could talk my husband into that!! :)
leslie dot horrell at insightbb dot com- if you’d share your online bunk buying experience. :)
Great job on the boys’ room!!
You have a wonderful father-in-law, too. =)
BTW, your mom liked so beautiful.
What a way to honor her with your blog.
I love the room that you have created for your boys! Do you know the names of the paint colors that you used above and below the molding? Great job!
Love the bunk beds! Where did you find them?
Where did you get the furniture? Looking for good quality bunk beds for my boys? And do you mind me asking how old your boys are? Mine are 4 & 7 so curious if this is the right age for bunk beds. Thanks.
Fabulous!!! im so proud of you— i have 4 boys and a baby girl and was looking to put 3 boys 7-10-12 in a huge room together over my garage! you have great ideas!!! tytytyty
I love your pottery barn room! Where did you get the book case? I love the blue color of it!
Love the colors of the room. Would you happen to know the names of the paint colors? Thanks.
I LOVE IT! From which website did you order the bunk beds?
Aileen, I’m sorry. I did the makeover about 9 years ago, so I don’t remember where I got the bunk beds. :(