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.




  1. 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

  2. ~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 :)

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. Traci,
    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!

    Lee Laurie

  8. 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!!!

  9. You did such a great job….inspiring! Your whole blog is beautiful! Plus…I love your heart!
    God Bless You!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Oh Tracey!
    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

  15. 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!

  16. 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'!!!

  17. Traci,
    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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!)

  22. 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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  24. 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. :)

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. Hi,
    I love your pottery barn room! Where did you get the book case? I love the blue color of it!


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