Bunk Room Re-Do

My current house was built in the 80’s. It is, without question, the oldest home I’ve ever owned. I loved it’s ‘oldness’. I was done with new build and wanted the charm of an older home. The previous owners had done a lot to bring it to the current century/decade like replacing the staircase, going to hardwood, new windows etc. The kind of stuff that needs to be done but has zero creativity involved. That meant I got to do all of the ‘fun’ stuff!!

NOT my furniture BTW. πŸ˜‰ This pic is from the listing when I bought the house.

So a few years ago I went to Lowe’s for who knows what and got distracted in the lumber section. I found 4′ x 8′ sections of paneling that looks like barnwood. (Item # 763122). Think your parents basement except this was whitewashed and has a grey color base. It was a quiet evening at the store so I asked the guy at the cutting station a HUGE favor …….. can you take these 2 panels and run the saw to cut them into strips? The result was to give me ‘strips’ of ‘wood’. He was so sweet, he got to work and I took my ‘wood’ home.

Fast forward about 2 years. I was going to put this wood on the bathroom ceiling. Yep…….. never got to that……and then one day the bunk room was bugging me enough I said “NO MORE PROCRASTINATING!!!, time to get this baby done!”

Tools needed:

Nail gun, finish nails, table saw, miter saw, compressor and the usual hand tools (hammer, etc.)


Favorite color = Agreeable Grey

This color works in ANY room and ANY color scheme. As the ceiling is rather wierd, I painted all the way up the sides and stopped at the flat portion of the ceiling. Maybe should have just painted ceiling the same color?? IDK, but time to move on to the wood. Yaaaasss!!!

Make sure the first row is L-E-V-E-L.

Random placement of the pieces gives a legit look of wood. There is no trim at the sides of the wall so pieces had to be exact so no gaps. Yep… had to cut a few pieces over…… I nailed the pieces to the wall at the four corners with finish nails. If you don’t want to mess with the nail gun you could use one of the adhesives for paneling commonly found at Home Depot or Lowes. Keep in mind though those babies are NOT coming off the wall without taking some of the drywall with them.

Now it’s going to get a bit dicey cutting the pieces…….
Taaaaaa daaaaaa!!!! Cue the singing angel voices!! L-o-v-e this wall!

Fortunately this paneling is so easy to cut and trim. I did find it very helpful to have a small trim saw to cut around the windows.


Wasn’t really into the trim they used so decided to go with more of a farmhouse trim
Off comes the old trim. Took a LOT of shaving down the drywall to get the trim to lay flush and eliminate gaps. I am ALL about caulk to fill things in a bit, but there isn’t enough in the world for these gaps…
That’s better.

So pretty much that’s all of the construction. On to the decorating…


My whole house is blue and white so no big shocker that this room will also be blue and white. I’ve added all of the finished pictures and the resources I used.

The headboard and bed dressings are from Ballards Designs. Desk and rocker are antiques. The rug is actually by the yard fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. The white linen baby dresses are antiques that I mounted in frames.
Antique dresser and chair, antique cheerleaders horn.
This is how I purchased the sweet little chair. In it’s day it was a ‘looker’ I’m sure.
Just finished its facelift. Adorbs!!! I can see my baby girl Palmer sitting at the dresser in this sweet little chair. She’s only 6 months old……………………… IDK.

Now this is a fun little project. I got this lingerie drying rack from Ballards Back Room. Yes, I am blessed to live by a Ballards outlet, please don’t hate me πŸ˜‰ . For $29 I got the rack, added fun vintage paper to the back of it and using drapery clip hooks hang pictures to the rods.

So that’s it for the bunk room re-do. I hope I gave you some ideas or inspiration. If not what you were looking for then maybe just a few minutes break from your work!! πŸ™‚

Have a great day and God bless.

Author: Jennifer Stambek-Stephens

I am one of those people that has spent their adult life saying "How hard can it be????". If you combine that with a frugalness, that is exceeded only by my younger daughter, you have a combination that is often very successful but not without its 'ooops' moments. ;-) I've never wanted to spend the money to hire a professional so I learned how to do things myself. I wanted crown molding, too expensive, so I learned how to do it. Same thing with building, landscaping, painting, lighting, sewing, yada yada -- you get where I'm going with this I'm sure. :-) I have the tools and the experience for so many projects. Through this site I am sharing my skills and lessons learned to help others develop that "How hard can it be??" spirit in your home. If you want it, have been dreaming about, lusting after your friends version, posted a million posts of it to your Pinterest board --let's make it happen and within your budget. I'm a decorator AND the creator -- no middleman markup. I'm running out of projects in my house, (short of building an addition!) so lets get to work on yours! Whether it's slipcovers, new window treatments, making that dining room table look like it DID come from RH or helping you develop your own style I would be thrilled and honored to assist!

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