Updating My Teen’s Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!This post is in partnership with IKEA

When our family arrives around the holidays, my son Luke generously gives up his bedroom (and he stays on an air mattress downstairs) to make more room for guests. We don’t have a lot of room, but we’re happy to make space for everyone!

I’ve been wanting to make a few more updates in his room ever since we moved in, both so guests can be more comfortable and as a gift for our son! Unless we decide to move or rearrange the house in the next year and a half, this room will be my son’s last childhood bedroom before he graduates from high school. Cue all the tears!

His previous dresser was the same dresser I bought for his sisters when they were little, so the drawers were super tiny. Now that he is a full sized man and not a little boy (how in the world did that happen) it really was not functional anymore for his clothing.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

The too-small dresser and a diminutive nightstand both sat on one wall, next to his bed. Neither storage piece was functional for him or maximizing the available space. Excess furniture that wasn’t serving the needs in the room felt like visual clutter.

His room was definitely ready for a style and functional upgrade, but I kept putting it off. As I was preparing for Christmas this year, my mind had a flashback to previous holidays. Without dedicated storage for guests to put their own belongings, dogs would grab guests’ personal items off the floor and running through the house with them.

Needless to say it was just an awkward situation for all involved. :)  I really didn’t want guests (or myself) to have to live through that experience again. Ha! As I glanced at the calendar, I decided I had just enough time to make a simple change that would benefit everyone.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

 HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser 

My solution was to streamline the wall by his bed by replacing the existing awkward dresser and nightstand with one more substantial piece of furniture. Less can definitely be more. And bigger can be better, even in a small space.

I found the perfect solution at IKEA, the HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser. It’s affordable, stylish, fills the available space and is a practical piece for all of our needs in this room.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

This dresser offers a lot of storage, so we can even have a couple of empty drawers for guests. I also LOVE the stripes on the inside of the drawers! When it comes to our home and design elements, it the little things, right?

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

He has plenty of room to organize his clothes in the dresser, with space leftover to stash his personal belongings, too.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

HEKTAR Work Lamp with Wireless Charging 

The lamp is perfect for a bedside table as well as a task lamp on the dresser. It has a classic shape, but a modern and convenient functionality as a wireless charger for devices. Pretty cool, huh? The HEKTAR Work Lamp with Wireless Charging is teen-approved!

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

We seem to never have enough chargers when guests are in our home. The wireless charger on the lamp is a thoughtful feature for everyone who visits, too.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

The HEMNES Dresser and HEKTAR Work Lamp were such simple additions. Streamlining this corner and adding more style to the space really transformed the whole room.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

Luke loves his room now! I’m so happy we were able to complete this project for him. It will be such a comfortable and welcoming space for guests during the upcoming holidays, too! I can’t wait for everyone to arrive and all the memories that will be made.

Are you sneaking in any quick home projects before Christmas?

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

My Son’s Bedroom + 5 Gallon Paint Giveaway

My Son's Bedroom + 5 Gallon Paint Giveaway

My teenage son’s bedroom

We’ve been busy bees around our house this summer with little projects going on everywhere. Maybe this summer has been like that for you, too. While we’ve relaxed, took a family vacation and plan to take even more time off this month, I’ll admit it’s been so nice to get some projects done, too! I’m excited that we made so much progress so we can enjoy our home even more this fall. Well, except for that we are still hoping to get started with our kitchen, so there’s that.

My Son's Bedroom + 5 Gallon Paint Giveaway
My son’s bedroom before (we removed the carpet and found wood floors before we moved in!)

As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been painting our way around the interior of our house and it looks and feels so good to see fresh wall paint. I’ll show you more of our son’s room once it’s finished, but I was really happy to see the color go up on his walls. It has the craziest textured plaster walls so I was actually a little nervous about how the paint would turn out. But I’m happy to say the color went on just fine and the color is perfect. We chose the color Night Sky Grey by Glidden.

My Son's Bedroom + 5 Gallon Paint Giveaway

In our old house we used Glidden Duo paint + primer for our walls, but the formula has now been replaced with a new and even better product called Diamond. Glidden Diamond is an acrylic paint and primer in one. It’s affordable, easy to roll on and you can get away with just one coat, although we always prefer two. It’s no VOC, so it’s low odor. We love it!

Diamond is especially awesome for kids’ rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and other highly trafficked or rough and tumble spaces because you can wash it and even scrub it!

If you are in the mood to spruce up your house this summer or fall, I’m excited to share that Glidden is offering my readers the chance to win 5 gallons of Diamond paint for your next home improvement project!


Enter the giveaway with a comment on today’s post.

What room do you most want to paint?