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Painting my Son’s Bedroom BLACK – ORC | Week 4

Painting our Son’s Bedroom BLACK

One Room Challenge – Week 4

I’m SO excited to be part of the One Room Challenge again.  A huge thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for organizing this bi-annual design challenge. The One Room Challenge is where design|bloggers around the world transform one space in their homes over 6 weeks.

This time around I decided to makeover my tween son’s bedroom because we moved into our house over a year ago and this is how his room looked as of a couple of weeks ago.  I know – very embarrassing!!!

My son really REALLY wanted a black bedroom.  I debated and agonized over this request for a couple of months.   I’ve always liked black rooms.  They look so cool.   I really admired Genieve Godor, HGTV host when she painted her living room totally black.

Genevieve Gorder offers valuable design tips you can use in your own home


Genevieve Gorder’s Manhattan Apartment

At first I was shocked, but I really began to like it.  Decorating a black room can be challenging to get the right mix of furniture & accessorizes to make it work.  But of course, Genevieve totally rocked it!

However,  I was very hesitant for painting our son’s bedroom black for two reasons.  One, I thought he wouldn’t really like it and get tired of it in a couple of months.  It’s very dark. Will he really like it once the novelty of a black room wears off?

Secondly, the stager side of me is screaming “NOOOOO – DON’T DO IT!!! What if you want to sell your home soon?  You know you will have to repaint it!  AND You know it will take you many coats of paint to recover it!!!”

But as you can see, the mom side won out and we are painting his room BLACK.  It’s turning out better than I expected so that’s a huge sigh of relief.  He saw the one wall of black paint and was super excited! Phew….


Tween boy excited with his room makeover






















Paint Our Son's Bedroom BLACK



Using Black Paint

You would think using black paint is like any other paint right?  Wrong?  Black paint shows EVERY imperfection.  You need to roll up and down consistently one line, and then move onto the next.  You need to roll DOWN to finish the line and then roll DOWN to finish the next line and so on.  Otherwise, if you don’t do this, the black will look like different shades of black even though you’re using the same paint.

Sk8Park Bedroom - Debi Collinson Designs




AND obviously it takes a few more coats of paint than regular paint so just take your time.  Flip over to week 6 the final reveal and you’ll see that it will be worth it!!!


My Inspiration Board:

My goal is for our son to have the coolest bedroom on the street so that the boys on the street will want to come and just hang in his room.

Tween Boy's room mood board | Debi Collinson Designs















Please check back next week and see the progress to date!

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This is my forth time taking on the challenge.  The first time I redesigned our entryway.  The second time was our master bedroom including adding on a master en-suite and the third time was our family room.



Add Value to Your Home with Debi CollinsonI’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!






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