New Window in the Kids’ Room

You guys!! Today I’m tickled pink to share a big update on our kids’ bedroom makeover. If you remember, I mentioned a while back that we decided to do a full makeover on their room and adding an extra window was the first step. It was one of those things that pretty much had to happen because it was the darkest little room in the world. Really, even in the middle of the afternoon you’d need a light on to read a book. We talked and talked and talked about putting another window in there to give the space more light, but we were always too intimidated by the idea. I mean, putting a window in an exterior wall is kind of a big deal. But we finally made the decision to hire some help to get it done and I’m SO glad we did. It turned out even better than I had imagined it and I can’t wait to show you all how it looks. But first, we have to start with the obligatory before photo:

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Eeeeeeek. I took this photo as we were emptying the room before the project got underway and it’s obviously not the prettiest thing. You can see how dark it is, but this picture doesn’t do it justice because I had the light on when I snapped this photo. And thanks to a giant tree outside the window on the left, it was the kind of room that never got sunshine. It was just a sad little space. I hated it and so did the kids. (And if you’re curious, that tape there on the wall was our way of visualizing where the window would go. It was actually super helpful.) 

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Here’s a progress shot of the window going in. The company we hired actually did a great job of keeping everything clean and tidy. I love this little “tent’ they built up around the window to keep the dust from getting in the whole house.

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

This isn’t the greatest shot, but it gives you an idea of what goes into cutting a window into an exterior wall. It’s a pretty detailed process and I’m so grateful that we opted to hire help for this one instead of trying to do it ourselves. This one was definitely out of our comfort zone! Here’s how the room looks now:

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Quite the difference, right?! I still cannot believe this the same room. There is so much light! In fact, it was a bit tricky to photograph this area because it’s so bright. But I’m not complaining! That window was exactly what this little room needed.

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress! Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress! Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

I also wanted to do shiplap on this wall just to give it a little more pizazz. You know I like pizazz. And I’m so glad we did because it really gives this space a lot more character. I LOVE it, especially with the contrast of the black bed frames.

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Farmhouse style kids bedroom makeover progress!

Obviously we still have a ways to go in here, but I couldn’t wait to share our progress. We’re still working on getting new furniture and we also have to finish painting the trim and doors. But in the meantime we set up the new beds and I just love how it looks, even without mattresses! Those beds were exactly what I wanted–just simple and classic. Anything big or flashy would have been too much in this small space, so I think these are perfect. Plus I got them for a heck of a deal, which is always a plus.

I can’t wait to get more work done in this room, but for now I’m pretty darn happy with how things are coming along. That window makes all the difference in this room and now I kinda wish I could put an extra window in every room. Kidding. Sorta.

While you’re here, you might want to drop by these other posts on our fixer upper projects: 

Kitchen Progress Update: The Passthrough Reveal!

Farmhouse Master Bathroom Reveal

The Transformation of Our Fixer Upper

 

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59 Comments

  1. Tamara wrote:

    I just love it!! Can you come do my house next? Lol

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Laura wrote:

      So much better!! Can’t wait to see how you decorate it!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha sure Tamara!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  2. Jill Graham wrote:

    I love this!! It really brightens it up!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It really does, I’m so happy we did it!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  3. Donna Bergthold wrote:

    Looks fabulous! What a difference the window and the ship lap make! And the beds, so cute!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Donna!! Such a difference, right?! I can’t wait to finish this room.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  4. Melissa Filson wrote:

    Looks awesome! Love, love, love the shiplap too! We just did an addition to our house adding a bedroom and used shiplap on one of the walls and I love it! We also have a similar bed against that wall! Can’t wait to see the room when its done!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Isn’t it the best Melissa? I love shiplap so much. It adds so much interest to any wall!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  5. Vicky wrote:

    Where did you find those beds? Love them!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  6. Dawn Yeager wrote:

    The addition of the window brightens up the room so much!!! Love the shiplap wall….and those beds are amazing.
    Can’t wait to see it finished. (As I was reading and looking at the pictures, I thought ‘she has stained trim and white trim on the shiplap wall…..i will have to ask her about that.’ Then as I kept reading, I read the answer…LOL
    Please post how you painted your trim and doors….I’m at that point!!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes!! We still need to do the trim and doors. We are dreading it. I’ll def share the process when we do though!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  7. Tammy Ganci wrote:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a blessed day
    Love your blog friend,
    Tammy

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much sweet Tammy!! xoxo

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  8. Gayle wrote:

    Looking awesome!! Love love love the black bed frames!!! Keep up the good work Sarah! You just have the eye for this home decor stuff! 😍 can’t wait to see the finished room!! I’m actually excited 😆😂

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Gayle, I really appreciate that!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  9. Candy wrote:

    Sarah, awesome job! I love the beds and shiplap too..your daughter will be in heaven being able to read her books with the additional lighting from the window.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh you’re totally right Candy!! She’s already loving it so much. And I’m so happy they don’t have a dark, sad room anymore.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  10. Becky wrote:

    Looks really nice Sarah Joy! Love the beds too!💕💙xoxo

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Becky!! I am so happy with how it’s coming together.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  11. Carol Holtorf wrote:

    love shiplap. I’m sure your girls will love their new room. Love the beds being in black.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Me too Carol! I love that black and white contrast.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  12. Vicki wrote:

    Oh, Sarah, that looks wonderful! The black beds against the white shiplap looks so clean and classic. I love vintage style iron beds, a few years back we got a similar style for my son’s room and I adore it. Definitely a style they can grow with. Can’t wait to see what else you are doing with the room😊

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Isn’t it the best?! Some might call it simple, but I just love those beds. And you’re right, they are great as the kids get older too!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  13. Angela Servello wrote:

    Excellent! Love the window, let’s all the healing sunshine 🌞in as well as a relaxing breeze. Perfect nutrition for growing children. I want to do shiplap, but am a little intimidated. How hard and laborious is it really? 😵 😭 Have a blessed day, Angela 🎃

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  14. Angie @mycottagefarmhousestyle wrote:

    I LOVE it!! What a difference it made! ❤️

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Angie, I am so happy with how it’s coming along!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  15. Dianne G wrote:

    Best decision ever. Love the natural light, and that feature wall!!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes yes yes!! I totally agree Diane.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  16. Nancy wrote:

    This room demonstrates a tremendous change and I love it. The black metal beds are so vintage looking and the new window is just what this room needed. Your decorating skills have come so far since I first started reading your blog. YOU and your home are growing in so many ways. I always look forward to your posts!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha you’re so right Nancy! I feel like our home and my style has evolved so much since I started blogging. It’s been a fun journey!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  17. Emily Nye wrote:

    Love it! So light and bright!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Emily, I love it!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  18. Diane wrote:

    Wow, I understand the need for a second window. The room is so much brighter, and I love the beds. Looking forward to end result!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Right?! This room really needed that window. I’m so happy we were able to do it!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  19. Kathy wrote:

    Those beds…with that shiplap…and the white on the walls with all that light! I’m absolutely in love with this room! I can’t wait to see how the rest of it evolves.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Kathy!! I am loving it too. Can’t wait to finish it!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  20. Laurie wrote:

    I love the amount of light coming in the room now! So awesome! The shiplap and black beds are perfect! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Your kiddos are going to love it!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Laurie, they are already loving it so much. It’s like a whole new room now!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  21. Sue Turner wrote:

    I love that window in there. It really makes a difference. Those beds are really cute too. Where did you get them? Can’t wait to see what else your going to do.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  22. Judy wrote:

    Sarah,
    I love all the changes you are doing to the house! The extra window will make such s difference. I can’t wait to see the finished room! Hugs to all!
    Judy

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Judy!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  23. Erica wrote:

    Beautiful! Looks so good, just like everything you do!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Erica!!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  24. Jo wrote:

    That looks great! Are they black or bronze?

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Well the description on the Target site says bronze, but they’re def more black.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  25. Dana wrote:

    It looks amazing, Sarah…What a transformation! – so bright and happy now! 🙂 I love windows and the light they bring. That is one thing I wish I had more of throughout my home. The room is just so pretty and classy in its current minimal state…I can’t imagine how fabulous it’s going to look when you’ve touched it with your magic!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Dana, you are so sweet! I can’t wait to finish this room, it’s going to be so fun!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  26. Kyla wrote:

    Love it! I’m curious where you kids slept when all this was happening? Love the shiplap and new beds.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Kyla! They slept in our room, with their beds on the floor. It was actually really fun!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  27. Lisa Duty wrote:

    Looks fab…..would love to see pic of room with both windows.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It was kinda tricky to photograph because it’s a small room, but when I do the final reveal I’ll try to get a whole room shot!

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  28. Linda wrote:

    Looks amazing and bright! ❤️❤️❤️

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  29. Shelia wrote:

    It looks great Sarah! Those beds remind me of my son’s when he was little. They really brought back memories. I switched over to see your house tour from when you first got your house and it has really come a long way! You should be very proud, y’all are doing a great job! I can’t wait to see what else you do with the room! 😁

    Posted 11.1.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah thank you so much Shelia! I need to update our home tour–so much has change this past year. And it’s fun to see how it’s evolved over the past 3 years.

      Posted 11.1.18 Reply
  30. Pam wrote:

    What a difference sunlight makes in any room! Love the shiplap and window so much. Can’t wait to see the final outcome! You have that special touch that makes a room feel so cozy and inviting!

    Posted 11.1.18 Reply

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