Boy Bedroom Makeover Reveal!

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Check out how we transformed our son’s room with less than $100 in just one month!

This project was originally done as a part of the $100 Room Challenge and was published as a series of posts from January 1, 2020 to January 29, 2020. It has since been consolidated into this one post.

My son’s room was one of the only rooms in our home we hadn’t done a true “makeover” on in the 5 years we lived there, so it was about time for one!

This makeover was a super fun challenge to give his room a major facelift on a tight budget and timeframe.

I hope you enjoy seeing our process for updating his room!

Young Boy Bedroom Makeover

The Before

We hadn’t done much in his room since we had purchased the house almost 4 years prior and he had definitely outgrown its current set-up.

Here is what it looked like at the beginning of the project:

We had originally painted the green wall to match the art work from his nursery (the chevron/truck print you can see in the picture below) and we built the loft bed for him a few years before to try and create more floor-space.

The string lights didn’t even work anymore…

And we’d already moved the toy kitchen into my daughter’s room.

Pardon the Christmas tree, we took these pictures the week before we had taken down the Christmas dΓ©cor… πŸ˜‰

If you look behind it you’ll see the tunnel we installed into his sister’s room on the other side. The kids sure love that tunnel!

He was still using the large, white cubby unit as storage for all of his toys (that are not LEGOs) and we planned to keep it.

We thought about rotating it so it stood up vertical and took up less floor space.

His closet stored all of the kids’ books, as well as all of his clothes, and his punching bag was mounted from the ceiling.

You can see the door into his room on the left there.

Our plan definitely included some rearranging of the furniture , but we weren’t entirely sure what the arrangement would look like when we got started!

The Plan

First off, let me just say that kid’s rooms are REALLY hard to keep pretty and organized.

I mean, they don’t care what it looks like, so if it doesn’t function in a pretty way, it’s never going to look styled.

Which is why I try really hard to create functional storage and usability in my kid’s rooms without sacrificing on style!

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Let’s get into the details about my plan for doing that in his room for under $100 and in just one month.

Paint – FREE

The first thing we planned to do was paint the entire bedroom a neutral color.

We’d planned on using left over paint we have from other places in the house, so it wouldn’t cost us anything.

But having a fresh, neutral palette on the walls would give the room a more mature look.

New Bed ~$40

We also planned to build him a new bed.

He was getting much too tall for the loft bed which was built to fit a crib mattress.

We already had a twin mattress (from our daughter’s trundle bed) so we planned to build him a twin bed frame out of 2×4 materials.

I hadn’t decided at the beginning if I wanted to stain or paint the frame, but I was leaning towards stain!

LEGO Storage & Organization – FREE

He rarely ever played with any of his non-LEGO toys (minus his punching bag, which will stay hanging from the ceiling to the left of his bed) which means we’d be cleaning out all his toys and installing some better/more LEGO storage.

I didn’t think we’d need to spend any money for this part of the project, it was just going to be some time spent purging and organizing.

Cork Wall ~$40

One of our biggest struggles with his room before this makeover was that he LOVES saving his craft projects.

Whether that’s pictures he’s colored or drawn, a wreath he made at school, or a page of stickers – he always wants to display them in his room so he ends up taping or tacking them on the wall, pretty much anywhere he can find a spot.

In order to embrace this part of his personality, and minimize the chaos, we decided to install a “cork wall” on the small wall behind his door to give him a large space where he could display his crafts for as long as he’d like.

The only thing we needed to buy for this part of the room was some cork tiles!

Closet Organization – FREE

Another thing we planned on tackling was the organization of his closet.

When we started, there was a lot of empty, unused space on the top sections so we planned to use some scrap wood or extra closet rods to maximize and use all of the space in there.

He doesn’t have a dresser, so we store all of his clothes in there, as well as all of the books for both kids.

Stuffed Animal PURGE – FREE

This kid has a serious obsession with collecting stuffed animals, but we were ready to help him sort through and get rid of a LOT of them.

I was hoping that this task alone would free up a lot of space in his room!

Other Decor/Furniture ~$20

As far as the style and decor in his room, we planned for it to be mostly neutrals with a few pops of orange.

His comforter was taupe and white, which matched the white storage cubbies and LEGO storage.

The orange would come from his punching bag and basketball beanbag.

The Mini-Project List

We always like to break our room makeovers up into smaller, more manageable tasks, or what we like to call “mini-projects.”

So here was the list of the mini-projects we needed to tackle in this room makeover:

  1. Paint the entire room (or maybe just the green wall to match the other linen-colored walls)
  2. Remove the loft bed (which has to be done through the window because it’s too big to fit down the hallway!)
  3. Build and install a new bed
  4. Organize the closet (which includes sorting through his clothes and all their books)
  5. Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals
  6. Install the cork wall
  7. Organize the LEGOs
  8. Final decorating!

Week 1 – Paint & Lego Organization

During the first week of our one-month makeover in Andrew’s room, we painted the green wall to match the rest of the walls and took out the loft bed.

Prior to Christmas we did a lot of LEGO organizing (in the way of sorting them all by color and putting mini-figures or accessory pieces in designated bins) so I’d say we were well on our way to finishing #7 on our mini-project list.

We also pulled most of the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals out of the room when we took out the loft bed, so #5 (organizing/purging them) would be easy.

Here’s how the room looked after the first week:

We built his LEGO table a year prior, but it definitely got its feature in this room makeover. Click here for out step-by-step tutorial for building a DIY Lego Table with Storage!

It’s amazing to me how much bigger the room felt without that loft bed in there!

His twin bed would go under the window where the mattress was sitting.

The only money we spent the first week was $36 on the lumber for his twin bed frame.

Here’s where we stood with our mini-project list after the first week:

  1. Paint the green wall
  2. Remove the loft bed
  3. Build and install a new bed
  4. Organize the closet (which includes sorting through his clothes and all their books)
  5. Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals
  6. Install the cork wall
  7. Organize the LEGOs
  8. Final decorating!

Week 2 – DIY Cork Wall

We had originally planned to build Andrew’s bed over the second week, but our entire family got sick so plans had to change…

Instead, we installed his super cool cork panel wall!

I also spent some time going through his clothes and donating anything he’d outgrown. So #4 on our mini-project list was halfway there. πŸ˜‰

Here’s a look at the room as of the end of week two:

The bed would stay where the mattress was sitting and I still wasn’t quite sure exactly how the cubby shelves and LEGO table would arrange when all was said and done…

As Chris would tell you, I tend to decide those things on the reveal photo shoot day. πŸ˜‰

You can see the cork wall tucked behind his door on the left of this picture:

This DIY cork wall was a super affordable and easy project – click here for the full step-by-step instructions for building your own!

In the first two weeks, we spent a total of $85 ($36 on lumber for the bed and $49 on the cork wall) out of our $100 budget.

The cork wall could have been cheaper if we were willing to adhere the cork directly to the drywall, but we wanted it to be easily removable in the future so we spent a little extra to build it on plywood.

Here’s how our mini-project list sat after the first two weeks:

  1. Paint the green wall
  2. Remove the loft bed
  3. Build and install a new bed
  4. Organize the closet (which includes sorting through his clothes and all their books)
  5. Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals
  6. Install the cork wall
  7. Organize the LEGOs
  8. Final decorating!

Week 3 – DIY Twin Bed Frame

The third week was a big one in Andrew’s room makeover.

Not only did we get most of the closet organized, but we also completed the largest part of the project – his DIY platform bed!

Here’s a look at how the room looked at the end of week 3:

Not much happened in the main part of the room besides adding the bed.

But we did a lot of organizing in the closet!

Our work in the closet included removing two hanging rods in order to make room for his basketball hoop and a few additional shelves, sorting and purging the books, reorganizing his clothes and maximizing the shelf storage for toys.

It wasn’t quite done, but much closer!

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Let’s take a look at our mini-project list as of the third week:

  1. Paint the green wall
  2. Remove the loft bed
  3. Build and install a new bed
  4. Organize the closet (which includes sorting through his clothes and all their books)
  5. Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals
  6. Install the cork wall
  7. Organize the LEGOs
  8. Final decorating!

This final week would include finishing touches on the organization of ALL the toys and putting up the final dΓ©cor.

Chris built a fun night stand to attach to the side of the bed, so we planned to install that with a lamp too.

We had spent about all of our budget as of this point:

$48 in lumber for the bed
$49 on cork wall materials
$5 on bins for the LEGOs
= $103 Total!

Week 4 – The Finished Room!

I’m so excited to share a tour of Andrew’s completed room!

Are you ready to see it?!

The After

Welcome!

Doesn’t it look so much more grown up and organized?!

I think we did a good job balancing our need for a “nice room” and his need for a fun room.

The new bed is an easy DIY project (see the full tutorial here) and only cost us about $48 in lumber (making it about half of our budget) but it was totally worth it!

He LOVES his big-boy bed. πŸ™‚

Chris also used some scrap wood to build him a fun floating nightstand that attaches to the side of the bed.

He’s always got his newest LEGO creation sitting on his nightstand!

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To keep them organized, I tossed all of his “extra” stuffed animals in a basket next to his nightstand.

This basket is meant to be for garbage, but I’m all about re-purposing things to meet your needs!

The abstract art pieces above the bed and the tunnel are canvases that Andrew painted with me a few years ago.

I love that they bring a little pop of color to the walls and add some sentimental value at the same time!

My kids sure love this tunnel between their rooms!

Anyone interested in a tutorial for this?

For the LEGO station, we turned the bookcase upright and mounted to the wall for all of his LEGOs then placed the LEGO table next to it.

His LEGO table is where he spends most of his time in here, so I wanted to give it a spot where he could play at it from all sides and I really like the way this arrangement does that.

You can see our full tutorial for building the LEGO table here and the removable LEGO board/tray here.

We bought a few more clear $1 bins to organize his LEGOs by color and placed all of those bins in the bookcase.

The larger white bins give him a place to store all the LEGO “creations” that he doesn’t want to break down just yet.

We placed his basketball beanbag to the right of the bookcase to give him a spot for reading or to make it easy for him to grab it and use it while playing LEGOs.

We also moved his punching bag to the corner in front of his bed.

He sure enjoys hitting on that thing!

The closet got a makeover as well!

Lots of organizing.

We consolidated all of his hanging clothes onto one rack, got new stackable bins for his socks and boxers, and installed new shelving on the right side for some of his non-LEGO toys and memorabilia.

On the left side of the closet, we removed the clothes and hung his basketball hoop on the rod, purged and reorganized the books and organized all of his non-LEGO toys in plastic bins making them easy to play with and KEEP organized!

Each bin has one type of toy in it – so there’s one for cars, one for tools, one for balls, etc.

Of course, you can’t forget about the fun, DIY cork wall we installed to the left of his closet!

This was the second half of our budget, but it was worth every dollar.

Our son LOVES being able to save and display things on that wall.

I mean, he even hung a gum wrapper on it this week because, well, it was shiny and smelled good! πŸ˜‚

I love that kid.

You can see our full tutorial for installing a cork wall here.

So, what do you think?

A pretty fun room, right?

Andrew sure loves it!

Let’s take a look at some fun before/after combos!

BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER

Pretty crazy change for just $100!

Here’s a look at what we did over the month to transform the space and how much each part cost:

  1. Paint the green wall (FREE – used left over paint)
  2. Remove the loft bed (FREE)
  3. Build and install a new bed ($48 in lumber and left over paint)
  4. Build and install a nightstand (FREE – built out of scrap wood)
  5. Organize the closet ($2 for a couple clear bins)
  6. Sort through and purge the non-LEGO toys and stuffed animals (FREE)
  7. Install the cork wall ($49 for cork, plywood and adhesive)
  8. Organize the LEGOs ($3 for a few more clear bins)
  9. Final decorating (FREE)

So, our total cost for the room was $102!

Just goes to show you can completely transform a room on a super tight budget. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed following along on this room makeover journey!

And let me know if you want the sources for anything in this room. πŸ™‚

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9 thoughts on “Boy Bedroom Makeover Reveal!”

  1. I love so many things in this room! My favorite remains the cork board wall (and I LOVE that he stuck a gum wrapper up there πŸ™‚ ), but the bed (for $48!!!), the little door leading into the other room, the Lego storage… so many amazing features! Your son must be thrilled! I am so happy you joined the challenge this month. Enjoy your new space!

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  2. Rachel this turned out so stinkin’ cute. He will never want to come out of his room. Changing his bedroom into a big boys bedroom is perfect for him to enjoy his time building and sleeping. I love each DIY that you and your hubby did. Great job!

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  3. This turned out so cute!! I have two boys and just spent months organizing all of their Legos into bins so I’m right there with you on that one LOL. I love the color you chose for the wall because it lets all those fun pops of orange really shine without feeling chaotic. But my favorite part is that you used the artwork that you created together – just the sweetest.

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  4. What? $102! Amazing. The room looks great and I love that you’ve kept it clean and bright with just a pop of color. It will transform easily in the future to a guest room or “big boy” room.

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