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Boys’ Budget Bedroom Makeover Reveal!

Submitted by on November 22, 2011 – 1:23 pm 37 Comments
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Yay! I finished putting the final touches on the boys’ room today, and couldn’t wait to show you how it turned out!

I’ve been dying to re-decorate this room for MONTHS, but I knew I wanted to paint over the green and so I had to wait until I had some spending money to buy a gallon of paint before I could get started. Thank goodness for birthday money!!

I definitely didn’t want to spend money on anything else though. Remember my Zero Dollar Laundry Room Makeover? Time to put those creative juices into high gear again!

I think the last time I posted pictures of Ty’s room was before baby Elias came along, and it looked something like this…


The Froggy Room. Green and blue, and Ty still in the toddler bed.

Well, once Elias was born, we moved Xia up into the toddler bed so we could use the crib for the new baby, and we put the twin bed that was in Xia’s nursery in Ty’s room to be his new “big boy” bed.

Poor Jerry. I don’t know how many times I’ve had that man move around our furniture.

Anyways, I had to make room for a twin sized bed, a crib, a dresser, and a changing table in what was to be the boys’ room. I think it worked out well.

Here… come on in!

I’ll give you a clock-wise tour around the room.

I loved the idea of a pennant banner draped across the corner of this room. So, I’ve been saving old clothing and receiving blankets, and any other materials of coordinating colors that I could get a hold of to make a banner without having to buy any materials.

This was my first ever sewing project. Well, not counting the pillow I made in home ec. in 7th grade. My mother-in-law (what would I do without her) came over a couple of weeks ago and showed me how to thread my sewing machine, and guided me in practicing using it.

It was so FUN sewing this thing!! Okay, so it isn’t exactly perfect. But hey, it works… and I love it, so that’s all that matters, right?

Next, I needed to accessorize the dresser. I remembered we had two old lanterns out in our building, so I dug them up, washed off an inch of dirt and dust, and stuck them in the room. I was so pleased that the colors worked so well!!

I found a few more little accessories laying around the house and stuck them with the lanterns. It was tricky trying to mix rustic elements with our very traditional furniture, but I think it turned out okay.

Alrighty, moving right along…

I love this photo. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!!

I took this picture on our property a month or so ago. And I got it printed on a canvas… for FREE! Actually, you didn’t know it, but you got this print for me. If you signed up for Eversave through my referral link, you helped me earn enough points to get one of these.

So, thank you!

I got the biggest canvas I could, but it was still too small by itself on this enormous wall. It needed to be bigger. And I had the solution.

Armed with two of my husband’s hammers, I got busy prying apart some pallets we had laying around. After brushing off the dirt, I had my husband cut a couple of pieces and hammer it all together. It looked great!

Only one problem.

Every time my husband would hammer in another nail, he heard a faint buzzing noise coming from within one of the boards. Upon a closer look, we saw a hole in the board… evidence of a carpenter bee living inside.

A quick google search for how to remove the bee led me to discover that it could be a female in there with eggs… eggs which would be hatching in approximately three months! The image of carpenter bees swarming the kids’ room was enough for me to kindly instruct my husband to replace that board, asap. Please and thank you.

And here are the beds.

If I had a nice camera like all the cool bloggers, you’d really be able to see how pretty these colors are. It really is bright and cheery, I promise.

Like the stars I made from sticks which I’d gathered in the woods? I just chopped ‘em with my handy ax, and nailed ‘em together.

And the pennant banner I draped across the window? I kinda messed up on it, but it’s better than nothing! I used a shoestring to sew the flags onto, and since it was stretchy it got a little weirded out. Oh well.

I clipped an aged clothespin to the top of each pennant, to try to continue that rustic feel.

I knew I needed to fill this space, but I had absolutely nothing to hang on the wall over the crib. Luckily for me, a little crafting went a long way!

After pulling out my scrapbooking supplies (and dusting them off), I found a few cute patterned papers I used to fold into these barn stars.  I stuck them to the wall with a straight pin in the top of each star, so it wouldn’t be noticeable.

I pulled together a few clipboards, and printed off the ABCs from my computer, using a neutral shade that would compliment the wall color.

And… the rest of the room. I was finally able to hang those personalized license plates I’ve been holding onto!

So, there you go!! I am so in love with this room. I love the neutral color on the upper part of the wall. Much mellower than the green. And I feel this is a decor that will work as the boys get older, so I shouldn’t have to do much redecorating for a while!

Now… on to Xia’s room!

Ummm… maybe after Thanksgiving :)

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  • JustAChick says:

    This is way too cute – you are very creative!

    I used to be creative…until my boys got older and turned into little monsters. My boys would shred all of that hard work in a matter of seconds! I used to love making over their rooms when they were babies and couldn’t tear stuff up; now I’m lucky if I can keep their mattresses on the beds and their blinds in the window!

    I do have a 2-year-old and a new baby (6 weeks), so maybe if my college aged son moves out, I’ll have a “little guy” room to make over. I will definitely refer back to here when/if I do get the opportunity!

    Again, kudos to a job well done!

  • Upcycled says:

    Oh…and the flag jobbies in the corner are cool too!

    LOL!!! ;) ;)

  • Upcycled says:

    That portrait brings tears to my eyes.

    It is up to PARENTS to foster good relationships (especially) between closely spaced siblings.

    I FLATLY DENY THAT SIBLING RIVALRY SHOULD EVER—EVER— EXIST. If it does, the parents are not doing enough to engender the VALUE of the relationship to each of the children. The family unit is SACRED and should always be respected as such, from the moment the new baby is announced—even before birth….”You are so blessed to have someone to look out for you.”….”You are so blessed to have someone look up to you.”

    It is AMAZING to me the number of parents who throw away the only relationships that their children will have when they (parents) are dead and gone BECAUSE THEY NEVER FOSTERED AND GREW THEM WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE SMALL.

    It MATTERS.

    Looks like you are doing a brilliant job, Kendra.

    • Upcycled,

      You know, I grew up in a home where fighting between EVERYONE was the everyday norm. I’m talking about violent rivalries. I stayed away from home as often as I could. And I vowed that when I had a family of my own, it would represent the love and closeness I never felt. Of course, I had no idea what that love should really look like until I came to know my Savior. The Father’s love for us is such a perfect and beautiful representation of how our love should be displayed toward our children. YES! The family is such a sacred unit. I tell my children that nothing is more important than family. Nothing. And fighting is NOT okay. Yes, they get into little spats over toys or whatever, but in the end, I explain to them, that we should never let material things get in the way of showing each other love. Things will come and go. And I try to surround my children with pictures of themselves playing together, and examples of siblings working together, not this Hollywood image of sibling rivalry normalcy. I can’t stand that. Anyways, maybe that’s a topic for another post!! Thank you for your kind encouragement :) I’m trying!!!

  • Wendy says:

    I love the look. I like to repaint when I need a new look for a room. I go to our local Diamond Vogel and get mis-tint quarts for $1, gallons for $3 this also comes in handy for house make-overs – we painted our whole house for $30 with high quality paint. Another thing I do is get a 5 gallon bucket to mix the paints – I wanted a dark aqua color for the living room and found a gallon each of white, blue and green, I started with 1/2 gallon of each to see what the color was and then just add whichever color to get what you’re looking for. I get 4 gallon buckets with lids from the Wal-mart bakery for $1 each.

  • daisy says:

    You’ve done a great job! And you can’t beat the cost! Hope the boys enjoy their new room!

  • Ilka W. J. says:

    @Kendra: To each his/her own, of course… I’m simply… surprised to see these, to say the least, after all you had to say about Christmas trees and the like not too long ago. ‘nough said…

  • Mrs S says:

    AWESOME!!!!!! Peaceful and very professional looking…honest ! The pennant banner looks GREAT. Start noticing now, when you are in a store… their decor items are not perfectly made… sometimes intentionally. Yours looks so very nice ! I would not have guessed that was custom made :) Very, very nicely done room ! You have a gift and then mix it with love for your family… they are blessed! THANKS for sharing this with us. :)

  • Ilka W. J. says:

    Oh wow!! I love the room! Double-love the fact that it was done on a budget. I think you should write a book on this for the rest of us who are but copycats (speaking strictly for myself… LOL).

    I must admit, though, that the pentagram-shaped stars over the boys’ beds just creep me out. *shudder*

    Other than that… Looks like a million bucks! ;-)

    • Ilka… aww, they’re just stars ;) Our house is under the protection of the Almighty, and I know there is no evil in a simple star of sticks. If I feared a symbol such as a pentagon, I would be showing that I believe it has powers, which is much like attributing power to wooden carved idols.

      Now, if I put the stars upside-down in a circle that would be saying something ;) ;)

  • Ann says:

    Looks great! I had 3 boys in one room for years! They all live through it. Can the baby get to the pin that is holding up the stars? I would hate for him to pull it out and get hurt. God Bless!

    • Ann,

      I figure I’ll have to remove the lowest stars on the wall, eventually. He isn’t even crawling, or pulling up yet, so no danger for now. But once he starts pulling up in the crib, we’ll lower the mattress… if he can still reach the stars on the wall, I’ll take down the bottom row. The clipboards and stars above them are out of reach. I appreciate your thoughts, though :)

  • Andrea says:

    What a wonderful job you did! I am so inspired to take my girls’ room from blah to wow. Congrats!

  • Kara says:

    Awesome. I love your creativity – this room looks amazing.

  • Bonnie says:

    Love it! How awesome! I love the old lanterns!!!

  • Tami Lewis says:

    fantastic job!! i especially love those stars!!

  • Emily says:

    Super cute! I can tell you had a lot of fun.
    I just love bringing the outdoors in, so your stars are very cool and LOVE the skid frame too (that photo is so precious). I like the clip boards for the A B C’s idea as well. Your pennants came out fabulous and I like to use clothes pins for a lot of things, from hanging artwork to closing food bags so it brings a smile to see others using them too, multipurpose-fully. I just knew you were going to like sewing…b/c there are so many projects you can do now :).

    Very encouraging post!

  • Miranda says:

    I love it! Thanks for sharing… you did such a great job. Congrats on tackling your first sewing project… now that you have the sewing bug there will be no stopping you!

  • Jessica K. says:

    Kendra, it’s gorgeous!! Great job!!

  • Deanna says:

    What a great makeover!

    Love how you did it and very budget friendly as well!

  • Sharon says:

    Really pretty.:) Have a Happy Thanksgiving.:)

  • Sassy says:

    What a fabulous job you did Kendra, the room looks fantastic. I love the colors, I especially LOVE the wooden frame you made. It’s so rustic, functional and holds a beautiful treasure of your boys. Your stars are awesome, it reminds me when I went out to an apple orchard I had years ago and gathered sturdy little branches. I brought those in to make frames for some sweet country pics for my kitchen. Your stars are so neat, how did you do that? It all came together nicely and you did an awesome job!!!

  • Deb says:

    I think it looks great and very creative.if anyone worries that it’ll look cheap, so what if people do. You used your mind and imagination to do a wonderful room for your boys. I don’t worry about what other people think. Your love help create a delightful room. keep up the good work and sharing.

  • Pat says:

    Kendra!
    What a cute little boys room. I’m glad you showed the pennant banner up close…my eye was drawn to that as soon as I looked at the room! I love all the bits and pieces around this room. I have to say I had to do a double take of the paper stars over the baby bed… they looked like painted metal to me, so when I read paper, I was say to myself…”no way!”

    You saved so much money I bet redecorating this yourself and using what you had. There is no excuse for people not to have cozy looking and pretty rooms… I know I’m guilty of the whole “got to have money to make it look gorgeous” thinking. I’ll admit, even when I’m in the middle of a project, that I’m just gungho over, I still get thoughts like,…”people are gonna tell this was done cheaply” or “I sure wish I had the money to do this better with …fill in the blank… materials instead of copy cat”.
    I don’t know why I do that.
    Anyway- thanks for showing us how you decorate so creatively and beautifully on a really small budget.

    enjoyed it, Pat

  • Nikki R says:

    Wow!!!Kendra,I wish we lived closer.I need some of your creative inspiration.The boys room is perfect!!!Wow!!!

  • It’s beautiful! Great job with being creativity frugal. I’m sure the boys love it!

  • Lauren says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!! I’m re-doing my little guys bedroom right now and now I have some fabulous ideas! Thanks!

  • Jena says:

    Love it! You are so creative. Very inspiring! :)

  • Bethrusso says:

    I…LOVE…IT!!!!!!!! First of all the room is adorable and that’s all well and good, but the fact that you used random things and you put them together so well and spent close to nothing makes me so proud of you and makes me love it even more. Congrats on a job VERY well done!!!

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