A Boy's Bedroom on a Budget

I've been thinking about updating Jack's bedroom for a while now. With the exception of swapping the cot for a bed, it's barely changed since he was a baby. But being on a bit of a budget meant that splurging on lots of new furniture or completely redecorating was out of the question, for now at least. Besides, I quite like the existing colour scheme of duck egg blue and beige (a timeless combo that may well see him through to his teenage years when he'll probably decide to paint every wall black or something). So I wasn't really sure what to do to make it a bit more grown up and exciting for him.

I created a Pinterest board to try and gather some inspiration but while I was swooning over teepees, loft conversions and decals, I was also conscious of the fact that this needed to be a fun and functional space, not just somewhere that would look pretty on Instagram; after all Jack's bedroom is his and I don't think he cares how good it looks in lo-fi.

I'm not going to say I've moved mountains here. There is no consistent theme and there were certainly no before and after, 60 Minute Makeover esq reveals. But with some cute soft furnishings, some upcycled furniture and a few finishing touches I think we've managed to give the room a new lease of life. Here's what we've ended up with.

Wall stuff
I picked up this DIY banner from This Modern Life after constantly seeing them crop up in other people's Instagram pictures. I love the look of them and the fact that you can change the message is also a huge selling point...although I lost count of how many times I impaled my thumb on those sodding split pins! I fixed it to the wall using some chevron print washi tape which hasn't budged. This is such a simple thing but it's a lovely focal point with a message that I hope Jack will live by.


I also bought some of these triangular wall stickers to go on the same wall. I had expected them to be a bit bigger than they were so they look a little random and sparse on such a large wall but they add a pop of colour nonetheless.

Jack still has his trusty dinosaur bunting up on the opposite wall too. This was a handmade gift from a friend that he's had since he was just a few weeks old. But hey, a boy can never be too old for dinosaur bunting can he? His bedding is from Primark and is reversible - bears on one side and triangle print (to match the wall stickers) on the other.


Upcycled furniture
A while ago I wrote about the old bookcase I painted for Jack's room. Although it was just a simple paint job, replacing the dull old mahogany with this balmoral blue really made a big difference in brightening up the room (said bookcase has also become a home for his several hundred soft toys). I also made him a bedside table which isn't in the room yet due to the positioning of the bed. I think we're going to have to have a little re-shuffle at some point.



But by far the best piece of upcycled furniture is this customised, comic themed TV stand which sadly I can't take credit for as Carl made it. We picked up the TV stand in a charity shop for just five pounds and Carl painstakingly decoupaged cut out comic strips onto it using Mod Podge and varnish. It doesn't match anything in the room but it's totally unique and Jack loves it. Carl finished it just in time for Santa (aka Granny) to deliver Jack's new TV this Christmas. I know the idea of young children having televisions in their room can sometimes be controversial but providing it's monitored properly I don't think it's a big deal.



Finishing touches
Last but not least, I've been collecting various bits and bobs as finishing touches. I replaced the handles on his wardrobe and drawers which were old and grey and practically dropping off. Again this was such a simple thing but gave an old piece of a furniture a new lease of life. I also stuck some postcards, family photos and a a height chart onto the wardrobe to make it a little brighter. The pictures of the penguin and monkey used to be on the wall in my childhood bedroom and are fab for a little animal lover. The Vtech activity desk was another Christmas present from Granny that he is loving.


I picked up this hipster deer cushion cover on eBay. It came all the way from China and was an absolute steal at about 1.95. The guardian angel is something I've had in his room since he was a baby and currently watches over him from on top of the curtain rail.


So there you have it. We have animals, superheros, comics, dinosaurs, guardian angels, banners, bunting and wall stickers. I did say there was no consistent theme didn't I?! It might not make it onto Pinterest but Jack seems pleased with it and regularly forces invites any guests that come to our house to 'come and see my bedroom'. Best of all it's cost us next to nothing.

Have you got any tips on updating your little one's bedroom on a budget? I'd love to hear them.










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