It’s time to finally reveal our teen son’s completely redecorated bedroom – whew! Need to catch up? See the Introduction with video here, Day One here, and Days 2,3, & More here for more details about how we accomplished a surprise week-long room makeover in 8 days while our son was on a trip to Mexico.
First up is the video Brian created capturing our son’s reaction to his new room – I even used a bus from our preschool to mimic the “move that bus” from the show – plus close-ups of the room’s details, and what he and I thought about redoing his room:
Watch this video full size on YouTube.
Teen Bedroom Makeover Reveal Photos and Details
This is the view of the room from the door – and it’s a much nicer view now, isn’t it? The new, larger bed (see the video about making the bed here) is now against the wall as our son has wanted for awhile (I have no idea why…). We moved the dresser to the foot of the bed to accommodate the new set-up. I LOVE the new curtain rod ($13.99 at Target!) and how it coordinates with the light fixture I spray painted. I think they make the same curtains look new on them.
A view of the room from the window wall before (complete with overloaded shelves and desk and floor) and after. You can really see here how cool the bed is that Brian made. The bed and linens were easily the biggest cost of the makeover:
- We had to purchase the pine for the side rails, special large bolts to hold it together (and enable it to be taken apart to get it in and out of the room), and the fancy post caps which totaled $51.96. All the other wood and the paint was from previous projects.
- We found the double mattress and box spring on Craigslist for $20, so the total for the bed was $71.96.
- The total for mattress pad, sheets (including one to cover the box spring), and a comforter came to $72.23, bringing the grand total for the bed to $144.19.
I’ve never bought all the linens for a bed at one time before, it’s usually just the cover or the sheets, so it was more money than I was hoping to spend. I looked for one of those “bed in a bag” type packages, but they were all funky patterns (what’s up with that?). It still ended up being a pretty good price for a new bed and all new linens.
As you can see, the whole skirted-table look was just not working for a teen boy. We definitely needed something with at least one drawer that could be easily dusted.
We found the nightstand at Target for $79.99 (we already had the basket- isn’t it cool how it just fit?). Having never shopped for new furniture other than our couch and a mattress, I had no clue what a nightstand would cost. I was hoping to spend closer to $50, but I found that most new nightstands were closer to $100.
Actually, I was hoping to find a thrift store nightstand or table that I could makeover – don’t even get me started on the ridiculous prices our local thrift stores (and I visited five!) were charging. Most were broken (drawers, handles, huge wood chips) and they still were asking $40 to $50 dollars, believe it or not. Of course I was hampered by the time constraint and discovered that furniture buying is an area that really could’ve benefited from advanced planning.
I wrote about the lamp transformation here, and in this picture you can see that I also used the same oil-rubbed bronze spray paint on a simple clay pot to hold pens and a basic white plastic waste basket.
I’m sure this scene of our son’s closet is typical of teens…right? Please say yes…
To makeover this area, we continued the flooring (see below) and paint, but just used what he already had (yes, those cool vintage gym baskets were in the before picture, it’s like “I Spy” – can you find them?). Probably goes without saying that we donated a ton of stuff and organized his clothes. Yeah, now we’ll see how long it lasts.
I still like the bookshelf that Brian made years ago and the bulletin board I made a couple years ago – they had just gotten buried under a mountain of stuff.
The shelf and bulletin board were moved to the closet wall to make room for the larger bed, and they actually fill the space nicer there, I think. I also love how the creamy white paint contrasts with the light khaki walls in this photo.
We ended up keeping this dresser and just touching up the paint job I had done years ago (eight?). The dresser was a find on the side of the road and was so beat-up even a paint job wouldn’t have covered up it’s flaws. I covered the bumps and missing veneer with a tissue-paper & glue technique in the main areas and then painted and glazed it. I painted the wood edges a darker brown topped with a bit of glaze (my inspiration was an old 50s suitcase).
However, over the years the tissue paper texture had torn off in a few places, which didn’t seem easy to fix, the drawers weren’t very functional, and the top was hard to dust with all the texture. So I really wanted to find a new dresser, but we couldn’t find anything better that would be big enough and fit our minuscule budget. I did some simple paint touch-ups and in the end it cleaned up pretty well, though we will be looking for a replacement in the future.
The Brown Paper Floor
In order to be able to rip up the old carpet and create a new floor in our budget, I did a torn brown kraft-paper decoupage technique and covered it with layers of polyurethane for protection. I had created this same floor in our old house 5 years earlier and it was easy, had held up, and gave me the look of wood floors for a fraction of the price.
This time, though, I thought that the floor that didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped – too many wrinkles – and I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. Turns out, I had forgotten that it takes time for the wrinkles to relax and by the time we were able to replace the furniture and lay a rug, they were smoothed out as you can see in the photos above. (Update: we made a detailed how-to video for this flooring technique that has become one of our most popular diy projects – you can see it here.)
My son told me that one of his favorite things is the floor…he thinks it looks cool, and I agree!
I was happy to find the rug at Target – it’s a large 5×8 size, but only cost $39.99 because they called it a “remnant.” All the other rugs this size I looked at were $79.00 and up. Whoo-hoo.
So, the total cost for the room makeover came in at $394.73. I wish it was closer to $300, but some things were just more than I anticipated (nightstand, $50 for polyurethane, and such). But I’m still happy with the outcome for less than $400, since just to redo the floor with new carpet or wood would’ve cost that or more!