Boys’ Bedroom Budget Friendly Re-vamp

March 25, 2021

gallery wall - kids art

Dresser: Pottery Barn (similar here)
Ships Poster
Vintage World Map Poster
Whale Prints 
Poster Hanger DIY
Wooden frames – Target
Striped lamp – (similar here)
Hamper Basket

I love how paint alone can change a room. We are working on each of the kids’ rooms in phases, and once Chiara’s was done I was able to start on Rocco and Max’s room. We used just about everything from their old room, and wanted to stay under $500 for any updates. A tour of what we came up with!

(Thank you Joseph Bradshaw for the photography)

boys bunk beds

Some before pics!

Before we got started we gave ourselves a $500 budget to work with. This helped me not get carried away. (Admittedly easy for me to do.) I asked the boys what color they wanted their room, and although I didn’t really give in to “neon green” we did find a color they both liked. (Formula used below.) We also swapped the ceiling fan, curtains, hardware, and updated the wall art. The boys have loved the outcome, and that always makes these projects fun for Gabe and I to see through.

Lego storage, toy storage

Sign Language Poster
Constellation Poster
Curtain rod
Storage unit – IKEA or Target
Wooden bins
Basket bins
Plastic Lego storage bins – IKEA
Globes – Antique store (similar here and here)

boys shared bedroom
boys room design - kids books

Fan – Antique store (similar here)

boys bedroom bunk beds

Comforters: Beddys – I finally caved when there was a sale after several of you recommended Beddys. They are really good quality and so easy to put on and zip up to make the bed. The boys’ comforters would always end up on the floor every morning, and it’s been really nice to have one less thing to battle them about. They willingly make their beds now – ha! (This style is currently on sale, and you can use code “ANNA” for an additional 15% off)

Bunk Beds (+ Other similar options)
Under the Bed Storage boxes
Pendant Flags – Marigold Curated

contrast trim - clare paint

Paint: Walls – Grayish by Clare Paint in eggshell finish
Doors and trim – Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams in semi-gloss finish
Ceiling – Grayish by Clare Paint color matched at Sherwin Williams in 50% color reduction (flat ceiling paint finish)

*Gabe shared some paint tips throughout this process on our IG story highlights.

sign language poster

Fire truck – A gem from Gabe’s childhood.
Sign language poster
Constellation poster

kids room design - kids desk

Desk -Target
Desk chair – antique store (similar here)
Green lamp – Target (sold out but similar here)

closet storage
blanket hooks
Boys room design

Fan – Hunter
Rug – Amazon

Eventually we will replace carpet on the upstairs floor, but a good area rug over old carpet is a great way to personalize a room! I always love a good pattern.

The boys seem to be spending more time in here since we de-cluttered and painted. They won’t admit, but they enjoy their room much more if it is clean. Now to work on motivating them to keep it this way!

Leave a Comment

  • Love it! Such a calm and relaxed vibe.
    Where are the flags by the bunk bed from? ☺️

  • Love it!! Would you happen to have a kink or recommendation on where to find similar dresser. Love that it has clean lines. The art work fits the room so well. Love all your projects!

    • Hi Kelli! I have been looking and cannot find one that super similar. Such a bummer! Potterybarn does still have some more industrial looking dressers. I will keep an eye out though!

  • I love the redo! I’m feeling very drawn to green lately and am really loving this color. It looks like the wall with the closet?? is much lighter (maybe white instead of green)? Is it the same color or is there that much of a difference due to lighting. And, is that using full color as opposed to say 50%? I’m thinking of painting my shared kids room this color but they don’t have as much natural light…Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and for being honest about timelines when family is involved. Blessings!

    • Anna Liesemeyer

      Hi Selina! Thank you so much for the kind comment! I love this paint color so much. It definitely looks lighter on that wall due to where the window is, but all four walls are the same color: Grayish by Clare Paint. It also looks a little different in hue depending on the time of the day. The ceiling is the only place we reduced the saturation. Hope that helps!

  • Beautiful!! I love the paint color you chose and the bedding!

  • Any tips on how to paint the baseboards without getting paint on the carpet? I love the whole look of the room and am inspired for nursery update for baby #6.

  • Love this Reno and your blog! How do you keep your area rug from crawling on carpet? …or do you?

  • Love this! Was curious as to where you found your nautical art for the gallery wall? It’s such a chic, yet handsome

  • Hello. Where did you get the tall metal mesh storage bin for maps next to the desk? I have been looking for something like this for ages.
    Thank you so much.

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