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Boys bedroom makeover + DIY art and pen holders

It’s a bit exciting getting to big school age…

That’s happening next year at our house.


So, I decided it was time for a makeover.


Excuse my fuzzy photo… and bad bed making…

I was so excited to make up the new furniture I didn’t get many before photos.

But… I love seeing what something looked like before.

And I thought you would too.

We had a long storage bench, that really wasn’t working…




Firstly I ordered some new bedlinen for the new “big bed” coming soon… (It’s arrived click here to see it)

I adore Aura bed linen, so, I got this as MY birthday present this year.

Looks so cool…I’m quietly  jealous!


The pirate kite is a purchase from one of our trips to Bali.




I also did this easy peasy bedside light in 5 mins from Handmade Charlotte

It’s made by using a hand held work cage light then attaching to the wall with a 3M hook and then placing the mask over the top.

It’s as simple as that… really.

The cage prevents the bulb from coming in contact with the mask, I’ve also tested it out during the day to ensure it’s safe. The little guy loves it.



I used the Kallax Shelving unit from Ikea with doors and some storage boxes, and placed them on the opposite side of the wall.


Then added a couple of my prints….

“I love you more than all the sand in the world” Print and You’re my favourite ( Don’t tell the others) Print available in my shop here.




Everything now has a place and the toys in the boxes remove easily when you need to play with them.


The knotted ottoman is a find from Target… super cheap too!


We’ve just got to get working on cleaning up yourself…


This Pocket door holder is still storing all the tiny superheros so they are easy to see and play with, you can check out my post on this here.




This corner of the room needed some love…

So I decided to make it a desk space.



Using the Micke Desk and Vilmar Chair from Ikea.

I love that place… not so much the big guy… he hates making the furniture,


But… I must say, I made these ones myself!



We’ve been putting up a few books on the shelf that we are reading to choose from at night too.


Then I made some art and pen holders using washi tape in 5 mins.


Check out the pics below to see how easy it is to do using washi tape, recycled tin cans and trouser hangers…

The pic on the left is the first collage from big school orientation… awwwhhh! love it!



I made the washi tape wrap over the top of the tin can and placed an inner layer to ensure there were no sharp edges for little hands.

This post was not sponsored by any of the above companies, I just love their stuff.


On another note…

I’m super excited to be working with Wallpapered to make a feature out of this white wall below in the coming weeks.


Stay tuned for more updates.




It’s all about this guy really…


Just too gorgeous.




Both of them…


Did you makeover your child’s room for big school?



Have a great weekend guys


Live with Love,



PS. Check out the latest update on this makeover, the big bed’s arrived and we’ve put up a custom world map mural. Boys bedroom makeover – custom world map wallpaper.


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25 responses to “Boys bedroom makeover + DIY art and pen holders”

  1. What a gorgeous room makeover. Your little man is very lucky. My little man is moving into a big bed soon and I want to do a mini makeover for him. I can’t wait to see the feature wall. Jx
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  2. P.S love the pen holders. I love washi tape so am always looking for a good project. Jx

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jess, thanks for the lovely comments I can’t wait to get that feature wall done too. I hope I don’t stuff it up now I’ve said it, lol.
      Me too… I’m a fan of the washi, it seems to be taking over my wrapping and now my house too.

  3. Sandra Kelly says:

    Wow! What a difference! I wish I had the imagination. Love the new bed linen. Xx
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  4. Love it! How gorgeous is monochrome, loving it.
    My daughter started kindly this year & for her bday we said we’d do up her room. I was like you & kinda forgot to take before pics… I’m kinda finished, just need to do up a minimasterpiece that she specifically asked for & some shelves & we are done. Just gotta get my butt into gear! Lol

    Love the mummy touch with your print too… Makes it extra special. x
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    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Kim, Oh, I can’t wait to see yours, I’m sure it’s gorgeous. We have a few more little touches to do as well, but it would have been too long a post. I’m loving the black and white, black was one of his favourite colours when he was little.

  5. Lilybett says:

    I love the ‘You’re My Favourite’ print. That’s gold. What a lovely room for a growing-up boy.
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  6. Annaleis says:

    I bet he just loves it. Love the bed linen.
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    • Sarah says:

      He said the other night, there’s something special about this room…. awwhh to cute! I think the bed linen just makes it awesome!

  7. Wow that’s a makeover and a half!!!! You’re incredible!!! What a cool looking boys room now!
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  8. Such a fabulous makeover! And isn’t washi tape just the best? I love how your hangers match the pen holder, very grown-up for a big boy 🙂
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  9. What an awesome room! I love that Aura bedlinen. I want it for my room! xx

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! School eek! We have another year before it hits this home, but I’m already nervous. I think a bedroom update will be the perfect distraction for me x

    • Sarah says:

      Too true, I think it’s a perfect distraction. I think I will have to leave promptly that day or it will be me crying like a baby. x

  11. Kate says:

    This is such an amazing makeover! I love the monochrome colour palette and the bedspread with crosses on it is amazing!

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Kate, I loved doing this, will be adding more homemade and final touches to it to make it even more personalised in the coming weeks. x

  12. Trish says:

    I love your ideas, My twin monkeys’ bedrooms need a makeover . Thank you for the inspiration.
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  13. Sarah says:

    Thanks Trish, I’ll keep a lookout for your makeover… it’s so much fun I think.

  14. Maxabella says:

    It’s fabulous, Sarah. Do I tell you every time I visit how clever I think you are? ‘Cos you are! x
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you… gosh you are lovely!
      We have just put up the new wallpaper on the wall this weekend, so excited to share it on Friday too, just adding a couple of last minute things to finish it off. x

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