My Little Boy’s Room | Part 2 (the paint!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the difference some paint can make is amazing!

Green Wall Paint - Dulux Tarmac Green

Excuse the (slightly disturbing) chalk art!

Usually I rely on the transformative power of neutrals, with their ability to freshen any space and create a nice, blank canvas. However, I’ve reversed things this time around, stepping way outside my comfort zone to go from neutral to nitro! Yep, the upper portion of Riley’s bedroom walls are now a rather full-on shade of green!

Dulux Tarmac Green

If you follow me socially (on Facebook or Instagram), you may have weighed-in on the colour choice…

Green Wall Paint

I was always going to go with a deep green, though choosing the exact colour wasn’t easy. There were lots of mixed opinions, however in the end “Tarmac Green” won out. It was my favourite from the start and it’s just perfect I think!

Still, you should have seen the look on the guy’s face who served me at paint counter. “Whoa, that’s certainly a very green, green,” he said, as though I’d made some kind of mistake. I felt like saying, “Trust me, I’m a DIY blogger,” in that authoritative ‘doctor’ kinda voice. Though let’s be honest, I barely trust myself. So, I just smiled.

Anyhoo, the yellow undertone provides a beautiful warmth which should compliment the cosy feel I’m hoping to achieve…

It’s vibrant enough to say “hey, I’m green!”, though not too saturated that it’s overwhelming and not too dark or dull that the colour is lost in Riley’s somewhat light-deprived bedroom.

And, as a bit of a bonus, the room actually feels a little bigger now too! Although creating the illusion of more space was never one of my objectives (let’s face it, it’s a teeny tiny room which was never going to appear otherwise), I did think using a dark tone might close things in further. So, it was a nice surprise to find that the green actually works to give more prominence to the board-and-batten, making it appear brighter, wider and taller.

Green Paint Before and After

Paint Before and After

The boring solid core door also got a little makeover…

Door Makeover

Door Before and After

It now matches my little girl’s bedroom door (which sits right beside it) and was a quick and easy project. Eventually I plan to re-finish all of our interior doors in the same manner. If you’re interested, you can find my complete tutorial for adding trim to plain doors here.

For a little touch of whimsy I also added Riley’s name in vintage Scrabble tiles.

Scrabble Tile Door Name

I bought them from eBay (I think they were 50 cents each) and attached them to the door using a Command strip.

I love the way the new green paint plays with the white of the board-and-batten and the charcoal of the door and the warm brown of the timber furniture. They just all go so perfectly together! #happyaccident

Green Bedroom

Along with painting the walls and refurbishing the door, I’ve also been collecting items and working on some DIY projects for the space.

I found an awesome old desk (still need to shorten the legs) and a really cool vintage swivel chair. I’ve also hunted down some vintage landscape art for the gallery wall.

Speaking of vintage landscape art, although I’m finding it easy enough to come across affordable reproduction prints, I’m not having much luck finding actual paintings within my price range (and part of my vision for the gallery wall involves unframed canvas paintings). Sooooo, what’s a DIY’er to do? Well, DIY of course! The artwork shown above was a really easy project and I’ll share the full tutorial soon.

Soooo, things are really starting to come together! What do you think so far?



Catch up on Part 1 of Riley’s bedroom makeover here.

My Little Boy’s Room | Part 1 (the before and a plan)

This room has played many different roles over the years…a storage space, a home office, a junk room, a make-shift library, an ad-hoc guest room and a nursery for two little babies.

At the moment it’s supposed to be my four year old son’s “big boy” room.

Instead, it’s a rather embarrassing jumble of nursery remnants, half-finished projects and make-do everything.

Well, it’s time for that to change. And I have a plan!

Here’s the current state of things (please be kind)…


Sheesh, someone could have at least made the bed – ha, ha!
Seriously though, I am cringing looking at these pics!

As you might be able to gather, it’s a tiny room – only 2.7m x 2.7m/8.5′ x 8.5′ (at its widest points). And clearly, it needs a lot of love!

Similarly to Charlotte’s bedroom, there’s really only space for three main pieces of furniture…a bed, a dresser and a desk.

I bought the existing cotton reel bed when Riley first graduated out of his cot, and I ADORE it! It was just a head and foot hidden in the deepest, darkest corner of a local antique store behind layers and layers of dusty old rugs (I don’t think the store owner was very happy when I asked for it to be freed!). We added the side rails though I’m still yet to stain them to match. Obviously that’s gonna happen.

The antique dresser is one of my favourite pieces. I considered switching it out for a free-standing wardrobe though have decided to keep it for now. I also contemplating painting it though I just can’t do it! I adore the time-worn timber, even if it’s a tad dark for this little room, and am determined to make it work.

Something I will be replacing however is the petite desk and chair. They are both hand-me-downs from Charlotte’s toddler days and they just don’t work as well as they could in the available space. I’d like something a tad more substantial and boy-ish.

And, of course, I’ll create a fresh scheme. Here’s my basic concept…


Boy's Room Inspiration Board


I’ve been waiting for a decent excuse to create a room with a moody hunting-lodge/lake-house feel for ages now and am so excited about this!

I realise it seems a tad mature for a four year old though I’ll be sure to throw in some whimsical elements too.

Most of the items pictured in my inspiration board have merely been plucked from Google so it’s going to be fun finding budget-friendly, real-life alternatives.

Wanna come along for the ride?


PS I know you’re probably skeptical, though I’m determined to finish this room before we’re all driving to Christmas lunch in flying cars!
Let’s smash this one out peeps!


Charlotte’s Bedroom Makeover | Product Sources

Hi there. Remember me?

Sorry I kinda disappeared for a little while there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – at times I can be a bad, bad blogger.

I’d love to have a really great excuse, though in reality I can only blame lethargy…and laundry…and life.

Anyhoo, I’m back, and as promised here are some more deats about the products used in Charlotte’s bedroom.

For easy and clarity, I’ve broken the space into four zones; Bed, Desk, Dresser and Door.

I’ve linked to any products which are still available and to the DIY projects I’ve previously blogged about (be sure to hover over a listed item to check if it’s linked).

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget


Vintage Bed | DIY ($50)
I bought two matching single beds from eBay then attached the head from one to the foot of the other to create one symmetrical bed.

Linen Valance | DIY ($5)
I upcycled a tablecloth from the supermarket.

Block Printed Coverlet | DIY ($90)
I bought a white quilted coverlet and hand stamped it.

Wall Lamp | DIY ($45)
I attached a desk lamp to the wall.

Quote Art | DIY ($10)
I created a simple custom sign and framed it myself.

Window Dressing | DIY ($90)
I repurposed a pretty quilt cover and created a faux bamboo matchstick valance to conceal a roller blind.

Underbed Storage Boxes | DIY ($30)
I made three custom sized rolling drawers.

Pink Fleece Blanket | Kmart ($15)

Herringbone Fitted Sheet | Kmart ($10) 

Pink Velvet Cushion | H&M ($12)

Ticking Pillowcase | Taylor Road Homewares ($30 – part of a sheet set)

Sun Cushion | Kmart ($8)

Sheepskin Rug | Gift

Brass Ceiling Fan | Beacon Lighting ($120)

Wall Colour | Chalk USA (Dulux)

Sweet Girl's Room Craft/Study Nook


Vintage Desk | DIY ($30)
I found an old hall table on eBay and cut the legs down.

File Cabinets | DIY ($170)
I gave some modern drawers from Officeworks a vintage makeover using chalkboard spraypaint.

Brass and Acrylic Shelves | DIY ($70)
I ordered some custom acrylic planks and sweet brass brackets and mounted them to the wall.

Chair | Replica Furniture ($49)

Decor | Mostly Thrifted or Gifted (feel free to ask about a particular item)

Girl's Room Dresser Vignette


Flamingo Artwork | DIY ($50)
I had a downloadable image printed then mounted it in a thrifted frame.

Antique Dresser | eBay ($150)

Felt Ball Garland | eBay ($8)

Ceramic Pineapple | Kmart ($8)

Large World Globe | Target ($15)

Other Decor | Mostly Thrifted or Gifted (feel free to ask about a particular item)

DIY Floating Bookshelves for Behind a Door


Floating Bookshelves | DIY ($30)
I trimmed some timber moulding and attached it to the wall.

Barn Style Wardrobe Doors | DIY ($40)
I attached strips of timber to the existing bi-fold door and added some strap hinges and new handles.

Crown Trim above Wardrobe Door | DIY ($30)
I added some timber trim to bulk-up the door frame.

Jackalope Decals | DIY ($16)
I printed several (33 apparently!) identical images onto clear sticker paper, trimmed closely around each one then adhered them to the rear of the door.

Wall Hooks | Thrifted ($5)

Brass Letter ‘C’ | eBay ($11)

Flying Swallows | The Reject Shop ($10)

Entrance Door Colour | Domino (Dulux)

DIY Behind Door Decals

Now I’ve got this post ticked off my list I can finally focus on moving forward with Riley’s bedroom makeover! I’m stepping a little out of my comfort zone with his space and can’t wait to share more…green walls anyone?




The Re-Love Project Charity Auctions are Live!

I’m super excited to announce that my Boho Dresser is now up for grabs!

Amazing DIY Perforated Dresser Upcycle

From now until August 24 anyone can bid for a chance to take this lovingly refurbished one-of-a-kind baby home!

And all proceeds from the sale go directly to charity – yay!

Perforated Dresser

If ever there was a time to snaffle-up that special piece, this is it! You can absolutely guarantee that no-one else will have anything quite like this in their home!

Amazing DIY Perforated Dresser Tutorial

Please hop on over and place a bid. Not only will you be supporting a great cause (and giving yourself the chance to win!), you just might save me from looking like a potential bid-less loser. Ha, ha!

In addition to my up-cycled dresser, there are eight other fabtabulous pieces being offered by the other amazing designers involved so be sure to check them all out.

The auction has now ended.




Tiny DIY Vintage Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

Firstly, I have to say a HUGE and humble thank you to everyone for the lovely comments, emails and social shares following my previous post.
I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the beautiful response and am beyond grateful. Thank you all.
Now, onto the good stuff…

Let’s not focus on the fact I started decorating this bedroom almost four years ago.

Let’s simply rejoice in knowing it’s now done.

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

To be fair though, it has been pretty much done for quite a while now.

There were just lots of finishing touches I kept wanting to add before sharing it with the world.

You see, it’s a bit of a curse; this whole ‘interiors blogging’ thing (well, for me, at least). And I’m still not sure whether it’s a good thing or not. On one hand it drives you to do the absolute best job you can, on the other it questions whether your best is really good enough.

In the overall scheme of things though, it’s just decorating, right?

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

Anyhoo, as I’ve mentioned before, Charlotte’s room is kinda teeny. There’s a bed, a dresser, a desk…and that’s pretty much it! Though what it lacks in size I like to think it makes up for in character!

Sweet Girl's Room Craft/Study Nook

If you’ve been following along from the start, aside from the fact you deserve a medal, you’ll know that everything has been thrifted, DIY’ed, hacked or bargain-hunted! Most projects I’ve blogged about before and you can find a little gallery at the end of this post if you’d like to learn more about something in particular.

Sweet Farmhouse Style DIY Girl's Bedroom

One of the bigger projects I haven’t yet shared properly however is the bed.

Pretty Girl's DIY Vintage Style Bedroom

Because Charlotte’s room is so small and the doorway is on a weird angle I could never get a decent photo of the entire thing in one frame (even with my wide angle lens) so I gave up trying to blog about it!

From the start I had envisioned a symmetrical bed in this space because it needed to sit right in front of the window, however symmetrical beds aren’t all that easy to come by. Instead, I found two matching single beds on Bay (for just $25 each – you can see the before shot here) and attached the head of one to the foot of the other. Bamb!

Girl's Bedroom Craft and Study Area

Sweet Girl's Bedroom Desk Nook

Like I already mentioned, I couldn’t get the whole bed in one frame though you can see the foot in the above pics.

To finish I painted the whole thing a sweet bluey-green (‘Irish Moor’ by Dulux) and added some DIY gold dipped legs.

One of the more recent additions to the room is this file cabinet.

File Cabinet Craft Drawers and Lego Storage

Chalkboard Painted File Cabinet

Well, technically, it’s two stacked together. The lower portion holds all of Charlotte’s crafty things and the top houses a gajillion Lego pieces!

File Cabinet in Kid's Room

I can’t express how much I adore these cabinets! The storage they provide is awesome.

And I love that because they’re metal Charlotte can attach magnets to display drawings and make cute word phrases.

Girl's Room Desk

Both the entrance door and wardrobe bi-fold used to be plain flat slabs so I dressed each of them up with some paint and trim.

DIY Door Makeovers

The wardrobe bi-fold went all barn-ish and the entrance door is now kinda dapper. Such easy projects though the difference is amazing!

Behind the entrance door are four DIY floating bookshelves and some simple hooks I installed AGES ago.

DIY Floating Bookshelves for Behind a Door

And these cute jackalope decals on the rear add a touch of whimsy.

DIY Behind Door Decals

DIY Door Decals

In the little nook between the dresser and wardrobe is this rose gold horse’s head which Charlotte hangs her school bag on.

Rose Gold Horse Head Hook

And there are lots of little details scattered throughout the room.

Curtains with String Lights

Sweet Girl's Room Shelves

DIY Wall Lamp and DIY Farmhouse Sign

Girl's Room Dresser Vignette

I know it was a long time coming and I’m so grateful to those of you who have been following along from the beginning. Hope you like it!

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

I’ve promised my little boy that his room is next and I’m determined to finish it before he turns 21! Nah, seriously, I’ve already got some crazy green paint swatches on the wall and I plan to have it complete soon. I’m actually super excited about it!


I’ll be back soon to share all of the source info though in the meantime feel free to ask any questions and find the project gallery below.