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.










Re-Love Project…before and after

It’s reveal time!

And I’m super excited to finally share this realisation of a concept that’s been floating around in my head for a few years now.

DIY Boho Style Perforated Dresser Tutorial

I had no idea if I was going to be able to pull this idea off though it actually worked and I’m stoked with the result. I so hope it helps inspire you!

If you’re not new here, you’re probably aware of the Re-Love Project and what it’s all about. For those of you who don’t know, this is my fourth year being involved. In short, it’s a Feast Watson campaign in collaboration with Salvos Stores which sees six creatives “re-love” a neglected item of furniture with the resulting pieces being auctioned wholly for charity. Pretty cool, huh? You can read my first post about this year’s project here and learn more on the Feast Watson website here.

It’s such a wonderful campaign which I’m thrilled to be involved with.

Anyhoo, as revealed in my previous post about the project, I started with this generic dresser which I picked up for $30…

Re-Love Project Before

I love working with really basic items of furniture because most people already have, or can easily obtain, something similar. They’re relatable however their potential is often overlooked.

Anyhoo, here it is now…

DIY Perforated Chest of Drawers

Squeee! I’m just a little bit happy with how it all came together!

Aside from the fact it’s been completely transformed, achieving this unique look is totally do-able.

Here’s how…

STEP 1 Remove or cover toe kick

To eliminate the basic flat-pack look the toe-kick has to go. You can choose to fill it with a piece of scrap timber or cut it off as I did. Filling it is the easier option though you will then need to somehow incorporate it into your design; either by painting it to match the rest of the body of the unit and leaving it exposed as a thick base, or concealing it with the subsequent drawer cladding (more on that below).

I had a certain vision and wanted a really clean look which is why I chose to cut mine off.

Cutting off the Toe Kick

I used my plunge track saw and it was somewhat fiddly due to the fact it was difficult to clamp the track on in certain areas, though I got there in the end. You could also use a jigsaw or circular saw.

STEP 2 Paint unit

Although I wanted a white finish and my dresser was already white, it didn’t have the refined look I was after. As with most flat pack melamine furniture, it looked like, well, flat pack melamine furniture! There were visible screw heads, plastic capping strips, small chips, dirty marks and the overall tone was somewhat bluish.

The first thing I did was remove the drawers (as they were receiving a different finishing treatment). I then countersunk the visible screw heads and filled the holes with some spak.

Countersinking Screw Heads

Once dry, I sanded the entire unit extremely thoroughly using coarse grit paper.


To finish, I wiped everything down to remove residual dust and grime, then I applied around four light coats of Feast Watson Floor Paint in “White Shine” using a spray gun.


STEP 3 Attach new feet

You can use whatever style of feet you like. For something a bit different I opted for hairpin feet from Australian Hairpin Legs to compliment the clean look I was after and provide a subtle mid-century vibe.

They came in a raw steel finish so I spray painted them with Dulux Duramax in “Bright Gold” to reference the brass knobs I planned to use and keep everything consistent.

Painting Feet

To attach them I simply drilled pilot holes then fixed them in place with some appropriately sized screws.

Hairpin Feet

STEP 4 Cut new drawer fronts

This is where it starts to get fun!

I first measured each drawer front (they were identical except for the top one which was slightly shallower) then cut new fronts from a sheet of 3mm plywood.

Cutting the Ply

I used my plunge track saw, which makes things precise and easy, however you could also use a jigsaw or circular saw.

New Drawer Fronts

Note: One of the reasons I chose my particular piece of furniture is because the drawers were slightly recessed. This meant I could attach my new cladding without it sitting proud of the surrounding frame. If you have an item of furniture which doesn’t have recessed drawers check to see if there is room to re-position them.

STEP 5 Drill design in drawer fronts

This is the exciting bit!

First I needed to decide on a design. I did lots of research and trialed a few different ideas to get a feel for what would work well and look best. Obviously, not all designs lend themselves to this style of application and I deduced that straight lines and overly intricate patterns were best avoided. Eventually I settled on a broderie inspired pattern which I found online.


To get it to work for me, I created a to-scale template of my drawer fronts in Photoshop then enlarged the design to fit before playing around with a few different configuration options. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can use any image editing program (GIMP is a great free alternative).

Perforation Pattern to Scale

Once I was happy with everything it was time to transfer the design onto the drawer fronts. For this, I used a basic tracing method.

Transferring using Tracing

A First I printed the design out in sections onto regular copy paper then pieced it together with sticky tape like a giant jigsaw.

B Next, I flipped it over and traced around the entire design using a grey lead pencil. It was easy to see through the paper.

C With the drawer fronts laid out in position, I placed the design on top (traced side down), weighted it with something heavy (to keep it from shifting) then began sketching over my grey lead lines.

D Once the design was transferred onto the drawer fronts I drew over it again to make it more prominent.

Note: I chose to transfer my design onto the drawer fronts, rather than simply attach the paper and drill straight through it, because I found during my trials that the paper deteriorates quickly which makes drilling precisely more difficult.

Now it’s time for drilling!

I used this amazing Bosch bench drill which made things quicker and easier however you could certainly use a hand drill too.

Bosch Bench Drill

The great thing about the bench drill is that there’s a laser guide, to make aligning the holes easy, and a handwheel which is nice and ergonomic. You can also set the drill speed and depth to suit your needs.

Based on my trials I knew that a 6mm drill bit worked well – the holes are large enough to allow colour to show through yet small enough to accommodate design intricacies. I started with the bottom drawer front, following the lines of my design as accurately and evenly as possible.

DIY Perforated Pattern on Furniture

Although it’s tempting to drill through super quickly this can splinter the rear of the plywood excessively so it’s worth taking some time and allowing the drill bit to do the work.

Note: If you’re experiencing issues with the back of your plywood splintering excessively ensure your drill bit is nice and sharp and try clamping a scrap piece of wood to the rear.

When I finished one drawer front I lined-up the adjoining one to ensure my drill pattern followed along evenly.

Around six hours and 3,000 holes later I was done! At which point I may, or may not, have done a little dance!

STEP 6 Sand, stain and seal drawer fronts

You will probably notice lots of fine splinters and “furry” bits of wood in and around the drill holes. This is simply due to the nature of the plywood. I found it was pretty much impossible to remove them all however thoroughly sanding the drawer fronts, both face and rear, does help eliminate the more obvious ones.

Sanding the Plywod

The above pic shows me sanding the rear of one of the drawer fronts. You can see some areas (in orange) where the plywood has blown-out during drilling. This isn’t visible from the front.

I also used a round file to tidy-up some of the holes as needed.

Cleaning the Perforations

Once sanded I wiped my drawer fronts to remove any residual dust before staining with Feast Watson Prooftint in “Teak Brown” diluted slightly with some Feast Watson Prooftint Colour Reducer.

Staining Plywood

The Colour Reducer works to tone-down the stain which I find helps produce a milder finish when working with porous timbers like plywood.

I generally apply stain with a rag though in this case I used a brush so I could stipple the stain inside all of the holes. Once one drawer front was entirely coated, I used a rag to remove any excess stain, wiping in the direction of the timber grain.

To achieve the tone I was after I gave each drawer front two coats of stain.

Once the stain was dry, I applied three coats of Feast Watson Scandinavian Oil, sanding with fine grit paper between applications.

Danish Oil

STEP 7 Attach drawer fronts

Before affixing the new drawer fronts to the drawers, I first removed the existing “artwork”. Fortunately it came off easily by scrubbing with some abrasive detergent.


Note: I chose not to paint the existing drawer fronts because I wanted the cladding glue to adhere to the melamine, not to surface paint which could easily pull off.

For accuracy, I decided to attach the new fronts to the drawers whilst they were in the dresser. I started at the top, smearing a sparing amount of liquid nails on the rear of the new front, being careful to avoid any drill holes.

Smearing Glue

I then pressed it into place and secured it with some painter’s tape before hammering in some finishing nails. Easy!

Nailing on the New Cladding

I repeated this process with the remaining drawer fronts until all of the new cladding was in place. To finish, I countersunk any proud nails and coloured the heads with a brown permanent marker.

STEP 8 Attach handles

To complete the dresser I attached some simple brass knobs from Early Settler.

DIY Perforated Dresser Tutorial with Brass Handles

I love the little hint of glam they provide.

STEP 9 Done!

DIY Boho Dresser Upcycle

I honestly had no idea how this was going to turn out though I couldn’t be happier with the result!

DIY Dresser with Perforated Detail

Aside from the fact it looks really cool (if I do say so myself!) it’s completely unique and makes a gorgeous statement without shouting.

Amazing DIY Perforated Dresser Upcycle

More than anything though, I’m thrilled to be able to share this perforation technique with you. I researched high and low though couldn’t find anything quite like it so I hope it’s something new to you and that it helps inspire!

Of course, if you’re not a super patient person, you could always use a more basic pattern or smaller item of furniture to create a similar look.

Mid-Century Boho Dresser Makeover

One of the things I love about the perforations is that you can’t really see them from side on. As you move around the piece they begin to reveal themselves, first as shadowed holes, then as crisp white dots. There’s a little bit of fun and mystery about it!

Perforated Dresser

Remember, this one-of-a-kind dresser is going to be sold for charity! So, if you love it (or know someone else who might) be sure to stay tuned.

The eBay auctions go live on 14 August and I’ll be sure to post a link once they’re up and running. And, as always, Feast Watson will be covering shipping Australia wide!

C’mon peeps. Let’s try and raise a heap for the Salvos.

DIY Perforated Dresser Makeover


Be sure to follow along with Feast Watson on Instagram to see the reveals of all the other designer pieces!

Boho Dresser Transformation Before & After