We did this Makeover in ONE weekend and on a budget!
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My 15 year old son’s room had our old hand-me-down bed and mattress and even a plastic folding table for a desk. The bed is nice, but it is not really fitting for a teen boy. An then there was the desk-less desk nook…well, it had a plastic folding table for a while…if you count that as a desk. His room looked like waste field of discarded and unloved items and had no personality or design whatsoever!
How we did it
We were thrilled when we found this awesome REAL WOOD bed and comfy mattress by Zinus. It is very affordable, has a 10 year warranty and shipping is free, so it was a no-brainer. My son and I were able to set it up in less than an hour. Next we added framed prints on the wall in coordinating colors. Then, I built a desk and hung these pipe shelves above it. Now his room is looking really amazing and much more fitting with his personality.
The shelves are made using a kit I ordered and made it so easy and quick. I just bought a 10′ long 1×12 pine board and cut it into 3 equal lengths for the shelves. The desk was made by attaching 1x2s with long screws to studs and then attaching a plywood top to those. I trimmed the front edge with another 1×2. This is all stained with Special Walnut (Verathane brand from Home Depot). I recommend staining before attaching the wood pieces.
Everything we used to do this makeover is linked below. The big throw pillow is from Home Goods and I couldn’t get a link, but I included some that have the same vibe. My mom made the quilt, but Nebraska Furniture Mart has one very similar.