A teen boys bedroom makeover

I’ve been wanting to update my boys’ rooms for a while and finally we started one of them. This room wasn’t bad, it was just due for a change! Tex is 15 so he was ready for something new.

My eldest boy is 18 and is in his 2nd year as a carpenter, so he is very handy to have around!


Firstly, we built a frame. As simple as that. Buy the timber, measure it out and nail together! We sat the frame in front of the existing skirting. I didn’t want to rip that up, or the carpet because if I wanted to take this shelf down, it was easy to remove.

We pulled the power-point through too (get someone who know what they are doing with this!).

Next I bought some lining board sheets from Bunnings and got it cut to size there.

I painted it BLACK FOREST (Taubmans).

We then nailed the boards to the frame (patched up with some putty and paint).

I bought a huge piece of blackbutt timber again from Bunnings and added as the shelf.

Here’s a video watching it all come together.



  • Frame $60
  • Boards $160
  • Paint $50
  • Shelf $40


  • Bedside table Kmart
  • Doona cover Linen House (it’s this one). This is a Queen bed with a King doona cover. I alternate with a plain grey one too (it’s from IKEA).
  • Throw blanket Kmart years ago.
  • Mustard cushion Kmart.
  • Black and white cushion Spotlight.
  • Wall lamp Bunnings.
  • Fake plants and pots (combo Adairs, Pillow Talk and Kmart).

I’ve done all THREE of my boys’ rooms. You’ll see those makeovers here and here.

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  • Belinda says:

    Love all three of your boys rooms Katrina. Lucky boys to have such a clever mum.

  • Kelly says:

    Hello, is it possible for you to tell me the measurements of the bed board you made for Tex?

    How ‘wide’ it is (how far it comes out from the wall)?