Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget -ORC Reveal
So today is reveal day and there is loads of excitement in the air in our house! We are finally able to show all the details of our Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget and it’s a showstopper!
I’m going to be completely honest here.
I may or may not be tearing up while I type this.
I know that my son is only 14 and we have lots of years ahead of us with him in our home, but there’s a finality to this makeover that is tugging at the heart strings.
We’ve always done theme rooms for our boys. From a dragon fighting castle theme, to a dinosaur room complete with painted mountains. Then there was the Star Wars Room and the Train Room. I’m kicking myself for neglecting the boys rooms these past 4 years while we were fixing up our Almost Farmhouse, because now the time is slipping away with my gentle giant.
This will probably be the last theme room I make for him.
Oh – and there are the tears again!
But let’s focus on the happy things for a moment. So let’s go week by week on how transformed this room in 6 weeks time.
This week was all about the room in it’s ‘before’ state and the plan we had – which wasn’t really there – and that completely goes against my planner-self. So we sort of winged it as we went along and I’m so pleased it worked out!
Week 2 – Painting
Wall Color: Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams
Even though we had a bumpy start making over this room when we started painting, laughs were shared and hugs were doled out. But most importantly, memories were made.
Week 3 – $40 Closet Makeover
We were able to update my gentle giant’s closet for just under $40 by using scrap wood we had in our garage. And it’s a huge bonus that we can fit his tall clothes.
Not to mention – I’m over-the-moon that we finally have those closet doors rehung after 3 years!
The curtains were the easiest no sew project to date and they match wonderfully with his frayed edge bedding we found on clearance at Walmart.
Week 4 – DIY Shelving and Repurposed Headboard
By repurposing our first DIY, we were able to create a manly headboard with easy DIY wall reading lights.
Because we were operating on a budget, we also saved loads on furniture by reusing wood in our garage to make a new shelving unit for our son.
I was able to find vintage items around our house that had that industrial feel to style the shelves.
See that jug in the middle with the embossed print? That was my gr.gr. granddaddy’s hooch jug found years after his death buried in the barn. Seems like he would sneak away to get a snoot full.
Week 5 – DIY Faux Pipe Feature Wall
Our feature corner is my son’s favorite space. The pipe walls were an easy DIY and we partnered with Liberty Tree Creations with this amazing shipping crate for his room. Since he’s a history buff, my son loved all the details put into this replicated crate.
I was even given Cool Mom Cred on the Faux Pipe Feature Wall. If only you could put that on a resume!
Week 6 – The Reveal
Now let’s get to my favorite part – the decorating!
We made these DIY sawhorse lamps (tutorial coming soon) and they add to that industrial feel we were hoping for in this room.
I found the posters in his room in the Clearance bin at Hobby Lobby and got both for $10! I love how they look – don’t you?
Because my son is ‘punny’ I knew he would LOVE the Ba Co N poster. It’s perfect for his humor.
The artwork next to his bed is a pen and ink that his grandfather made and the framed photos are from my husband’s travels when he used to tour as a drummer. I love that we can add that touch of sentimentality to the room.
The dormer window nook remained as his music area. We hung his guitar and framed memories from his first theater performance.
We searched our garage and my decor stash to find rusty, manly things like hooks, pulleys and tin boxes.
The jar full of used bullet casings is my son’s ‘souvenir’ from years ago when we lived in Vegas. When we hiked in the mountains, he would collect any casing he found and put them in a jar. Of course, they fit perfectly in his industrial room.
Since my son dreams of being a writer when he grows up, we kept this old desk in his room so he can write his Magnum Opus. He loves to look out his window while he works.
I brought in a chair we had in our recording studio – it was the perfect fit for this space.
We hung an enamel coated metal light over the desk to provide industrial lighting.
Finally we completed the look with a vintage copper lamp that was in my in-law’s attic. Certainly a space for inspiration, don’t you think?
So now let’s look at some before and afters!
What a difference and most importantly – my son LOVES his updated room.
No, we weren’t able to replace the carpet like I had hoped, but we were able to create a space that he will enjoy for the rest of the years under our roof.
Oh boy – there are those tears again!
So, let’s crunch numbers and see what the total cost of this makeover came to. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience.
Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget Purchases:
Paint and Supplies – $80
Wall Color: Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams
Closet Makeover $37
New Shelving Unit – $53
Clip Work Lights – $17
Faucet Door Pulls – Hobby Lobby $3.99 each (on sale at 50% off)
Trash Can – Tractor Supply Co $22.99
Pipe Wall Clock– $19.99
DIY Faux Wall Pipes – $20 in PVC and $10 in clearance Towel Rods
Drop Cloth Curtains – $28
Bedding – Walmart on Clearance – $25
Throw Pillows – $20 from Amazon (here and here)
Sawhorse Lamp DIY – $23.25
Wood Crate – Liberty Tree Creations – partnership
Times Square Sign – Hobby Lobby– $7 on clearance
Hardware Sign – The Painted Nest – partnership
Posters and frame – $18
Pendant Light Kit for enamel shade – $19.98
Ceiling Fan Light Cages – $17.25
Total Cost: $422.45
My goal was to keep this between $200-400, and the faux pipe wall was a last minute feature my husband added as a bonus – well worth going over if you ask me!
So now that we’re finished with this Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget.
I’m going to take a day and see all the other reveals.
Of course, a huge thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for putting together another fabulous challenge. Be sure to head over to the One Room Challenge and check out the amazing reveals the other bloggers have made for yourself. This season was so much fun and I alway enjoy finding new ideas from other DIYers!
I just LOVE the color and all those industrial touches. What a perfect bedroom for a teen boy. Thanks for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun Linky. Pinned.
Thanks so much Jenny! It was a precious time together!
Thank you Pat! He certainly loves it!
Thank you Susanne! He is definitely enjoying his room – a little too much! Now, how to get him out of his room to spend a moment with me? I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be, isn’t it? Cue the tears again!
This is such a cool teen boys room!! I just know your son is loving it. I remember when my son was 14…I think that was when I started doing most of my crying, he was growing up and wouldn’t be my little boy forever…okay, enough, no tears! Congrats on a wonderful makeover and here’s to many more years watching and enjoying your son grow up!! xoxo
Thank you Mary!
Jen it really looks cool! Perfect for a teen boy and just full of fun industrial pieces.
Such a great space!!
I was surprised by (and adore) the faux pipe wall.
It is such a quirky touch.
The colour palette is wonderful: strong, masculine, yet neutral.
I really love what you did with this room!
This is such an amazing space for your son! I was tearing up a bit thinking of how quickly time flies by and how soon I won’t have any kids around to redecorate (and redecorate again) their rooms anymore. I love that you were able to work on the space together and bring in touches that are perfect for a teenage boy!
Oh I love it!! You did such an amazing job. All the industrial elements are fantastic & the wall colour turned out beautiful. Your son must be so happy to have a well designed functional room! So so good!!
Jen this is such an awesome room for your son. I love how you incorporated history that he likes and things that are special to him. And the pipe wall is so cool! Well done!
What an awesome space! The pipe wall, the music nook, the new closet shelving….you did good!
Wow – Jen, this turned out fabulous!! I love the pipe accent wall. And all for less than $500! Well done. 🙂
Angela – You are so kind! It was a special time we definitely cherished – especially now that those ‘hang times’ are far and few between!
Hi Lisa! I’m so glad to hear that this inspired you to finish your other son’s room. Now my youngest is begging for us to transform his room! Looks like I may have to do that one this fall!
Thanks so much, Susie!
Aw! It’s a tender thing to think about isn’t it? He were so blessed to be able to share this project with him and he truly loves his room!
Now our youngest wants his room done!
He really does, to the point that he even is keeping it straight and making his bed each morning!
Hi Wanda! He is loving all the masculinity in his room now! He’s growing up too fast!
Thank you so much Erin! I love it when I get detailed comments and this one brought a smile to my face!
He does – and it was so special being able to share that special time with him!
Thanks so much! We are over the moon excited with the results!
Thanks Julie! It was a fun project to share with him!
Thank you so much! It means the world coming from sweet friends like you! And who knows? Maybe I’ll be blessed enough to have him work side by side in the future like you all do!
Thank you Deborah – I love that I got the Cool Mom props from my son! LOL
Hi Ashley! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s always fun to connect to other bloggers through the ORC – this was our fourth time and I’m sure to be back for more!
Thank you so much Emy! It was a fun project to share with him!
His room turned out amazing!! I love all of the sentimental items from your grandpa. I hope he gets a ton of writing done at that amazing desk!! Great job!
I always appreciate a good renovation on a budget! This is so good! This was our first time doing the ORC, I’m so glad we did it! So much fun!
Way way way cool.. Them growing up in a flash does happen so I totally get it. Love all the details on it….so my style.
Holy cow Jen! You did an amazing job! We know that it is bittersweet but how cool it was to make great memories with your son while re-doing this special room for him. He will treasure this for a lifetime, as will you! Well done!
Jen you did an absolutely wonderful job! You got me all teary eyed since I have two little boys myself. I’ve been enjoying doing theme rooms for them (in fact my ORC this season was my youngests’ big boy room!) and it made me emotional thinking about the days when I’ll no longer have little boy rooms! Anyways I loved absolutely everything in this space, especially the headboard and that awesome ceiling fan 😀
Jen this space is amazing!! Your son must be so fired up!! So many clever ideas, I just love it all!! I did my older teen son’s room for a previous ORC and I’ve been slowly working on my younger son’s room for literally 6 months…..seeing this all pulled together has me so motivated to finish it and bring some character to the space like you did in here!! It’s chock full and I love how meaningful the decor is (the music area, pen drawing, your great great grandfather’s hooch jug :), all so awesome!!!) Congratulations for getting all this done!!!
Beautiful job with the teen boy’s room. It’s chic, but fun…..masculine, but comfy. You set just the right tone for these young men. All of the clever industrial elements have me bookmarking this post for later. Love all of it! Congratulations! ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project
As a mom of two boys I got a little teared up reading your post too : ) This room is perfect for your young man and I love all of the industrial touches. Wonderful job and I hope he enjoys it!
This is perfect! I bet he loves!!!! it!
I love the industrial feeling! It’s a perfect room for a teenager. And I can’t believe you did the whole thing for under $500. That’s awesome!
What a cool room! You’ve highlighted the nooks perfectly to make every bit of his room useful and FUN! My favorite part might be the frayed drop cloth curtains. Job well done!
It turned out AWESOME!! I bet he loves it!!
Wow… it looks amazing!! Love the color… and the details are so neat!! I can’t believe it was done under $500.00! Great job! I’ll bet he loves it!!
I love that you did a teen boy’s room, and that he was so into it! I am feeling inspired!