I’m sure you know that decorating your house can be a nightmare sometimes, especially if you’re short on cash and need to decorate the whole room. Are you looking for some ideas or money saving tips to help you decorate your spare room? Is this room going to be used by your child? We have a spare room that had all our boys toys and games in which just wasn’t useful anymore. We decided to decorate it to turn it into his own space which he could actually use. We were on a tight budget this month and we completed the whole room within 2 days. Here are some tips and tricks on how to decorate a teenage boys’ room on a budget.
Before & During
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Preparing the walls
There were 4 layers of wallpaper in this room, 4! the quickest and easiest way I found to get rid of wallpaper is a Wallpaper Stripper. My Mom has one so we were able to borrow her’s. It’s basically a big kettle with a big square on the end where the steam comes out. You put it on the wallpaper and it melts all the wallpaper paste making it easy to scrap off.
We then used Polyfilla to fix all the holes. My go to one is the 1kg tub of polycell multi-purpose Polyfilla. It is about £5 from B&Q and it does last a long time so you can use it again for other rooms. It is a nice wet paste so it is easy to spread. You then sand it down when it is dry to make it smooth enough to wallpaper/paint over.
Painting the walls
At the moment Wilko’s has an offer on Dulux where it is down to £10 for 5L. We bought the colour Sapphire Saulte. This is what is on the walls. On the skirting board and doors, we used a gloss white. Aldi did a big home improvement section around January time and they had lots of white gloss on sale for about £2. I bought a tin of that and then I bought some paint brushes as well. We painted the skirting and door before the walls.
Using brushes was so much more cost effective than using a roller. Granted a roll is a lot quicker but with a brush, we ended up only using 3/4 of 1 pot for the whole room. It actually saves a lot of money.
Our boy picked out his own wallpaper, he chose a constellation wallpaper from B&Q. It was from the kid’s section and only £10 a roll. We ended up using 3 rolls for the room, as we wallpapered two walls. B&Q had buy 1 get one free so it cost £20 for 3 rolls. Pro Tip: B&Q always do offers around holidays and half terms, look out for these to stock up on what you need to buy, even if you don’t need them right away. They also do a B&Q club card which gives you £5 off when you spend £30 or more on your next purchase. So worth it!
We used paste to the wall, wall paste which was about £4. It states on the pack that it will cover 5 rolls of wallpaper, I made just over half the mixture up as instructed.
We purchased the furniture from different places. We ordered the desk from Amazon and the shelves and the 9 cube cupboard from B&M. They have some really nice furniture in there and it is really reasonably priced. I don’t know how long it lasts for but for a teenage boys room, it will last.
All together we spent under £200 for the whole room. Including all the furniture and decorations. I hope this has given you some ideas for your next project and given you some top tips on How to decorate a teenage boys’ room on a budget.