The 555 Room Challenge is a room makeover challenge that must be completed in 5 weeks, on a $500 budget, and must include 5 DIY projects! Check out the classic Star Wars themed boys bedroom style board that I made for my son’s room. Scroll down to see how I plan to pull this off!
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555 Room Challenge week 1
Before I get into all of the little details about my son’s room, let me give you a little background on why I decided to start the “555 Room Challenge.”
Last fall I took part in the One Room Challenge and updated my master bedroom on a budget of $500! Many of the designers involved in the One Room Challenge are spending tens of thousands of dollars if not hundreds on their space!
Huge renovation budgets are just not part of my reality right now, but I really wanted to take part in the One Room Challenge! I decided that I would try to update my bedroom sticking to a strict budget! After planning it out ahead of time, I was pretty sure that I could do it! I completed it over six weeks and came in at just over $500! It was really well received by my followers and it even garnered a little attention online when I was interviewed by TODAY.com about the room! (You can see the article HERE!) I loved being able to show others that you can create a beautiful space on a small budget and also how a little bit of elbow grease can keep unwanted furniture from meeting its demise!
Related: “$100 Room Challenge”
My wheels started spinning and I realized that I could update other rooms in my house on $500 within 5 weeks. Since DIYs are a must when trying to complete a space on such a tight budget, I though why not complete 5 DIYs during this challenge to make it the “555 Room Challenge!” Scroll down to see the talented bloggers taking part in this challenge with me and their posts from this week!
And stay tuned, because there will be another one happening in June!
$500 Star Wars Bedroom Makeover
For about two years I have been promising my son that I would redo his room. I had no other choice but to chose my son’s bedroom for this room challenge! Every year he gets a little more demanding and a little more picky with what he wants in his room! Luckily at five years old, he can still be gently nudged in the direction of room design. All it takes is a little bribing on my part! I mean, isn’t that what parenting is all about? Bribes and threats! 😉
After finishing our master bedroom in the fall, I finally decided that I would tackle his room for this February challenge. It also works out well, because his birthday is on February 14…Valentine’s Day! I figured that we could redo his room as part of his birthday present.
We had discussed a superhero themed room or Star Wars themed room. I’m so NOT a person who would suggest a brightly colored super themed room, but if we could marry the themed room with a classic look and neutral decor, then, I figured we’d be in business! After a lot of thought (like way more than someone should put into this subject), I was afraid that my son might outgrow a superhero room faster than a Star Wars room.
So, Star Wars was the winner!
His room has been stuck between a nursery and a big kids’ room for way longer than I had expected! I wrote the post, “Stuck Between a Nursery and a Big Kid Room” two and a half years ago! You can take a look at what his nursery looked like back then. I loved it, but it was time for a change.
What can I say? I had my daughter, started a blog, and basically just tried to survive the day to day! All we did was give give him a big boy bed and get rid of the rocker! The issues that I wrote about back then are finally being addressed!
His room was fine, but now that he’s older, it’s such a mismatch of styles and themes! Whales, sports, superheroes, Star Wars…you name it, it’s probably in there.
It is in desperate need of better storage for clothes, books, and toys! The neutral colors work, but man are the walls dirty! Especially behind the dresser where little feet and hands would touch the wall when I was changing his diapers.
I don’t know about you all, but my five-year-old has not mastered cleaning up his room on his own. If yours has, PLEASE teach me your ways! Therefore, at any given time, there could be nine million LEGOS or five hundred stuffed animals on the floor. It’s basically a toy land mine!
My plan is to contain these toys with simple solutions that are easy to maintain. None of that color coding crap for LEGOS in this house! That is my dream, but not my reality!
I’m also planning to try a new layout. I’ve literally tried three different layouts with his big boy bed, and none of them have been ideal! There are windows and doors all over the place!
I’m going for a light and bright happy space! The white walls are like a blank canvas and I’ll be mixing in blues, grays, and pops of black. I love combining contemporary and vintage pieces, so you’ll see some make an appearance.
Scroll down to see my plan for the next 5 weeks!
The Star Wars Bedroom Makeover Plan
Here is what I need to accomplish each week to stay on track for the Star Wars bedroom makeover:
- Fill holes in walls
- Paint walls and trim Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore
- Hang these bamboo blinds from Overstock
- Prep this ladder desk for paint (Technically it doesn’t need to be sanded, but I’m going to.)
- Paint desk Linen White by Rustoleum chalk paint using my Wagner paint sprayer and spray tent
- Recover camping stools with new fabric
- Add this woven rug (I found it brand new at Restore for $12!)
- Layer it with old Serena & Lily rug from playroom
- Put up this accordion arm wall sconce
- Hang these book ledges
- Add these wall decals to accent wall or make my own
- Make DIY Lego wall using these gray Lego baseplates
- Accessorize for REVEAL WEEK!
Here are my 5 DIY projects:
- Paint ladder desk
- DIY Lego wall
- Reupholster camping stools
- Swiss cross wall decals
- Darth Vader bookends
Check back next week for more progress, and you can always tune into my Instagram stories to see some behind the scenes! Now, make sure you go take a look at the spaces that the other talented bloggers are updating below!