DIY with the Boys – Black & White Bedroom

Is it really only a few weeks until half term !  This holiday my husband’s shifts have worked out so that he is also off at the same time as me and the twins.  Think it might be time to get the boys involved in some DIY.  We gave their bedroom a bit of a makeover before Christmas but its just not working for them.  Both boys love the idea of a black and white bedroom so I got my thinking cap on to come up with affordable ways we could make them a cool room suitable for 10 yr old twins.  They are at that stage that they are not quiet ready to give up all their toys but also no longer want Thomas the Tank and the like.

A really straightforward and effective idea for their room is a blackboard wall.  These are really easy to do.  All major DIY Stores now stock blackboard paint and it really is just a matter of painting onto the existing wall.  Obviously you will need to make sure the wall is clean and is a smooth surface.  Also buy the best quality paint you can afford.  You may need several coats.  This is a great idea to get the kids involved, Who doesn’t enjoy painting things BLACK !


I Absolutely love what they have done here and intend to also get the boys to help make a huge Ruler like the one shown.  Again something the children can get involved in and  looks wonderful on the wall.    As hubby is a hoarder of all things wood (he gives me a hard time for my love of stashing bits and bobs but you should see his garage/workshop ) !   There will definitely be a suitable piece of wood for this project lying around.  A leftover floorboard from when we replaced the flooring in the kitchen will be ideal, but to be honest if you want to get involved with some fun over the half term with the kids I am sure cardboard would work just as well.  I think the measuring for the wall will probably be the hardest part but will leave the technical side of things to the husband.  I’ll let the boys (big and small) measure out the height lines.  I’m the ideas person in this house.

pic – potterybarn

I love this idea of also sticking Polaroid style pictures of what the boys look like at the different stages.

As my boys are total computer geeks, sometime will inevitably be spent online this half term.  I think I might get them designing some down loadable artwork.  Again very simple to do and all you need is a computer, a simple programme like microsoft word or wordart and a printer (no colour cartridges required) and some very affordable frames available from anywhere these days, even the pound shop.  Alternatively, I think posters and photos look great stuck on the wall with a piece of tape at each corner.

We might even get round to replacing the boys Wooden name letters hubby made for them when they were born and replace with something like this . Huge letter M on one wall above Milo’s bed and letter J above Jarvis’ bed.

I’ll let you know how we get on.  What are you planning for half term ?  If you like my black and white theme for the boys bedroom you might also like my Pinterest board HERE



  1. Glenda owner of Precious Memories
    January 28, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Love the stars on the wall idea and the initials fabulous – simple but very effective.Already follow you on Pinterest 🙂

    • karen jones
      January 28, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you for the comment Glenda. I've always found the simpler the better x Thanks also for the follow on Pinterest xx

  2. Jen Walshaw
    January 28, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I love the top picture with the stars and yes a blackboard wall is cool, we have one in the kitchen, but it is hell to paint over!

    • karen jones
      January 28, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      Oh that's interesting Jen. Do you mean to re-paint it black or to cover it up when you get fed up of it ?

  3. Chrissie Brown
    January 29, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Great idea for the Prints karen. It never occured to me to make them myself, I'll have a go and let you know how they turn out. Brlliant post as always, I totally love your blog. Chrissie

    • karen jones
      January 29, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you Chrissie. Love to see what you make x

  4. Lianne Thebrunettesays
    February 21, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I love that star wallpaper!!!And I also love the ruler idea, may have to find something similar for my little mans new bedroom in our new house!Im a big fan of those slogan frames, I want them all over the house!! 🙂

  5. Susan Mann
    March 15, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Love these ideas x

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