This can be easy if you are wealthy, but for those of us who don't have money for extras creating that special place can be challenging.
When we moved into our new house the boys room was painted blue in the main part. The "sitting room" that is off to the side was walled with ugly 70's paneling which I have never been a fan of. Plus it did not go with the rest of the room at all. It was kind of a shock because the lovely blue walls and amazing windows of the main room clashed so greatly with the dark old paneling. As our landlord didn't want us painting the paneling I asked if I could cover it up with my idea of a tent. She said yes and so I started thinking about how I could turn their room into a Camping Themed room. First I went to pinterest and got some great ideas and picked out what I wanted the tent part to look like.
My first job was to find enough flat white cotton sheets at the thrift store. I spent about $6.00 to get enough. Then I dyed the sheets (this is why cotton is important) with coffee to make them look more canvas like. I was going for those canvas hunting tents that are huge and roomy.
Next me and my trusty staple gun got to work. The finished product looked like this.
This sign I got from Minted.com. They are very inexpensive and I could personalize it with my boys names. It's their fort!
The interior is decorated with antique leather and fur army mittens from their great uncle. An antique tapestry showing bears from grandma. And an old metal canteen I got at a yard sale for $1.00
A view of the other side with their toy shelves and a coffee table. I painted the coffee table and small chest of drawers in there with dark blue satin paint so their two dressers, and book shelves match. I painted the top of the coffee table with chalkboard paint so they can draw on it. The table is where they assemble all their Lego creations.
This is the reading nook I made. It's a dog bed wrapped in a flannel sheet. Then a neat afghan in outdoorsy colors I got for free and two pillows from the thrift store for less than a dollar each. The red plaid arm pillow I got at a yard sale for $1.00. The kids like to relax here and read.
I hung this lantern from the ceiling and got it at the thrift store for $2.00. The candle is a flicker candle that turns on automatically in the evenings and turns off after 6 hours. I got that new for $2.50 and it runs on batteries.
The tent when the kids close it for a more authentic camping feel.
The other side of the tent interior with all the Legos. Yes those are ALL Legos!
My younger sons bed with a watercolor print of a fox from minted.com. Very Cute! And a old fashioned leather canteen from a yard sale for a buck.
My older sons bed is an antique folding military steel bedframe. I got it at the thrift store for 5 bucks and found out to buy them anywhere else they are about $400.00. I was wanting a matching one for my other son but not at that price! I want to get them matching plaid bedspreads and pillow cases.
The boys book shelves repainted by me to match.
I got the idea off of pinterest for the brothers and you can find so many other ideas there
I love this little flickering candle. It has two wolves to represent my two boys and doubles as a night light. I got it at the thrift store for $1.99.
So that is my custom room. All told it really cost me about $20.00 bucks since I got some of the decorations for free. Shopping at thrift stores and garage sales is something that takes patients. I don't get what I am looking for every time, but I have a list of things I need and every time I go I check the isles. This is how I afford to stay home and yet decorate our house really nice.