A Crazy Cheap But Effective Playroom Makeover

It’s reveal week of our playroom makeover!  Week 5 of the $100 Room Challenge and this week it’s the fun part!  The DIY’s are done, I stayed under budget, and we have a new and functional playroom!  I am so happy that I took part in this amazing challenge hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry.  I used up lots of materials/supplies that were just collecting dust in the house, we updated the room to make it age-appropriate for our kiddos, and the room looks completely different!  

DIY Playroom Makeover for $100

DIY Playroom Makeover for $100

If you want to catch up, here are all the links to the past 4 weeks:


This $100 Makeover has actually been so fun. I painted furniture, made a Nerf Gun Wall, got rid of a ton of junk, made a DIY Desk, and now my kiddos have a great place to play and create! This is my 2nd time completing the $100 challenge – you can see our Thrifty Kitchen Makeover here – I took 4 weeks to paint our kitchen cabinets. And let me tell you, this time around was much more fun than painting cabinets!

Here’s a little recap of where we started:

playroom makeover before picture

playroom makeover before pics playroom makeover before pics closet

And here’s where we are now – after 5 weeks, a $100 budget, and lots of DIYs!

The $100 Playroom Makeover!

playroom makeover after picture

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playroom makeover diy nerf gun wall

Here’s a quick recap of all the fun DIYs that happened for this $100 Room!

  • Craft cabinet – Declutter and Paint
  • Paint the Walls
  • DIY Nerf Gun Wall
  • Update picture frames and clock with paint
  • Paint chairs 
  • DIY Desk – click the link to see the full tutorial on how we made it

playroom makeover

Playroom Makeover DIY Desk

playroom makeover diy desk

And who doesn’t love a good side by side comparison:

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[one_half]playroom makeover before closet[/one_half][one_half_last]playroom makeover closet diy nerf gun [/one_half_last]

There are only a few things I didn’t get to check off the list – Painting the IKEA Expedit and making some DIY shelves.  Thanks, Flu Virus 2018 that struck our house this past week.  But you know what, I’ll take snuggling my little tiny girl over a DIY project any day.  And one thing I’ve been really working on this year is accepting when something is good enough.  My kids have already used this room and they love it which makes it a winner for me!

playroom makeover art

playroom makeover

And here’s the absolute best part:  After selling stuff that we didn’t need in this room (two bookshelves and the table and chairs), using up paint we had sitting in the craft cabinet or the garage, and using decor items from around the house, I spent a whopping $5!  Yep – 5 bucks on a playroom makeover!  And all of that $5 was at the Dollar Tree on 3 of those metal pails that are holding markers and two big red plastic bins that are in the Ikea shelves.


  • $65 – Desk: trestles $20, wood $40, hardware $5, stain-free, already had, wood filler-free, already on hand
  • $20 – I had to buy a new paint roller because we either trashed or lost our old one and I really didn’t want to brush these walls, also bought some new large paint trays.
  • $0 – Chairs:  free from an online yard sale, paint – used old paint we already had – I brushed the blue ones and sprayed the red one with gloss red
  • $0  – Craft Cabinet: used paint I bought months ago for $12 – I didn’t count it in the budget since I didn’t buy it specifically for this challenge
  • $0 – Nerf Gun Wall – all the supplies were on hand collecting dust in our garage
  • $0 – Wall Paint – Leftover paint from our master bedroom makeover last year
  • $0 – Art – We had a ton of stuff we could use from their creations.  I used an old Target frame and painted it red for one of my favorite art prints from a friend, I took the bicycle picture from the laundry room, and the big red “C” was gray and white and I found it hiding in a closet.  I took it out and painted it red with craft paint.  The big “today is a good day” sign is a DIY I made years ago from scrap plywood.  It’s been in our laundry room, but it’s much happier here!
  • $5 – Accessories from the Dollar Tree to hold craft supplies and toys

TOTAL – $90, but I sold the table, chairs, and 2 bookshelves for $85!  I’d say that’s pretty good for a playroom makeover!

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diy desk playroom makeover

And here’s a list of similar products (affiliate links provided – see my full disclosure here) – click any pic for details!

[one_third]8 cube shelves[/one_third][one_third]blue plastic chairs set of 2[/one_third][one_third_last]ikea finnvard trestles[/one_third_last]


[one_third]red clock [/one_third][one_third]cut the clutter organize the toys with bins[/one_third][one_third_last]gray storage cabinet[/one_third_last]

[one_half]blue metal storage bucket[/one_half][one_half_last]globe for playroom[/one_half_last]

And be sure to check out all the other $100 Room Transformations and get ready for some serious inspiration!

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46 thoughts on “A Crazy Cheap But Effective Playroom Makeover”

  1. Wow. You had a pretty big task ahead of you and I was super curious to see what you came up with. The final reveal is amazing. The room is so functional and looks great too.

  2. Melissa! This came out so great! I love that you created a Nerf gun wall. I wish I had thought of that when my boys were younger and the Nerf guns were taking over our house. Ha! I hope you are all on the mend and feeling much better. Great job on the makeover.

  3. What an amazing transformation… and for $5!!! It just looks so spacious and organized. Love it!!! I bet your kiddos are going to enjoy a whole lotta time in here (and I’m sure they’ll keep it looking neat and tidy at all times 😉 ) Hope your little one is recovering (the flu has been just nasty this year… we dealt with it back in December and I feel like it went on for-ever). So glad you decided to join in for another round of the challenge.

    1. Thanks Erin! And thank you for hosting such a fun idea! I was so happy about the budget part and using up so much stuff I already had to make this room work for them better! I should show a pic in a few weeks when it’s past the picture ready images – ha! But I’m cool with that – No point in making it over if they don’t use it right? And yes, thankfully we are over the flu for now! It’s been so bad this year!

  4. Melissa this all looks amazingly! My favorite part is the desk and chairs and of course, the nerd gun wall! You did a fabulous job! What a cool Mom you are!!

  5. Oh my gosh Melissa I absolutely love how this room turned out! I can’t believe the difference that the paint made in this room, and I love love love the blue cabinet and chairs! I can’t wait to see the tutorial for the desk. And you totally rocked the budget! This is just such a fun space. Well done!

    1. Thanks friend! Paint was definitely my best friend with this room! I’d say it was $5 well spent on the room! And blue is my absolute favorite color to use when painting – it’s just so happy!

    1. Thank you Emy! The good news is that when they do make messes (which they will) everything has a home and they’ll know where to put things. They love it already!

    1. Thanks Colleen! I can’t believe the difference just painting made in making this room so much brighter! And yep – the nerf gun wall is my new fave!

  6. The color combo and that desk!!! I just love this so much. You have some very fortunate littles!! I can’t believe how much you did for so little. Great job!

  7. Melissa! This is fantastic – I want to come over to play!! I love how the room is child-friendly but not childish – the accents are sweet but not cloying, which you can sometimes find in a playroom and the color scheme is on-point! The color of that cabinet is perfect for the space. I’ve been SO excited about your nerf gun wall – what a fabulous idea! You did a great job and I hope you’re family will enjoy this room for years to come!

    1. Thank you Kim! This was by far one of my favorite makeovers because now we have a functional room that’ll grow with the kiddos! And I agree about the colors – I was excited to introduce some color into my mostly neutral house – I forgot how much I missed it!

  8. What an awesome transformation!! This is such a bright and happy place to be! Love all of the fun colors the brought into this space and all the great organization! And HOW INCREDIBLE that you spent basically NOTHING on a WHOLE room makeover!! Amazing!!!

    1. Thanks Morgan! Can you believe it? Virtually no money spent!!! Just time and effort and it’s a completely different space. I agree – so much brighter and happier now!

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