Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week One


I have signed on for my third $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here.  So far I have redone my laundry room and my younger boy’s bedroom. If you would like to see my previous makeovers they can be found here 

farmhouse budget laundry room makeover jersey girl in the south

and here.



For this month I have chosen to makeover my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s going to be quite a challenge. Ready to see why???

$100 room challenge makeover teen boy bedroom jersey girl in the south before

Basically because I can’t stand this disaster!!! The door stays closed most of the time because just looking at it gives me anxiety! Clothes on the floor while the laundry basket is empty, garbage just hanging around, Legos and other projects everywhere. It’s what mom nightmares are made of! Does your teen have a messy room too? My brother’s room growing up got out of control at times but mine was never like this!

$100 room challenge makeover teen boy bedroom jersey girl in the south before

The blanket and sheets have been washed but not put back on the bed! Sleeping on the mattress cover is not ok!!

$100 room challenge makeover teen boy bedroom jersey girl in the south before

What is going on with the closet? He can’t even close the door because stuff is just falling out everywhere! And the corner? Who knows what is under that crate!

$100 room challenge makeover teen boy bedroom jersey girl in the south before

Not sure how you can do homework on a desk that’s piled full of Legos…

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I’m kind of scared to see what’s lurking in that corner! And yes those are Legos taped to the wall. He had some massive Rube Goldberg machine going on that he disassembled (but did not put away obviously). My son is very creative and while I appreciate that we need to come up with a balance we can both live with.

If you’re still reading thank you. I hope these before photos didn’t scare you away! Here are the goals I would like to accomplish in his bedroom.

  1. Replace the bedding. His old set has seen better days.
  2. Display shelving for all of his creations.
  3. New art work
  4. Lighten the walls with a fresh coat of paint. I do love the paint color but the dark color is too much for this room.
  5. New storage options for both the closet and bedroom itself.
  6. A functional organized desk area that is conducive to completing homework.

I have to get creative with my $100 budget! Check back next week to see my progress. Please visit the other bloggers below that are also participating in the challenge. It’s so much fun to see everyone’s plans!

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  1. Hi Tracy,

    What fun getting creative with your teen son’s room. I am a mom of two twenty-something girls. One still in college so I know how messy they can be. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your $100 budget.

  2. Your post just cracked me up because I can picture pretty much every teenage boy room looking exactly like that! Legos taped to the wall – why not? And clean sheets laying on the bed but not made up. Yep. You’ve got a handful and I am so excited to see your ideas. Your other two challenges turned out amazing!

  3. This will be such a great space to makeover! Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  4. I can’t wait to see this space come together. II redid my youngest son’s room right after he turned 11 last year. It was fun to change it up.

  5. Oh man, his room looks exactly like my teenage son’s room- well, both of my boys really! Why are they like that? On another note, I am excited to see what you do with this space, because I’m sure I will end up stealing a lot of your ideas for their rooms! 🙂

  6. Aren’t you brave to tackle a teenager’s room! That is really a challenge for most of us. Good luck!

  7. Both of my kids have messy rooms. 🙂 I love that he had a Rube Goldberg machine. That’s awesome. Can’t wait to see what you do in here.

  8. I love good before pictures; they make me smile because I have boys and their rooms like similar most of the time. I can’t wait to see this space all organized and amazing. So excited to have you join another round of the challenge! Good luck!!!

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