A Cars Theme Bedroom Makeover

So my boys, especially the eldest adore Cars the movie. Lightning McQueen is a daily name mentioned in our household and we have so many Cars toys that it sometimes feels like we’re living in Radiator Springs.

So when we decided to let them share a bedroom last April, we decided to make it a Cars theme – of course! We didn’t want to go ‘over the top’ with Cars logos, lampshades and light switches, so we decided to go for nods to Cars, a black, white and red colour scheme and a more ‘Route 66’ feel.

Here’s what we ended up with – and we (and the boys!) absolutely love it:

I LOVE the reading corner! We bought spice racks from Ikea and painted them white and those chairs are the little Poang chairs from Ikea with throws on them. I bought some fabric from eBay and covered some cardboard letters for the initials of the boys which have come out brilliantly! The canvas pictures were also from eBay.

The unit is just a mish-mash of art supplies, little toys and underwear (on the bottom shelf!). I got the amazing petrol pump cupboard (which is actually a cd cupboard) from eBay and it’s probably my favourite piece of furniture in the whole room. Although I also love the Lego table which I made from an Ikea Lack table. I stuck the base plates (which I ordered from online app Wish) on and used white stickers to create the road markings. Then I ordered these bottle cap pegs (again, from eBay) and used them to hook a box to store Lego instructions in. The whole thing only cost around £20.

Me and the Mr bought some fab American motorbike plates and a metallic Route 66 sign from Camden Market on a trip to London. What I love about the room is that if we take away the ‘Cars’ canvasses, this could easily be a room for older children – so we’re kinda hoping it’ll last them more than a couple of years! They also have a giant bunk bed which we got from Wayfair. It’s super sturdy and has little shelves for their seven million cuddly toys (ok, not that many but a lot!)

I’m gutted I didn’t take ‘before’ photos and that I only have the ‘afters’. But the old room was dull and pretty lifeless with no cohesion between the bed, the cupboards, the blind and the carpet. Now it all just ‘goes’ together. We love it 🙂


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