Dinosaur Bedroom Makeover

This post is about how we moved our son, with special needs, out of our bedroom and into his own DINOSAUR room for his 4th birthday.

You may recall that last July we bought our first house – you can see the before pictures here.

The picture with the cupboards is the before dinosaur room pic

Well it is a slow project as we have the boys, and to be honest, it’s got to a state where we could get by in and still enjoy life. But one of the things we did have to do was get our youngest into his own room (he was sharing with us). Not just for us, but for him.

We think he has sensory processing disorder, and disturbed sleep wasn’t doing him or us any good. We were praying that hoped that being in his home own room would help him sleep. In fact it has done much more than that, as it’s his own space, and he can take himself off there – brilliant.

Our main problem was we had kind of thrown all our junk in his room.

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Embarrassing before picture

We set ourselves a deadline date of his birthday to get him in there.

Thing was we had only left ourselves a week and the ceiling needed replastering (the previous owners had put tile grout on it and then covered it up with lining paper!)

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After the ceiling was plastered it, and the walls needed plenty of painting (and repainting).

But once that was done it was really simple to turn it into a beautiful dinosaur room.

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We bought some Dinosaur Wall stickers £5.89 EBay

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Making sure that we put them up high, otherwise he would just pull them off again.

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There are all different types – but we went for friendly, cartoon looking ones.

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And a much used Dinosaur Height chart £8.49 Ebay, which is also a wall sticker.

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We bought some other dinosaur bits from Store Twenty-one – which are now currently on sale.

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A chalk board which we wrote his name on.

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Photo frames, little drawers and hooks, a blanket and a rug.

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The curtains were from Tesco Direct.

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 The quilt cover and pillow case is Rex from Toy Story – and was from Asda.

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The feet for the bed I got from Ebay but were originally from Ikea.

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We also bought some storage tubs from Morrisons

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 I think they were a couple of pounds each too.

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and some lovely green wardrobes from IKEA – which I see have since been reduced.

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Barnslig Mirror £16 from IKEA

This Ikea mirror I thought looked dinosaury. Mirrors are good for helping build self-esteem and excellent for Sensory processing. The same with the hook I think was meant to be a dog tail, but I think it looks dinosaur.

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 Two tiered Dinosaur Light shade £11.95 EBay

Some little touches like a dinosaur teddy

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As he is starting school this year we thought a dinosaur toy box that was also a desk would be great – and so got this from

Wooden Toy Shop.co.uk 

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Good quality, spacious and practical – oh and it has Dinosaurs!!

We received the Dinosaur Toy Box/Desk FREE in return for a feature on this blog. No other compensation has been received for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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