The Ultimate DIY Car Bedroom Ideas

Looking for Car Bedroom Ideas for Boys?  This room has it all including Disney décor, Lightning Mcqueen, Hot Wheels, vintage elements, DIY wall art, transportation theme color schemes, repurposed and refinished furniture, license plates and road signs.

The Best Car Bedroom Ideas for boys

Tool Chest Dresser

I am so excited to finally share this fun DIY Cars themed bedroom with you! My little guy Mr. A, who is 4 has always been fascinated with cars. Deciding on a theme for his room was a no brainer!

I refinished the tool chest dresser several years ago for his older brother’s room, Mr. G. His room was also car themed but he really could have cared less, cars are just not his thing. So I knew it would be the perfect piece in Mr. A’s room.

I found an old lateral filing cabinet at a local thrift store for $15 and transformed it into what you see now as the tool chest dresser. See the full Tool Chest Dresser tutorial here.

Car bedroom idea: DIY Tool Chest Dresser

After a trip to the Home Depot scouring every single aisle, we finally came across the perfect product to add to the top of the dresser as well as the head and footboards of the bed.  (You can see what we used in the tool chest dresser tutorial link above.)

Collage Wall

As you know I’m a DIY junkie and love to shop for vintage items.  As I began to gather many different items for his room I knew I wanted to make a collage wall to display all the different treasures.  

I LOVE finding vintage pieces that once served a purpose and have a story behind them, like this 40’s Pontiac steering wheel and 1951-1952 Buick Hood Emblem. I found them at a local vintage market. 

PRO TIP: If you’re planning to buy multiple items from the same vendor ask if they’ll consider a special bundle pricing.  Works every time!

The tire clock came from Harbor Freight of all places!

Many of the road signs came from Hobby Lobby.

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I love customizing everything to work together for the whole theme of a space. These 2 piece stacked frames were purchased from PoppySeed Projects as plain unfinished MDF frames.  Then I painted them to coordinate the fabric on the bedding. Circle stencils cut from vinyl were added to create the polka dot pattern.  To finish the frames I roughed up the edges and glued the red frame on top. 

Repurposed Vintage Radio Flyer Red Wagon

tool chest dresser

This vintage Radio Flyer Red Wagon also came from my excursion to the local vintage shop!  I was so happy to finally get my hands on one of these!  I wanted a place to showcase all of Mr. A’s little treasures. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. 

See how you can transform a vintage wagon into a shelf in less than 30 minutes!

This tiny little oil can came from my Grandpa’s workspace after he passed. These are the kind of treasures I love to include and tell my kids about so we always have these little trinkets to talk about and remember our loved ones by. 

car bedroom idea: DIY Wall Art

Instagram Inspired Wall Art

Seriously there has never been a boy so obsessed over cars that I decided to create an Instagram inspired collage of photos of ALL things Mr. A loves. 

Clever Repurposed Industrial Wall Art

With my sentimentality, I knew I had to incorporate even more memories from my Grandpas and Great-Grandpas.  What better way than printing up multiple pictures of them with their old cars!

My Great-Grandpa even raced a real Hudson Hornet back in his day!  Boy was it fun telling Mr. A that his very own Great-Great-Grandpa was a real race car driver! 

These stainless steel grates were purchased at NPS and I thought they would be awesome to hang on the wall to display these old photos! What these grates are used for I don’t know, but I’m all about giving old items a new purpose anyway.

Initially I thought they’d be magnetic and I could stick all of Mr. A’s cars onto it so he could put them away easily as well as having them be displayed. Turns out they’re not.

So my Mom and I later came up with the idea to use lanyard badge clips and screw them directly onto the stainless steel grates and use those clips to attach the photos.

car bedroom idea:
DIY Floating Shelves

How were we going to display all of his cars if we couldn’t stick them to the grate? We took a trip to Harbor Freight and bought magnetic strips to hang tools on, only to find out that all of his cars are plastic!

To the drawing board again. We decided to make these cute little display shelves for his cars, using fence slats and angled aluminum.

They are the perfect depth for his cars and he absolutely loves that he can display them however he wants and he doesn’t have to dig through a bin to find a specific car anymore!

See how easy it is to build these floating shelves here!

With a few leftover badge clips we found a perfect spot to hang up his hats.

car bedroom idea:
Repurposing License Plates

Upcycling vintage license plates by attaching them to this dresser was an easy way to add a bit more character while also incorporating more sentimental pieces from my hubby’s Grandpa.  

Disney Cars Bedding

Can I tell you how excited I was to see this Cars bedding line at Target?! I loved how the image was quilted on instead of a busy printed background!

(Target no longer carries this bedding, but you can find it here.)

I felt his room would age with him better with this quilt than a more juvenile quilt.  Add a lightyear tire throw pillow and Lightning McQueen throw on the bed and voila it completes the look.

DIY Curtain Hack

I’m sure you’ve seen many IKEA hacks and boy do I love their curtains for an easy and customized look! Adding stripes with red paint really makes a dramatic statement in this room.

And check out this awesome towing hook I found on the same trip to NPS! At the time, I didn’t know how I was going to attach them to the wall and use them to hang curtains, I just knew it would look awesome and I’d find a way to make it work.

Toy Storage

Target has great storage cubbies and coordinating bins to fit in the cubbies. Adding a little tag with a picture helps Mr. A know what to put away in each bin. This is also a great spot to store all of his books.   

Adding a little artwork above the storage center helps ground this space altogether. I found this fun vintage-looking map at Hobby Lobby and made the Route 66 sign to hang above it. 

We hope you were able to get a lot of car bedroom ideas from this post!  Please PIN it and share with your friends.  We’d love to hear what your favorite element or idea in this space is!  Please comment below.

As always here at Sunny Side Design we hope to . . .

BRING YOUR HOME TO THE SUNNY OF THE STREET.

You may also be interested to see how we transformed a filing cabinet into this awesome Tool Chest Dresser!

Tool CHest Dresser

See how you can transform an old Radio Flyer Wagon into home decor in less than 30 minutes!

Make your own Floating Shelves in an afternoon.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this room!! My two year old is a car fanatic and I plan on completing a car themed room by January!! Thanks for the inspiration! The tiny details are my favorite like the curtain hangers!! And the oil cans!! Awesome!

    1. Thanks so much, Chancee! Best wishes to getting your room completed! You’ll have to share pics of your room with us! Sounds like fun!

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