The Ultimate DIY Cars Bedroom

I am so excited to finally share with you this fun DIY Cars themed bedroom! 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 one of these pieces 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.  Check out the tutorial here. (Make sure to sign up to receive our newsletter so you will be notified when our new posts and tutorials are released.)

After a trip to the Home Depot scouring every single isle we finally came across the perfect product to add to the top of the dresser as well as the head and footboards.  (Watch for the tutorial to see what we used and how easy and inexpensive it is!)

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 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.  (And a little bargaining trick that works like a charm:  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!

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

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. Check out the tutorial here!

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. 

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.  (Tutorial to follow)

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 own old cars!  My Great-Grandpa even raced a real Hudson Hornett 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 really used for I don’t know, but I’m all about giving old items a new purpose anyway. I initially 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 but 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.

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.  See the full tutorial here! 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!

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

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

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! 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.

I’m sure you’ve seen many IKEA hacks and boy do I love their curtains for an easy and customized look! (Watch for curtain tutorial) 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!  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 do it.

Target has great storage centers and coordinating bins to fit in the cubbys.  Adding a little tag with a picture helps Mr. A know what to put away in each bin.  (Tutorial on chalkboard tags to follow) This is also a great spot to store all of his books.   

Adding a little artwork above the storage center helps ground this space all together. I found this fun vintage looking map at Hobby Lobby and made the Route 66 sign to hang above it.  (Tutorial to follow)

If you loved this room please pin it!  We’d love to hear what your favorite thing in this space is!  Please comment below.

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  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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