A few weeks ago I emailed Delta Children to see if they had any products for me to review. We have worked with them in the past for Finley’s crib and we loved the product and the experience! I had no idea that their reply would inspire an entire bedroom makeover, but when I saw that one of the options was this Hogwarts Express twin bed I knew I had to have it!
I did receive this bed for free in exchange for my review. All my thoughts on the product are 100% honest and my personal opinion of the bed.
It turns out that Leopold was less than thrilled with my most recent ‘switch up’ in his room. When we transitioned him from his crib, he got the Ikea Kura bed. Recently I flipped it over so he could have a cool loft bed with space to play underneath. When I asked him if he wanted a Harry Potter bed/bedroom he told me he would and that he was fine saying goodbye to his bed because he “doesn’t like high”. My poor boy was afraid of heights and I had him up in this bed every night!
We flipped the bed back to a floor bed and now it belongs to his sister!
Sure, my kid doesn’t know all that much about Harry Potter, but we are on a mission to change all of that! He knows enough to want to agree to a HP bedroom, and that’s all the motivation I needed. We just started reading the first book tonight (May 16th, 2020…for the record). We just finished reading the original Peter Pan book together, and I know if he was able to get through that, he can get through Harry Potter!
I also thought it might be fun for him because he loved the new movie Onward and is constantly shouting out spells and talking about fairies, elves and magic. I know he will love the magic in Harry Potter!
Here are some before photos of his room. The general theme for the last few years has been “Animals” so it’s nice to change things up a bit. I am still mid paint on a few other rooms so I decided to keep the gray color.
Here are some past snaps of his bedroom evolution if you’re interested! >>
He did love having his Privacy Pop tent up on his bed, despite his fear of heights. It was also nice to be able to zip him and his sister up in there when they wanted to read and play in the bed. I was definitely afraid she would tumble out once she learned to climb up there!
The bed, house light, stair step storage shelf and the wooden toy shelf hanging on the wall are all from Ikea. The rug and the wall heads are from Target!
The bed would take about 2 weeks to arrive, so I had plenty of time to collect items for his room and do some crafting as well. It was really fun to get my creative juices flowing for this project!
I was pretty limited on my budget but if I wasn’t…it would be way more epic! I will say I have to credit my trusty old Cricut for a lot of the work. I put that baby to work for this bedroom makeover!
My boy is suddenly very annoyed with my constant photo taking so this is his ‘come ON mom’ face.
The crayon art canvas was one of our first creations for his room. I’ve always wanted to try this and was excited to finally go for it. Leopold helped me pick out the right colors and peel the paper off the crayons. It took me a lot of trial and error to get this canvas to the point where I didn’t think ‘that’s ugly’ when I looked at it.
It’s still not perfect but I love that we made it together and I think that makes it special!
About the bed: As I mentioned before, this bed is made by Delta Children, but you can get it from a lot of different retailers online, like Walmart and Amazon. It took some time to get to me because I didn’t use Prime, but it was worth the wait! The bed was very simple to assemble, and I was able to build it myself in about an hour! It feels very sturdy, which was my main concern: Would I be able to still sit in bed and read to him at night? That’s one thing we were both missing when he was in his loft bed!
The answer is yes, this bed is built well (I mean I should know, I built it…right?). I really love the upholstered head and foot board too! It makes it extra comfortable to lean against when I’m reading long chapters of Harry Potter at night.
I spent a bit of time trying to figure out a way to give the room a little extra pizazz, going off the Hogwarts Express theme. Should I use brick peel and stick wallpaper? That might be neat, but kind of pricey for the budget I was working with. Then I would want to buy a Platform 9 3/4 sign too which isn’t exactly cheap.
After a bit of browsing on Amazon I caught sight of this amazing Platform 9 3/4 SHOWER CURTAIN. What!?? It might not be the classiest, it might not fit the wall perfectly, but it was just the look I was going for. This curtain would be awesome for any Potter Parties too! You could even cut a slit in the middle for people to run through with their trolleys.
The quilt on my bed is one my sister and I made together (okay it was mostly her) on a recent visit. It’s VERY special to me as it’s made out of many of my old Harry Potter tees that I wore almost daily in high school. I was VERY cool if you hadn’t already pieced that together.
Fang was my choice of souvenir from my visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London! One of the best tours I’ve ever taken, hands down. If you’re even in London…DO IT. Now Leopold snuggles him at night because I told him that Fang helps chase away bad dreams.
You can find these banners at target for $14.99, which isn’t a bad price to liven up a whole wall! I know I need to steam the wrinkles out of all these wall hangings…I just haven’t yet!
His bean bag is from Creative QT and it has all of his extra bedding in it. Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.
I wanted a gallery wall of some kind and after a little brainstorming I knew I could use my Cricut to get the job done! I printed off some little frames and added fishing line so i can change out the photos I display there. The big frame in the middle is one I had on hand and will be used for hanging up any art projects that Leopold is extra proud of.
I also added labels to his clothes storage! I used the “Harry P” font from Dafont.com (free for personal use).
OBVIOUSLY I had to add these to his light switch. Sorry about the dirty wall…but…kid fingers. Gross.
I stumbled on this key hook at Walmart the other day and absolutely love the way it turned out! After printing off some wings on the Cricut, suddenly it’s not a normal key anymore, it’s enchanted! I figured Leopold could use this for bags, coats, whatever.
Speaking of enchanted keys…here was a labor of love! I found these keys on Amazonhttps://amzn.to/3bBHkj2 and added the wings with hot glue (again with the Cricut). I found the hoops at Walmart (the are for making wreaths) and they were under $3 for 3. It was kind of a pain in the butt to make but I am happy with how it turned out!
A few more little touches…I found this LED lamp at Walmart for under $7 and added a Deathly Hallows decal. My poor Harry Potter books were all in storage so they got a new home on the top shelf of Leopold’s clothes storage shelf.
The banner I made with…wait for it…my Cricut again! I let him help me glue the icons on which is why they are not in any particular pattern or order.
I didn’t want to deal with removing his house light and so decided that it could become a Harry Potter themed light by adding a Privet Drive decal and a number 4. Now it’s the Dursley’s house!
Leopold got a new laundry basket with a decal of Dobby on one side and “Free Dobby” across the top.
Let me know what you think in the comments and tell me if you have any other fun ideas for me!
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