Share Your Style: Kids' Bedroom Makeover

Be inspired by this renovation project to transform an old, dark family room into two bright and fun modern kids bedrooms.

Having been awarded the first Gyprock® HomeStyle ‘Share your Style’ prize, Adelaide based Katie Vagg and her partner Ben Spry were inspired to undertake a renovation project to transform a family room into two kids bedrooms.

Katie and Ben had found their dream home built in 1965, with beautiful mid-century features including a stone fireplace, architectural corner windows, polished wooden floors and rooms filled with an abundance of natural light.  The only catch was that it was one bedroom short.

With three children between them aged five, nine and 10-years-old, Katie and Ben dreamed of creating a room for each of them.  After deliberating over the floor plan they finally found a way to divide a family room nicknamed ‘the big large cream box’, which was lined floor to ceiling with wood paneling and distinctly lacked the charm of the rest of the house, into two functional and charming bedrooms.

As a graphic designer, Katie’s experience in home and architectural design has been limited to paper or through expanding her Pinterest board. Her partner however, is a production manager and home handyman, which gave them the confidence to tackle their renovation project head on. By taking charge of the project themselves, Katie and Ben were able to ensure they were in control of the project at all stages, were able to cut down on costs and could also let their personal home style ideas flow. 

Katie and Ben’s first step in the transformation, after deciding on their new floor plan, was to decide on the material to use.

Finding their initial inspiration from Gyprock HomeStyle, Katie and Ben chose quality Gyprock® plasterboard and Alto™ cornice to feature in the kids’ rooms, with a skirting height of 150mm, painted white. The walls were painted soft grey with natural wood floors which allowed the features of the cornice to really pop.

“Cornice was an important feature of the design, I love the sense of framing that cornice brings.  I chose Gyprock Alto for its clean lines and contemporary feel, it’s not overly decorative but has the finishing effect of cornice,” said Katie Vagg. 

As a result Katie and Ben’s ‘big large cream box’ has become two functional rooms, filled with personality for Mason and Tayah.

Mason’s room:


Mason is 10 years old, he loves skateboarding, comic books and drawing. With this in mind Katie and Ben chose bold primary colours and ‘teenish’ furnishings.  The Eastern facing internal stud wall is a long chalk board wall so that Mason can let his creativity flow.

Tayah’s room

Tayah is nine years old. She loves pink and aqua, cute toys and she still believes in Fairies! She likes to draw, colour in and write notes to her friends to pass around during class. With this in mind Katie and Ben built her a little desk nook alongside her built in robes. With a colour palette inspired by gelati flavours and candy, this room is certainly sweet!

“Builders, designers and architects know the incredible impact and value that quality materials can have on a home’s structure and design elements. With the continual increase in DIY renovations, we are thrilled to see that homeowners are also recognizing the difference that quality trimmings such as cornice can make,” said Najwa Khoury, Gyprock Marketing Manager.

Katie and Ben’s renovation tips:

1) In the design and planning stage make sure you know exactly what you want.  Think about layout and the correct scale and measuring.

2) Inspiration is very important and you need to see visually what you want to create.  A pinterest board is a great way to collect ideas.

3) Budget is key, always allow a contingency for unexpected costs.

4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it can be a great time saver in the long run.

5) Make sure you are using the right tools, selecting the wrong equipment can cost a lot of time. 

About Gyprock HomeStyle and the ‘share your style’ competition:

In 2013, Gyprock launched HomeStyle magazine: an inspiring collection of interiors, styled with Gyprock cornices.  The launch was complemented by a competition which invited home renovators to showcase their home style via Pinterest for a chance to win a share of $6,000 in prizes.  Each month a winner was chosen to receive a $500 gift voucher to spend on furniture and furnishings at Domayne for demonstrating their dream home style.

For more information about Gyprock, visit the website at www.gyprock.com.au.

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