Dinosaur Themed Room Makeover

See how I transformed a bedroom into a dinosaur themed room for my toddler boy with simple and easy updates and decor ideas. Hint – it’s all in the wall color!

Toddler room painted dark green with tent canopy and dinosaur theme

***This project is sponsored by The Home Depot. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible to bring you fun projects!***

This project is almost bittersweet.

Remember when I first transformed the kids’ room into a colorful shared space so each could have a reflection of their personality on their side of the room?

Colorful shared kids room for boy and girl

Well, a couple of months ago, we separated their rooms because it was just time to do it. They each now have their own room.

Which means it is time to say goodbye to this pretty colorful room.

I briefly debated just painting white over the pink side but I wanted to give it a complete refresh.

Picking the Paint Colors

My son is still obsessed with all things dinosaurs, so it was kind of a no-brainer to give him a nature-themed bedroom.

The Projectcolorapp

The Home Depot ProjectColor App is a cool tool to not only help and find colors but also to visualize the colors in your space.

This is what happened when we tried it with the dinosaurs.

collage of projectcolorapp to find colors with dinosaurs

It picked some gorgeous greens.

The ProjectColor App is awesome to get an idea of the hues and colors but going to the store and actually looking at the paint chips helps make the final decision.

boy picking colors from wall at Home Depot

After our visit, we decided on the final colors-

  • Secret Meadow for the accent wall
  • Back to Nature for the rest of the room
Final color paint chips and dinosaurs on rug

The Project ColorApp is also fun to play with and visualize how the room will look with the color.

how to use project color app

Painting the Dinosaur Themed Room

To be honest, I was secretly dreading painting this room.

All that color! How many coats of primer would it take? I was guessing at least 3.

When I was buying samples at The Home Depot, I saw a display showing paint coverage for the Marquee over all sorts of paint chips. I was going to buy the Marquee anyway so I decided to give it a shot.

And here is the result!

testing green paint sample on patterned wall

Just one coat!

And that meant I could go straight for the paint. No primer needed!

I did see the lines from the previous paint pattern though because of the varying number of paint layers.

Nothing a light sanding couldn’t fix.

The painting took about 20 minutes each wall per coat.

painting green wall for toddler room

The first coat coverage was really good but I needed a second coat to cover up the roller marks and just get a richer color.

In under a day, it was done!

Here it is!

Kids room with DIY tent canopy and nature theme

The greens are so gorgeous!

Kids bed and bookshelf in a dinosaur themed room

The little guy and I couldn’t be happier!

And because we all like a little before and after, here is what the room looked like in the MLS listing when we bought the house 2 years ago!

Messy room before makeover into kids room

And this is what it looks like today!

completed dinosaur and nature inspired toddler room

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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. What a great update! I loved the colourful squares from your first makeover too!

  2. Aww, it turned out soi great! I can’t wait to see what you do in your daughter’s new room 😊

  3. Linda Weeks says:

    I’ve always loved greens in general and these are really organic looking! It’s restful and natural. You did such a good job!

  4. Bridget Hart says:

    Perfect. Thank you

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