Harry Potter Bedroom Reveal

For the past two years, John and I have been focusing more and more on decluttering.  So for Christmas this year, we tried to think of ways we could cut down on random crap clutter with the kids.  Jocelyn was open to having a mini room makeover as her Christmas gift with a theme of her choice.  It took Jocelyn less than two seconds to pick a Harry Potter theme for her magical room transformation.  Hold onto your broomstick because your inner nerd is going to freak.

Here is her room before Christmas…

Before Harry Potter Bedroom Before Harry Potter Bedroom Transformation


We had so much fun brainstorming for her bedroom and it was so special planning it together.  Here is the magical transformation for our little Harry Potter Fan:


Red and Gold for Gryffindor


Jocelyn chose the Sherwin Williams color Alpaca for the walls. A DIY firebolt is suspended above her dresser with fishing line. It cost zero dollars- and might be my favorite thing in the room.  I made this out of a crape myrtle branch from the backyard and dead herbs from the garden. Hehe… Herbology in all its fine glory.  Wingardium Leviosa! … Um, don’t judge. Embrace your inner nerd, mmmkay?


Firebolt in the Harry Potter Bedroom


For her desk, we surrounded a quidditch poster with special pages from an old copy of the first book.  We had Lowes cut a piece of Plexiglass for us to set on top of everything.  They cut it for free!
Harry Potter Bedroom


A Hogwarts Admission Letter was a special touch. You can find the link for a free template here.


Quills, parchment paper, and a $4 gold Owl from Homegoods are perched on top.


DIY Harry Potter Desk


The collage was an assortment of free printables from various sources.  I’ll do my best to link to all of these amazing people out there that shared their art and made our little girl SO happy!  Scroll down for links. The frames were only $2 each from AC Moore!  Here’s a closer look:

Harry Potter Wall CollageHarry Potter Collage


Thank you Amazon for this amazing Gryffindor Throw! You can find it here.
Gryffindor Throw Tapestry


Remote Control Candles.  What?? Were these made for a HP fan?!?! No, probably not. BUT THEY’RE PERFECTION. We hung them from a cross stitch hoop spray painted gold. You can purchase them here.  Lumos!
Floating Candles for the Harry Potter Bedroom Floating Candles
Floating Candles
Floating Candles


I painted a piece of wood that we had laying around and plopped it down next to Hedwig.

Hedwig and Platform 9 3/4


This Hedwig lamp came from Walmart:


Owl lamp for a Harry Potter Room

We had this shelf in Olivia’s room that we didn’t need after we re-did her space.  It is the perfect little wand shelf.  Her time turner and snitch live here as well.

Harry Potter Accessories

We covered her chair cushion with the fabric of her choice and made a pillow out of the extra fabric.

Harry Potter Bedroom


I used a T-shirt transfer on the pillow for the spell.
Harry Potter Pillow


Jocelyn stuck wall decals on her closet doors, which can be purchased here.
Harry Potter Wall decals on the closet


The trunk is from Homegoods and I used a T-shirt transfer to iron on the Hogwarts crest.  Santa brought her this for her room, filled with the Hogwarts library, the throw and an owl.

DIY Harry Potter trunk for the bedroom


The duvet cover was only $26! Unfortunately, we were sent a King size one instead of a full- so we are sending this one back and getting a replacement.  The colors are spot on though!

Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover


Magic really happened right here in this room- the look on Jocelyn’s face was magical.  She enjoys her space so much! I was blown away when I handed her a paper and pencil and told her to write down her brainstorming list of what she would have in her room with the Harry Potter theme.  She fired away with so many awesome ideas- such a fluid transfer of creativity from her mind to her paper.  Kids don’t need Pinterest for inspiration- they are full of their own.  Truly inspiring to design a space with your kid.  It’s funny how simple things that my kids do are so meaningful to me. Too deep? “Riddikulus” maybe…  see what I did there? Thanks for stopping by!



WALL ART links:


Platform 9 3/4 ticket

Dumbledore Quote

The Daily Prophet

Hogwarts Crest

Gryffindor Crest

DIY Concrete “Paver” Walkway


John and I recently had our X shaped gravel walkway taken out.  We installed a budget friendly DIY concrete walkway with the Quikrete Walk Maker and couldn’t be happier with the results:

Concrete Paver Walkway

I came to really hate that gravel.  If I wanted to run outside really quickly to get something out of the car, I’d avoid the gravel all together and walk in the grass.   Shoes are for excursions greater than 5 minutes in my opinion. When we bought the home, we thought it would be simple to dig out the gravel.  Once we got to it, we found out that there was a concrete sidewalk under the gravel that was in terrible shape.  You can see the blasted sidewalk and the gravel path here:


I came across this funny little clip of the kids digging out the gravel. Click the link for a good chuckle.

Kids digging out walkway

The ornamental grasses are out and you can see the glory of the 70s here.

A paving company dug out the rock, sidewalks, and part of our driveway out.  There was a ton of debris!  John told me he could do this by himself in one day. He’s an optimist.  What a guy.

Walkway Demo

While this grading/excavating was underway, we were changing out our shutters and adding the window boxes. Don’t they make a huge difference?!

Walkway Demo

Already so much better! Between the gravel and the dirt, I’ll take the dirt any day! The workers sent some strange looks my way as I giddily walked up and down the dirt path.  I resisted the urge to lay down and make dirt angels in the center of the “X.”

Walkway Demo

Two dump trucks worth of dirt later… a lot of our neighbors walked by at this point to figure out what the heck we were doing.  The best way to meet all of your neighbors is to tear out your entire front yard and turn it into the Sahara. You can see the giant homes being built in the field next to us.  Hopefully we don’t scare away the potential buyers.  We have been known to hug the chain link fence and scream, “They have kids!!!” if a family comes through to look at the first house that went in.

Walkway Fill Dirt

Walkway Fill Dirt

After our excitement over dirt began to subside, we realized we needed something to walk on.  We decided on paver stones and began making a list of materials to pick up at Home Depot and Lowes.  We were getting all excited again until we realized that this project was far more expensive than we anticipated, a little over $1,000.  We said “Good bye plan A,” and moved onto Plan B, which was to google a cheaper option.  Plan B evolved into installing a DIY concrete paver walkway with the Quikrete Walk Maker.  We ordered it from Amazon here.Concrete Mold

We decided on Plan B with the Quikrete Walk Maker for a number of reasons:

  1. Concrete is super cheap.
  2. We wouldn’t have to worry about labor costs.
  3. We didn’t need to purchase gravel/sand mix to level since concrete adheres and bonds to its surface.
  4. Less grading was required, since the mold could be shimmed.
  5. We could do sections at different times, since the mold is a 2×2 ft square.



To use the concrete mold, you rake the ground a little bit to level and create a good bonding surface.  We eventually added some landscaping fabric underneath to prevent weeds from creeping up.  Then, you lay the mold on the ground, mix your concrete and pour it in.  We mixed ours with a shovel in a wheelbarrow.  I found adding a bit of extra water allowed for a smoother finish with the masonry trowel.  We used 60 lb bags of concrete because they were on sale but this particular mold does require 80 lb of concrete per mold.   Emma was helping out when we experimented with the first one.  There’s our trusty living room lamp!


Concrete Mold Walkway

John added a bit of concrete dye in each mold so they would be a little bit more grey instead of white.  The newer sections stay dark for about a day and then start to lighten like the other sections.

Concrete Paver Walkway

We worked a lot at night after the kids went to bed.  John and I got into a good routine.  He would mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow while I used the trowel to smooth the surface.  While it dried, we drank wine.  That part was an essential step in the process.  I’d let the mold sit for 5-6 minutes before pulling the mold.  Having two people really made the job much easier.

Concrete Paver Walkway

Every day, we would add another 6-8 sections.

Concrete Paver Walkway

Concrete Paver Walkway

The kids put the leftover concrete to good use.  With some tiles, buttons, and shells they made me beautiful stepping stones.

Concrete Mold

Then one night, I randomly painted our front door an aqua color.  I had the paint color matched to Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.
Concrete Paver Walkway - Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue Door


As we got closer to finishing, we stamped a little bit of love into the walkway.  This is my favorite.  Whenever Olivia walks past the handprints, she stops to put her hand in her handprint.


Concrete Mold Walkway

After all the concrete was dry, we added polymeric sand to fill in the cracks. Polymeric sand bonds and hardens after you wet it and is the same material that you use to fill in between actual paver stones.We used Scotts EZ Seed to fill in around our new walkway and stood back to take it in.  No more gravel!

Exterior (After)
Here is a closer look at the walkway.  We get tons of compliments on it and a lot of people can’t tell it’s concrete unless we tell them! The handprints give them a clue.  The materials cost about $250. Had we not added the dye, it would have been even cheaper! So worth our concrete-mixing blistered hands!

Concrete Paver Walkway
The quikrete walk maker is the way to go for a budget friendly DIY walkway. www.housaholics.com