How to Decorate a Boy's Bedroom As the TARDIS

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How to Decorate a Boy's Bedroom As the TARDIS
Turn a bedroom into the TARDIS with a little creative painting. (paintbrush image by askthegeek from

The popular BBC series "Doctor Who" features a time-travelling ship called the TARDIS, which stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, and looks like an ordinary British police call box. Inside the small call box is the vast interior of a futuristic room that serves as the Doctor's control centre. You can create a replica of the TARDIS with paint and a few purchased items. While a TARDIS-themed bedroom won't be able to travel through space and time, with a little imagination, a boy can pretend it does.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • TARDIS door poster
  • Blue paint
  • 3-inch paint brush
  • Wood moulding
  • White semigloss latex paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint sponge
  • Gold-tone latex paint
  • Round table
  • Gray latex paint
  • Black latex paint
  • Artist paintbrushes, assortment
  • Table lamp
  • Aqua-coloured light bulb
  • "Doctor Who" bed coverings
  • Dalek alarm clock
  • Sonic screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Print out pictures of the TARDIS to use as a guide.

  2. 2

    Cover the outside of the bedroom door with a TARDIS door poster. Alternatively, use pieces of wood moulding to re-create the raised door panels of the TARDIS, paint the exterior of the door blue and use white paint to hand-paint the signage at the top of the door. You can also use stick-on vinyl lettering from a graphics store.

  3. 3

    Paint the bedroom walls with a semigloss white paint, if they are not already a light colour in a semigloss finish, then lightly sponge-paint a gold-tone latex paint on top.

  4. 4

    Paint a 6-inch-wide gold-tone stripe from floor to ceiling. Make the stripe free-form and slightly uneven. Repeat the stripe at 6-foot intervals around the room.

  5. 5

    Paint 12-inch-wide gold-tone hexagonal markings on the wall, following the design of the TARDIS walls. Fill in the centre of each hexagon with a circle of white paint.

  6. 6

    Make the control centre by placing a round table in the centre of the bedroom. Paint the top of the table grey and the perimeter gold-tone, then paint various dials and indicators on the top of the table.

  7. 7

    Place a table lamp in the centre of the table. Use an aqua-coloured light bulb to duplicate the glow of the Time Rotor.

  8. 8

    Decorate the bedroom furniture to look like pieces of equipment. Paint the dresser and nightstand grey, and paint any knobs or handles with markings to resemble controls and dials.

  9. 9

    Cover the bed with "Doctor Who"-themed bed coverings and add "Doctor Who" accents to complete the TARDIS theme, such as a Dalek alarm clock and a sonic screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of hand painting the hexagonal wall markings, cut them out of gold-tone self-stick shelf paper. Make the centre circles from white self-stick shelf paper.

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