Girly Room Redo

30 Jul

Every little girl needs a special place all her own to pretend, dance, read, sleep and dream.  I know an awesome little girl with an amazing   imagination . . . but her room did not match her vibrant personality.  It was a hodge podge of mismatched furniture, random decor and NO organization at all!  Her mom had no clue where to start, what to do or even what she wanted.  A lot of brainstorming and a little (ok, a lot) of elbow grease, and I turned this not-so-special room into something very special for a wonderful little girl.   Oh, and the best part?  It was TOTALLY FREE!!!!!!

Before: Ok, for starters, the room was a mess.  Ha ha, that’s what happens when kids actually live in rooms: they get messy.  You see all those sweet rooms in catalogs and you know darn well that now child has EVER actually stepped foot in there!

There was very little on the walls, a blah bunk bed shared with older brother.  Toys every where and no special “reading nook” or anything like that.  And this is a little girl who loves to read and color, so a designated place to curl up with books or crayons was definitely in order!

You can see, mismatched bedding, white night stand with a girly lamp, but then a sports poster over it . . . it didn’t scream girl OR boy.  All this room screamed was “Somebody please give me a style and purpose!  HEEEEELLLLLPPPPPP!

First order of business, we moved big brother out and into his own room.  They didn’t need or particularly even want to share a room, so out moved brother and his bunk beds into his own room.

Next, every little girl needs a nice comfy bed of her own.  We pulled a bed frame and mattress out of storage and fashioned a girly canopy to hang over the head of the bed.  Yes, I said fashioned.  Out of a lace curtain, a wire hanger, and some ribbon.  Just open up the hanger, bend it into hoop shape, wrap it in some ivory ribbon and then slide the curtain over the ribbon.  Use used more ribbon to hang it from a hook in the ceiling, and tie it back with yet more ribbon.  Viola!  Canopy!

For the lack of headboard situation, I painted one!  That’s right, just painted it right onto the wall, then stenciled the little girl’s name onto the headboard to make it a little more personal.

Using my mural-tastic talents (I know, there I go tooting my own horn again) I painted a tree on the wall opposite the bed.  For added color and texture, I cut out leaves from scrap book paper and flowers from fabric and glued those to the ends of some of the branches.

The larger flowers are actually cardboard cutouts of flowers with fabric glued to them and ribbon wrapped around to serve as photo holders.  She can display family photos or drawings and change them out any time without messing with picture frames.

Beneath the tree her dad is going to hang some small shelves for her books, and her mom is on the lookout for comfy pillows for snuggling up in her new reading nook.


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