**This post sponsored by Bouclair who very generously donated bedding, pillows and accessories so we could show you how to update a kids’ room without replacing everything or spending a fortune (yes, even without sponsored goodies!)!**
The Girls’ Room
Back when we moved into our bungalow in 2009, our girls received new comforters, rugs and lights. It wasn’t much by way of style, but it was a start…
In 2010, they swapped bedrooms with their brother (see his room here) and we added a few more accents, painted the bunk beds a soft white and the walls a light cotton candy pink. It was a functional and cute little girls’ room.
Fast forward to this year and they had certainly outgrown the little IKEA LACK end tables we used for art stations (I sort of stole those tables for the living room!), and they were getting so much bigger they really needed more storage – not to mention a room full of BIG girl style.
BUT we didn’t want to scrap the start we had already made – why spend more money than necessary and toss perfectly good stuff, right?!
So, we kept:
- the bunk beds
- the book shelf
- the dressers
- the comforters, pillows and sheets
We re-purposed (borrowed from other rooms in the house):
- the ‘nest’ chest (formerly our filing cabinet)
- the step-back cupboard (formerly in our bedroom)
And of course we added several new projects and pieces this time as well!
Pink Faucet Cabinet Handles
- garden faucet handles
- spray primer & paint
- screws & nuts
We took the step-back cabinet that Dean made years ago from our room (when we made the second closet) and put it into the girls’ room to house a tv/dvd player, books and craft supplies. But it didn’t quite look right with these gorgeous stamped knobs from Vintage Skye (which have been saved for future use because I still lurve them!).
Not so girlie, right?
So I picked up 4 water faucet handles and I took out my Martha Stewart Crafts Spray Paint Kit and some pink acrylic craft paint and went to town (after priming with white primer)…
Once the handles were dry, Dean simply found screws to fit into the faucet holes of a length that would go through the faucet, the wood door with enough on the back side of the door to affix with nuts.
I also dabbed a little pink paint onto the formerly brass-coloured hinges to give the cabinet a whole new – very girly – look.
No-Sew Fabric Pennant Banner
- three fat quarters of coordinating fabric
- double fold bias tape
- cardboard triangle
- glue gun & glue
A really simple way to make a pennant bunting banner is to use coordinating bias tape as the banner part and triangles cut from fat quarters for the pennants. If you want to make it no-sew, like ours, just use a glue gun!
Low Cost Kid’s Room Tips
Whether you own or rent wherever you call home, there are so many options for creating a low cost kid space.
- Use different textures wherever possible – sequins, faux fur, ruched cotton, etc.
- Make sure just about everything is washable – kids are messy! Duvet and pillow covers are great for kid spaces.
- Use accents to add color - if you live in a rental or think your child may change favorite colors next week, accents are easily changed.
- Make use of inexpensive party decorations – tissue paper poms, pinwheels, etc. – as a bundled dash of color and texture over a dresser or play table.
- Add plenty of functional storage. Kids have a way of accumulating a LOT of stuff!
- Pillows, duvet cover, circle rugs – BOUCLAIR
- Curtains (similar to these)- Walmart
- Blinds – Ikea
- Flower Lamp – Ikea
- Bunk beds – We made these years ago. We really will post a tutorial for you as soon as we can.
- Pouf/Ottomans, Jewel Lamp – BOUCLAIR
- Cube Shelves & Canvas Cubes – Home Depot
- Wall Lamps, Photo Frames, Stools - Ikea
- Pom poms/Pinwheels/Paper Lanterns - Party City
- Clock – Dollarama
- Nest Chest – curbside find
- Artwork (framed on headboard shelves and shown above) – etsy’s KathyFornal
Duvet Covers & shams, throw pillows, table lamps, mirrors, accessories, ottomans $350
Poms/Paper Lanterns/Pinwheels $20
Wall lamps, Frames $60
Fabric for pennants & large frames $25
A very good price for a very colorful room for a couple of very sweet girls! AND the best part is it can all come with us to the new house!
Do you have any kid’s that could use some updating? A few tweaks perhaps? Even little by little, piece by piece?
P.S. Lilly and Megan want to send a huge thank you to Bouclair for having such fun girlie accessories in colors both girls love! It’s also one of my favorite stores to send people to for decor accessories because it’s organized by colour – so easy!