Kids’ rooms. It is sometimes hard to find a theme or decor that will ‘grow’ with them. Tori used to love, I mean LOVE Tinker Bell as a toddler. But six months ago, I woke up to all the Tinker Bell decals peeled off her walls and crumpled up on the floor. Later, I found holes, pencil, pen, and chipped areas of paint on her walls.
It was looking pretty slum-ish and I wanted her to have a bright, airy space to play in. So we gutted her room and it looked like this.
And with spackle, paint, curtains, and decals–it looks like this.
Tips for your weekend DIY room makeover
1. Don’t be picky
Find the paint color that you are absolutely in love with. But don’t set your mind on this color in particular. Instead review all the hues in the color family. The trick to finding cheap paint is not to be too picky. Most gallons of paint will cost $17.00 to $32.00, except for customer returns. Tori loves the color purple and I didn’t mind the color but I wanted something lighter, airier.
I got this color in semi gloss (easier to clean), gallon size for $7.00 at Menards!
2. Shop for Clearance
Before we updated Tori’s room, she only had shades on her windows. I wanted to find curtains in a neutral color that would “pop” against the purple paint. So I shopped in the Menard’s clearance items. I found this set of curtains (2 panels meant for one large window) for $4.99 SCORE
This panel has a soft leather feel, lets just enough light in. Ugh--ignore the bent rod, Tori pulled on her curtain. I found a set of 2 for 2.99 at Builders.
I also found the silver curtain hold-backs in the Mendard’s clearance section. I bought a set of two for $5.99.
My helper installing the curtain holders.
3. Think Art–Make a Space
I have leftover chalkboard paint from the schedule I put up in my kitchen. My kids LOVE drawing on the pantry door, especially Tori. I didn’t want to replace her 50 year old closet door until she was a little older because she tends to be rough on stuff and since she likes coloring on EVERYTHING, we painted her closet door with chalkboard paint. We had the color black but it comes in 20 bright colors.
If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body nor do you feel like experimenting, most hardware stores have pre-made decals, even silver chandeliers made out of metallic dots! We chose this flower decal for a couple of reasons. It should grow with Tori, it’s easy to put on peel and stick, and it had a self adhesive boarder.
Peel and stick!
Why we went with another boarder. We pulled up chunks of sheetrock and more wallpaper:-(
Bad stuff gone, hello sunshine!
These tips can be applied for any room, not just a child’s bedroom. So there is my daughter’s room. What do you think?
Heather Riggleman is one of the co-founders of Her View From Home. She is currently blazing a new trail of her own to inspire and support moms outside church walls. She is an over caffeinated mom of three kids, (ages 13, 6, 4) and married to her high school sweetheart and is a Nebraska favorite speaker. Heather's articles have been featured in Today's Christian Woman, MOPS International, Proverbs 31 and Focus on the Family. She is represented by Books & Such through Mary Keeley with her first book, Mama Needs A Time-Out! It is available on eChristian, Amazon, and B & N.com. For more about her everyday faith and mothering mania, visit www.heatherriggleman.com.
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