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Stretching A Small Budget; Big Girl Room

18 October 2011

Stretching A Small Budget; Big Girl Room

Rachel requested that her room not contain so much pink a couple months ago, so I've slowly turned it into more of an older girl area. Here is her room before:

If you want to see the WAY back before images and the transformation of the room from 10 years to the present; check out thisFlickr album.

The first order of business was finding a larger desk that didn't make the room feel smaller. I chose a solid pine top from IKEA, painted it purple and added white metal legs.

Next up, she needed additional storage for off-season clothing. As you'll see later our closets are painfully small due to their location under the stairs. I repainted a dark wood Lane cedar chest, reupholstered the bench and sprayed the pulls a sunny yellow.

Rachel asked specifically to change her bedding, and she chose this bright awesome print at IKEA. We are using her old quilt inside the duvet cover. The curtains are from the same line, Renate Slinga.

With Rach's help, we went through her shelves and chose only the things she really wanted to keep on display. I started a small bin to the right of the shelves for books she's already read, we displayed more pictures of her friends and our family and we left only a few puzzles and activities out.

The closet worked fine a couple of years ago when Rach was shorter. All her clothes hung on the empty bar you see in this image, so she could reach them. We decided to move Ruthie's closet into the main closet, and the striped ottoman holds Rachel's shoes.

All of her clothes are now in the far back of the closet, and I hope this encourages her to keep her closet floor more tidy! We'll see how that goes...

As much as possible, I reused items already in our house or her room. For example, the lamp below is her old one with a recovered shade.

Our old dining room chair came into the room for more seating, I pulled in my vintage frame for Rach to showcase her artwork and we left her tooth fairy pillow hanging in the hopes she'll hurry up and lose tooth #3!

The owl print over Rachel's desk is the first piece of artwork she's chosen herself. We bought it on Jackson Square from Katie Leese. The green fabric used for re-upholstery is Rose Bouquet by Heather Bailey. Both lamps in the room are from Target, as are the purple sheets and closet storage ottoman. Ruthie is an American Girl doll, but we needed to stick to a Target budget for her mini-closet! We bought two Our Generation Wooden Trunks at Christmas for the girls, and we couldn't be more pleased with how much they hold and how well they've held up to daily use.
The walls are painted in Valspar's Pink Whisper and the desk is Olympic's Purplicious. The chair and Lane chest pulls are Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Gloss in Warm Yellow.
This project was contributed by one of our fabulous readers! We love to share your projects with this great blogging community. So, if you have projects from kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, overhauled and repurposed furniture, spray paint updates you name it please send it in! Thanks for reading Remodelaholic!

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Jenny @ Simcoe Street October 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

This is so cute! It turned out really well. What a great bedroom. Love it!


PS. I'm excited to host my first ever real giveaway -- gorgeous art prints for kids' rooms-- if you'd like, come by and check it out!

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy October 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Looks great! I bet she is excited for a bigger girl room :) It's always fun to update & change as they grow!

Anna October 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

Thanks Jenny and Jessica! :)

We've since spray painted all the frames in the room a bright purple to cancel out the pink walls a bit more.

Anna October 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM  

Thanks Aimee and Jacqueline! :)

Rach is super pleased with it, and that was most important to me! My Mom was anti-colors on walls when I was growing up, so I am happy as can be to go nuts for my girls to have bright, fun, cheery spaces.

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