So, my little girls’ room had been in need of some attention for a while. A vinyl castle wall sticker had slowly been peeled away, and as their brightly colored toddler toys made their way to the donation pile, their once-adorable room was left looking rather blah:
I finally decided to take action a few months ago. I asked them for a favorite color that they could agree on (not a small task for a 5 and 7 year old), and then let them start talking about their favorite things and places in an effort to guide their style.
I let this daydreaming process go on for a few weeks, just to let the cream rise to the top, so to speak. They LOVE the zoo, especially the cheetahs, and they agreed on teal for their main color. Here’s what we finally came up with!
The three animal prints were the first thing we bought (on clearance at Kirkland’s for $10 each). Once we had those, we bought curtain panels at Target (by far the most expensive part of the room, with four panels at $20 each) and tinted the paint to match them. We already had the bean bag chairs, and Melessa suggested I bring them in here and really play up the pink as an accent color for the room. She also brought the pink fleece sheets out of our linen closet to act as throws for the foot of each bed. Those pops of pink totally make the room!
Just to make sure the world understands just how much my girls (particularly Rebecca, the 5-year-old) love cheetahs, I found a cheetah stencil online and covered one wall with it. And then I added the rug from Target ($70) to tone down the brown carpet a bit. Realistically, I should have bought an 8×10 rug for that sized space instead of 5×7, but as our friends like to say, “It’s good enough for who it’s for!”
Emily wants to be a cheerleader, so I covered another wall with gold foil cheer bow stickers. I like that they have a similar feel to dots, which are very popular, but they’re much more personalized to her. The inside of the closet was already pink, but as we were staging the room for photos, Melessa suggested we move the ottomans in there for extra contrast (they had been at the foot of the bed), and she moved the pink and green storage boxes and linens onto the shelf.
Oh, and I have no idea what possessed me to make the geometric pattern on the bed wall, but I love it so much! Bonus: I finally used the protractor I’ve kept since tenth grade geometry class.
I really couldn’t stand the builder-grade oak trim anymore, but I didn’t want to pay to replace it, so I painted the trim white and the doors black. The faux crystal door pulls were from Lowe’s. We already had the little white shelf, and Melessa suggested that I add three C hooks for necklaces. It was a perfect little accent to break up that wall a bit!
My husband also scraped the popcorn off the ceiling, completely ignored every contractor’s advice that we’ve ever heard, and painted the now-smooth ceiling. We love it! Sometimes, you have to decorate/renovate the way you want to, even if it means breaking the professionals’ rules.
We already had this fairy door. The Tooth Fairy tucked it in Santa’s bag for one of the girls a few years ago, and it is definitely precious to them! When a tooth is lost, it’s placed on top of the door frame, and the Tooth Fairy comes through the door to leave a little treasure in exchange.
When I added everything up, I spent about $250 on this room update. About a third of that was curtains, so if I hadn’t budgeted for that expense, I could have gone with different curtains from HomeGoods for a fraction of the cost. For me, though, it was a worthwhile expense.
The girls love their room. They love to play with their friends there, and they often read or color in there for hours (literally!). It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that I helped bring their ideas to life.