Decorating a room to incorporate the likes, favorite color, toys, and personalities of four girls ranging in age from four to ten is no easy feat, but I think I got!
The previous residents attempted a “tuscany” feel to several areas of the downstairs by using the stucco method and somewhat painting it with earthy colors. The white you see is where there is no paint. They didn’t quite hit the nail on the head.
I chose to cover up the orange flat paint with a very warm and soothing green eggshell. Green is a color that is the common thread in each of the girls’ quilts.
It took me an entire afternoon to paint this large room. What seemed to take up the biggest amount of time was moving all of the furniture and toys out of the way. *grin*
I am still toying with the idea of building a shelf around the pole seen in the picture. I found an example on Pinterest I really like.
Now we are ready to purge, build, and decorate!
Mark exceeded my expectations building bases for each of the girls’ bed frames. After hanging the curtains and putting their beds together, I hung their name signs over each of their beds. I want to sew a couple of throw pillows for each of the girls in their favorite colors to match their name signs and quilts. That will happen as I find the material I am looking for on clearance.
Here is a view of the kitchen play area I created, as well as little Layla’s (4) bed. She is not yet big enough for a twin sized mattress.
I created the “EAT” and “Say Grace” signs out of a couple of scraps of wood and some extra ribbon from my craft tub. The chalkboard menu lists the specials of the day. You can also see the footprint butterflies we made with each of the girls.
I gave away most of our plastic toy bins and containers and opted for this shelf and matching baskets. I put a lot of time into searching and finding the right containers for the girls to organize their toys in. I could spend a WHOLE LOT of money to buy bins that look good and will stand the test of time or something cute but cheap enough not to get all worked up about if it was torn up. Considering I don’t have $300.00 to spend on the first option, I chose to go with cute and not heartbreaking if they didn’t last too long. These baskets were less than $5 each at Old Time Pottery, and after almost three months… not one has been torn up or even nicked! Booyah!
When Mark finally brought home the pallets I have been
whining longing for, I made each of the girls a little place of their own to display their masterpieces.
In the corner opposite of their little cafe spot I created a place for their dollhouses and put some books on the wall. I am keeping my oh so frugal eyes open for a chair or two to put here so they can snuggle up and read their books.
While I may have the bulk of their makeover completed, I have a few projects left up my sleeve. I am on the hunt for little bedside tables to set next to each of their beds.
I am also looking for a great rug to put in the middle of the room. It has to be an incredible price and incorporate the colors of the room: green, blue, pink, brown, orange, and yellow. I am sure the perfect rug is out there…somewhere.
Finally, I am going to paint one of their doors with chalkboard paint to give them a spot to let their inner Picasso and Van Gogh out.
Granted, it took me about 4 months to get their room to this state of completion, but I have done it all for less than $100.00. Thank you Pinterest for so much frugal inspiration!!
All for the glory of God,
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