I’ve shared with you all the bits and pieces of my daughter’s new room over the last couple of months. I reused old furniture, punched up some new items and bought a few things to round out the room. When we unveiled the room to her, my husband was worried that she wouldn’t like the change… she would want her old room back… she would feel displaced… how wrong he was! She absolutely loved it and to Mommy’s delight, she exclaimed over every item within her new brightly colored paradise.
Let me give you a little virtual tour of her new room, sharing some shopping secrets and showing you how previous projects look in the completed room.
Before I ever even thought about children, I saw the Mammut line of furniture at IKEA and fell in love! I thought it looked just like furniture out of a cartoon house and right then and there, I vowed that I would put this in a toddler bedroom one day. Of course, you can find this line at your local IKEA store, on their Web site or you can even find some pieces on eBay. In this image, you will see the shelves that come with this line hanging on the wall above her bed. These are fantastic for displaying her current favorite books within easy reach for bedtime reading. You can hang these in the v-shape as displayed here or hang them at a 90 degree angle to make a flat shelf for displaying items. The dresser and table and chairs also come from the Mammut line. I decided to use the dresser as a night stand because I needed the drawer space and didn’t have room for both items. Just looking at this photo or even seeing this dresser in person, it looks plastic and lightweight but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is VERY heavy. The finish is extremely durable as well making this a perfect piece for a toddler room.
On the opposite end of the weight spectrum are the table and chairs. They are very lightweight and my daughter, at three, can easily push them around her room as she desires. This is the perfect sized table for her to play her games, work a puzzle or have a tea party with friends.
The rug I purchased at Target. I loved how it has all of the colors of her room in it and it is extremely soft and fun. I like having a rug in there because it offers some protection for the permanent carpet and adds a lot of vibrant color to the otherwise bland beige on the floor.
You might recognize the fur covered chair and ottoman from my post on “Slipcovering an old chair and ottoman“. The fabric choice and colors make a lot more sense once you see it placed in the context of the room!
I really liked the size and style of this bookcase from Target. I added a larger basket I found at Michael’s to hold all of those really small books that would otherwise take up far too much shelf space! I also like how the top shelf is divided into compartments. Sadly, my daughter’s favorite item in her room is the mini-step trash can that I also found at Target. I really like it because it has a removable liner that makes it a breeze to empty. I couldn’t find this particular one on Target’s Web site but here is a similar one for sale on Amazon.com. My favorite item in the room is the gorgeous and quite warm afghan that our Aunt Sallie made to match her room. It’s really nice to have homemade things integrated with the store bought items.
The desk pictured here is the one I refurbished for this room, and it is the perfect size for her. You may recall that I also painted the top of this desk with marker board paint and she loves to draw on it, and is very careful about using only her special dry erase markers on it.
We are using this big, pink IKEA Mammut wardrobe to hold all of her dress-up clothes and accessories right now. (read more about storing dress-up clothes in this post). This is one piece of furniture we made sure to secure to the wall. It is quite heavy and tall and we wanted to make sure it wouldn’t tip over. I will tell you though that it is quite sturdy but I would rather be safe than sorry!
I used one of the wall decals from Target to put in the middle of her table. It adds a nice, whimsical touch to the already adorable table. It also makes it match the desk and walls just a little bit more.
The decals seen on the wall in this picture are the same decals that you saw on the table in the previous picture. Wall decals come in a huge variety of colors and schemes. These have been on the furniture and walls now for quite awhile and they still peel off easily without ruining the paint or the decal. I repositioned the ones on the walls a few times after adding more furniture or decorations. We can also swap them out at a later date if she or I get tired of them.
The pillow on my daughter’s bed was made at the same time we slipcovered the chair with a yard of orange fur fabric and some leftovers from the chair. She loves cuddling up to this pillow to take her nap in the afternoon and I can’t say I blame her! I used an insert from a pillow I had in my room from Pottery Barn. The fabric covering the pillow no longer matched my room decor so it was languishing away in the closet. I am always happy to fine uses for outdated decorative items!
The head board was from my childhood and I revived it from 1970′s style to fun kid’s room piece with a few coats of paint in my post, “Refurbishing an old head board“. I love the bookcase styling because it adds needed storage space in the room. I found some wire mesh baskets to hold her small necessities to keep the shelves a bit tidier.
My daughter adores her new room and it has become my favorite room in the house. There are a few more things I would like to do to it as the summer progresses so I will make sure to share those projects with you as well.