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Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Ok, I’m calling it. Livie Bug’s bedroom makeover is officially finished!

When we first moved in back in November 2013, her little abode looked like this:

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Womp womp.

And then we moved in the little bit of furniture we owned (seriously that dresser and crib were pretty much all we owned), installed an Ikea light, dumped a hand-me-down mattress in the room, and we were left with…

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Oh yeah. Gorgeous set up, I tell ya. Her room had this look going on for a year.

And then in April, when I hashed out the plans for her ballerina bedroom makeover, I thought it would take a month tops. Ha! It’s now the end of July. Doy! (Face palm smack.)

But the day is finally here! Entrez, mes amis.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

It all started with this idea I had to use all of the old ballet items I had from my dancing days. (We have dance parties in our kitchen every morning, so why not branch out to her room? This kid has moves!)

And when inspiration struck to use an old mirror I had to make a ballet barre, everything else fell into place.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

A lot of lucky finds went into this space like her bed that I found at Goodwill for $25. Those thrift store tips come in handy all the time. A couple coats of Annie Sloan Old White made it good as new… er shabby chic.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

We made these wooden sheet music signs for $20 each, and they worked perfectly for her barre wall. The song lyrics are so perfect for a little one’s room.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I still can’t believe that lucky angel wings find that my parents bought for us as a gift on our vacation flea market trip. The applique pillow I made out of fabric scraps fits right in too.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Olivia loves her “princess” canopy that we made with a shelf, and her silhouette art and the repurposed ceiling medallion frames added just enough on her wall.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I repurposed this birdcage that was one of our wedding centerpieces to make a simple lamp. (Thanks to a cartoon character’s noble sacrifice.)

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I’m so thrilled that we got to use this old nightstand that belonged to my grandfather, which I brought back to life with an aged metallic paint job.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

We made her bedroom look bigger by framing out the window and adding a couple of curtain panels I found at Target.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I’d found a play vanity at a consignment sale that I painted and gilded in silver. She loves tickling her face with the blush brushes I gave her, and she has so much fun making funny faces in that mirror.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

 

And trying on the bling, of course.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I’d found this old dresser at Goodwill for $15 that I painted with more Annie Sloan Old White. For some art, I framed a couple of dresses she had worn as a baby along with a sketch my brother-in-law did.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Before moving into our house, I kept a shoe box of all of the little items from my pregnancy and the hospital when Olivia was born, so I gave them a change of scenery in a shadowbox. That silver rattle beside of it belonged to me when I was a baby.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I found this cute miniature dress form at an antique shop a few months ago that I had to take home with me. Isn’t it adorable?!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

My father-in-law has a whittling shop and, from the time Robert and his sisters were born, he whittled a rattle for each of them out of one piece of wood. Robert’s deserved a spot on Olivia’s dresser. It doesn’t get much more special than that, right?

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I had found an old bassinet stand for $3 at a yard sale that I reused to make a dress-up rack for all of Olivia’s play clothes. It is so perfect to have right beside her ballet barre mirror where she can twirl in all the frilliness.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I bought this shelf at Hobby Lobby that will work great for any of her boas and hats and things. I printed off one of my favorite Bible verses, Proverbs 31:25, to put in a thrift store frame I had.

Robert’s first toy (the circa 1986 Snuggle bear) and Olivia’s first toy are buddies up there.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

My father-in-law has whittled a rattle for each of his grandchildren too. When he gave us Olivia’s bird rattle at our baby shower I actually cried. (Okay, it could have also been the pregnancy hormones talking, but isn’t it so sweet?)  He made that one out of one piece of wood too. Seriously, the man has mad skills.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I placed my grandmother’s birdcage veil on top of the shelf too just because it was wasting away in a box in the closet. It has yellowed and torn in a couple of places, but that won’t stop us from appreciating it.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

My grandmother gave me a big box filled with all of her old hats from over 50 years ago that we love to play with. Really, y’all, this corner of her room is way too fun.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

She insists on putting on those dance dresses pretty much every day. And then twirls and laughs to her heart’s content.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I have three pairs of my old pointe shoes hung around her room. I wore one of these (below) when I got the chance to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they were on their Nutcracker tour. The principle dancers signed it for me. And yep, there is still bright red stage lipstick on my ribbons.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Overstock.com was so generous to provide me with a beautiful rug. I’ll be sharing more about it tomorrow along with a bunch of my favorites. It was so hard to decide on one!

By the way, I attempted to have Olivia’s feet pictured on it but ya know that whole never-stopping-always-running thing little ones seem to do? Yeah, that didn’t happen. So I slipped on my shoes for a minute. (And then Olivia wanted me to demonstrate “tippy toes” because she thinks it’s hilarious.)

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I picked up the letters of her name for her barre wall at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and they fit exactly between her two sheet music signs. Total happy accident!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

And we found this chandelier for 50% off at Lowe’s to replace the Ikea light from my confused designer phase.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

I had debated a lot whether or not to put a pair of art pieces on either side of her canopy, but simple seems best.

I’m so glad it’s finally finished!!! Are you on frilly pink overload right now? I promise I’ll give you a break from princess-ville for a while.

It makes me so happy to see that so many sentimental items from our family have ended up in this room.
Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Ready for the grand total? Here we go!

Budget breakdown: (Some affiliate links are listed below and denoted by asteriks. My full disclosure policy is here.)

Total Out of Pocket:  $570

(Rug* provided by Overstock is originally $274.99.)

Let me know if I left anything out, but I’m hoping I covered it all.

Ballerina Girl Bedroom Makeover Reveal | Bless'er House - Such a sweet space on a budget!

Now that I’ve taken all of these pictures, she can totally destroy this room. Okay, I’m kidding. But in all seriousness, I can pretty much promise you it will never be this tidy again.

Embrace the messes though. It means a mind is exploring and growing.

So what do you think? You ready to come over for a dress-up sesh? Or a dance party? We crank up the Bruno Mars and get to steppin’ around here. He’s no Tchikovsky, but who says a ballerina can’t shake things up? I’d love to know if you’re making over a nursery or kids’ room in your house. What cute ideas are you thinking up? You think you’ll try out any of the projects we did? I’m still so ready to make more sheet music signs for other parts of our house.

Want to see some of our other room makeovers so far? Here’s our master bathroom and breakfast room makeovers along with our house tour progress. The strides we’ve made in a year and a half and a low budget always astound me. And sure, I may spend the little extra money we have on home decor instead of shoes but, really, it’s so worth it.

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97 Comments

  1. My dancer daughter and I are both dying over this room–We LOVE it! You did such a nice job incorporating special things, that is my favorite part I think but it is so hard to choose. I am sure she will enjoy it for years to come!
    PS so nice to meet you in person at Haven–sorry it was SO hectic!
    XOXO
    Amy
    http://www.11magnolialane.com

  2. So sweet. It is so perfect. I loved decorating for my girls. Their nurseries. Then their rooms which were good til about going into 5th grade. Then a high school look. Then a college phase. And now they’re redone for us.
    But I think doing my girls’ rooms were my favorite. I like how you incorporated the dress up with her room decor. I love the bed. Plus the framed dresses. It looks just perfect!!!

    1. Thank you, Gwen! I remember my mom decorating my room for every phase too, and we always had so much fun together doing it.

    1. Thanks, Anastasia! I’ve thought about becoming an interior designer professionally and offering virtual design services. God has a plan. Maybe it will happen some day soon. 🙂

  3. It’s a little girls dream! Beautiful! And looks like a lot more money than you spent…great job thrifting! But my absolute favorite is that wonderful wooden rattle! What a treasure!

  4. Love it…what a thoughtful Mom you are…and so industrious! My kids are now grown and I did my daughter’s room when I was pregnant with number two and she had to move out of the nursery. The nursery was a lovely cream with a wallpaper border of stuffed animals sleeping…so cute. Her room theme (she was two and a half and we let her pick) was Ariel from The Little Mermaid, which was of course all the rage back in 1992. So we did an Ariel blue border, an Ariel valance, and I had extra material and made Ariel scrunchies (!) for the two of us to match. And of course she loved her little Ariel dress. She is now 24!. Sigh. 🙂

  5. This room is absolutely gorgeous, I am so jealous of your little princess!! 🙂 I am seriously thinking that “big girls” can have a princess ballerina room too! Why not right?! 😉

    1. Yes! Absolutely! I’d be cool with a ballerina room if I didn’t have a manly hubby to object. 😉 Haha! Thanks, Jamie!

  6. Wow! What a fantastic room full of beautiful design, love and memories. I was nearly teary-eyed reading about all the wonderful stories behind the various pieces you added to the room. Love it.

  7. Lauren, this room is gorgeous!! and besides being gorgeous you can just feel how much love and thought went into it. And how awesome is your whittling FIL? So sweet. I totally wanna come hang out with you guys in here.

  8. Terrific job! Love everything about the room. Very special that you incorporated treasured sentimental items.

  9. Wow it all came together perfectly! I love how you were able to include so many sentimental items. And what great finds on all of the furniture! I’m in the process of turning my little mans room into a big boy dinosaur room and you have inspired me so much along the way. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Angela! I’m so happy how it turned out. Best of luck with the big boy room! I’ve seen so many cute ones out there that make me want to have a little boy too. (Dangerous territory for me. Haha)

  10. LOVE , LOVE, LOVE….Olivia’s bedroom makeover!
    How Adorable! Everything is so Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Sandi

  11. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bedroom make-over!! Oh my goodness, what little girl wouldn’t love it!?! There are so many wonderful things, I’m not sure what my favorite is….
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings to you,
    Lanita

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