You know that whole room planning chat from yesterday? It’s had me dreaming in pastels all week because next on the house to-do agenda is Olivia’s bedroom.
Since we have a nursery to prepare in a few months, her room has gotten bumped up on the priority list. I’ll feel pretty bad if her brother’s/sister’s room gets the royal treatment while hers still has things in boxes and not a single piece of art on the walls.
Here’s the current situation in her room…
At least when we moved in, the walls were already purple, so she’s had that going for her for the past 10 months.
I got the full bed at the thrift store for $20 several years ago and painted it, but it’s pretty rickety at this point and about to bite the dust. (That $20 had a good run.) Our guest room will now become the nursery, so we’ll be moving the queen sized mattress from that room into Olivia’s space, and we’ll donate her full mattress to a crisis center since it’s still fairly new.
As for the rest of the room, now that I have a game plan, I’ll be hauling out some of the old stuff to sell to go towards her refresh.
But this dresser I found on Craigslist for $60 is staying.
It’s pretty beaten up and has drawers that need repairing, but it has beautiful bones.
For the other side of the room, as usual, we’ll be painting those doors black to match the rest in the house. (We’re *this* close to having them all painted now.)
Now that you’ve gotten the lay of the land, this is what I’m envisioning. Before I started pulling ideas together though, I asked Olivia what she wanted in her room, and her first answer was pirate theme. Aaaaand I was stumped.
Then, thankfully she changed it to butterflies. Phew! Way easier. Glad we don’t have to build a pirate ship bed now.
UPDATE: See the progress we’ve made so far here:
- New Wallpaper in Our Little Girl’s Room
- Baroque Table Lamp Makeover + Furniture Additions
- DIY Butterfly Terrarium from a Dome Clock
- DIY Ballet Barre
- White and Aqua French Dresser Makeover
- DIY Butterfly Study Shadow Box
The Design Plan: (Some affiliate links are provided below.)
1. Wallpaper– I love the idea of a bright and cheerful focal wall behind the bed, and this wallpaper’s color scheme is so perfect and has butterflies hidden in the pattern. It’s the one thing in this room I’m willing to splurge on, but since it’s only one wall above the chair rail, and I plan to keep an eye out for a sale, I’m hoping it won’t be too big of a chunk in the budget.
2. Light Fixture– This room has 8 foot ceilings, so I can’t get too crazy with a big chandelier. With the existing fixture in the room, I’m thinking I might be able to DIY my own version of a wood bead semi-flush mount.
3. Canopy Bed– I found this one that’s pretty inexpensive, and of course, Olivia loves it because it’s a princess bed.
4. Dresser– The Craigslist dresser will be getting a paint job. Maybe a gray wash? I’m loving the finish of this one.
5. Wall Paint– On the other three walls that aren’t getting wallpaper, this blushy pink would be cute. It’s called Behr My Sweetheart. We would keep the wall below the chair rail white to keep the pink from being overpowering.
6. Lamps– I just picked up a pair of short table lamps at the thrift store last week that I’ll probably paint to look like this.
7. Molding– We’ve been wanting to add picture frame molding below the chairs rails throughout the house, and we think this room would be perfect to start in. I’d love to add it to above the chair rail too, but we’ll see how we feel later.
8. Butterfly Shadow Boxes– How sweet would it be to make shadow boxes with paper? Maybe even let Olivia color the wings first? Possible future printable? Hmm…
9. Rug– This room has wall to wall hardwoods, but there is this big shag rug left from the previous owners of this house that has seen better days. I’d want to replace it with something still neutral but with a raised pattern and texture. Still on the hunt for one that’s not too pricey though.
10. Oversized Paper Butterflies– These would be so cute above the dresser. And maybe DIY-able?
11. Quilt– I love the vintage style of this chenille quilt. It looks so much more expensive than it really is. Like something right out of Anthropologie.
12. Mirrors– We already own two of these mirrors that we brought with us from the old house. I can’t decide if they’d look better above the headboard, on either side of the nightstands (we’re moving the ones from our master bedroom in here), or they might be best on the wall opposite from the bed.
13. Bamboo Shades– Just to add more warmth and texture in here, I’d like to replace the old blinds with these. Curtains will be happening too. I might repeat the DIY pom pom curtains that I made for the old playroom.
I’ll probably incorporate a little more of the butterfly stuff Olivia wants in some throw pillows too.
That’s the plan! We’ll see how it all comes together. And time’s ticking already because I’m really hoping I won’t be painting and hanging wallpaper with a giant belly in the way.
Got any other cute little girl bedroom ideas that will transition well into big girl bedrooms?