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Creating A Fun & Functional Shared Boy & Girl Bedroom

 

Last month Matt and I made the decision to move Zoey and Mase into the same bedroom and allow Maia to have her own room. It made sense. Zoey and Mase are on the same bedtime schedule, they wake up around the same time, they share the same toys, and they play together most of the time. On the flip side, Maia is almost 9 years old and she is starting to need some privacy. Little brothers are notorious for not allowing privacy.

 

I wanted to redo the room to make it a shared space instead of just moving Zoey into the existing space. I wanted her to feel like it was her room too. With just a few simple changes I accomplished my goal. The first thing I did was paint the walls. They were a very bright yellow and the color just didn’t fit with my vision for the room. I chose the same light khaki color that I used in the family room. It was the perfect neutral base to work with.

 

 

I kept a lot of the same wall clings from Maia’s old picket fence room since I knew I could build the new room around the same theme. I love the trees and the animals and the colors worked perfectly.

 

 

The loft bed is from IKEA and we’ve had it since Mase was a toddler. It worked out great because Mase is now old enough to sleep on the top and Zoey can sleep on the bottom, eliminating the need for a toddler bed. I couldn’t find any orange curtains in my price range so instead I found 2 orange flat sheets and hung them as curtains. They are the perfect color and I love them. Plus they were only $4 each instead of $100.

 

 

 

 

I made the name banners from free printables that I found HERE and hung them up using twine and scrapbook paper. The kids love seeing their names on the wall. I found the button rug at IKEA and it was the absolute perfect thing to tie all the different colors in the room together.

 

 

I bought the toy storage system from IKEA and I can honestly say it’s the best purchase I made. I was using canvas bins to hold their toys before and they bins were starting to bend and break from the kids pulling them off the shelves repeatedly. These plastic sliding buckets are so much better. They hold all the main toys and it’s easy for the kids to put the toys away in the correct bucket because they just slide out so they can see what is inside.

 

I’m going to make chalkboard labels for the buckets at some point but it’s not really a priority considering neither Zoey nor Mase can read yet. Right now I have toys separated as follows: Doc McStuffin/Minnie Mouse toys; kitchen toys; baby dolls & accessories; art supplies; dress up items; cars; snap n style dolls; mega bloks; action figures; electronic toys (leappads, tag readers, etc); little people toys; and Imaginext toys. It’s a great mix of Zoey’s toys, Mase’s toys, and the stuff they enjoy playing with together.

 

 

I made some super easy tissue paper pom pom poofs to hang from the ceiling and found some great prints to hang on the wall. I tried to incorporate the same colors through out the room and not lean towards either boy or girl colors.

 

 

We have a lot of books! I didn’t want a typical bookcase in the room but I always want to encourage reading so I bought a few of the spice racks from IKEA, painted them, and had Matt hang them up on the wall to hold their favorite books. These aren’t even a tenth of the books we own. I have the rest of them stored on the top shelf in the closet so I can rotate them out every month or so.

 

I’m really pleased with how great the room turned out. The kids love it and the transition into them sharing a room went very smoothly. It wasn’t bump free but it was less bumpy than expected.

 

The Details:
Green fitted sheets // recycled from kids old bedroom
Green fleece blankets // recycled from kids old bedroom
Orange sheets used as curtains // Wal*Mart $4 each
Button rug // IKEA $40
Spice Rack bookshelves // IKEA $3.99 each
4 Toy Shelves & 12 bins // IKEA $167.96 total
Wall prints // Zulily $40 total
Orange & Green picture frames // IKEA $0.99 each

 

Paint:
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {color- Sahara Desert Sand}

 

TDC Before and After
 


A Budget Friendly Family Room Redo

On Monday I showed you the before/after reveal of the family room redo. Today I wanted to share the details and how I did it all on a very small budget. I hear from my friends and family all the time how they desperately want to redo a room in their homes but they just don’t have the budget for it. Y’all, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to completely revamp a space! It just takes some creativity and some work….spray paint doesn’t hurt either.

 

 

 

 

I knew I wanted a completely different color scheme than what was in the family room previously but it wasn’t until I found the orange and white polka dot rug at IKEA that I knew the direction I wanted to take the decor. It all came together once I found the rug. If you’re anything like me, you want the deets. I always see people’s room redos and wonder if I could even afford to do that. So let me break it down for you!

 

 

 

 

1. Orange Polka Dot Rug // $19.99 IKEA
2. Polka Dot Cushion Covers // $7.00ea IKEA
    Orange Cushions // $3.99ea IKEA
3. Candle Plate // Spray Painted & Reused
    Round Candles // Reused

 

 

 
 

1. Turquoise Letter E // $7.00 Hobby Lobby
2. Turquoise Tea Candle Holder // Spray Painted & Reused
3. Orange Canister // $14.99 {Set of 2} IKEA
4. White 4×6 Picture Frames // $1.99 {Set of 2} IKEA
5. Turquoise 4×6 Picture Frames // $4.99 ea Target
6. Turquoise Candle Holder // Spray Painted & Reused
    Orange Striped Candle // $1.99 IKEA
7. Metal Rooster // $4.98 Target
8. Cream Candle Holders // Spray Painted & Reused
    Orange Candles // $2.99ea IKEA
9. Turquoise Metal Bin // $14.99 IKEA

 

 

 

 

1. House Rules Canvas // $19.99 Walmart
2. Turquoise Pillows // $3.99ea IKEA
3. Cream Chair Cushion // $29.99 IKEA
4. Turquoise Chair // Spray Painted & Reused

 

 

 

 

1. Dry Erase Noticeboard // $19.99 IKEA
2. 14-Month Calendar // $3.99 Walmart
3. Hanging Document Holder // $14.99 IKEA
4. Orange Wire Pencil Holders // $1.99 {Set of 2} IKEA
5. White Tabletop File Holder // $9.99 Target
    Color Tab File Folders // $1.00 {Pack of 3} Target

 

 

 

 

1. Family Sign // Reused
2. Bulletin Board // Reused
3. Hanging Magnetic Board // $1.00 Target
4. Hanging To Do Notepad // $1.00 Target
5. Desk // Spray Painted & Reused
6. White 4×6 Picture Frame // $1.99ea {Set of 2} IKEA

 

 

 

 

1. Instagram Photo Display // DIY {Tutorial Coming Soon}
2. Turquoise Striped Curtains // $14.99ea IKEA
3. Curtain Rod & Hardware // $13 IKEA

 

 

 

 

1. Butterfly Shadow Box // $12.99 IKEA
2. Orange Mirror // $6.00 Hobby Lobby
3. Turquoise Metal Signs // {Set of 3} Spray Painted & Reused
4. White Flower Mirror // Reused
5. Wooden Hanging Owl // $8.00 Hobby Lobby
6. Cream Candlesticks // Reused
    Orange Stripe Candles // $9.99 {Set of 3} IKEA
7. Birdcage // Spray Painted & Reused
8. Turquoise Metal Squirrel // $2.98 Target
    White Lantern // $3.99 IKEA
    Orange 4×6 Picture Frame // $4.99 Target

 

 

 

 

1. Metal Peacock // $11.98 Target
2. Color Branches // $4.99 IKEA
    Large Vase // Reused
3. White Large Boxes // $8.99 {Set of 2} IKEA
4. Colorful Magazine Holders // $1.00ea Target
5. Books // Reused
6. Bookcase Shelf // $69 IKEA

 

Paint:
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {Color- Sahara Desert Sand} $23.97
Krylon Dual Paint + Primer Spray Paint {Color- Mandarin) $4.99 x 2 cans
Rust-oleum Spray Paint {Color- Lagoon} $3.77 x 2 cans
Krylon ColorMaster Spray Paint {Color- Ivory} $3.87

 

 

I wish you could have seen my face when I walked into the Target dollar spot one afternoon and saw those orange and turquoise magazine holders for $1 each. I might have even giggled like a crazy person. The only piece of furniture I bought for this room was the cube bookcase, everything else was reused from around the house. I also reused as many of the accessories as I could spray paint to keep the cost down. As you can see, IKEA was my main source for new decor but I love the pieces I found at Hobby Lobby for 50-70% off.

 

Total Cost for my family room redo = around $475 give or take a few dollars.

 

Less than $500 to completely refresh an entire room from top to bottom! Of course it would have been more if I’d had to replace furniture but since I had an original budget of $800 for the family room, breakfast nook, and kitchen combined I had to be thrifty.