This past summer, my sweet little girl moved out of my room into her new big girl room. It was a really exciting time for her…and a bitter-sweet time for me. You can read the full story about the big move here.
One of the most exciting parts of this experience was getting to decorate a perfect room for my little girl. This room was originally my brother’s so it was painted a navy blue and red and definitely needed a change for my little girl’s “girly” style. She helped me choose fabrics and colors… She is so sweet-she knows my favorite color is turquoise, so she wanted both my favorite color and her favorite color (pink) to be a part of the room.
Over the summer I challenged myself to have the majority of her room decor be handmade or re-purposed. 1) This would save money and 2) this would be so special and fun for me!
Project 1: Bed Quilt
I really wanted to make her a quilt bedspread, so that was the MAJOR project of the summer. My mom and I did it together and it took FOREVER. This was our first huge quilt, but it was so worth it and now I’m hoping it will be a special keepsake for the rest of my daughter’s life. She will know her mom and grandma made it together just for her.
Project 2: Dresser
We refinished this dresser using our shop at REcreate. You can actually see a blog post about it at REcreateNoCo.com. (We also repainted an old night stand and rocking chair, and my mom recovered the old rocking chair’s cushions with this gorgeous gray fabric).
Erik made tons a sweet things to decorate the room with.
He made a little “Dress-Up Station” with a custom made mirror and handmade Dress holder.
He also gifted little AvaMarie a cute (handmade) ironing table and measuring stick for Christmas. In addition to all of that, I had him make some frames and hearts out of leftover wood from other projects. They are just perfect! I found a gorgeous quote printable from Etsy to put in Erik’s frame.
With the other frame I embellished the letter “A” with felt flowers and then also made the “Dearly Loved” sign with fabric flowers and a wax paper transferred quote (tutorial coming soon!). I simply added fabric scraps to the banner (got from Target’s $1 section) and put vinyl lettering on it to spell “beloved”.
My mom makes TeePees for the craft shows we do together, so that was handmade already!
Basically, the only things I had to buy brand-new were the string lights (Walmart), the curtains and curtain holder/hooks (TJ Max), the rug (The HOME Store), laundry basket (Walmart), and the decorative pillows (Ross).
It turned out so nice! I just love being in there for play time and story time. It is also AvaMarie’s favorite place in the house! The only sad part about this post is that I never took before pictures!!! However, I hope you love the makeover as much as we do!