INSIDE: How to DIY girls bedroom decor with a thrifty budget.
A vintage chandelier and a spunky little girl. Those were the two motivators to getting our 8-year old’s bedroom decorated and checked off the (very long) home To Do list.
It all started when this plucky girl announced her desire for a “princess canopy bed”. As with most home projects, one seemingly small project became a giant snowball of multiple projects all going simultaneously! (You should’ve seen the state of our garage.)
The bed led to redoing the dresser which led to re-purposing an old, vintage vanity stool to updating a bookcase. Snowball. And here’s how we did it all for less than $150…
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DIY girls bedroom decor with thrifty budget
You can’t have a room redo without at least one frazzled, teary eyed moment! A husband gone all week travelling + a what the reaction to the totally altered state of my daughter’s bed frame = hot tears on cheeks.
But with home projects, as is in life, it too passed. And now this little girl’s bedroom is pretty awesome, (awesome) altered bed frame and all!
Here’s where my budget went…
DIY Girls Bedroom Decor Cost Breakdown:
Decorative wood trim – $10.98
Wood scroll applique – $7.98
Wood plaque – $2.49
Paint – already had
TOTAL = $21.45
Roll of Scotch removable decorative tape – $0.25 (found in the clearance section)
Fabric – already had (from this no sew project)
Spray adhesive – already had
TOTAL = $0.25
Small plastic flower pot – $2.49
Pom poms – already had
Hot glue – already had
TOTAL = $2.49
Vintage vanity stool – $25.00 (purchased at an antiques fair)
Spray paint – $3.98
Fabric – already had (from this DIY kitchen stool project)
TOTAL = $25.98
Fabric – $21.94
PVC pipes – $63.04
Spray paint – $3.98
Frames for DIY art – already had (from this New Year’s Eve cocktail bar)
TOTAL = $88.96
Girls Bedroom Decor Grand Total = $139.13
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There’s nothing quite like taking what you already have and just “tweaking” it. Using my home’s existing color scheme, furniture already in my daughter’s room and an unfinished, decades old latch hook rug that I had started as a teenager, this room project was fun to tackle. It’s definitely the cheeriest room in our home!
The centerpiece of this girls bedroom is the DIY canopy bed with custom sheers and fun bow tie backs. (Tutorial to come in April!)
Crafty and creative herself, we had many pieces of her art to showcase. I used formerly glittery gold picture frame cutouts and painted them white. They were hung on the wall with Contact picture hanging strips.
My daughter is lucky to have the handmade dresser that was once my mother-in-law’s as a girl, built by her father. It was given a designer touch, inspired by an Ethan Allen dresser, for $20.
Purchased at a Saturday morning antiques fair, this formerly gold vanity stool got a new life with teal spray paint and fun, laminated cotton fabric. Perfect as a girl’s desk chair!
Tired of picking up all sorts of random bits and pieces from her various creative endeavors, the girl got an unbelievably easy, 5-minute garbage can. (Tutorial to come soon!)
An Ikea bookcase, that was once in her nursery, got the “big girl” treatment with some fabric and decorative washi tape. (Tutorial to come!)
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Don’t you agree that this is a fun, bright and cheery room? I actually look forward to going in there everyday to pick up the aftermath of the morning rush!
Here’s part of the BEFORE room:
The one thing missing is the vintage chandelier. Yeah… It’s still sitting on a shelf in the garage. Stay tuned, though, because this same spunky 7-year old won’t let us forget about her “lighting situation”!
I’d love to hear what rooms you’ve tackled on a budget. Leave me a note in the comments.
Other Budget-Friendly Home Decor Ideas You May Enjoy:
- Clearance section tray turned frame for an old photograph
- Snag free paint chips and make DIY beach art
- Make your own custom candles using ribbon and an iron
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