How to Cheaply Decorate a Girl's Room
How do you get started in decorating a girl's room?
Decorating a room does not have to be expensive. There are many ways to keep the costs down when you are changing the look of a room. When changing or updating the decor in any room, the easiest thing to do is to find something to build the room around. This can be something that you already own or an interest that your daughter has. Some ideas are a statue or figurine, a picture or piece of art, an interest in ballet or peace signs.
Cost Breakdown of Decorating My Daughter's Bedroom
Cost of Item
$3 each for a total of $15
about $5 a bottle (I already had this on hand.)
$19.99/panel (I needed two panels.)
What should I change to update a bedroom?
Paint is not very expensive and can dramatically change the look of a room. However, for my daughter's room, I wanted not only inexpensive, but quick and easy. I was not interested in moving furniture and waiting for paint to dry. If you have the time and ambition, this is a great way to transform a room. Depending on where you live, the cost of primer and paint can run you around $200-$300.
When we decorated my daughter's room, we started with an interest, peace signs. Thanks to my niece, my daughter recently developed an interest in peace signs. With that in mind, we set out to find a comforter to help us with a color scheme. It didn't take us very long to find something that thrilled my daughter. So for $99, we had a new comforter that was complete with sheets, pillow cases, dust ruffle and shams. One of the selling points for me for this comforter was that there were so many colors that we could really go in any direction with adding new life to this bedroom. It was also reversible so we could easily change up the look of the bed while still sticking with the peace sign theme. Multi-functionality is important to consider when decorating a space in your home.
Changing the Look of Walls
Since I was not interested in painting, I had to think about how to give the walls a fresh look. The color of the paint was a light yellow so it was neutral enough for any changes that we made. While shopping at Kohls, we found some peace sign wall decals. There were many decals of different sizes, colors, and patterns. Many of them coordinated nicely with the comforter that we had purchased. The decals were easy to put on the wall and really gave the room a great new look.
Wall Hangings in a Bedroom
One of the first thing that I knew we needed to change were the pictures that were hanging over her bed. They were cute pictures of butterflies and bugs that were part of her nursery decor. I thought it would be fun to use letters to spell out her name over her bed. There were previously three pictures and her name has five letters. With simply adding two hooks, it was easy to transform this space.
Decoupaging Wooden Letters
I selected large wooden letters from Michaels. Along with the letters, I found scrapbooking paper that had a similar color scheme. Then I cut out pieces of the paper and spread the ModPodge on the wooden letter and stuck the paper piece to the letter. I continued this until the letters were completely covered and then spread one last coat of ModPodge over the entire letter. This gave the letters a glossy look and ensured that the paper would stay on the letter. I added ribbon at the top to hang the letters and let me tell you, it was a big hit with my daughter!
Adding Furniture to a Room
The final touch was a great white cabinet. The best part is that it was free! I found it curbside as I was driving through a neighborhood and it was in excellent condition. Someone must have been redecorating a room in their home and wanted to just get rid of it. It made the perfect storage container for all of the writing notebooks and notecards that my daughter has!
Decorating a room can be fun and does not have to be expensive. With a little observation of the things that are around you and a bit of creativity, you can easily (and cheaply) transform your daughter's room to the room of her dreams!
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