How to Cheaply Decorate a Girl's Room

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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

Item Purchased
Cost of Item
comforter
$99
5 letters
$3 each for a total of $15
scrapbooking papers
$3
ModPodge
about $5 a bottle (I already had this on hand.)
wall decals
$15.00
curtains
$19.99/panel (I needed two panels.)
lamp
$19.99
cabinet
FREE
Total Cost:
about $225.00

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.

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Wall decals are an inexpensive way to update the look of a room.Even a small package of decals can be spread out over several walls and continue the look of the room.
Wall decals are an inexpensive way to update the look of a room.
Wall decals are an inexpensive way to update the look of a room. | Source
Even a small package of decals can be spread out over several walls and continue the look of the room.
Even a small package of decals can be spread out over several walls and continue the look of the room. | Source

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.

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The letters for Grace's name not only personalize the room for her, but make a great focal point as you walk into the room.Each letter is decorated just a little differently.I added peace sign stickers to the letters to bring the peace sign theme together.
The letters for Grace's name not only personalize the room for her, but make a great focal point as you walk into the room.
The letters for Grace's name not only personalize the room for her, but make a great focal point as you walk into the room. | Source
Each letter is decorated just a little differently.
Each letter is decorated just a little differently. | Source
I added peace sign stickers to the letters to bring the peace sign theme together.
I added peace sign stickers to the letters to bring the peace sign theme together. | Source

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!

One person's trash is another one's treasure!
One person's trash is another one's treasure! | Source

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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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

I saw "cheaply decorate" and just had to read this! I am all about saving money on home decorating.. Your daughters room is gorgeous- you did a great job! I especially love the hanging letters. I saw a peace sign the other day at Hobby Lobby made with those large gems and it was SUPER cute! Your daughters room reminded me of it. I quickly figured out in my mind how to do one super cheap by cutting out a peace sign from cardboard or frozen pizza boxes (It was a little larger than a plate) and cover it with those large gems that you can buy in bulk fairly inexpensive. I firmly believe you don't have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous interior. Now I wanna go and make one of those peace signs..LOL! I think they had crowns too. Great hub.. thank you for sharing :)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

You say the 'name' on the wall is the focal point, but I disagree. I think it is the beautiful comforter. It is a real eye catcher. Thanks for sharing. Great tips. I like Grace's photo as well. :) Rated up/sharing.


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

All great ideas. I have lots of scrapbook paper on hand, I may create something for my daughter. She is such an artist, i need to make it easier to display her art. You have inspired me!


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cardelean 3 years ago from Michigan Author

I love that idea Jamie, I'm going to have to think about that a little and see if I can do something like that! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your idea!


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cardelean 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, the comforter is beautiful, she picked out a great piece of inspiration with that. And she took several pics to make sure that she got it right, lol!


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cardelean 3 years ago from Michigan Author

There are so many things that you can do with scrapbook paper. Sometimes it's just the inspiration that is lacking, at least for me! I'm glad that this inspired you and I'm sure your daughter will love whatever you create for her!


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Danette Watt 3 years ago from Illinois

Nice! Especially the free cabinet - can't get much cheaper than that, eh? I would have liked to have seen a picture of the room as a whole (or as much of 1 or 2 walls as possible) and not just the bits and pieces you added or changed. I think it would give a clearer image of how these pieces work together.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

How cool to see the old peace signs of my youth making a come-back with the latest generation!

I loved the decoupaged letters and all the vibrant accent colors used in the decorations.

Voting this hub up across the board except for funny.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that 2013 is filled with many blessings.

Gail

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