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I recently posted Part 1 of our room remodel. In case you’re new around here, this room remodel is us using our magic to turn my mom’s neglected guest room into a bedroom for our toddler (aka Little Grasshopper) at her house. The room was in pretty bad shape to start, so we had a lot of work on our hands.
In Part 1 you saw the room start to come together as we replaced the sunken in ceiling and added plywood “shiplap” to the walls. We also added crown moulding and new baseboards and painted it all. Here’s what it looked like when we left off:
Lookin’ better, if I do say so myself! 😉
Once we finished the dirty work out, we were able to move on to the fun part: design! Woot!
But fun aside, we had some major challenges to overcome that we had to consider in the design:
- The room is very small
- There are ZERO closets in the room (I don’t even think the house could be marketed as a three bedroom by today’s code…)
- The room had no lighting
- The room layout is old (old homes = awkward layouts for today’s lifestyles)
- We had to include my step-dad’s old bed in the design (he didn’t want it replaced…)
Points 3 and 4 here were challenges that we could easy overcome, but points 1 and 2 made this room a bit tricky. Because of the (already tiny) size of the room, the time we had, and our budget, we decided against building a closet into the room. So making this room ultimately came down to very careful furniture choices. My mom really likes the raw wood/rustic look, so I found this set which she really likes:
Since Little Grasshopper is so quickly becoming a boy (and not just a baby!), I wanted to make the room something he could grow into. He has a very stereotypical boy personality, so I went with a “boyish” denim and tan color theme. I bought him all new bedding, and now I may even prefer to sleep in that bed over my own…
In order to add more storage space without making the room look any smaller, we added floating shelves. Normally we like to make our own shelving, but for the sake of time we bought pre-made floating shelves from Home Depot. While I prefer our handmade shelves, these did the trick.
You see that Winnie the Pooh Book there? That book actually comes with a record! Y’all…A RECORD! My mom still has that record player from when I was little, along with a bunch of other read-alongs (besides the Winnie the Pooh)! And I’ll be darned…that thing still works, and Little Grasshopper LOVES it!
To add even more storage I set up this cute shelving with hooks for his coats and bags and such. This will (hopefully, maybe, wishfully…) keep things off the floor and out of the way so people don’t trip on things when they walk in!
As you can see, while I was working hard on this masterpiece my mom took Little Grasshopper to Sesame Place and helped him build his collection of Sesame Street stuffed animals. So this is their home for now!
Of course, no kid’s room is complete without some cute toy storage:
Last but not least we added these awesome dimmable wall-mounted lights. I normally don’t like exposed wires (and eventually we may hide them), but I’m totally obsessed with these! I love look, and the dimming feature is really useful (especially in a room that had zero lighting in it before). I may have to find a good spot in our house for another set of these…
So there you have the room remodel. Here are a before shot and an after shot (from the same spot) together to help you see the full transformation:
And last but not least, my favorite part! I added inspirational wall art on the wall across the room when you first enter. It creates such a warm and welcoming feel, and is perfect for a kid’s room:
And there you have my DIY Kids Room Makeover reveal!
I have to be honest though…this room isn’t actually done! The floors and the windows still need to be replaced, but there wasn’t enough time to do that before I had to be back home. But the room is livable now, so my job is complete!
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- Gentleman’s Chest and end table
- Wall art-Home goods
- Floating shelves
- Wall-mounted lights
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