This post is sponsored by Walmart
I am very excited to be working on a new little project. A girls shared bedroom. Kids bedrooms are my favorite to style and design for. I love showing that they can be well styled and organized too, they do not have to be cluttered with toys or look cheap with cheap furniture. And the main reason I love designing kids spaces is because a child’s bedroom can really effect their mood, attitude and energy. It is their safe space, or it should be their safe space. A messy bedroom can have a negative impact on kids, I have seen it. That is why I am very passionate about organizing kids bedrooms with LESS rather than more. Giving them room to thrive and get creative.
This bedroom I am working on belongs to a friend of mine. Remember House Built by Thrifted Decor Blog Post? You all went crazy for it.
I went back to her house about a month ago to take pictures of her daughters room, that I had helped style. And to also look at doing some window treatments in her bedroom. While I was there she mentioned that she was going to be moving her two twin daughters, (who currently share the smallest bedroom) into the bigger room that belongs to the oldest. The two twin girls are still sleeping in toddler beds, (which still fit them) two twin beds or bunk beds won’t fit in the room they are currently in. Long story short, I ended up taking the pictures and left.
I kept thinking about her two girls and how she was going to move them. Wondering what beds she could do etc. My mind won’t shut-off, even if I wasn’t asked! That week Walmart emailed me to feature some of their kids furniture. I knew that Walmart has REALLY great home decor, that I had been noticing on social media. Rather than keeping it for ourselves, I talked to Kevin and we decided we would like to gift new bunkbeds and bedding for Amy’s girls and also donate my design hours to complete a nice space for her girls.
So that is where we are!
I will share the before photos today and also the design plan for the space. Because before anything can be done to a room you need a plan. Do you hear me?? I might tell you on every blog post. You do need a plan and an inspiration piece to get you started on any project. (See how to create your own design board HERE)
Let’s look at the BEFORE photos of both bedrooms-
The above photo is the twin girls (who are 6) shared bedroom. You can see one toddler bed and a glimpse of the the other one. The toddler beds will go. And the two twin girls will move into the bigger bedroom. The bedroom below belongs to the oldest daughter who is 8. Her bed will move into the twin girls room! A little room swap! I would have loved this as a kid!
What is changing-
Pink Rug changing to THIS cream rug to lighten the room
Beds changing to THIS bunkbed that can also be split apart to separate twin beds (see photo below). I love that Walmart has this option! As the girls get older they can change it from bunk bed to twin beds when they don’t need to floor space to play.
Window Valance changing to THESE inside mount bamboo shades
Fan changing to THIS fan or a flush mount (depending on blade size)
Walls changing to Benjamin Moore Dove White
Adding THIS floral wallpaper decals
Adding THESE sconces with the magic light trick
Girls Shared Bedroom Design Plan-
The first piece I looked for in this room was the bunkbeds. As soon as I found THESE from Walmart I knew they were the ones! Then looked for some wallpaper. I searched for temporary wallpaper on Walmart’s website and loved the idea of using THESE floral decal’s. We can create any design on the wall, plus it is a super affordable option for a statement wall!
They already have the above dresser, we are keeping it in the room. HERE is a similar looking affordable dresser.
We are adding the above thrifted dresser that they found for FREE on the side of the road!! Planning on painting it in Dream Whip from Benjamin Moore. We want it to look like the dresser in my girls shared bedroom below-
This is the other side of the oldest daughters room that I took a photo of with my nice camera.
Funny thing, well not really funny. But goes along with what I suggest- take a photo of the room. The camera doesn’t lie. You can spot things in a photo that you wouldn’t normally pick up on. As I was taking photos of this room, I noticed things I didn’t notice before and should have suggested changing. Like changing out the rug and also the window valances. They ARE totally fine. And I knew my friend/client was on a budget and likes to be thrifty, so I was keeping that in mind when I helped her style this room.But if I was doing my job I should have suggested other options. I don’t believe in having to start with brand new or expensive. But as a “designer” I do believe in putting the bug in your ear for possibilities in the future. And finding those awesome hidden gems.
Because the new bamboo roman shades from Walmart ARE really affordable. And the new rug I picked out is a great price too. Amy can sell her old rug and things in this room we are not using to put towards some new items that work better in this space.
And another sweet little thrifted moment that will move into the other room with her oldest daughter, when they swap. Her girls are very excited. When I was at their home one of the 6 year old twins drew me a photo and wrote “thank you”. I know kids appreciate the time and care we put into their bedrooms. It says to them, they are important and we care about them. Really at the end of the day that is the MOST important thing- that they know they are loved. If we can tell them and show them in little ways, like adding some wallpaper to their walls I am all for it.
I will be working on this room today one on my Instagram Stories! Check there and also check back Wednesday, planning on sharing the makeover then!
**Update- see the bedroom reveal HERE
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