October 23, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Happy Tuesday, all! Today is the day that I show you Clairisse’s toddler room! Are you ready? Here it is…
But of course, as is with any dragged-out redecorating project for an ever-growing toddler, this room has already had a few reincarnations.
The room first looked like this just after moving in the furniture:
Just as we got Claire into her room, we realized that her toddler bed was great for naps, but not so much for sleeping through the night. So, we were forced to bring the crib into her toddler room.
And then things changed again…. our son was born. I guess he is going to want that crib back?
And then Santa gifted Claire with a dollhouse bookcase, a doll cradle, a doll high chair, a table, and chairs.
Just what was Santa thinking?
So, we had to figure out where to put it all. Luckily for us, my niece no longer needed to stay at our house once a week.
So, the twin bed was removed to create more space. This is Claire’s room as it was after the holiday:
Again, THIS is the room today…
And a little inexpensive, free, or gifted artwork…
I don’t think it is too shabby considering our limited time and budget. Sure, it has taken the better part of a year for us to chip away at this, but it was worth it. Allow me to break down this room’s budget and sources for materials. Be sure to click on the hyperlinked items to view the corresponding posts.
- Twin Furniture Set $200.00 – Craigslist – (bed, nightstand, 3 drawer dresser, hamper, vanity, and vanity stool)
- Toddler Bed $20.00 – Craigslist
- Glider FREE – Craigslist (wood scrap for seat, fabric scrap from Roman’s nursery)
- Upholstery Foam $22.00 – Target (actually purchased a Full-sized memory foam topper)
- Toile Ottoman FREE – (reused from Roman’s nursery)
- Ceiling Fan $50.00 – Craigslist
- Ceiling fan light bulbs $8.00 – Home Depot
- Nursery lamp FREE – (reused from Roman’s nursery)
- Closet Organizer $30.00 – Craigslist
- Gingham/wicker baskets FREE– (reused from Roman’ nursery)
- Rug $60.00 – JC Penney
- Curtains $40.00 – Craigslist (total of six panels)
- Curtains for closet $20.00 – Craigslist
- Curtain Hardware $6.00 – Target (closet tension rod), (spray-painted existing curtain rod and brackets)
- Spray Paint $10.00 – Home Depot
- Paint $110.00 – Home Depot (Behr’s ‘Silverberry’-walls, Behr’s ‘Cottage White’-furniture, trim, stencil, Behr’s ‘Celery Ice’-ceiling, closet interior, closet dresser’s interior, Martha Stewart’s ‘Dusk’-closet dresser, glider, toddler bed)
- Stencil for feature wall FREE – You can get the template at this blogger’s post.
- Drywall and repair FREE – (drywall scraps and spackle from previous projects)
- New outlets and covers $12.00 – Home Depot
- Gallery Shelf FREE – (wood scraps and brackets reused)
- Wall bookshelf FREE – (repainted and repurposed trophy display made my Chris’ Dad for Chris)
- Mirrors and Frames $ 10.00 – Dollar Tree
- Toddler Bedding FREE – (reused from Roman’s nursery)
- Fabrics FREE – (extra fabric from Roman’s nursery,used for his no-sew window treatments)
- Purple Dresser $15.00 – (free dresser from mother, floral knobs were extra from other CL purchase, crystal knobs from Target ($15.00))
- Drawer liners $ 10.00 – Dollar Tree (black/cream floral @ $1.00 per roll), (paisley gift wrap backed with white contact paper @ $1.00 a roll)
- Twin bedding $30.00 – JC Penney and Company Kids (quilt is gift from mother; green floral sheet set, $6.00; green fitted sheet, green pillow case, and purple gingham sham, $24.00)
- Doll Cradle $10.00 – friend
- Doll high chair $30.00 – Amazon
- Dollhouse bookcase $20.00 – Craigslist
- Toddler table and chairs $12.00 – Craigslist
Budget Total: $755.00
(Some of the items listed above were also ‘Santa’ gifts given to Claire, but I included them into the budget, as it was still money I spent to outfit the room. I did not include general supplies like screws, spackle, and the like. I also did not include the original cost of ‘FREE’ items that I had on hand. Although I paid the initial cost for those items, I think reusing something one already has is generally accepted as a non-cost.)
Again, may I remind you what this room looked like before?
A lot of hard work and sleepless nights went into this room. Remember, we didn’t just redecorate, we essentially transformed a retro-fitted laundry room into a little girl’s bedroom. I painted, with some help from my sister, husband, Roman, and Claire, every inch of this room. Not a single surface was left untouched with a new coat of paint. I hope that you have enjoyed this transformation. Would you believe we are already contemplating moving Clairisse into a twin-sized bed? I’ll leave you with a slideshow of this transformation. Until next time…., happy painting and Craigslisting!