Our big girl, H, has been in need of an update for her room for a while now. She’s 12 now and I really wanted her to have a pre-teen room she could be proud of. This has taken me a long time but I took some big steps recently to get where we want it to be. I’m finally ready to show you the semi-finished product.
I guess my inspiration started when I found these two pieces at a horse show and I gasped when I saw their crazy price tags.
As much as I wanted to go home with both of them, there was NO WAY I was willing to pay either one of those prices. I’m way too frugal for that. I left there thinking that they were now my inspiration because I knew I could make them! And make them I did!
I started with the letter and decided I wanted to make one for H. She ended up helping me with the project and she was so proud when we finished.
I got a large piece of plywood from Home Depot and found a font I wanted to use on the computer. I printed out a large H on a piece of paper and used it to draw the H on the plywood.
I found the stones and extra pieces at Hobby Lobby for very cheap.
In no time at all, we had a beautiful letter to hang on H’s wall.
That whole project cost me about $30 and I was so proud to save about $90 off of the original price tag!!
When we moved in to our house, H’s room had a color scheme on the walls we were not big fans of. Pink and orange are not really our flavor.
I knew we needed to make a change but it took me a while to make the right color choice. I started with this color but I knew it would make her room too dark. Good thing I only bought the sample size.
I found a new color that matched her bedding and was a bit more toned down. It was a winner!
In just a few days, between nap times and bed times, I had the paint on the wall. Every time I walked in to the room, I was more and more excited for her to see it!
Please excuse the few things on the bed. I wanted to get a picture before she came home to see it.
Next to the window is a vinyl clock on the wall. Here is a better picture of the clock.
I found these paper lanterns in the party section at Hobby Lobby for about $5.
Here’s the sign I made using the inspiration of the $95 painting I saw. Yes, the expensive painting is better, but this cost me about $16 and I’m much more proud than I would have been if I had spent $95! All of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby. Are you seeing a trend here. I love that place!
I happened to be at Hobby Lobby at the right time a few months ago. I found a zebra mirror that was regularly priced at $150 and because it had a little bit of damage, it was marked down to $49. I looked at it and thought, “That mirror would look great with a little paint touch up.” I went home with it and here it is on her wall.
The zebra lamp is a garage sale redo I talked about in this post. I still love it but I don’t know if I love it right next to the zebra mirror. It might be moved to a different place in the room.
She was really happy when she saw her new room for the first time and I still have a few things to do, but it’s a big change and I’m happy with the direction the room has taken.
I’m definitely open to more ideas for things I can do in here. Please share if you have any ideas. I have another small wall that needs something on it. I’m thinking of a picture wall, but I’m still undecided.
This is also another sign that I’m getting back in the swing of doing things I enjoy even though I now have two little ones instead of just one. I love that feeling of accomplishment. It just drives me to do more around our house (AKA my office!). :)