One Room Challenge Week 7 – Girl’s Bedroom Reveal

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s finally time for the One Room Challenge reveal! I’m so excited to share my daughter’s updated bedroom with you. It has been such fun to get her input and see her excitement when ideas come to life. Working on a girl’s bedroom design was different than other room updates I’ve done. In our kitchen or den, it’s more about my style and making our home work for our family. In my daughter’s room, it’s important that her personality shines through.

The Closet

In my first post about my daughter’s bedroom, I shared that making the most of the large closet was a big priority. The old closet was underused and disorganized. Using an EasyClosets closet system, we were able to create a ton of storage.

I’m still adding a few last minute touches to this room, but overall my daughter is thrilled with her new room. This room redesign has been extra special because I got to see her reaction as it was transformed. The only problem now is that my son wants his room updated 🙂

Be sure to check out the other room reveals from the guest participants! A big thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting another round of the One Room Challenge. It’s always an adventure!

Source List

Paint Color – Clear Aqua by Behr

Curtains – Wayfair.com

Comforter – Wayfair.com

Sheets – Target

Throw Blanket – Target

Sparkle Throw Pillow – Target

Bookcase – Ikea

Striped Canvas Bin – Target

Aqua Storage Boxes – Ikea

You can find posts from all seven weeks of the One Room Challenge here:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six |

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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Details & Design Changes

It’s already week five of the One Room Challenge from Calling It Home, and I’m feeling thankful for the one week extension that Linda announced. I’ve made a lot of progress, but I still have plenty to do. This week I’ve been focusing on the details that will make this room feel special. Sometimes choosing accessories and wall decor can be the hardest part for me.

A fun aqua paint color makes a real difference in this girl's bedroom update.

When my daughter and I first started talking about updating her bedroom, she had very few specific requests. That makes it more fun for me, but also leaves a lot of room for direction. She wanted her walls to be aqua and was so excited by the result!

We talked about making the room feel more grown up, toning down the pink, and adding better storage. I suggested pink, gray and coral as accent colors to go with the aqua. We found a super cute accent pillow at Target, and started to base the design plans around the pillow.

Fun accent pillow for girls bedroom.

Somewhere along the way, I sort of forgot about the pillow and found completely different bedding. I’m honestly not sure what happened. But you can see the bedding below and in my week two post. It’s clearly a much different style from the accent pillow above. As soon as it arrived, I knew we had a choice to make. We either needed to start over on the design plan or go a completely different direction by sticking with the bedding.

A fun bedding option for a girls room, but not the right bedding for my plans.

I decided to look around for other bedding options so we could compare them side by side. My daughter found some really fun sheets at Target, and I ordered a white pinch pleat comforter from Wayfair. Once we saw the new bedding, I knew we were on the right track! The white comforter is a bit plain, but we found a super soft throw blanket that coordinates with the pillow and sheet set. It adds some much-needed color to her bed.

These elements make up a girl's bedroom design for the One Room Challenge.

I’m really excited to see this room coming together. Stay tuned for the big reveal on November 16th!

PROJECT TO-DO LIST

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system – closet ordered and on its way

Wall decor/art – still working on accessories and art

Find bookcase

Don’t forget to take a peek at some of the other ORC guest participants at Calling It Home!

To catch up on my redesign of my daughter’s bedroom, take a look at past posts:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four |

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – Closet Design

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during past One Room Challenges, it’s that things don’t always go as planned. I came down with a nasty cold this week, and my kids have fall break for two weeks, so it’s not the most productive time.

As I continue updating my daughter’s bedroom, storage is one of the top priorities so I want to be sure to maximize the large closet in this room.

During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.

In week one, I shared the before pictures of my 9 year old daughter’s bedroom, including the completely underused closet.

At 105″ wide, it’s got plenty of room for both clothing and toy storage. We had a temporary hanging bar up for clothes, but that came down when my son decided to hang on it. I’d also like to state for the record that I had zero part in hanging the map on this wall… with staples.

Anyway, the design plans we’re looking at really take advantage of the size and offer a lot of different types of storage.

Closet inspiration

Apart from utilizing the space well, my other priority is that the closet system will last a long time. It needs to evolve as our daughter’s storage needs change. Adjustable shelving is a must, not only to fit her needs, but to keep regularly-used items within reach.

I don’t want my little one to have to stand on tip-toes to reach her stuff. I want shelving that can be adjusted as she grows.

The closet design needs hanging bars and shelves for toys and games. Drawers look nice, but aren’t a necessity since she has plenty of space for her existing dresser. Part of me secretly worries that drawers will just end up as a hiding place for clutter and be constantly messy.

Closet Design

We had a consultation this week with California Closets. I’m also looking at some DIY options, including EasyClosets.com. The idea of someone coming in and doing all the installation is really appealing, but obviously it comes with a steeper price tag.

Our consultation with California Closets went really well, and we came up with a few different options. I was able to create a fairly similar layout using the design tool at EasyClosets.com.

Storage is one of my top priorities in this girl's bedroom redesign.

The biggest drawback of professional closet installation is the timeline. It will be 4-6 weeks before the installation, so unfortunately it won’t be complete by the end of this challenge.

It’s longer than I was hoping to wait, but we’re still deciding on the best option. Whichever route we go, it will be nice to finally utilize this closet to its full potential.

PROJECT TO-DO LIST

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy beddingwaiting on another bedding option to arrive so we can decide what works best

Plan & install closet system – trying to make the final decision and order

Wall decor/art – working on some fun DIY projects

Find bookcase

Don’t forget to take a peek at some of the other ORC guest participants at Calling It Home!

To catch up on my redesign of my daughter’s bedroom, take a look at past posts:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three |

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10 Days of Advent: Day Seven

The kids have been out of school for all of four days so let’s take a survey. How many of you have kids who have already said “I’m bored” at least once?? In spite of all the excitement of Christmas coming, the reality is that there are a lot more hours in the day to fill when school’s out. My kids are in a stage of life where they’re having a hard time getting along. I can only play referee for so long before I’m a frazzled mess so craft time is a great way to keep everyone busy and happy.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

Do a holiday craft together

One thing that I love about Christmas crafts is the pride our kids feel when they look at the decorations in our home. I love love love browsing all the beautiful Christmas home tours online and find great inspiration for my own decor. But amidst the styled shelves in our home, you’ll also find things made by our kiddos. It gives them a sense of ownership to see their hard work displayed alongside the rest of my carefully-chosen decor items.

Craft projects can be as complex or simple as time, supplies and interest allows. Here are some great options to try with your family this season.

Lego Ornaments 

If you’re house is anything like ours, legos can be found in any room at any given time. Why not put those little blocks to good use?! Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys & Girls has instructions for several Christmas-themed lego projects so there’s a lot of possibility for your little master builders.

Celebrate Advent as a family by doing a Christmas craft together.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough is an easy project and the options are endless. You can leave them plain for a simple look or paint them to create more detail. This snowman ornament from Michelle at Crafty Morning would be great for my 8 year old, who gets really involved in her craft projects. My 5 year old would do better using cookie cutters to make the basic shape and adding detail with paint. *Just remember that salt dough needs to bake for 2-3 hours and cool before it can be decorated.

Celebrate Advent as a family with a fun Christmas craft.

Recycled Box Village

Most of us probably have plenty of boxes in our recycling bin, as well as wrapping paper laying around. Bettijo from Paging Supermom combines the two for a cute Christmas craft. Kids can decorate however they want and then set up their town for some pretend play. Get those lego figures involved and this could become a Christmasy Star Wars masterpiece 😉

Celebrate Advent as a family with a fun Christmas craft.

You can check out day one of the Advent series here and catch up on any days that you’ve missed. You can use or adapt the ideas based on what works best for your family.

What are your favorite crafts to do with your little ones during the holiday season??

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One Room Challenge Week Five – The Living Room

I can’t believe it’s week five of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home! I’m making good progress, but I’m going to have to bust a serious move in the next week. Considering I’m posting about week five a day late, there’s a good chance I won’t be at 100% by next Thursday, but it’s looking good anyway. This week I tackled the biggest DIY project – taking basic Ikea shelving and creating the illusion of a built-in bookcase.

Take a basic Billy bookcase from Ikea and turn it into a DIY built-in bookcase.

How to fake the look of built-in bookcases

The standard Billy is very basic in terms of design, and I want a little more visual appeal. I assembled three of the short Billy bookcases from Ikea. Then I bumped the center bookcase forward 3 inches to create the effect of built-in bookcases. Using 3/4″ MDF, I added topped all three bookcases to disguise the gap behind the bumped-out bookcase. The MDF was 11 1/2″ deep on the two end bookcases. The center piece was 14 1/4″ since the trim adds about 1/2″ to the overall depth.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

Finally, I added trim to the front, following this general plan from I Heart Organizing. I used a miter box to cut trim pieces from some leftover chair rail that we had. Then I nailed everything on with a hammer and sunk the nails with a nail-set.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

I caulked all the nooks and crannies, and painted the MDF and trim with a bright white to match the bookcases. This project would be easier with a nail gun and power saw, but I’m proud that I was able to do it without power tools. My arms are tired but I’m so happy every time I look at our new “built in” bookcase.

Transform basic Ikea bookcases into built-ins.

Here’s a list of projects that needed to be tackled to complete this room. I’ve crossed off everything that’s done so far.

Hang new curtains

New sofa & chair

Built-in bookcase project

Game/project table with benches

Console table behind sofa

Style bookcases

Hang art

Dresser or console on empty wall

Paint & stain railings

Throw pillows for sofa & chair

Lighting??

Good luck to all the other challenge participants in this final week!

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