The major task of overhauling both of my daughters rooms in one weekend, actually ended up stretching over to two weekends, and that didn't include the wardrobes - mental note finish this weekend.
So lets see what we started with shall we:
|Isabell's Bedroom Before|
This photo is really deceptive as Isabell's room gets only a small amount of light as that wonderful huge window opens onto the covered patio at the back of the house and those drapes are very thick and heavy.
I wanted to do a few things for this room:
- Get rid of the heavy drapes and bring more natural light into the room
- Get rid of the "little" desk in the corner - She wanted a big girl desk and at 8 was well and truely ready for one.
- Re-arrange the room to give her more play room and make the rest of the room more functional
- Make it look pretty!
|New Doona Cover, Throw Pillows, Curtains and Recovered Lamp|
|Isabells Re-decorated Bedroom including Ikea Fabric Frames|
It is pretty plain with just a little bit of colour - but that is what Isabell likes - she likes Ben 10, Scooters, Mario Bros and riding her bike. She also likes pretty pink things, but only in small amounts.
So how did we achieve this and how much did it cost? Well aside from taking two whole garbage bags of toys and clothes to the Charity Bin, we spent a lot of time and not a lot of money at Ikea and me and my sewing machine worked pretty hard.
But before I reveal all lets look at Lillian's room ... Lillian is my eldest Darling Daughter - 9 going on 19, and unlike her little sister Lillian is tidy and organised, even a little too organised at times. She loves all things orange so that had to play a part of her room revamp, so again before:
|Not looking very organised|
- Have lots of matching accessories
- Have lots of orange
- Get rid of old desk
|New Curtains, and accessories|
|New Doona Cover, Ikea Fabric Frames and covered lamp|
|New Desk, Chair and covered Memo Board|
So just quickly I want to share the frames that we made for the walls:
Ikea Nyttja Coloured Frames - 2 pack 13x18cm / 5x7" AUD $3.95
Ikea Nyttja Coloured Frame - single pack 21x30cm 8 1/4 x 11 3/4" AUD $3.95
Ikea Fabric of choice - I used two of the Gunilla patterns @ AUD $9.95 /m about 30cm wide AUD $2.99
|Hot Pink Frames for Isabell's room|
|Ikea Gunilla Fabric for Isabell's room|
|Ikea Gunilla Fabric in Orange for Lillian's room|
|Pull the frames apart to use the paper as a guide to cut your fabric|
|Lay out the paper to use as a guide to mark up fabric|
|Mark around interesting parts of the fabric and cut to size|
|The finished products - too cute!|
- Pull apart the frames and remove the white "Nyttja" paper.
- Use this "Nyttja" paper as a guide and mark up on the back of the fabric where you want to cut.
- These Nyttja frames are great for kids rooms as the "glass" is actually plastic so if one accidentally falls or is knocked over you don't have to worry about broken glass. Just remember to remove the clear flim on BOTH sides of this "glass".
- Cut fabric as per markings and insert in frame, and re-assemble.
- Hang - I use the 3m Command Picture Strips as we are renting and are not allowed to knock hooks into the walls! If you haven't used these before check them out, the are amazing.
Simple, inexpensive and so cute - you could add as many frames as you want - Ikea have so many fabrics in one theme you could use all sorts to create a larger display.
I will put up the rest of the projects in coming days:
- Bunting - this isn't shown in the photo's as I hadn't taken any once I had added this to the rooms
- Recovered lamp shades
- Recovered memo board
- Throw pillows
- Banded Curtains
- Buget details