Thursday, October 28, 2010

Girls Bedrooms Makeover

OK, so I would advise that you go and get yourself a nice wee cup of tea or coffee, possibly even a few bikies - then settle in for a VERY long post.

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
Isabell is my youngest darling daughter, who we lovingly refer to as the "fluffer"!  She can never find anything, always forgets things and generally "fluffs" around alot - but we love her for it!  Hence, her room looks like this most days.

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!
So this is what we ended up with:

New Doona Cover, Throw Pillows, Curtains and Recovered Lamp
Isabells Re-decorated Bedroom including Ikea Fabric Frames
At this point I should point out that I am not very handy with a camera inside the house!  Outside, landscapes and people photo's are more my thing, so please forgive me if this isn't looking like anything really special at the moment!

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
With this room we wanted to
  • Have lots of matching accessories
  • Have lots of orange
  • Get rid of old desk
So we ended up with:

New Curtains, and accessories
New Doona Cover, Ikea Fabric Frames and covered lamp

New Desk, Chair and covered Memo Board
 The best thing about this room was that Lillian told me it looked like something out of one of your "housey Mags Mum" - without a doubt the best compliment a Mum could get!

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!

  1. Pull apart the frames and remove the white "Nyttja" paper.
  2. Use this "Nyttja" paper as a guide and mark up on the back of the fabric where you want to cut.
  3. 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".
  4. Cut fabric as per markings and insert in frame, and re-assemble.
  5. 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
Thanks for reading - very interested to see what you think - so leave comments please and have a wonderful weekend wherever you may be!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Childrens Bedroom's Makeover

So what is a girl to do ...  my DH was away this weekend for one of his RC Nitro Racing events (he place 13th overall for the Victorian State Titles - yeah Honey!), so it was just me and the two little ratbags.

Ever since we decided to stay in Adelaide for another year I have wanted to do a few things around the house to make it feel more like home and a bit more family friendly.  For a large house, the house we rent sadly lacks storage!  I wanted to get more storage into the girls rooms and ours and get the girls a new desk each and do a general face lift for each of them.

I have spent the last few weeks looking around for appropriate furniture that I could afford, eventually I settled on a few pieces from Ikea!

So the girls and I set off to Ikea early on Saturday morning, tape measure and designs in hand!  We ended up being there for 4 hours - OMG how easy is it to dordle in that place!  Then the stark reality of owing a "smallish" mazda struck - there was no way everything was going to fit in the car if I wanted the kids to come home with me, so I made a decision about what was the most important part of the makeover and just got two of these:

Micke Desk
The two top front panels are drawers and the large panel to the left is a cupboard with two shelves, and there is a little ledge across that back to hide all your electrical cords etc - it only took me about an hour to put together, going very slowly and carefully so as not to mess it up!  I also got a black chair for Lillian's room and a hot pink one for Isabell.

 I really wanted to get this: 

Micke Workstation
Unfortunately they were out of stock of the add-on so we will have to wait a couple of weeks - the back is a magnetic whiteboard, perfect for little girls pictures etc.

I picked up some plain white sheer curtains and quilt covers and the girls each picked some fabric that they loved:

I had a HUGE cleanout of old toys, bookes etc etc and moved some furniture around, recovered two lamps, made bunting and little throw pillows, recovered a pinboard and added panels to the curtains, although not quite finished yet, I am really pleased with the end result and am totally exhausted. 

We still need to get these to go in their wardrobes:
Trofast Storage Combination
I will share details later in the week!