It’s reveal time! My first One Room Challenge makeover is a wrap. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been working on a gender-neutral, shared kids room, turning it into a bright, happy space for my six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.
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This was the plan, and I stuck to it pretty closely:
We didn’t have much of a budget for this room, so I stuck with mainly things we already owned. The room isn’t big, but it’s lovely and light, and the perfectly centered window made the floor plan straightforward.
The beds were the big DIY here, as I explained in week three. (And week four, when everything fell apart!) Sebastian’s favorite color is red, which can be a bit loud if it’s too bright. The bed fabric is a softer shade of corally-red, so we’re both happy.
The drapery came with the house, and it works. I think I’d nix the curtains and do a big roman shade if we weren’t renting, but I do like the yellow gingham in here, and the black-out lining, so they stayed.
I found the little rattan chair in a vintage shop for £10, and it makes for a cute little reading spot for little bottoms.
Although this is a shared kids room, I wanted to designate space for each of them to call their own. They basically have a side of the room each. The bookcase is mainly Eleanor’s stuff and the closet is mainly Sebastian’s, although there is some overlap. I still want to add book plates to label the bins, but they’re shipping from the US and haven’t arrived yet.
Painting wasn’t an option. I love white walls anyway, but I would’ve done something about the trim and closet doors if I’d been allowed.
I have to thank my grandma all the pretty brass – she was having a clear out recently and I did well out of it! Eleanor bought the little rattan chair for her bear from a charity shop the other day – it cost 50p and it was the first thing she’s ever bought with pocket money (#minime). I attached the fairy lights with clear acrylic clips, and they’re so pretty at night.
In the hallway just outside, I hung the growth chart we bought four years ago. I still love it, and love that we can roll it up and take it with us when we move. (We lost the bottom weight – I need to make a new one so it stops curling.)
We bought the dresser a couple of years ago. It was a total impulse buy (from Feather & Black) and I haven’t regretted it for a second.
I made a home work station and armoury in week five for all of the boy’s toy weapons. I’m still planning to replace the too-short poof.
I talked about the wall decals and how I put them up in week two. I didn’t hang them all the way down the walls because I did that in our last house and the ones within little arms’ reach didn’t last long. They still make a big impact on the room this way, and no one has tried to peel them off. Win!
I bought the sweet star print duvet covers at M&S a couple of years ago. The striped fabrics are actually Turkish towels (from Home Sense, which is the UK version of Home Goods), but we use them as throws, and the yellow throws are throws, funnily enough.
I’ll shut up now and bombard you with the rest of the photos of this happy shared kids room.
My boy really wanted to be in the last couple of photos. (His sister really didn’t want to!)
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