Nadia’s bedroom makeover (part 1)

bedroom makeover

If that is not an invitation to a nice afternoon siesta, I don’t know what is.

3 weeks ago I decided that between Mother’s Day in the USA and Denmark (and most of the world), and Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic (next Sunday) I’d  give my daughter’s bedroom some much-needed TLC.

This post is about the process, see photos of the complete makeover here:

bedroom makeover

This was Nadia’s bedroom before this started. Nothing wrong with it, just an acute case of “Meh!”.

And here is her homework/craft corner, even after a few projects (lamp, letters spelling her name, and cushion for the chair) it was still drenched in bland.

So I set out to give Nadia a room that reflected who she is, and where she comes from. Of course, all this with a budget that would barely buy us a meal in the cheapest restaurant in town. Let it not be said that I don’t love a challenge.

These are the things that I tried to incorporate into her room:

bedroom makeover

This year’s carnival. The theme was the ocean, with all the lovely colors that we Dominicans love: acqua, turquoise, navy blue, green. These are the colors that scream tropical living to me. The simplicity of a peasant’s home with that blue that makes it look like a million bucks. Dominicans love colorful houses. And the lovely floor at the mall. Remember Nadia’s floor pad? Similar blue and pattern. The print in her bedsheets also remind me of the Spanish-style floor here. I also tried to introduce some elements of her Danish heritage, which I did with the heart mobile, the  sign over the door and the ships on the curtain bars to remind her of her paternal family naval tradition.

bedroom makeover

3 weeks ago I had all the furniture you see, and had already bought and remade the lamps over her bed, and had refurbished an old lamp for her desk.

Heart mobile: $0.00 – Patchwork bulletin board: $0.00 – Floor pad: $0.00 – Dresser: US$32 (3 cans spray paint, 1 clear lacquer and sandpaper. The rest I had, including the dresser and fabric). – New pillows: $0.00 – Trash can and pencil holders: US$10.00 (I bought the pencil holders). – Enamel paint for doors and closet and acrylic paint for the wall, plus brushes and rollers: US$51.00 – “Street sign“: $0.00 – This little “bouquet” I made with the leftover paper from her trash can project. Very, very easy, and only took an hour while watching House after Nadia’s gone to bed.

So about 35 hours of work (spread throughout 3 weeks) and US$93 dollars and Nadia gets a very happy room. See the results, it’ll prove that a little resourcefulness, and some time, make up for the lack of money.

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  • katherine September 11, 2010, 2:27 AM

    Found your blog from YHL. I am definitely coming back to check out some more of your projects. Love your daughter's room!

  • Aunt_Clara September 10, 2010, 8:10 PM
  • MistyMayGrey September 10, 2010, 8:45 PM

    absolutely gorgeous! great job!

  • Anonymous September 10, 2010, 7:49 PM

    I LOVE your daughters room. Saw it at yhl. Where did you get the desk?

  • Julie @ September 10, 2010, 7:33 PM

    I just saw this makeover on Young House Love and I can't believe you did it all for $100. Beautiful job!

  • Accountant By Day September 10, 2010, 6:16 PM

    I really love what you did and I am totally impressed by the budget!

  • Mod Podge Amy May 31, 2010, 5:10 PM

    Your re-do is gorgeous! I love it!

  • Aunt_Clara May 31, 2010, 6:25 AM

    Thanks, Ana. The good thing is that Nadia felt part of the process the whole time. This is her space, so she must have a saying in what goes in there.

  • Ana May 29, 2010, 12:29 PM

    You did a great job with Nadia's room…and it's so precious 'cause i's all done by you and your talented hands!!!!

  • Aunt_Clara May 29, 2010, 5:54 AM

    Thank you Anjistar! It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it. We had a lot of fun Nadia and I, and she loves her bedroom even more now.

  • anjistar May 29, 2010, 5:53 AM

    Wow! It's lovely to see all the individual projects together .. such a beautiful room .. really inspiring me to crack on with the projects I have in mind for my little girl's room! Thank you for showing us :)