You don't need a fortune to decorate your kid's room. Wanna see what I did with a very small budget?
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 (following 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:
This was Nadia's bedroom before this started. Nothing wrong with it, just an acute case of "Meh!".
So I set out to give my kid's bedroom a makeover 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:
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 campesino'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.
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.