Last week, I shared our plans for the girls shared bedroom makeover or update. Thanks to those of you who stopped by to see what we were up to.
The girls’ room has been sitting plain since we moved here a few months ago and I have not being liking the space as much. Every time I walk in there, I think to myself that the room could look better. I am a big fan of beautiful and functional kids spaces. So that space with just a bed, a small nightstand, and doll house was not really working out too well for my taste. I mentioned before that I have been collecting things here and there to do something to the room. These items were mainly decorative pieces and we recently bought in a new dresser for the girls. I was taking my time with the room because of renting. I can’t just decide I’ll do whatever to the room as opposed to when we owned our homes. But when I knew the ORC was coming around again, I kind of went back on forth on whether I should jump in. Even then, I couldn’t decided which room I would do – there is the girls room, baby (now toddler’s room), guest room, not to mention, the front sitting room of the house (so empty), and even the laundry room could use some help from a functional aspect. And there is also our dinning and family room. So almost the whole house!!
Anyway, I was encouraged that some of my blogging buddies were jumping in on the O*/RC challenge but still, I was not sure if I really wanted to commit to it. Like I mentioned before, I don’t like to feel pressured to makeover spaces. I get too frazzled about it. When I explained the ORC to my husband, he thought it might be a good idea to help me get the girls’ room updated. I think that was all the encouragement I needed. So here we are trying to update a girls shared bedroom in a rental home. This is my second ORC. I also completed a bathroom last Spring. Catch the post here.
Today, I’m sharing what I wanted to do with the room this past week and what we’ve got done instead. Find out more about the overall plans for the room here: ORC WEEK 1
What I wanted to do:
Walls: Get the walls done with a bit of wallpaper. I have not gotten around to it (still don’t have the stuff). The walls are already painted and it would be nice to do a touch up but I don’t think that’s going to happen. So the paint will remain as is.
Side note: I also wanted to make a design board for the entire room to show on here, then I decided against it. But I do have a plan and adding things to it as I go. Here is a sneak peak if I could get a desk fitted into the room. I’d like it to look something like this – colors are art are subject to change to match what I have in mind:)
What I got done instead:
Cleaned Out Room: Over the weekend, we cleaned out the room. Myyyy, do the space look a tad bigger and feels so much better. They did not have much furniture in there to begin with, but removing the doll house and lamp from this spot, has really opened up the space and made it less cluttered. The doll house is currently sitting in the upstairs hallway until I figure out where to put it. The girls (and boy) play with it here and there – they’d much rather chase each other around the house and play tag. I hesitate to get rid of it. That thing “aint” cheap – it was an investment!! Did I mention that it had an elevator that someone broke when they came over for playtime? It’s a nice little house for kids. I may find a spot for it back in that room. We’ll see. Cleaning out the room though, has really opened up the entire space and gave me a clear view of how I could possibly update it.
Purchased and Assembled New Dresser: My hubby put a new dresser together (affiliate link). He actually put this together a few weeks ago because I was already bringing in things to makeover the room (without the ORC in mind). I have been searching for a dresser or set for the room for quite a while (I just love the idea of a kid’s dresser). But my focus was on a 6 drawer horizontal dresser that is not too large. And then it dawned on me that the room might just need something tiny. I ended up buying this smaller size 4-drawer one (affiliate link).
I was tired of searching around both on online stores and second-hand sites. Apart from the bunk bed (which is only some months old), this dresser is probably our next biggest buy. Everything else I want to use in the room we either already have or are on the smaller decorative side.
Bought Second Hand Dresser: But then this dresser popped up on Craigslist right after I bought the other one and put it together. It was priced at $30, used and laminate (the seller says). Lately, I’ve been trying to add more real furniture rather than fake to our home so I negotiated for $20. I don’t think $30 is that bad of a price, the seller was even willing to deliver it but I did not want to pay $3o for laminate. I mean, I already had a dresser plus an extra $30 could be used to save up toward something real. The seller was super nice and mentioned that they were decluttering for a new first time baby. It seems like all they wanted to do was to get rid of the thing. I had hubby go pick it up because after all, at $20, I figured it would only be fair to save the seller some time and gas to come out here. All in all, I thought the dresser would be a good addition so each kid could have one. It’s not too shabby looking but I’m in the process of making it over – gotta change that color.
Determined Other Furniture Uses & Placement: I’ve been playing around with furniture placement for the room. This cube organizer was something I purchased as a temporary solution for a space. I think I got my measurements wrong. It did not fit the space after I put together. I love these little organizers and felt I might be able to use it somewhere else – no point in taking it apart and returning it. It’s kind of being sitting around in the playroom until I decided where to use it. I think I’ll be able to use it in the girls’ room. There are other pieces of furniture I’ve been considering for the room but it is not a huge room so we’ll how all that will work out.
Made Orders: I’ve also made some orders on some decorative pieces. Some have already arrived and others are on the way.
Despite the fact that I did not get to the walls, I think I got a bit accomplished by figuring out where things should be placed, choosing the colors and style, and placing some orders. My mind has to be in some kind of coordination zone or else I’ll be all over the place not knowing what I am about. There are some things I still need to figure out but I think I have the basics down (I think). This list gives a general idea of what I’d like to do. There are some other ideas that came to mind that I have added to my personal list.
A coordinating theme for the room Clean out room Decide on furniture placement Purchase new dresser
- Personalized bedding areas (In progress)
- Shared areas (reading corner, play center, etc)
- Walls – Removable Decals & Decor
- Bed – Update bedding
- Vanity – New Vanity (???)
- Closet – Better Organization (In progress)
- Curtains – update
- Floors – Rug
- Other – Overall spruce up
What do you think about the progress I’ve made so far? I’ll share the updates as they are completed here on the blog. If you’d like to see what progress other guests participants have made with the ORC, just follow this link. You can also see the designers spaces here.