Girl's Room Decor - Lose The Baby Look
I feel a decorating project coming on! She's ready to get out of that toddler bed, and she wants to get rid of the baby room, and have a big girl's room. Did you use one of those convertible cribs? If so you already have your headboard. But if you didn't you'll need to look for a new one, redo an old one or repurpose something else you might have already in your stash.
Things you can use for a headboard:
- How about using a section of old picket fence, or buy a new section, or make your own with pickets. I like the ones that are higher in the middle. They just seem to have more style and look really cute for in a girl's bedroom.
- You can buy prebuilt fence sections at the big box stores, but they are 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall, and very heavy. So I'd recommend purchasing the lower picket fence (your old traditional white picket fence so to speak) styles that may only be 3-4 feet tall.
- And old gate would work for a headboard too.
- Old doors make great headboards. And if you're needing a twin size, you can just cut it down to the height you need. If it's a panel door you may be able to lay it on it's side and cut it to width.
- You can decopauge anything of interest in the panels
- Paint the panels different colors
- Or use wallpaper in the panels
Finishing the headboard
Paint and finish the headboard as you choose, or leave it with the old worn finish if you're repurposing an item. If you do leave the old worn finish, at least brush off any loose paint pieces and put a coat or two of water based satin varnish over it to keep the paint from chipping off and make it safer for her.
Make a crayon headboard
Make a crayon headboard using a section of regular fence with wider boards. You could cut the tops of the boards in the shape of a crayon tip and paint each board like a crayon, or just leave the top the way it is, and paint the part that isn't the tip of crayon a background color of your choice on all the boards!
Mix And Match
Mix and match items. Matchy matchy in is not really necessary, and can sometimes be boring. By mixing it up a little when decorating a bedroom, it makes the room more interesting and gives the opportunity to try new things one at a time.
Girl's room decor is so much fun! Especially when you get her involved, too! It's her room after all. You'll find all kinds of cute girl's furniture at places like Rooms To Go Kids and my all time favorite CompanyKids®.
DIY Girls' Rooms Decorating Project
You know all those inexpensive white accent pieces you can buy? Like a shelf with pegs, or the one with three little drawers in it? It seems everybody sells them. But maybe you don't want such a bright white, or you want a totally different look.
If you want to re-do one, lightly sand it first, wipe off the dust, then use Kilz2 primer, let it dry a couple days (the longer the primer gets to 'set' the better), then paint with your semi-gloss color of choice. Then let that dry a few days before you hang it up or use it. This makes sure your primer and paint have cured. . .
You could also wrap it with wallpaper, or decopauge some special papers onto the item. Or add some wall decals.
Don't Do What I Did
I decided to take the short lazy route, and didn't sand mine before I used primer (Bin1,2,3). I let it cure like the instructions said, and after I was done painting my design on it, my paint literally peeled right off! Yuckola!
Next time I sanded and used the Kilz2. The Kilz2 worked better for me and it's on my list of favorites. I've used it on several projects, including the interior and exterior of my house!
It's her room, get her involved
Remember, get her involved in her bedroom project. She's the one who has to live in there. Something easy for her would be to let her decorate her furniture or walls with wall stickers. In fact RoomMates would be excellent to use on the white accent pieces mentioned above to kick them up a notch.
Take her shopping (be sure you give her a budget to shop with if she's old enough to understand) or let her pick out some accessories for her room, with your guidance.
If she's on the younger side, give her two or three items to choose from, so she gets to make the final choice. For example, show her 3 lamps, and let her make the choice.
Shop the trendiest accessories every girl wants at LittleMissMatched including stuff for her bedroom. The Kids Category at Target, plus WalMart have several types of wall decor, and some really cute storage pieces among other things that work perfectly for girl's room decor.