- April 6, 2007 at 10:03 pm #240145BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
Some great ideas were already presented, I just have a few to add to
I definitely agree with the painting thing. Paint, especially bold or
bright colors, can totally transform a room. You can usually find
very inexpensive paints if you ask at the help-desk or customer
service counter to see the “rejects”.
These are paints that a
customer had asked to be mixed with color and then the customer
decided not to buy. The store would like to get rid of these pre-
mixed-then-rejected cans of paint so they usually sell them at a
ridiculously low price. Rather than going to the color chart and
picking a color, just look at the colors of the rejects.
If you are
only painting one wall, a gallon of paint will usually do the trick,
so you don’t have to worry about trying to color-match 2 or more
You could also do splatter paint, which would reduce the amount of
paint that you would need, since you aren’t trying to completely
cover the wall with one color. It would be a fun way for you daughter
to help decorate her own room too. Just make sure you cover the
windows with plastic or newspaper first!
As far as decorative items, I’m not sure if you area has 5 Below
5 Below stores are similar to dollar stores, with every item being $5
or less, and the items are geared more for pre-teens/teens. Last year
for Christmas, my partner and I found a light-purple net canopy (with
pink & purple butterflies on it) to put over my daughter’s bed. They
also have blankets, throw pillows, lamps, bead curtains, etc, and
they are very inexpensive.
Just be sure to check the return policy –
I think it’s either “all sales are final” or you only get store
Although I think pottery barn teen is waaaaaaaay too expensive, it
might give you some ideas if you look through their catalogue or
their website. Most of the time you can find similar items or make
similar items for a lot less. http://www.pbteen.com
Hot glue beach glass or aquarium rocks to a edges of a plain mirror
to give it an updated look. Use peel-and-stick wall designs, or take
a peel-&-stick-border and cut out the design (for example, if it’s a
floral pattern, cut out the individual flowers), and place anywhere
on the wall, closet door, light switch, ceiling, etc.
Look in consignment or thrift stores (Salvation Army, Goodwill) for
inexpensive furniture that you can spray paint. You can also use the
stick-ons or borders to deocrate the newly spray painted furniture.
Hope these ideas help! Can’t wait to hear how her room turns out!
Right now I’m living in a two bedroom house, with my son & daughter
sharing a room. I’m hoping to move into a 3 bedroom within the next
year so the kids can each have their own room. I can’t wait to
decorate according to their individual tastes!
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