London’s Big Girl Room

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Almost 3, London was still sleeping in her baby nursery and in her crib with the front taken off.  It was time for her to feel like a big girl!  With potty training underway and a new baby brother, we wanted to give her a fun space that had TONS of DIY and had a very small budget to do it!

Design Inspiration

I would say the low budget played a huge part in the we did everything ourselves.  I wanted a fun, colorful, girly (but not pastel princess!) and modern area for her...a place she could play with a toybox full of toys, art table, books, and more.  She already had a lot of the pieces in her nursery, so the color scheme was pretty understood when we started...just added a bit of flair to it!  :)

Decorating Style

I am in love with big, bold prints and colors...lots of mixtures of textures (ruffles, furriness, and crystal are some faves) and I like a bit of glam.  I also love DIY and budget friendly rooms that inspire and are very doable for a normal, everyday family.  Nothing that costs thousands and is out of reach!

Project Details

twin bed:  antique find ($100), made in the 1930s and found on Craigslist.  Painted and laquered by my husband, yellow paint by Olympic.  We also cut about 5 inches of the legs off the bed to make it was waaay tall!


table/chairs:  separate antique finds (totaling about $50) and painted/laquered by my husband and me with white primer.  The table is an oak end table!  I liked the "mix and match" look of the chairs...they are all different (there is a small stool in the back in addition to the two chairs) and I wanted them all painted the same.


hot pink accent wall:  we painted it white, I taped off the diamonds (didn't measure...just did it) using 3-inch painters tape (widest we could find) and then we painted it hot pink (Olympic) and took the tape off.


black dresser:  was her changing table...took the top part off, added black and white wrapping paper by spray-adhesiving it on and then covered that with Mod Podge.  Replaced hardware with crystal "glam" knobs ($2.50 each) from Hobby Lobby.


black/white damask pillow:  already had


black/white dots pillow: Target


teal/white rosette pillow:  Hobby Lobby sale


hot pink bird/branches pillow:  joom etsy shop


hot pink w/small white dots bedding:  Target ($15)


Ruffle duvet cover:  one of the things I actually bought from a store for full price...Urban Outfitters ($140)  I ususally choose 2 or 3 things to purchase in-store and "splurge" on...and by splurge I mean a couple hundred bucks total.


White and mirrored Side table:  my second full-price splurge...from Target ($79)


chevron stripe window fabric:  moderncloth etsy shop, sewn by my mother :)


white furry rug:  already had, from Target (was a part of her nursery as well)


Chandelier:  already had, from (was a part of her nursery as well) ...was very cheap though!


side-table lamp: already had, used an old lamp shade and recovered it with about $3 worth of pink damask fabric from Hobby Lobby


floor lamp by dresser:  already had as part of her nursery, from Target


Yellow elephant bank:  already had from nursery, from Target


"faux" chandelier over table/chairs:  three separate bird cages found at yard sale and Hobby Lobby...I sprayed each of them with black spray paint, hung them at different heights with black skinny ribbon, and tied hot-pink polka dot ribbon to the tops.  Really cheap and I wanted a chandelier look without wiring in a light. Total was about ($35)


3 stacked floor-to-ceiling mirrors:  Bought one from Target for ($19.99) (its the one on the bottom) and already had the other two from my grandma.  Taped them off and sprayed them bright yellow (Krylon yellow spray paint form Hobby Lobby)  I wanted a really really bold look in that corner, from floor to ceiling, without it being too overwhelming with the pink wall and wanted to keep it fairly simple to balance out the huge gallery wall on the other side.  Didn't want tthe pink wall to have anything else on it so it wouldn't be too busy!


pink shag rug under table/chairs:  Hobby Lobby sale ($10?)



Ok, NOW for that HUGE gallery wall!


"You are my sunshine," "Chin Up Buttercup," "Good Morning Beautiful!" and  "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" GRAPHIC prints were made by ME and can be found in my etsy shop:  West Eighty Third.  Also the paper silhouette in the round frame was made by me and can be found in the shop as well.  The "L" flowered letter can be found there too, also made by me.


frames are a mix of:  Organic Bloom, Modern Knot, and hand-painted Salvation Army/yard sale finds.  Yellow circle frame was a mirror I busted out and octagon frame was a $.99 black from Salvation Army and I just painted it and put scrapbook paper on the face of it...and inside it is a sheep from London's baby mobile that hung over her bed...we wanted to have as much of her "nursery" in the room as possible :)


I painted A LOT of things yellow in this room!  Whew!


"love" mirrored letters were $7.50 and from Hobby Lobby.


Almost all the things on this wall were made by was a labor of love!  It took me MONTHS to collect all the things for this wall.  If I didn't actually make it graphically or with paper, I painted it or altered almost everything.


"So many of my smiles begin with you" canvas was painted and then the letters were just cut out with a cricut and adhered to the canvas.


I also made the little twine heart.


I am a photographer and also took all the black and white photos displayed. I wanted to have lots of fun photos of London and the people she is closest with as part of the wall!


The total for EVERYTHING in this room (that we spent when we made the room), even the new mattress/box springs, etc was about $1100.

Favorite Items

The yellow antique bed!  And the circle silhouette art piece :)  Also the yellow elephant bank...its a treasured item by my daughter :)


DON'T be afraid to create it on your own!  You don't have to go to a furniture store and buy the whole set-up.  Make a list.  Buy a piece here and a piece there...choose a couple of pieces to buy in store and then make the rest!  I don't know how to sew or do don't have to know how to do those skills to create a space.  Buy handmade, make it yourself, and visit craft stores and antique stores for things you can alter and make perfectly your own...things you COULDN'T buy for $1000!


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    WOW – London must be in LOVE with her fun new big girl room! I really like that you went for it and made it so cheerful and full of color and pattern. AND the DIY going on is so impressive. I am just loving that yellow bed. Thanks for sharing!

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    Looks like you had so much fun decorating this room. You clearly went all-out! Normally, I’d say this room is just too overwhelming, but hey, this is a kid’s room, and we all know that the more elements you add to it, the more they like it. By the way, I really love those bird cages.

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    I tried to balance out the overwhelming gallery wall by putting nothing on the other side (the pink wall) and nothing on the wall of the window…I wish you could see the whole room together, it seems less overwhelming when you see it all together.

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    You did an AMAZING JOB! i am seriously inspired for my future little girl’s nursey…thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

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    Wow!! So special! What an encouraging room to view as I am in the process of rdecorating 3 rooms for all my children:):) Looking at this and seeing that it can be done without a ton of money and just a creative individual mind gave me the get up and go I have needed!! Seeing your room made me say….”I know I can, I know I can!” Also, my daughter Cece is 11 and she is encouraged to want to help! She said, “Mom , I think I can be crafty!” Thank you for all the wonderful ideas we can fit into our budget!

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    Thank you, ladies! So sweet of you to comment! Sherri, I *know* she can be crafty too! That is so sweet for her to say that! :) That’s a really fun age to be involved in creating your own bedroom space. So much fun!

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    I LOVE this, totally my style. I’m getting ready to welcome our daughter to our family and have you as a featured design on my blog in trying to decide between two designs. You don’t happen to know the names of the colors you chose??

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    The yellow and pink bed and wall colors are olympic…the teal wall color is walmart better homes and gardens :) The krylon yellow spray is for all the accessories! easy to find yes :)

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    Hi, I would like the brand and mixing info for the blue wall, if you dont mind. I lovethe lookif the room. Defi

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    I’m so impressed with all the hard work you put in to create this room in a budget friendly way. You deserve a lot of credit for that!

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    OMG. I am IN LOVE with this room. I’m trying to re-do my daughter’s room (she’s 2 and ready for a “big girl room”) and have something in mind but am fighting the urge to scrap that and use this room for inspiration! lol. My youngest daughter’s nursery is aqua, pink, and yellow. I’ve wondered what I would change when she’s ready for a toddler room- I love the idea of adding black and glam. Wow, I could go on and on. GREAT job!

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    I am sure you are busy- but lots of us would love to know the brand and the mixing formula used for the paint on the blue walls- it is great! Maybe your paitn store kept a record for you- mine does that on an index card and in the computer by name and address. Thanks!

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    I would love to share it with you, but I posted it on my blog and someone tried it and it came ou tincorrect…so I don’t feel comfortable posting it again bc I don’t want to tell people the wrong thing :) It was at walmart and they don’t keep records I don’t think bc I didn’t even give them my name…I went and looked for the paint sample to see if I coudl spot it but they were out of that color section! :(

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    Great room! I was wondering where you got the pink crown hanging on the wall? My daughter would flip for that. Thanks!

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    I too LOVE being creative. It’s what makes me tick! Making something from nothing is my favorite thing to do. You did a great job with “re purposing” in this room. Love all the bold colors. See me on Facebook…”Room for Change”

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    Hi! I’m totally copying this room for my daughter’s big girl room in our new house this month! Can you tell me the color that you used to paint the “so many of my smiles begin with you” canvas? Thanks!

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    I think this is the sweetest, more precious room I’ve seen! Will you come recreate it for my baby? :)

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    LOVE LOVE this room! You did an amazing job! I looked through all your sources but I couldn’t find what color u used for the walls…I am dying to know because I have been looking for that color forever. If u could let me know I would REALLY appreciate it :) thanks!!!

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    I love this room. Can I ask where you found the wood frames? I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for ones similar to those that are unfinished so I can paint them.

    Thank you!

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    What color is the Ruffle duvet cover, i have looked on the Urban Outfitters site and can’t seem to locate it? I love the room everything about it!

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    I saw that you used the KRYLON spray paint — So I tried it; FAIL. After having so many issues with it, I looked up reviews to see if it was just me, but found a ton of others who had the same problem. If you can find the cans with the normal spray top, it’s fine… but they have a new “360 degree sprayer” on some of the cans and it is TERRIBLE. It literally ran down my arm more than it sprayed. When it sprayed it did in droplets, rather than the regular smooth spray that it’s supposed to.

    Just thought I’d try to help! I looove love lovee this room, and can’t wait until my daughter’s room is finished! We are using your room as inspiration!

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    I love this! I showed it to my 3 year old daughter and she says she likes it but “I want it pink!” She’s obsessed with a pink room after visiting a friend… but I love how there are colors that are great for transitioning from a girl’s room to a big girl’s room as they continue to grow.

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    What is the paint color on the wall? I love the turquoise! Great job with the decorating! Love it!

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    I love the Light blue on the walls…. but cant find the right color match, Do you know what brand paint or color name- would be super helpful

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    Hi Ginny, very beautiful bedroom..I really like the colors and the fact that it is girly without being tacky or too princess like…I am about to decorate my daughter bedroom and really love the blue wall BUT is it actually blue or turquoise? I have been looking for “the perfect blue” but it is hard to find exactly what I like…If you have the chance to answer that be great if not thank you anyway to share your work..

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    In love with this beautiful room, amazing job and finds!! Can u tell me what color is your blue wall?

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    By chance can you share where you got that pink poodle statue?! My daughter seen it & fell in love. Thanks!

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    Is the wall color a blue or more green? Do you know which Krylon yellow color spray paint you used, and the yellow Olympic bed color? Great job!!!!


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    Ginny! I need those prints but your etsy shop says you’re taking a break. I found the picture of this room on a Google search and am using it as inspiration for my 2 year olds big girl room. I love the you are my sunshine and the chin up butter cup! I must have! Please let me know if you’re going to open you etsy shop again. Thanks!

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