As some may already know, Ethan and I are expecting our second child in January, a younger sister for our now 20-month old daughter, Izzie. Since we have a nursery already set up, we are transitioning Izzie into a “big-girl room,” complete with a single bed! Here is the BIG REVEAL!
Goodbye guest room (furnished with my old double bed from college and my mother’s hand-me-down dresser).
Hello, Big-girl room!
All the Elements
1. Bunk beds: I looked into buying used bunk-beds, but found that most were still out of our price-range, even on Craigslist. A friend had bought bunk beds for her teenage son at Walmart and said they had held up well so far. Ethan and I ended up buying the Elise Bunk Bed in Soft White from Walmart. For $200, it was a bargain! They came un-assembled, but came with good directions and were put together in 3 hours. They definitely seem sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of a toddler girl. We hope they will last Izzie and Lucy (#2) for quite awhile!
2. Pottery Barn Bedding: When I was originally planning Izzie’s new room, I started looking around at quilts. I love Pottery Barn, but again, Target was more in our price range. Even then, a single, twin quilt at Target was still about $90. When I was at our local Nearly New Sale shopping for baby clothes, I came across two twin quilt sets from Pottery Barn, including decorative pillows, sheets, bed skirts, and pillow shams. The woman selling them said they came from a vacation home her parents recently bought – they were barely used and she was only asking $80 for everything! Now that they are in the room, I love them even more!
3. Wall Hangings: I wanted to add a personal touch to Izzie’s new room as I had to her nursery by making fabric wall-hangings. i used the decorative pillow for inspiration for the butterfly and the quilt as inspirations for the flowers. I found this set very difficult to make because of the many different fabrics and creating interest without overkill. In the end, I am pleased and I think Izzie will appreciate them as she grows. Check out my detailed post about creating wall hangings.
4. Matching Lamp: Once I had finished the wall hangings, I decided to re-purpose an old lamp I kept in my office. I added fabric cut-outs of flowers outlined with puffy-paint to the basic white lamp shade. The cut-outs attached easily to the lamp shade using Liquid Stitch.
5. Re-purposed Dresser: We moved the dresser once in our office into Izzie’s new room. The white really pops against the blue walls!
6. The finishing touches: Some small touches have already been added to the room to enhance the decor, such as the large Teddy Bear, a pink piggy bank, and a decorative light switch cover. Soon coming will be letters spelling out Izzie’s name, a matching Pottery Barn rug (a hand-me-down from my cousin), and Izzie’s decorative barrette holder.
All in all, we spent very little transforming our guest bedroom into a beautiful big-girl room for Izzie. Last night was Izzie’s first night sleeping in there and we were pleasantly surprised with how smoothly it went!
What do you think?