September is always full of goodbyes and hellos for my children. Goodbye to summer. Goodbye to wearing bathing suits all day. Goodbye to campfires and marshmallows. Goodbye to barefeet. Goodbye to staying up late because the sun doesn’t go down until they are ready to go down. Goodbye to swimming in the lake. Goodbye to dirtbiking through the mud. Goodbye to running around with friends outside every day of the week. Goodbye to water balloons. Goodbye to slip and slides. Goodbye to eating straight from the garden. Goodbye to tank tops and short shorts…
Let’s not forget the hellos! Hello new class; new teacher; new backpack! Hello to old school friends and potential new friends! Hello to recess; and field trips; and art class! Hello to new ideas and new beginnings! Hello to shiny new kicks and sparkly new lip gloss! Hello to soccer games and dance class! Hello to new possibilities. Welcome, fall.
I usually make a goal for myself over the summer which can consist of anything that I don’t normally have time for during the school year. This summer, my goal was to complete my daughter’s bedroom makeover by her birthday, which is September 4th. We had discussed possibilities and decided on fabric so it was time to put our ideas to work. I always like to tackle the biggest project first; get it over with so I can have fun with the details. So, in this case, it was a new dresser set. Check out my post about how I made this come together.
Next came the lighting. The current situation was way too glaring and fluorescent with no hint of warmth. So, off came the “cookie cutter” light fixture and in came this beauty. Check out our transformation here.
Next thing on the list was her bed. Her current bed was actually just a plain pine bed with drawers on the bottom. Way too heavy for this room and no girlyness at all! I found an antique wrought iron bed for a great price and what a difference it made. You will see it in the final photos!
Now what bedroom makeover is complete without new bedding. My daughter and I scoured the internet in search of some fabulous fabric in which to coat her bed. We found these gorgeous designs by Dena Designs from her Kumari Gardens line and bought them off a seller on etsy called Stitchinfabric.
Aren’t they fun?! The best idea when making bedding, in my opinion, is to find a few fabrics that don’t technically match but coordinate. These ones fell into the latter category and we loved them when they arrived! Way better in person, as most fabric bought online usually is.
Anyway, her bedding includes just the basics. I bought a plain pink bedskirt and sheets so as not to overwhelm the new prints. And the prints were used on the quilt and the pillow sham, as you will see in the photos. Sorry no tutorials here. I don’t do sewing tutorials!! I will show you my “floor plan” for the quilt though, which is always a good idea to make!
With the leftover fabric, we decided to make was a padded wooden window valance. This was a super easy project that I have a tutorial on here.
Since my daughter has been taking sewing lessons courtesy of me, we made this owl to match her bedding as one of our first “sewing machine” projects.
We had this sign of her name done when we lived in Victoria, BCShe made this owl treehouse with a foam craft kit from Michaels
I am glad I decided to do a ruffle! How cute right?And we can’t forget “Molly and Lacey’s corner” (Lacey is missing in this photo). We made her this bedroom set and wardrobe awhile back. Her bedding doesn’t match but it coordinates enough!
So that is that! Hope you have enjoyed this series of posts! I have a wonderful new recipe to share with you all next time. See you soon!
The Mad Radish says: I bet she was excited for her first night in her new room!
The Snobby Wasabi says: Wow; bedroom makeover on a budget! I won’t have to worry about that but it is nice to see you can make a room look great without spending the big bucks!