The little girl’s room gets a makeover

Writing about this room makeover makes me immensely happy. It doesn’t make me happy just because I think it’s adorable, which I do, and not just because the little girls love it, which they do…but because this room is the halfway point. Eight months into our remodel, and six rooms down, we are well on the way to getting some fresh zest back into a very unfresh old house.  I now actually feel like it can be done. You can’t think what an immense relief that is to my mind.

girls room make over

It’s much the same feeling you get when you’re running, and you’re basically just focused on not having a stroke or tripping over your own two feet….and then suddenly you realize you’ve finished the hardest part, and you just might live to see another day after all. It’s a terribly gratifying sort of feeling, you know?


     This room makeover was not really in the budget, so this was quite literally, a “shop the house and use what you have” project. I mixed the wall paint from left over whites, and the ceiling color from random paint samples and left overs. That’s why the ceiling is a tad shiny, normally I would use a flat paint, but beggars can’t be choosers.

girls room art

 I actually meant to have a theme for this room. It was to be “vintage circus”. Apparently I’m terrible at themes. Every time I try them, I fail abominably. I’ve diagnosed myself with decorator’s ADHD. I just can’t stand to exclude things that I really love, so everything just tumbles all together. I’m resigned to my fate, and secretly I rather like it.

Would you like to see my favorite feature of this room (besides the little people who live in it of course). It’s the “hobbit hole” door that leads to their closet. I think it’s a simply charming touch.

hidden closet door

As I was snapping pictures for this post, I was remembering a time that my mom bought me a pair of used pants from a thrift store. I was simply destroyed about those pants. I shed buckets of tears. I could not, in my wildest imaginations, believe that my own mother was inflicting such a shocking degradation on her daughter. It was a real blow. I really and truly believed that anything old/used was, and always would be, hideously ugly…and I like pretty things, so there was just no hope for life.

kids room make over

As it turns out, my self inflicted state of martyrdom was quiet unnecessary. (Which is probably why my mother wisely ignored my dramatics.) As it turns out, I’ve learned that old and used make the very best sort of pretty.

built in toy bench

One just needs a little imagination, that’s all.

50's era room make over

And, a hearty dose of color never hurt anything either.

vintage style kids room

I imagine my girls will most likely have a melt down over the tribulations of thriftiness at some point in their futures. I daresay I’ll be just as sympathetic to their woes as my own mother was to mine.

wood walls

But, for now, they think thrifty room make overs are just about the next best thing to Christmas Day itself.

vintage style girls room

I tend to have very similar opinions of them myself, especially after the room is finished. (It’s probably best we didn’t speak of my opinions of them during the process!)


You can find the tutorial for the sharpie art embroidery hoops HERE. A tutorial for the lined curtains will be coming up soon! Also, did you noticed this room was painted? (ha! Just checkin’!) Want to know all about how to paint without using painters tape? We’ll be talking about that later too, as well as catching you up to date on the five rooms that were done previous to this one. Don’t miss out!

Updated: Tutorial for how to paint without tape HERE / Tutorial for lined curtains HERE

1 Corinthians 15:58   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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24 Responses to The little girl’s room gets a makeover

  1. what a cute room, those build ins are perfect! Love it all!!

  2. Tammy says:

    I LOVE this room! You did a great job! I could see from the before picture that this room had amazing potential! My post for today was Attic Bedrooms, too!

  3. What a bright and cheery room! I love it. What a lucky little girl. :)

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  5. well thank goodness you have some good imagination! that was a real “yikes” before. I looove how the builtins look now.

  6. Amanda :) says:

    I love it! It is so airy, crisp and much larger looking now. The non-theme is adorable.

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  8. Amy says:

    What a charming, cozy room for little girls! I like rooms with sloped ceilings. Painting the paneling made all the difference.

    • Abby says:

      Thank you Amy! Sloped ceilings are terribly cute and quaint, even if they are tricky to arrange with furniture. I think the cozy factor makes up for the pain of them! =) Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Featuring this DARLING room tonight at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday on the Korner! :)

  10. Erin says:

    Absolutely adorable! I had to giggle at your “used pants” story. I was soooo fussy about clothing as a girl. My children are much less snobby/spoiled than I ever was and even get excited when I bring cute things home from garage sales or the thrift store-things I would have shed dramatic tears over at their age!

    • Abby says:

      Thank you Erin! So far mine are proving less spoiled than myself as well…Hope it stays that way! =) Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

  11. Francine says:

    This room turned out just lovely … I love it!!!

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  13. suburbsmama says:

    Love this makeover! Such a fun and happy space now! What a difference white paint makes. If you get a chance, please link up to the Suburbsmama Sunday Linky Party:

  14. Such a beautiful space! I wouldn’t have guessed the theme but since you’ve pointed it out, I do see hints around! I love rooms that aren’t too theme-y. Makes ‘em easy to change!

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  18. Lora says:

    The “vintage circus” theme reminds me of a baby blanket on of the boys had… might have been your mister (can’t recall) at any rate our mother embroidered it and I loved tracing the stitching with my finger. Cute room!

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