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I am in the midst of trying to spring clean 1 room at a time, just as I am able. The time came to clean up my 2 youngest girls shared bedroom – or more appropriately put – the 2 pack rats bedroom.
It was bad.
Really, really bad.
There was toy crap shoved in every nook and cranny, toys they never even played with taking up precious space, and the room looked like a cluttered mess.
It was going to take a bit more than the standard “spring clean” to get this room up to par.
I’ve shared the makeover details of this space a few years ago, HERE. Today, I want to share how we purged and organized it better, added some DIY’s that suited their personalities and growing ages better, and how we used a few special items to refresh and liven it up again.
Come on it through the pink door.
We gave it a fresh coat of pink paint for one major reason – the girls wanted this pink on their walls so badly.
I just couldn’t do it. It would give me anxiety to have a room all this pink.
So we settled for the door 😉
Then we added these inexpensive IKEA spice racks for bookshelves. They both love books so much and I wanted their room to have more books than toys. Without the room for an actual bookshelf, these on-the-wall shelves were a much better solution.
We have a large bookshelf in our basement so I can rotate the books after they have had their fill of this selection. I love to snag vintage looking books from thrift stores when I see them.
Then I set to work on organizing their closet better for them.
The baskets have very few essential items in them – like missing sock matches, bed robes, their money, etc.
They only got to keep a few of their favorite stuffed animals and dolls in the toy box underneath.
What we really needed was a way for them to easily store and clean up their collection of small dolls. I was thrilled to find this adorable white rolling cart at World Market.
They like to drag their special toys out to the living room to play, and now they can easily do that and clean it up just as easily.
My kids are pretty easy when it comes to Holiday’s and Birthdays. They ask for the same things – princess’s, ponies, figurines – and we just add to their collections slowly.
I threw in some dollar store containers in the drawers to keep it organized and they love rolling around their collections to play with.
We still keep their beautiful grandma-made baby blessing dresses on the walls for display.
What these 2 girls really love to do is sit down to a table to color and craft together (they are little besties). They always drug their mess to the kitchen table, which was okay until dinner time. I wanted to give them a special spot in their room to create. Probably a total selfish decision on my part – but they love this little desk, none-the-less.
This was a custom built desk and bench set, by my sweet husband who totally caved to my batting eyes. It’s a bit taller than a kids desk, but smaller than a standard table. It should suit them for years to come.
It is made out of pine and then I stained it with Minwax 61860 1 Quart White Wash Pickling Stain
– which I just love and use all the time.
It keeps the beautiful wood tones for my husbands liking, but turns wood a beautiful white color for my liking.
Now I’ll share what we changed over by their dad-made beds. (See more details on the beds in THIS post).
The bedding pretty much stayed the same, except I threw in these darling and affordable velvet pillows from World Market.
I let each girl pick their color of choice from all the many color options they had.
I was a proud mother when they picked a soft pink and a soft blue.
Their grandmother made the sweet crocheted pillows and I made their duvet covers (more on that in my first post).
Grandma also made them each a Raggedy Anne doll when they were babies.
They really enjoy having books handy by their beds as well, stored in some old plate racks my mom was disposing of.
We also added some hanging frames, also from World Market. I really wanted to incorporate some images of them into their rooms this time, and these frames were perfect for easily hanging around the room.
We are going to attempt to keep my childhood nightstand clean and simple, just like so.
Though I imagine my daughter has plans of her own 😉
We used to have a chalkboard up in their room, but they just were not using it any more. We decided instead to place a mirror in there and luckily we had an old hand-me-down one sitting in our garage. My husband built a frame around it, and added a ballerina bar.
That’s what the girls call it, any way.
I still love my thrift store makeover, grain sack stool in here as well.
And other sweet thrift store treasures for display.
I’m so pleased we were able to refresh this space and love it again, with just a few simple touches to suit their needs. Kids change so fast, and I believe their rooms should try to change with them – if even just a little.
Remember, you can see how it looked a few years ago in my first shared bedroom post and compare it to now.
But stay tuned later this week, I’ll be sharing a short little video of the girls as they share their thoughts on this space.
It’s pretty silly.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions or questions you have about this girls shared room!
Have you been getting the cleaning itch as well and looking to refresh a few spots in your home too?
Thanks for reading!
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Hi there, Love your girls bedroom! Could you please tell me where you found that beautiful pink rug? Also, how did you put that bench in their closet and where did you find the correct size for the cushion in there? Thank you so much!
Where do you put their clothes?
Hi there, can you share where you purchased the white eyelet-looking drawers from? 🙂
Love this! where are the pull out drawers from, that are under the bed?
So pretty! Where did you get the material for the curtains over their closet? I love love love the blue floral on white!
A thrift store, actually! It was an old sheet I hemmed up. Cost a total of $2!
Thank you for you’re quick response! I actually also found your post about the first time you updated the girls room, and saw that you got the fabric from sheets at a thrift store, amazing! This definitely opens my eyes to more things around me that cost less money. Can I hire you to come to my house? 😉 Thank you.
I love it! One question…where are their clothes?
I love it it is stunning
Which dollar store did you get the little baskets for cart? I need them and those look like they fit perfectly!
Adorable room! Where did you get the under-the-bed storage containers? Thanks!
This is such a gorgeous room for your girls! I love it. The beds look really cool, and such clever and beautiful storage ideas. I especially like the reading nook in the closet.
I love this! I want that white cart from World Market so bad! Can you tell me where you got the sweet alphabet fairy cards displayed in this room?
Very, very nice.
Did you make the pink heart? I love the room.
Hey girl I love their room! So pretty ! Great job!
Looks great!! Love how you did the closet! I loved all the years my boys shared a room-I think it is what made them so close. Cherish this time, it makes beautiful memories.
Once again perfection. Do the girls have a large room. My granddaughters share a room and your ideas inspire this grandmother. You are awesome and your ideas inspire my R creative mind.
Just told my husband this weekend that our girls need some mirrors in their rooms. I’m hoping that the mirrors help them to keep their get ready stuff out of my bathroom. 🙂
I adore this!! You’re girls are lucky to have a mother talented enough to incorporate beauty and function into their room! I love every gorgeous detail!
I think all the the updates you made reflect your two sweet little girls. Love the addition of the mirror and hanging pictures and I love things organized. So your additions of organization for all their toys and fun things to play with were spot on.