Girl’s Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

Girl's bedroom makeover on a budget

If that is not an invitation to a nice afternoon siesta, I don’t know what is.

3 weeks ago I decided that between Mother’s Day in the USA and Denmark (and most of the world), and Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic (following Sunday) I’d give my daughter’s bedroom some much-needed TLC.

This post is about the process, see photos of the complete makeover here:

Little mango's kid bedroom makeover (part 1): so i set out to give my kid's bedroom a makeover that reflected who she is, and where she comes from.

This was Little Mango’s bedroom before this started. Nothing wrong with it, just an acute case of “Meh!”.

And here is her homework/craft corner, even after a few projects (lamp, letters spelling her name, and cushion for the chair) it was still drenched in bland.

So I set out to give my kid’s bedroom a makeover that reflected who she is, and where she comes from. Of course, all this with a budget that would barely buy us a meal in the cheapest restaurant in town. Let it not be said that I don’t love a challenge.

These are the things that I tried to incorporate into her room:

Little mango's kid bedroom makeover (part 1): so i set out to give my kid's bedroom a makeover that reflected who she is, and where she comes from.

This year’s carnival. The theme was the ocean, with all the lovely colors that we Dominicans love: acqua, turquoise, navy blue, green. These are the colors that scream tropical living to me.

The simplicity of a campesino‘s home with that blue that makes it look like a million bucks. Dominicans love colorful houses. And the lovely floor at the mall. Remember Little Mango’s floor pad? Similar blue and pattern.

The print in her bedsheets also remind me of the Spanish-style floor here. I also tried to introduce some elements of her Danish heritage, which I did with the heart mobile, the  sign over the door and the ships on the curtain bars to remind her of her paternal family naval tradition.

Little mango's kid bedroom makeover (part 1): so i set out to give my kid's bedroom a makeover that reflected who she is, and where she comes from.

3 weeks ago I had all the furniture you see, and had already bought and remade the lamps over her bed, and had refurbished an old lamp for her desk.

Heart mobile: $0.00 – Patchwork bulletin board: $0.00 – Floor pad: $0.00 – Dresser: US$32 (3 cans spray paint, 1 clear lacquer and sandpaper. The rest I had, including the dresser and fabric). – New pillows: $0.00 – Trash can and pencil holders: US$10.00 (I bought the pencil holders). – Enamel paint for doors and closet and acrylic paint for the wall, plus brushes and rollers: US$51.00 – “Street sign“: $0.00 – This little “bouquet” I made with the leftover paper from her trash can project. Very, very easy, and only took an hour while watching House after Little Mango’s gone to bed.

So about 35 hours of work (spread throughout 3 weeks) and US$93 dollars and Little Mango gets a very happy room. See the results, it’ll prove that a little resourcefulness, and some time, make up for the lack of money.

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11 Comments

  1. katherine says:

    Found your blog from YHL. I am definitely coming back to check out some more of your projects. Love your daughter's room!

  2. MistyMayGrey says:

    absolutely gorgeous! great job!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE your daughters room. Saw it at yhl. Where did you get the desk?

  4. Julie @ www.downtimeweblog.com says:

    I just saw this makeover on Young House Love and I can't believe you did it all for $100. Beautiful job!

  5. Accountant By Day says:

    I really love what you did and I am totally impressed by the budget!

  6. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Your re-do is gorgeous! I love it!

  7. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, Ana. The good thing is that Little Mango felt part of the process the whole time. This is her space, so she must have a saying in what goes in there.

  8. You did a great job with Little Mango's room…and it's so precious 'cause i's all done by you and your talented hands!!!!

  9. Lana Mango says:

    Thank you Anjistar! It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it. We had a lot of fun Little Mango and I, and she loves her bedroom even more now.

  10. Wow! It's lovely to see all the individual projects together .. such a beautiful room .. really inspiring me to crack on with the projects I have in mind for my little girl's room! Thank you for showing us 🙂

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