This post could alternately be titled, "How to Create a Bedroom That Works Equally Well for a Boy or a Girl, a Teenager, or a Five Year Old," because that's the look we were going for.
Whew. That's exhausting.
We are approved to foster any child from ages 5-12, boy or girl, any race. That made creating a bedroom for this unknown child a daunting task. In order to keep it simple, we followed a few guidelines that I found here.
Here are the first few pictures: This is the view as you are standing in the hallway looking into the room. (Disclaimer: These pictures are grainy and some of them have a yellowish tint to them. That's what I get for trying to take pictures in the dead of night in a room with poor lighting. )
I love choosing wall colors, but I wanted this room to be something that could be changed depending on the type of placement that we get; so if we were to get a nine year old girl and she wants a pink bedroom, we can change it with little cost to us. So, don't mind the wall color, that can be changed down the road.
The first thing I did was to make the curtains. They were actually full-sized flat sheets that went on sale at Big Lots around Christmas time. I purchased two sheet sets for $10 each and then just cut them in half and used some no sew tape to hem up the edges. Super easy and way cheaper than buying 4 curtain panels at $15 a panel.
Then we moved in the furniture that we already had in our house. The bed and dresser are antiques that I used when I was a kid. They are awesome pieces of furniture but several decades of use had left them a little chipped and sad looking. So, I got some spray paint and brightened them up a little bit.
Then, we found a small bookcase at Target for $20 and filled it with children's books I've been collecting for the past year, and we put in some fabric bins to hold toys.
Then there is an abstract type painting that I did in college with a quote that I love on it. It says, "Life is a journey that's homeward bound...".
And, since we are on the topic of quotes, and I do love some good quotes, I put some more up to fill the blank space to the right of the bed.
here because Sarah was gracious enough to share them as free printables. There are so many more to choose from, and I love reading her blog because she always writes so deeply. Here are some close-ups of the quotes.
this little guy, who I snagged for $15 at Goodwill's 50% off sale. Score.
So, that's how we made this bedroom. We didn't want anything to feel too permanent, in case we want to switch up the wall color or something down the road, but we did want it to feel like a space that is cozy and bedroom-like. We are pretty happy with the end result. Not too shabby for a room that cost less than $70 including spray paint and the books and toys.