Kids’ rooms can be tough to decorate. As soon as you think you’ve designed the perfect space, their opinions change. Suddenly the nursery decor you once loved is too baby-ish. Sesame Street is no longer cool and must make way for Sofia the First. Sigh. And then you’re back to square one.
It’s for this very reason that I decorate my kids’ rooms and our kids playroom using a mix of both expensive and budget-friendly items. I don’t mind paying up for a few staple pieces — like quality rugs that will withstand crayon marks and juice spills or timeless furniture — but I often hunt for deals or tackle DIYs to round out my decorating.
Lately, I’ve been working on a few upgrades in my daughter’s room, which I’m excited to share with you today. Here’s a look at her nearly completed space:
And here are three easy DIY upgrades you can make for any kids’ space like a bedroom, playroom or homework station:
- Painted monogram pillow
- IKEA Ribba frame turned pinboard
- Pom-pom wall letter
Today I am sharing a quick roundup of these projects with you. This blog post is like a 3-for-1 deal. Hooray for you!
Painted Monogram Pillow
I have a serious problem with throw pillows. (Is there a self-help program for those of us who simply cannot resist switching up our throw pillows in every room of the house ALL the time?!) In lieu of purchasing yet another pillow that, in reality, will likely spend most of its life sitting on a floor, I decided to make one instead. I also couldn’t find a pillow with an H on it that came in my preferred color, so a DIY project seemed like the only option that would result in me getting the finished product that I wanted.
Here’s the painted monogram pillow I made for H’s room:
Painting a pillow is super simple. I love this project because it’s inexpensive and it also gives you maximum creative control.
To paint a pillow, you’ll need:
- A white cotton throw pillow cover
- Acrylic craft paint (I purchased mine at Michael’s)
- A foam paint brush (you can paint with a regular brush too, but the foam brush will give you more control over your brushstrokes)
- A stencil, painter’s tape, or a wooden letter to trace (I used a wooden craft letter from Michael’s for this pillow, but the options are endless)
First, iron your pillow cover to ensure there are no wrinkles. Then place a thin layer of paper — I actually used a paper grocery bag — in between the two sides of the pillow cover so that the paint doesn’t bleed through. Arrange your stencil or create a design using your tape, paint, and let it dry. That’s it!
IKEA Ribba Frame Turned Pinboard
Now that the youngest guy in our house is walking and grabbing at everything, we’re continually moving breakable items higher and higher on our shelves so that they are out of his reach. H is also amassing a collection of items she wants to save — like birthday cards, medals, swim ribbons, and more — that are currently sprawled across the top of her dresser.
Pop the glass and mat out of the frame, replace it with two cork placemats cut to size, secure the back of the frame, and you’re done. This could not be any easier, and the only item I had to buy to make this was the set of placemats which were a whopping $4 (!!!).
I’m still figuring out what other items we’re going to hang next to it. Stay tuned…
Pom-Pom Wall Letter
I made some pom-pom letters for our playroom about a month ago, and liked the result so much that I decided to replicate the project in H’s room. I present to you her pom-pom letter that’s incorporated into her gallery wall:
This project is SO easy and maybe took me 30 minutes tops to complete. It’s a great DIY to do while you’re sitting in front of the TV (my favorite kind!). Get the full tutorial here.
And for good measure, here’s another shot of the gallery wall. After years of H’s walls looking ho-hum, I finally decided to fix the situation and create a spot that better reflected her fun, spunky personality:
Want more decorating ideas for nurseries, kids’ rooms and playrooms? Check out these posts:
- How to Create a Dedicated Area to Display Kids’ Artwork
- 3 Tips for Creating an Affordable Gallery Wall for the Kids’ Playroom
I also pin lots of kid-friendly decor ideas on this Pinterest board, so be sure to follow along for inspiration!
P.S. I am super excited to share a new blog series with you soon! I promise it’s going to be good and I can’t wait to tell you more. Stay tuned for details in an upcoming post. In the meantime, make sure you don’t miss a post and sign up for my e-mail list!