I am so excited for you to see how my little girl got her room transformation and she is loving it! She feels like a big girl and is enjoying the room makeover. In this post, you will see before and after pictures of my little girl’s bedroom, from baby to toddler. You will see how we updated it and kept it on a budget. We made it beautiful and functional and we didn’t throw the house out the window.
When I was pregnant with my son, I made all of his bedding from scratch. I love to sew, so I had a wonderful time making his sheets, crib cover, valance, crib skirt, etc. I even embroidered his crib cover and few other decorations. It was great.
In my daughter’s case a year and a half later, I had an 18-month old running around, I had an ailment-filled pregnancy and we moved across the country, so, between running around with a belly, chasing a toddler and unpacking an entire house, wow, there was a lot to do.
I ended up buying my daughter’s beautiful butterfly bedding and valance and opted to only make a few things myself. It was really hard to use my sewing machine with my curious little guy running around, so I only sewed her curtains to the butterfly valance, added a few pink details the crib bumper and cover and embroidered pink by hand.
The decorations I made by hand were her name (painted the wooden blocks and wooden letters) and painted some picture frames using acrylic paint. I hung a pair of my ballet toe shoes and a pair of tiny ballet toe shoes I got as a present from my parents. They fit perfectly there! Maybe, someday, she will be a ballerina like I was.
Designing a Baby Room to become a Toddler Room
My daughter had the baby room with a convertible crib. We made it a toddler bed (changed the front railing to a short railing that covered only half the front of the bed. I looked for a picture of it, but I couldn’t find it. We then decided to get her a simple twin bed and found this one with two large storage drawers (similar to this one) for about US$150.
Anyway, I took the crib bumper (cheaper if bought as a bedding set) and sewed the two long sides back to back and the two short sides back to back, as to make them a bit thicker. I placed the short one by her head and the longer one along the wall. They still work as borders for her to not bump her head when she wiggles around at night. It looks cute and it was great to upcycle.
I kept her crib cover blanket to add more color and detail to her bed. It will someday be placed in her keepsake box. I kept the rest of her decorations on the wall. There weren’t many changes made there, so that saved us money. I added awesome beaded ribbons to hold her curtains open. Her twin-sized bedding (similar to this) was about US$40 (plus pink sheets).
All in all, she loves her room as it is now. I showed you pictures of the area that went through the biggest changes. Maybe there will be another blog post on the other side of her bedroom someday. I hope you enjoyed seeing how a little girl’s room can look awesome without going broke.