Turning a small space into a child’s room

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I wanted to share this child room with you. My sister-n- law and I designed and decorated this room a few years back for a client. She wanted to move her three year old out of their bedroom and into his own space. They had a  funky little space at the top of their stairway. We gave them hope that it could be a great space for a child, with the right planning.

In a small space lots of storage in necessary. We had my brother-n-law build a custom cabinet to fit in the corner. The higher shelves were for mom, so she could store toys that could be rotated & extra linens. We found the bins at Pottery Barn.

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Next on the list was a place for him to sit and draw. And as he got older, he would have a place to do homework. Chalk board paint was used on the desk  top. Kids really enjoy drawing on chalkboards. We  found a red colored coordinating chair. I’m not sure if we got it at Pottery Barn or the Mill Store and the client painted it. We found a wheel around bin( for more toys & extra sitting)  that could also go under the desk.

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The book rack on the wall came from the Mill Store. The store  is a great place to find items if your on a tight budget. You can stain or paint them yourself.

The bed we spray painted to match the wall cabinet. The curtains were shower curtains we had found at JC Penny and my sister-n-law made them into Roman shades. We found coordinating  fabric to make cornices. They were very easy to make. Some day I’ll do A tutorial on them.When using Roman shades make sure their our no hanging strings. It can be dangerous. I know in the picture they are hanging but the mother was going to buy the hardware after we left to put the strings up high and out of the hands of the little one.

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The bedding came from Pottery Barn. We started the whole design process with that. The client had bought the quilt first and we took all are ques for  color from it.

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On the walls we used Benjamin Moore paint. We used a lighter shade blue on the ceiling. This helps make the room feel and look a little bigger. Your eye doesn’t stop at the ceiling /wall line. On the wall that the bed is up against, we used a magnetic paint. We did this so he could put little magnetics on the wall, letters,cars ( another surface to play on).However we were not happy with the results( We had used five coats of paint). It could only hold a very thin magnetic. Maybe the paint has improved since then (this was done 4 years ago). We found the paint at our local Ace Hardware store.

Hope this gives you some great ideas for storage and getting the most out of a small area.

Have a great night & Enjoy!

Tracy

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