As some of you may know, I switched our three bedrooms around last year and our Second Bedroom went from being a shared boy/girl bedroom to a shared girl/girl bedroom. This is a fairly narrow room (4m long x 2.4m wide) but it’s plenty big enough for two kids. (I may rethink that last sentence when they become teenagers.) I had been deliberately avoiding putting too much girly decor in this room but #2 asked (demanded) for MORE PINK. So it would be easier to change the décor as she grows older, I steered her suggestions away from the “marshmallow pink walls with a glittery My Little Pony mural” and more towards “a neutral background with a few pops of pink”.
A couple of months ago I shared how I made these library book ledges and just having the books on display adds so much colour to the room. I also whipped up some bunting from fabric scraps and looped it around the bedroom.
This is the view from the doorway. The pink dresser is a freebie that I painted a soft musk colour with a $2 mis-tint can from Bunnings. The antique wooden dresser has been in my family for four generations and I’m happy to see it has pride of place in this bedroom. I love the glimpse of the gallery wall you can see from the doorway too.
The gallery wall is made with pictures that have special meaning to us. It’s a mixture of woodland animal sketches, fairy pictures from my childhood and birth announcements for the girls. Can you believe someone was throwing that sweet, curvy set of drawers out?! I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
This is a complete misrepresentation of #2’s bed – there’s normally ten thousand stuffed animals and pillows on it. I replaced her bright, multicolored doona cover with my luxurious woolen throw blanket for the photos. The bedframe was given to us by a friend and I painted it a rich, navy blue. I also made the lumbar pillow from a scrap of blue and white fabric and added pink piping to bling it up a little.
How fabulous is that Zsa Zsa Faux Fur cushion (from Kmart)?! The flower light (from IKEA) was chosen by #2 and I’m glad I brought her along on that shopping trip because it’s not what I would have chosen and she absolutely loves it. Actually, “glad” is a strong word because I now remember that she had an epic meltdown in the checkout line and I had to wrangle her screaming body over one shoulder and my IKEA loot over the other as I did my parental walk-of-shame to the car.
On the other side of the room we’ve got #3’s drawers (painted the same musk pink) and change table – both were freebies. Which makes me realize that we didn’t pay for a single piece of furniture in this room! *HIGH FIVES!* To the right of the change table is a blank space just big enough for #3’s cot for when (if) she moves out of our bedroom.
The girls’ dressers aren’t styled in any particular way but I do always keep at least one mother-in-laws tongue plant in the bedroom (actually I have them in every room – they’re great air purifiers and practically indestructible). The sweet Harrods bear and Peter Rabbit money box were presents from Emma’s sister in the U.K.
I’m really pleased with how lovely this room is now, especially considering I spent so little money on it. The only things we bought were the night light and the block-out curtains, everything else was either given to us or found on the side of the road.
Thanks for stopping by to see our girls’ shared bedroom reveal. I’ve got a couple more reveals planned for the coming weeks. Plus I’ll have plenty more projects on the go once our oldest two go back to school in February. 2017 is going to be a great year, I can feel it already!
Update: you can check out my daughter’s bedroom along with oodles of other gorgeous bedrooms over at Shutterfly.