Tiny DIY Vintage Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

Firstly, I have to say a HUGE and humble thank you to everyone for the lovely comments, emails and social shares following my previous post.
I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the beautiful response and am beyond grateful. Thank you all.
Now, onto the good stuff…

Let’s not focus on the fact I started decorating this bedroom almost four years ago.

Let’s simply rejoice in knowing it’s now done.

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

To be fair though, it has been pretty much done for quite a while now.

There were just lots of finishing touches I kept wanting to add before sharing it with the world.

You see, it’s a bit of a curse; this whole ‘interiors blogging’ thing (well, for me, at least). And I’m still not sure whether it’s a good thing or not. On one hand it drives you to do the absolute best job you can, on the other it questions whether your best is really good enough.

In the overall scheme of things though, it’s just decorating, right?

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

Anyhoo, as I’ve mentioned before, Charlotte’s room is kinda teeny. There’s a bed, a dresser, a desk…and that’s pretty much it! Though what it lacks in size I like to think it makes up for in character!

Sweet Girl's Room Craft/Study Nook

If you’ve been following along from the start, aside from the fact you deserve a medal, you’ll know that everything has been thrifted, DIY’ed, hacked or bargain-hunted! Most projects I’ve blogged about before and you can find a little gallery at the end of this post if you’d like to learn more about something in particular.

Sweet Farmhouse Style DIY Girl's Bedroom

One of the bigger projects I haven’t yet shared properly however is the bed.

Pretty Girl's DIY Vintage Style Bedroom

Because Charlotte’s room is so small and the doorway is on a weird angle I could never get a decent photo of the entire thing in one frame (even with my wide angle lens) so I gave up trying to blog about it!

From the start I had envisioned a symmetrical bed in this space because it needed to sit right in front of the window, however symmetrical beds aren’t all that easy to come by. Instead, I found two matching single beds on Bay (for just $25 each – you can see the before shot here) and attached the head of one to the foot of the other. Bamb!

Girl's Bedroom Craft and Study Area

Sweet Girl's Bedroom Desk Nook

Like I already mentioned, I couldn’t get the whole bed in one frame though you can see the foot in the above pics.

To finish I painted the whole thing a sweet bluey-green (‘Irish Moor’ by Dulux) and added some DIY gold dipped legs.

One of the more recent additions to the room is this file cabinet.

File Cabinet Craft Drawers and Lego Storage

Chalkboard Painted File Cabinet

Well, technically, it’s two stacked together. The lower portion holds all of Charlotte’s crafty things and the top houses a gajillion Lego pieces!

File Cabinet in Kid's Room

I can’t express how much I adore these cabinets! The storage they provide is awesome.

And I love that because they’re metal Charlotte can attach magnets to display drawings and make cute word phrases.

Girl's Room Desk

Both the entrance door and wardrobe bi-fold used to be plain flat slabs so I dressed each of them up with some paint and trim.

DIY Door Makeovers

The wardrobe bi-fold went all barn-ish and the entrance door is now kinda dapper. Such easy projects though the difference is amazing!

Behind the entrance door are four DIY floating bookshelves and some simple hooks I installed AGES ago.

DIY Floating Bookshelves for Behind a Door

And these cute jackalope decals on the rear add a touch of whimsy.

DIY Behind Door Decals

DIY Door Decals

In the little nook between the dresser and wardrobe is this rose gold horse’s head which Charlotte hangs her school bag on.

Rose Gold Horse Head Hook

And there are lots of little details scattered throughout the room.

Curtains with String Lights

Sweet Girl's Room Shelves

DIY Wall Lamp and DIY Farmhouse Sign

Girl's Room Dresser Vignette

I know it was a long time coming and I’m so grateful to those of you who have been following along from the beginning. Hope you like it!

Small DIY Vintage Girl's Bedroom on a Budget

I’ve promised my little boy that his room is next and I’m determined to finish it before he turns 21! Nah, seriously, I’ve already got some crazy green paint swatches on the wall and I plan to have it complete soon. I’m actually super excited about it!

Signature

I’ll be back soon to share all of the source info though in the meantime feel free to ask any questions and find the project gallery below.

 

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      


43 Comments
  1. Deb from Maryland says:

    The room looks awesome! – and Charlotte is cute as a button. :)

  2. Leslie McCarthy says:

    It’s a beautiful room. A room Charlotte can grow with…not too girly or childish. I hope she loves it. Did she have input into the decor at all, colors, etc.? Just curious.

    • Thanks Leslie.
      I started decorating this room when Charlotte was just two so of course I made all of the early decisions which still dictate the overall feel of the space.
      As Charlotte grew and developed more of an opinion, as with most girls, she wanted everything pink! Though as someone who likes using a neutral base and decorating for longevity it just didn’t seem practical to me (plus, I am NOT a pink person). So, we settled on some pink accents instead – Charlotte chose the flamingo print and we added a pink blanket and pillow to the bed, plus there are lots of other fun and colourful touches too. Charlotte chose the bunnies for behind the door and the phrase for the sign above her bed and of course she re-arranges the accessories on the shelves and the dresser vignette whenever it suits her. She really loves it!

  3. Lisa says:

    You nailed it girl!!!! Do not doubt your talent!

  4. Seriously, you did a fanominal job! I just love it! It has loads of character and charm and imagination and childlike whimsy! Bravo!!! And you are so right, it’s just decorating. So just enjoy it, don’t take it too seriously, but be super proud of a job well done! Every child should have a safe, clean, inspiring place to be in…

  5. Sara says:

    SO good!! Everything looks perfect! How you do that little skirt on her bed?

    • Thanks Sara. I did that a few years ago though never posted about it. I bought a linen-look tablecloth (from the supermarket for $5!), cut it to length, hemmed the edges (only the short sides – the long side uses the original hem from the tablecloth) and sewed a little pleat in the middle then stapled it directly to the bed base.

  6. Deb Pelton says:

    Nice job! Never worry about “perfect”. If people want perfect they can go to a museum. I want nice real homes with character and heart. I want the warmth of living. Keep up the great job and don’t worry about what others think. Bottom line it’s your family, your home. KUDOS!😊🐝

  7. Kim O. says:

    So very perfect and little girlish, vintage, simple, and not overdone…fantastic!! You have such great style

  8. Alessandra says:

    I wish I had a room this pretty while growing up, I don’t know how to express how much I like what you do, seriously.

  9. So sweet a room and full of delightful pieces!!!
    It will be a room that continues to grow as she does!

  10. Beautiful room! Love the wood tones and those floral curtains. So pretty

  11. Marcie says:

    The room is precious as is sweet Charlotte :) It’s fun to see all of the project all together!

    • Yes, so nice to be able to see everything together and count all the DIY’s! There are actually more which I haven’t included (like the bed skirt and hand-stamped coverlet). Very rewarding!

  12. Beautiful. I love all of the different layers and colours and how everything came together. Your layered window treatments inspired me for our master bedroom makeover. It’s such a great look and very functional.

  13. Sam says:

    Loving this whimsy room! Long time follower here and let me tell you it’s worth waiting for. Now if only you’d share the bathroom you gave us a sneak peek at….

    • Ah yes! That’s coming soon! Just waiting for my dad to install the lights so I can bring in some finishing touches.

  14. Katie Williams says:

    What a cozy, so real girl’s room. So many blogs rooms all look alike. This looks like a room in a home gradually put together over years with things acquired from family and creativity. I never post on blogs , not even sure you will receive this. Can just imagine a little girl who grows to be a young women in this special room. Big is not best. What a delight.

    • Aw, thanks so much Katie. Yes, I certainly did get your comment and I really appreciate it :)

  15. Diana Lopes says:

    Omg, the rooms looks amazing!! I love the vintage decor, the “hidden” reading corner behind the door and the rabbits painted on the door. Looks awesome!!

  16. Patricia says:

    This room is a perfect example of less is more. You have shown people what can be done with a small space if you are creative. It is not always about the size of the room or the budget. I love this room because of everything you created or upcycled or whatever else you did. It’s a wonderful room.
    I can’t wait for your next project!

  17. This is so lovely Kristine. I love all the little details (the Sylvanian family rabbits in a glass jar is too sweet!) and I love the extra height you added to the filing cabinet by stacking another one on. Quick question – where did you get the wall lamp above the bed from (please tell me you got it in Australia!)? xx

    • Hi Kate
      Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news…yes, the light was from Australia though I bought it a few years ago and don’t think it’s still available. It was actually never really a wall light though. The good news…because I get crazy ideas and kinda just attached a desk lamp to the wall you can use any desk lamp you like as long as it has the right shape and proportions and/or adjustable arms!
      You can read more about it here: http://thepaintedhive.net/2014/09/a-desk-lamp-becomes-a-wall-light/
      Kristine

  18. Otto says:

    Wow these look stunning! Great job.

  19. Chris says:

    I really liked the different types of accents you had on the shelves of the bedroom. That golden horse head for hanging things is really unique and cool. I got some fun ideas from your blog pictures above. It is so hard to come with ideas for decorating our house!

  20. Wow Kristine, it’s easy to see why this room was 4 years in the making – just love all the small details you’ve added and upcycle pieces. Well done!

    • Thanks so much Gina. Hopefully my little boy’s room takes a few less years. LOL!

  21. Kelly says:

    I love everything about this room! It’s perfect! You mention it’s small but she’s got a desk, a dresser and that neat file storage! I love the light! Very inspiring! I love the printed beddding, and the smiley pillow with the ball tassles! Is the pillow handmade or bought?

    • Thanks Kelly. I found that sun pillow at Kmart a few years ago. It was only $8!

  22. Kelly says:

    So lovely! Can you share the link for the ceiling fan? It’s so hard to find a good-looking one!

    • I wish I could share the link with you Kelly though I bought that fan a few years ago and they are no longer available :(

  23. Sean Mahan says:

    The place looks amazing! Lots of personality, you got that right! Beautiful!

  24. Lisa Breckenridge says:

    So I have that PB duvet and I love what you did with it so much that I want to make drapes out of it too! Your decor style is fantastic, love your home ! I stumbled upon you by doing a google search on the duvet cover :D Congrats on your daughters room being done…I’m a big believer in rooms evolving not being “decorated and done”…

  25. Lauren T. Furey says:

    I love the little desk! I need to find something like that for the space in a dormer~

    • Cute little desks can be hard to find so also look for a hall table you can trim the legs down on :)

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