Today I’m sharing how I transformed a builder’s grade two-tone turquoise room into a feminine woodland theme retreat for little girls. Even though I shared a teaser reveal last week of both room makeovers, this one is the dedicated full reveal with all the sources for the girls’ room.
As a reminder, here is a side-by-side of what it looked like before and what it looks like now:
I shared design plans in this post and the 6 week timeline progress in this post and what we did on each day. But to summarize briefly, I built built-in bookcases, a window seat, added crown moulding, put wallpaper on the walls, painted 1 wall, added a gorgeous rug, a dresser, and of course some pretty decor.
The Window Seat
The window seat was built from 2x4s that are wrapped in MDF, then trimmed out with 1x3s. I’ll have a how-to post up soon on it, but the nice part is the top has a lid which opens to ample storage.
Above the window seat I got a custom linen roman shade with a black-out liner. It is cordless so there is no danger around the kids, and its easy to raise and lower when sitting at the window.
For the cushion on top, I just got a long piece of foam and safety pinned fabric to it. Probably the best long term solution would be to get something custom, but my sewing machine isn’t working and pinning worked great! It also allows it to be removed for washing pretty easy for now.
The window seat has great storage too!
The throw pillows are all from Ikea.
Since we decided to keep the beds they had, we were able to splurge a little on the wallpaper. They also sell this one at Anthropologie, but it is cheaper sold at Home Depot online. It has the prettiest colors, don’t you think?
There is a mix of colorful birds, flowers, and small animals like rabbits and butterflies, and it appropriately named, Whimsy Pink Fauna.
The Built-In Bookcases
The bookcases were built from MDF also and trimmed out with fluted casing and crown molding. I drilled shelf pin holes on the sides so the shelves would be adjustable and attached a 1×2 to each 3/4″ MDF shelf.
For the bookcase styling I like to use a mix of new, vintage, and things they already owned. This gives the styling a unique, collected look. The colorful books on the bottom shelf all belonged to the girls, as did the framed pictures of Jesus. The smaller round frame was from Target, the wooden hand, Z book-end, baskets holding stuffed animals, and faux plant are from Ikea, and the books on the top two shelves and the pink planter are vintage.
I think the trick when styling bookcases on either end of the same wall is to think about balance but not doing the exact same thing. So I try to consider the shape that those objects create, the space between objects, and the balance of colors and sizes.
All the frames in this one are from Target, as was the pink bunny, the woven baskets, wooden figure, faux plant and “A” bookend are from Ikea, and the groups of three or four books on the shelves, as well as the little pink pot used as a bookend, are all vintage.
The Gallery Wall
On the other side of the room we painted the wall a color-match of the background of the wallpaper. For the gallery wall, I hung 6 large gold frames and put woodland animal prints inside (they are digital downloads from Etsy). The lamp is from Target, and the dresser is from Home Depot.
The dresser is a natural wood-look veneer, although it looks like solid wood! Take a look at the pattern on the sides! It gives the dresser a bit more visual interest than others I’ve seen.
This little stone bowl is from my house and it’s a perfect place to hold small bows and hair ties.
I love this view! While there is a lot of punchy color in this room, this wall gives a bit of rest for the eyes, and the natural stained wood brings some earthiness to to the room.
The rug is where I brought in that same color they loved so much and was previously on the walls. It really grounds the room, even though there is already carpet there. The traditional oriental pattern makes it pretty versatile for years to come!
This room is one of my favorites I’ve ever made over. When I asked the girls what their favorite part was, they both individually said the window seat! I hope they enjoy this room for years and years!
To see the designs plans for this room go here.
To see the progress and timeline of this room go here.
To see the boys’ room reveal go here.
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Beds (bunk beds separated): similar here
Chandelier: similar here
Roman shade: SelectBlinds, Classic Roman Shade, color: Himalayan Salt, Inside mount, Flat fold, Cordless lift, Black-out liner, 6″ Valance
Bookcases: DIY from MDF, tutorial here
Window seat: Tutorial here
Coral velvet throw pillow: Ikea
Blue stripe lumbar pillow: Ikea
Yellow throw pillow: Ikea
Pink linen tie pillow: Ikea
Gold dot pillow: Ikea
Faux fur pillow: Ikea
Stone bowl: similar here
Wooden hand: Ikea
Wooden figure: Ikea
Woven baskets, large and small: Ikea
A, Z Bookends: Ikea