big girl room reveal!

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I’m not sure who’s more excited about her big girl room being done, me or Izzy ๐Ÿ˜€
Here’s a little reminder of what we started with.

And, here’s the final room!

The tufted headboard was a DIY (I’m planning on putting together a tutorial in the future).  I think it’s my favorite item in her room.  Probably because I’m a little jealous we don’t have one in our room ๐Ÿ˜‰
I knew I wanted a fun, bright nightstand in here.  This was my first attempt at DIY chalkpaint, and I’m so glad I gave it a shot.
The bedskirt was another DIY.  I purchased a plain white bedskirt from Target and added the ruffles.  Couldn’t have been easier, and I think it makes the bed loads more interesting.

Her great-grandmother’s dresser got an update with the help of AS chalk paint and silver Rub and Buff on the hardware.  And I forgot to snap a picture of it, but I lined the drawers in a bold pink and orange floral wrapping paper – so fun!

A must have in her room was a reading nook and a place to display her books.  Izzy LOVES being able to “shop” for a book at bedtime ๐Ÿ˜€

Her great-grandmother’s wingback that I slipcovered a while back, finally has a home in here.  It makes me so happy to know that she’s surrounded by her GiGi’s things :)๏ปฟ

Here’s a list of sources in case anyone is interested in where items came from
1.  Curtain fabric – Heather Baily Pop Garden Turquoise 2.  DIY tufted headboard (click here for tutorial) 3. Sweet Dreams pillow cases – Urban Outfitters 4. Pink coverlet – local antique store 5. Swing arm sconce – Home Depot 6. Fabric for bolster – Spoonflower 7. Baby giraffe prints – The Animal Print Shop 8. Table (DIY chalk paint) – TJ Maxx 9. White duvet – Bed Bath and Beyond 10. Bedskirt – Target (ruffles added by me)

1. Dog Art – DIY 2. Paint – Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud 3. Zinc Letter – DIY using Sugar & Charm’s tutorial 4. Dresser paint – Annie Sloan’s Pure White 5. Tissue Paper Pom-poms – Martha Stewart 6. Book Ledges – DIY 7. Pom-Pom Pillow – DIY using Living with Punk’s tutorial and fabric from JoAnns 8. Sock Monkey – DIY using Craftbits tutorial and women’s knee socks from Target 9. DIY slipcover
Total cost of getting her into a big girl room… $350!!!
Here’s to using what you’ve already got, and DIYing the heck out of everything else ๐Ÿ˜€

I think she’s one happy customer

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  1. Lisa Scibilia Avatar

    I am dying, DYING, over how absolutely lovely this room is!!! The soft color on the walls with the pops of turquoise and pink – SO peaceful, girly and fresh. And best of all the fact that you have furniture in here that was your grandmother's – that makes the space special (and the dresser and chair rock, btw!) Tissue paper pom poms, book shelves, curtains, oh the details this room! I seriously want this room for myself! The perfect room for a beautiful little Izzy.

  2. Andrea Avatar

    Most adorable room ever! Love that you used pieces that have meaning to you. The headboard is amazing, the curtains are perfect and the little reading nook is awesome. What sweet picture of Izzy too.

  3. lindsay Avatar

    This is beautiful. I am so in love with that headboard!!! Great job!

  4. Brandi Avatar

    Oh Shelley, it's adorable! I love everything. Perfect for a little girl. I love that you included many sentimental pieces in the her room as well.

  5. Rhiannon Avatar

    What a wonderful room for a little girl! I LOVE the pom pom cushion! I've been wanting to get some of that trim for a while to make one for my little Izzy, but I have never seen it so big! Fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The Yellow Cape Cod Avatar

    I am so in love. This room is the sweetest little girl room I have ever seen. I can't wait for the headboard tutorial!

  7. Jacqueline Avatar

    Its so beautiful! I love that almost everything will be able to grow with her and I think that's so important when doing a child's room. I really love that gray color also I believe I already asked you or read it on what color it is. I also cant wait to see the tutorial on the headboard and love that you bought a plain bed-skirt and added ruffles.

  8. 17 Perth Avatar

    Holy crap. Great job! Tell izzy I am super pumped for her and super jealous of her bed. Can't wait for the DIY tutorial. Everything looks great. Consider it pinned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Amy Collins {Fresh and Fancy} Avatar

    Just found your blog! This room is so beautiful – you really did a great job! Excited to find a new read!

  10. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} Avatar

    Oh my goodness, can she get any more precious in that last shot?!? Melts my little heart (c: And equally as precious is this fabulous room makeover! I'm going to come right out and say I am *FOR SURE* jealous that I don't have a fabulous headboard like that in my room! It's amazing! We definitely need a tutorial…not that I would even attempt it, but I would like to know how in case I actually grow a pair in the DIY department anytime soon (c: ha!

  11. Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] Avatar

    I am so impressed! The finished product is just lovely- and for only $350?!? WOW!

  12. Tara {The Silver Lining} Avatar

    OH such a sweet room. It's so peaceful but with fun pops of color. No wonder she's loving it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And the fact that you used what you had on hand and did it for very little additional costs – I'm just amazed by your talent!!

  13. Harps and Ollie's Mom Avatar

    WOW! I'm not surprised it turned out SOOO beautiful, because I am always in awe of your talent and eye!!! You've done it again my friend!

  14. A Lived in Home Avatar

    I'm loving everything about this room! i was dying to see the reveal and it's fabulous! I shared it on my Facebook page!

  15. Anne @ Hello Newmans Avatar

    so cute! love it.

  16. Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest Avatar

    Absolutely love it!

  17. Kassi Mortensen Avatar

    It's beautiful! LOVE that you used Gigi's stuff to pretty up her room!! Sentimental and pretty! Win, win!!!

  18. sara @ applestone drive Avatar

    Just found your blog from the Ginger Snap Crafts party. I LOVE this room and wish it was mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, you did an amazing job. I'm so impressed with all your DIY and would love more info on your dog silhouette! It's fantastic!

    -sara @

  19. Shevy Avatar

    what a beautiful and girly room! i'm getting ready to make some changes in my daughters room and now i have some new inspiration to draw from!

  20. Adventures of a DIY Dork Avatar

    What a beautiful room. You did an amazing job!

  21. Mindy Avatar

    Love, love, love.

  22. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild Avatar

    I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I AM FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

    There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:

    Hope to seeing you around!! Have a happy, creative day!

  23. Lindsay Avatar

    I am about to revamp my daughters room from baby to BIG GIRL and this is such great inspiration. SO cute. Thank you!

  24. Amy Avatar

    Amazing! I cannot believe how big she is. Love the pom poms. I cannot wait to give J and S their own rooms someday.

  25. Jenna at Homeslice Avatar

    What a seriously BEAUTIFUL room! I love the headboard and the bedskirt especially! The ruffles you added are adorable. It's such a sweet, fun room. Perfect for a happy little girl! You really did an amazing job!

  26. Amy R. Avatar

    You did such a beautiful job! I just love all of the details you put into the whole space. I am sure your baby girl feels like a princess in there. I am so impressed!!

    Amy R.

  27. Stacey Avatar

    WOW! I love it! I am majorly inspired as I plan to do my daughter's soon as well! Would you please stop by and link it up to my party happening now? I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  28. Courtney {a thoughtful place} Avatar

    This is beyond precious. I love the white with the pops of color. I am in love with the chair in the corner. All so darling and she is such a little lovebug. Well done!

  29. Christin Avatar

    Ummm. Wow! This is like DIY decorating on steroids. Everything is just gorgeous!!!

  30. Morgan, Kayla & Deandra Avatar

    Love love love the headboard!!! The room is amazing!!! Looking forward to the tutorial!

  31. Heather Avatar

    Hi Shelley!! What a beautiful room, it looks so bright and airy! I really love the chest makeover, looks terrific and the DIY Dog painting is so cute! So glad I found your blog – am your newest follower. Please swing by my blog sometime to say hello, I love to make new bloggy friends and followers ๐Ÿ™‚
    Heather @

  32. Terry Avatar

    So cute and the last picture says it all as to her comfort in this beautiful room. Can you tell me what photo editing program that you use to do the collage photos?

  33. Michelle Avatar

    Beautiful room! I especially LOVE the headboard! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Tricia Avatar

    Love the curtains and the headboard! What a sweet room!

  35. Finding Home Avatar

    Fabulous room – I hope you don't mind, but I am sharing it at my blog tomorrow. Take care, Laura

  36. Sara Avatar

    SO cute!

  37. Revi Avatar

    Lovely, sweet and sophisticated, too! What a wonderful room for your sweet girl.

  38. Nat Avatar

    Looks amazing! What a transformation! I can't wait to see the tutorial on the headboard!

  39. Lauren Ashley Avatar

    How Sweet. I love that headboard, but I really love that giraffe!
    I can't wait until my son can have a big boy room!


  40. Maria Avatar

    What a beautiful room!!! I love the beautiful white headboard, and the armchair and the pompoms in the corner! So sweet!

  41. Laura@Corner House Avatar

    What a sweet room. I will be featuring it on my blog tonight. LOVE IT!

  42. Stephanie Avatar

    So darn stinkin cute! Wow on the headboard huh? I hope you do a tutorial on it, so beautiful. Love the reading nook, the art work, everything about the whole room, it is all done just right. Pinned it of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Natalie Avatar

    So gorgeous – love love love it ALL!!! Im a new follower xx Nat

  44. Deidre Avatar

    FABULOUS!!Everything about this room is a dream!It makes me want to be a little girl again.Every detail is gorgeous!You truely outdid yourself:) Deidre

  45. Christine Avatar

    This is room is FABULOUS!!! All for under 400$?!? AMAZING!!! I can't wait to see the tutorial for the headboard!!

    I really hope you come by The DIY Dreamer and share:

  46. Heather Avatar

    What a beautiful little girls room…I can't wait for the tutorial on the headboard!

  47. Our Pinteresting Family Avatar

    Absolutely stunning! That headboard is certainly gorgeous!!! I love all the touches you added to make this room. I'm sure your daughter loves it! Megan

  48. thesecretlifeofmrsbundt Avatar

    Adorable! Glad my daughter wasn't the only one to go from crib to full-sized bed. You did such a great job, it looks beautiful and still clean and simple!

  49. thesecretlifeofmrsbundt Avatar

    Adorable! You did a great job keeping it simple but using her favorite things!

  50. Megan Avatar

    Room turned out lovely. Love the fabric for the curtains!

  51. Andrea Avatar

    what a really beautiful room! great job!

  52. Holly Avatar

    I had to keep scrolling to find the beautiful paint color – so pretty I love it. I'll have to write that one down. And I love the slipcovered chair in the reading nook. Beautiful job and all done on a budget – enjoy the room!!

  53. the cape on the corner Avatar

    oh my gosh, absolutely gorgeous! i love the curtains. this room should last her a very, very long time!

  54. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft Avatar

    You did an AMAZING job! What a lucky little girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We are going to redo our girls' room soon. You have inspired me!

  55. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista Avatar

    Adorable, it's such a mature room for an adorable little girl!

  56. Helen Avatar

    I wish that was MY room!! You did an amazing job. I love how it isn't too childish, it's a great mix of girly colors and classy warpped into one room. So not what you expect in a little girls room but that's what makes it so perfect.
    I also LOVE your source list….what a neat idea for your readers.
    I am your newest follower…now I'm off to check out the rest of your blog.

  57. Jed and Ivy Avatar

    that looks awesome! i love how it has pinks, oranges, aquas and a little grey! i also like the wall lamp. i'm a huge urban outfitters fan, but never think of it for kids' rooms… i would have never noticed the pillow cases were from there, but they look great!

  58. Eclectically Vintage Avatar

    So glad I found you thru Andrea at Oak Ridge Revival!

    Your daughters room is fabulous! I need that headboard – can't wait for the tutorial! My girls are 12 and had a definite opinion on their room colors (much to my horror)! Trying to be a good mom, I let them choose and toned it down with lots of white furniture and rugs. Adore that sock monkey (we have a collection)!

    New Linky follower

  59. DTTD Avatar

    I love, love, LOVE Izzy's big girl room! What makes it so great are all the DIY projects and the pieces that have special meaning – you've created a beautiful and personal room that I'm sure Izzy will love for many years. The turquoise accents throughout the room are great (I especially like the curtains), but it would be easy to update the colour scheme in the future just by changing out a few pieces for a new colour. It's the perfect room for Izzy to grow up with ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Sarah Avatar

    I love it! I am in the middle of revamping my daughter's room from a nursery to a big girl's room. I especially love the turquoise table. I would love to have you share this at my link party!

  61. Andrea @ Decorating Cents Avatar

    Very pretty room. I love the subtle colors and the reading nook.

  62. Judy Avatar

    Amazing room. I can't wait to see the tutorial for the headboard.

  63. Mary Avatar

    Wow. The contrast between the white and light with the pattern on the curtains is stunning.

    I came. I drooled. I pinned.
    Mary @ Sea Quilts

  64. Tales of a Trophy Wife Avatar

    What a lucky girl. Such amazing details. I love your colors and all the pom poms in the corner.

  65. Creative Raisins Avatar

    I bet she is so excited, what a beautiful room. And that headboard is incredible

  66. Emma (Glitter and Gold) Avatar

    i love love love this room . . . so bright and fresh and girlie : )

  67. Meg Avatar

    How beautiful! I love how it all came together. The reading corner is AMAZING. I want it in my kids room!

  68. Kate @ A Creative Cookie Avatar

    Adorable! Love how all the colors and everything came together. Fantastic job!

  69. Amanda Avatar

    You have put together such a beautiful space for your little girl – I love it all! The bed is decked out so prettily with all the gorgeous bedlinen you've sourced, the headboard looks amazing and I love the turquoise bedside table and other smaller table too. Great job!

  70. Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It Avatar

    It's absolutely beautiful! What a lucky (and cute!) little girl!

  71. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Avatar

    Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free to grab the feature button.

  72. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. Avatar

    This room is adorable!!!!! It's hard to pick my favourite details: the slipcovered chair, the sock monkey, the artwork, it's all fabulous!


  73. L-A Land Avatar

    love it! so light and airy. i just re-did a nursery into a big girl room and I agree I think i enjoyed it more than she did.

  74. Anonymous Avatar

    Oh this room is just precious! I know you are so proud of all your hard work and all the money you saved doing it yourself! You gave me inspiration to try and cover a chair I have using a dropcloth. I love all the things you did. Awesome room! lin

  75. Anonymous Avatar

    I forgot to mention that I love your dog art. I wish I could draw because I would love to do one of those of my dog and cat. But I do not have once ounce of artistic talent in my body! lin

  76. How2home Avatar

    This room is so adorable! You must have saved a lot of money doing it yourself! great job! Here are 5 "cool teen" bedroom inspirations…perhaps your next project? Hope you like it!

  77. Inspire Me Heather Avatar

    Lovely! Really, it's a beautiful space! I have this linked to my children's rooms post too today, for inspiration!

  78. Rhonda Avatar

    Fabulous room for your little girl! Love it and will be featuring it today…

    Where did you get the little doll on the nightstand? I love it!

  79. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home Avatar

    Great job! I saw flashes of my baby's nursery in there (due in 2 weeks) – the poufs and giraffe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Melissa Avatar

    I have been wanting to do a dog silhouette art for my sons room. How did you do yours? I couldn't find your tutorial on here.


  81. Paula Avatar

    I love the dog art as well! If you could share how you made it, I would greatly appreciate it!

  82. How2home Avatar

    what is the color of the wall…im looking into use a similar color for guest bedroom ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Avatar

    I love this room and the color is gorgeous, I'm looking for a color for my bathroom this might be it. Can I share with my readers giving you credit?

  84. Anonymous Avatar

    I love this room, you did a beautiful job. Do you have a link to the DIY bookshelves?

  85. Carl @ Beds perth Avatar

    All I can say is "wow". Hope I could have a room like that.

  86. Peggy Avatar

    Your daughter's room is truly beautiful! And i have to admit I love your sock monkey… this is high praise coming from someone who has been freaked out by sock monkeys since she was a small girl. don't know why, just always have been… but i love your sock monkey! maybe its the polka dots!!

    All in all it is a truly delightful room that will definitely be able to grow with her! A truly inspiring room!

  87. Seaweed and Raine Avatar

    It just goes to show that imagination and a little (or a lot) of industry can totally transform a space! Lucky girl. ๐Ÿ™‚ You must be so pleased with how it turned out. Just gorgeous!

  88. custom home plans Avatar

    Great transformation while only spending little.

  89. Jena @ Involving Color and Home Avatar

    Shelley, this room turned out fantastic! I am in love with how you made it serene and cheery at the same time. Nimbus Cloud was the perfect color choice! I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

  90. Megan Allsup Avatar

    LOVE this room! She is one lucky girl! We budgeted around $300 for our "big girl transformation", and we already have all of the furniture, so I'm hoping to DIY most of the way and come out under budget!

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