I can’t wait to show you Ainsley’s new bedroom. She is a very lucky and happy 4 year old.
Now, as you may recall, we redid Ainsley’s room about 1.5 years ago, so you might be wondering why on earth we would change such a pretty room, right?
(old room on left, new room on right)
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She had a gorgeous bedroom before with beautiful furniture, bedding, colors, everything. However, after we had recently redone Ethan’s bedroom with colors that he loves, we realized that Ainsley’s room needed a change, as well. For starters, her old furniture was way way too big for the room, and nothing was functioning properly. As much as I loved it, it had to go, so we sold it all. Most importantly, Ainsley had been begging for a pink room, so hey, why not?
My inspiration starting point for her bedroom was the amazing Anthroplogie Watercolor Peony wallpaper. At $158 a roll, though, it was way out of my budget to purchase more than one, so I had to get creative. I wallpapered two of her walls, and trimmed them out with picture frame moldings to create features. I absolutely love it and actually prefer it over the full wallpapered walls. The pink paint is the perfect shade. It is Sweet Truffle by Olympic.
Because I splurged on the wallpaper, the rest of the room had to be on a strict budget. For instance, I found this adorable canvas on the Target clearance rack for $8.
Because her room isn’t all that large, we needed to figure out a good storage system for all of her dolls and toys. Just like in the family room, we purchased the Besta line from IKEA and created our own “built-in bookcases, complete with a window seat!!
I mean, seriously, what little girl doesn’t want a window seat??
This was pretty tricky to make, but I adore the outcome. We put two Besta bookcases on either side of the window and then 3 smaller cases under the window. However, they weren’t quite long enough, so the handy dandy Garrett built some faux panels on either side to create a seamless look. Smart, huh?
I sewed up a simple bench cushion with fun colors.
Another time consuming project were the curtains….
I searched high and low, but I had no luck finding pink and white large striped fabric, SO I had to piece pink and white together to make my own stripes… it took FOREVER but I think it was SO worth it! They are fully lined with grommets and hang really well.
So, now Ainsley has a full storage system for all of her toys!
One of my favorite elements in the room is the bed. It is a vintage iron bed from the 50’s and it just so happened to be mine when I was little. Cool, right?
We gave it a few coats of raspberry pink spray paint and it was perfect for the space. I purchased simple white bedding and added a few clearance pillows for color. The blue side table was originally in our family room, but fit much better in her room.
Moving to the other side of her bed is her dresser. I found a dark brown vintage dresser in a thrift shop for $30 and I knew it would be perfect. We gave it several coats of a creamy white, added new hardware from Target and it was a whole new piece.
She comes home from school in a few hours and I can’t wait to show her the finished product. She is going to shriek!
The best part is that this is what I see when I come up the stairs…
Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.