BIG KID BED: My daughter Cora started climbing out of her crib around 18 months. We decided it was time to start preparing to transition her to a new “big girl” room. We didn’t want to wait until the twins arrived to kick her out of her crib. It was time to start planning. I knew I wanted an elevated bed with a slide to maximize space for the play room. I found this Bake Shop bed online at Walmart and decided on a cupcake kid’s room as the theme. For added storage, I made my very own cupcake storage seats to go with it.
KITCHEN SET: I was gifted a small kitchen set which fit perfectly under this Bake Shop bed. I found stackable plastic storage bins at Goodwill to store pots, pans, food, and other toys.
PICTURE FRAME WALL DECOR: I decided to have a night-time theme up by her bed where she sleeps to differentiate it from the rest of the play room. Rather than just buying the letters C – O – R – A for my daughter’s name, I decided to use some dollar store picture frames and Hobby Lobby stock paper to make a half moon, a planet, the Orien’s Belt star constellation, and a star to spell out her name. Click here to learn about other fun DIY dollar store decor ideas.
CURTAINS: For her curtains, I found some fabric from JoAnn’s and curtain rods from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to pick curtains that would match the color theme and somewhat resemble stars in the night sky.
JOY OF PLAY: For the rest of her playroom, I found a cute play rug, storage bench, doll house, and easel. I re-covered the goodwill storage bench with fabric from JoAnn’s and used storage baskets I found at the dollar store. Next, I painted the easel and dollhouse, which were also second-hand. The easel was red, yellow, and blue, so I simply replaced the red with pink to match my decor. I found a sunshine clock at Goodwill to represent daytime as well as the O in J – O – Y for her middle name. The two matching shelves (also from Goodwill) serve as the top of the J and the shelf for the Y, which I made out of a vase and two flowers.
COOK BOOK, MENU, & RECIPE DECOR: I decided to decorate my shelf with cooking utensils and as some food-related kid’s books I found at Goodwill. I took apart a hand-me-down toddler bed we were not going to use. I used a staple gun to cover the three bottom panels of the toddler bed with two different fabrics. I painted two Walmart clipboards and printed out a Kid’s play menu. I found a 1/8th inch thick 1 X 2 foot wood board and a 1 x 2 foot roll of cork material at Michaelsand used it for pictures. They also found a 1/8th inch thick 1 x 2 foot wood board that I painted with chalk paint. I used colored chalk to write a Playroom Recipe, which is my own spin on playroom rules.