Renovating Children’s Rooms On A Budget

Children’s rooms are where I like to get creative and ‘crafty.’  I also think Children’s rooms should demonstrate at least a little bit of whimsy which makes them the ideal space to re purposing furniture and adding personalised touches – whether you are trying to be budget conscious or not!

We recently did a makeover of our four-year-old daughter’s bedroom and we didn’t want to spend a heap of money on it because it will eventually be the rest of our garage.

Instead of buying or building a standard wardrobe we made one out of large tree branches, which we painted a dusty pink and hung with rope. We made our own shelves out of inexpensive timber and we bought lovely linen ready-made curtains rather than spending money on custom made.




We painted the drawer fronts of a dresser we’ve had for years and replaced the handles with some quirky painted pine wall hooks which also double as handles.

Our only semi-splurge was the large artwork. I made sure to choose a piece that she wouldn’t outgrow and one that I would be happy to place anywhere in our home should I want to move it.

We also covered some of one wall with books, which make colourful and inexpensive wall décor.  We added a rustic teak coffee table and leather Moroccan poufs as table and seats for drawing and craft instead of the standard store-bought table and chairs set. These are also items I can rework in the rest of the home if and when I want to.




So how can you apply this style to your children’s rooms?

  • Get creative and look for inexpensive ways to re-purpose furniture or practical items such as hanging space and wardrobes
  • Add colour and whimsy to the room with artwork
  • Draw upon books and collectables for inexpensive wall decor.  Most children will have their own trinkets and treasures which will add that personal touch to the wall decor
  • Use furnishings creatively.  A table to draw at doesn’t need to be a boring desk – look at cushions and poufs for seating or rustic low set tables as an alternative to study tables and desks
  • Use linens to add texture to the room and again enhance the whimsical look you are going for

Finally, don’t forget to involve your little people in the design and decorating process.  They will love seeing the space transform and will take great pride and ownership over their new room!


Post contributed by Michael & Carlene Duffy.MC-533x800

About Michael and Carlene:

Averaging more than 1.3 million viewers each episode, Australia watched as Gold Coast couple Michael & Carlene worked to create a truly exceptional home on The Block Glasshouse.

Since The Block, Michael & Carlene have gone on to develop their own business called Cedar & Suede, have a blog and consult to a number of Australia’s leading interior brands for both endorsements and product development projects.

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