The process of getting Evie into her big girl room has been a long time coming!
A few months back I went to get Evie from nap time. She was sitting in her rocker… feet kicked up and crossed much like the picture below, reading a book. I thought, “well, crapittycrap!” Apparently Finn showed her the easiest way to get in and out of her crib. Shocking.
So, Evie and I set out one Saturday morning to go “big girl bed” shopping. I knew we weren’t getting anything fancy, but I could let the girl dream, right?
She thought Mr. Baseball was coming home with us…
… as well as the bed that lights up from underneath. (I turned away for 1 second and this is where I found her!)
Needless to say, we settled on a basic mattress and box spring – no headboard, no frills.
While I want the kids rooms to be cozy and “theirs,” I just can’t bring myself to buying a crazy set of furniture until they are bit older and I know they will care for it.
The morning the bed came, the kid’s cousin was over. It worked out well that we set the bed up and let them play upstairs while I was downstairs with him. The kids were DELIGHTED to have this new bed to play on all day!
Meanwhile, for the last few weeks (cough *months* cough) I’d been working on my DIY dresser for Evie’s room. I told myself that Evie was the girl who would put stickers all over a nice $700 dresser. This old school Broyhill dresser with all the paint and supplies cost us just less than $105. Although, after the blood, sweat and tears poured into this dang piece, if she puts a single sticker on here I’ll hang her from her toes!!! 🙂 Here’s the before:
I sanded, primed and painted (4 coats) to get her all “girled out” for Ev.
And ta-daaaa! It’s not perfect, but it will work for a 2 year old monkey! Don’t be fooled… this DIY stuff is tough!
That weekend we hauled the dresser into the room with the new bed and added her music box and lamp (from my childhood room).
A few princess pictures above the little girl bedding to entice Evie into thinking this room wasn’t so bad, too!
I found these prints through Jane.com. You could choose which 3 princesses you want sent, and let me tell you – that was almost as difficult as that DIY dresser! Just THREE?!?! I settled on Elsa, Cinderella and Ariel. (I had the hardest time letting go of Belle…)
The girl is happy and that’s what matters. She sleeps like a queen and has yet to fight us on staying in bed.
At some point we will likely paint the room a pale pink. I have an end table similar to the dresser from my Grandma’s house I will redo as a nightstand. And we have some sparkly hanging decorations that need a crafted hook in the ceiling before hanging. But for now, everything she needs is wrapped up in this simple room!
Because I don’t want nap time to turn into “playtime,” we’ve kept toys out of the room. Eventually, we will add a few, but for now, it’s a sleep and nap room.
Do you go all out for your kids rooms or keep them simple?