Shine a light on your creativity!
With my daughter’s recent transition from all things pink to all things black and purple, I just couldn’t find the right one and at reasonable price. Her old lamp was pink on pink with a simple feather trim:
Here’s what I did to transform the lamp for less than $10 and in under 30 minutes:
1) I spray painted the base but knew I couldn’t save the former pink shade. I found these really nifty plain adhesive shades at Hobby Lobby for around $7.
2) The lamp comes with a template to cut a pattern from your choice of fabric
3) Once the fabric is cut, you simply attach it to the sticky lamp shade, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles as you work your way around. At the edges, you fold the fabric over and use a hot glue gun to secure it to the inside of the lamp. Create a seam by tucking the fabric under itself on the backside of the shade and secure with hot glue.
4) Attach your desired trim (1 yard) to the edges with hot glue. In this case, I opted for sequins and feathers.
You can imagine that you could whip up some pretty creative shades. Craft and fabric stores have tons of trims and fabrics. Your imagination has no limit! This is such a user-friendly project since it involves no sewing and no guess work. I hope you find it easy too. Try it and feel free to come back and post pictures of your own creations. Your feedback is always appreciated.
Our transformation from a boy’s room to a girl’s tween/teen paradise is nearly complete and all things pink that my daughter once tolerated for her mom’s sake *wink* is now a thing of her past. This is now officially “her domain”! Hopefully you can find some inspiration with some ideas we were able to do and change it to suit the queen in your life.
Here’s what we did:
Timeless furniture pieces can last a lifetime with proper care but sometimes, spills happen or just good ol’ wear and tear to the fabric portions of seat cushions or ottomans. No need to throw the furniture away; just replace the fabric! Same thing would apply to finding a piece of furniture at a second-hand store; that junk could be your treasure.
In this example, I found a combination seat/storage bench but the fabric was all wrong for the tween/teen room it would be in.
My little girl will always be my princess, but she was ready to part ways with all things pink and ready to restyle her kingdom. This is an alternative of the last do it yourself instructions on how to build an overhead bed canopy. Fortunately, you can use these same how to instructions to build a bathroom tub valance or window valance because of its shape.
In case you missed it, here is the other alternative on how to build a canopy over a bed:
Materials you will need:
One 1″x 12″ x 7′ white pine board ($8); Two 4 pack packages of “L” brackets-one large, one small ($6 total); Fabric of your choice-1 yard to cover valance; # of feet of trim depending on your desires (price varies)
Tools you need:
Glue gun, Staple Gun, cordless drill, drywall screws and drywall anchors
As I am working on my latest project, the tween room makeover, I found these neat little peel and stick wall art murals at Hobby Lobby. They have a variety of styles and designs. They retail for $19.99 but Hobby Lobby considers them “wall art” which placed them at 50% off during their weekly special.
Its a stick on vinyl, so all that you have to do is roll it smoothly over your wall. It comes with little jewels for embellishment that you can stick on as shown above.
The finished piece looks clean, crisp and very stylish. The best part? My daughter was able to do it by herself and we know how accomplishing something for yourself feels!
Convincing our daughters that all boys are frogs, and they are princesses, what girls bed would be complete without a crowning touch like an overhead canopy? Making one yourself is extremely easy and affordable.
a staple gun, fabric glue, a piece of plywood or other rigid board cut to a circle, and some drywall screws and hand-held drill
For the one pictured, I used some soft felt for the underside cover and the top ring (1 1/2 to 2 yards should be more than sufficient), 2 colors of sparkle tulle (about 8 yards each-on sale, this runs about $.79 per yard!), some zebra print ribbon for the tie-backs (1 yard cut into 2 pieces), some sequined cording (about 1 1/2 yards), over-sized faux pearls (1 package) and a black feather boa. You can find all of this stuff at a crafts store; I like Hobby Lobby because they put their fabrics on sale frequently. For this canopy, I spent about $20-25. You can find something similar online for much more and it’s not nearly as “customized” to suit your daughter’s room decor.
A Tween Girl’s Bedroom-Easy and inexpensive decorating ideas
I am blessed with a very quick witted and enjoyable tween daughter. With a college student moving on and another teen son taking over a bigger room, my daughter has an opportunity to also move to a bigger bedroom within our home which will leave behind her current room. Her current bedroom (above) is already decorated in a style that most TEEN girls would die for, so it pains me to disassemble it.
It may seem odd to give up her current room’s modern and trendy appeal, but there is a valid story and a certain amount of guilt behind it. When we first moved into our home, I painted her room the pink it is now. Florals, gingham check were the visions of “little girl” I once had for my daughter. Turning 7, she wanted something a little more hip and definitely anything BUT pink!
Not having the heart to repaint so quickly or do away with some decor pieces already in her space, I regrettably convinced her to “compromise”. So with a new comforter set and pillows priced at less than $200, along a few intentional decor pieces purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby for under $100 and a little creativity, we had a complete budget room makeover for less than $300.