I’ve been wanting to write up BiP’s big girl bedroom makeover for months!
We moved her into her big girls’s room on her 2nd birthday – I had a very simple brief for her room. It had to be:
- Child friendly (Montessori inspired) and fun
- Done on a budget
- Something she could grow into and easily modified
STORAGE SOLUTION: IKEA Expedit Bookcase
We’ve had this bookcase for years – it was all scratched and was gathering dust in the corner – flip it on it’s side and suddenly you have a toddler friendly shelving unit that’s perfect for fabric boxes (available in IKEA) which were less than €3/$4) each and very cute colours! The only issue was the colour of the scratched bookcase – it was too dark.
How to repaint an IKEA Expedit Bookcase
I didn’t know it was even possible to repaint IKEA furniture until I went to the local paint shop. STEP 1 – Lightly sand every surface (a bit of a pain but don’t miss this step) STEP 2 – Using a roller apply primer (in the case of this book case I needed 2 coats) STEP 3– Paint on any paint colour you desire! I chose hot pink for BiP!
I was stunned at the results and BiP LOVES it!
Other bits and pieces!
Repainting the IKEA TROFAST Storage unit
I did repaint BiP’s IKEA TROFAST Storage unit – initially I spray painted and the results were horrible. I then repeated the steps I did for the EXPEDIT bookcase and it was fine.
I did repaint the walls as they were dark dusty lavender and MATT paint (NOT advised for a child’s room). So I went for white satin paint which was washable. Note, this took 3 coats as the walls were so dark to start with:
I did eventually get to the ceiling!
For fun I decided to paint a blackboard on to BiP’s wall and use some old wall stickers to decorate it. The paint is also magnetic which is LOTS of fun!
I bought some cheap bits and pieces from IKEA that went with the colour scheme and VOILA! A new big girl’s room!
The most expensive stuff was the paint but obviously saved a lot by redoing the furniture we already had!
Image Credit IKEA – rest of the images are mine!