Repurposing: Think spray paint and dollar store

Julie Cadieux
Home Stylist

Try a new DIY project, choose a paint colour you would never dare use in the living room or re-purpose an old piece of furniture. Home stylist Julie Cadieux shares why it doesn’t have to cost a bundle to redecorate your child’s bedroom as she/he grows up.

(Click HERE for more photos and the full story)  The bed and colour scheme in this eight-year-old’s bedroom might be too childish for when she becomes a senior in high school, but imagine the same bed repainted in high gloss black or kelly green with zebra print sheets! Suddenly the look is much more fun and mature, a whole new look for the cost of a sheet set and a can of spray paint! Meanwhile this colour palette of watermelon pink, sunny yellow and ethereal blue add to the sweet vintage vibe which suits this particular little girl for right now:

1. Imagination (and leftover paint from another project) required: Icy pale blue walls, crystal chandelier, feathery faux-fur blanket, freehand painted white tree with 3D flowers and a yellow sky with puffy white clouds! Why not?

2. Windows: Inexpensive sheer drapery panels on swing-arm-elbow curtain rods are fun and give the allure of pricey shutters, while horizontal white wood blinds installed inside the window frame provide privacy and room darkening.

3. Art: This little girl loves animals (and shoes!). Luckily it’s easy to find cute and fun animal art and accessories (like the shoe-printed lamp shade) in most home decor shops.

4. Re-purpose: Paint old or outdated furniture in a fun colour. This bedside table takes on a more custom and whimsical look with a coat of watermelon-pink spray paint. In addition a magnetic board painted with chalkboard paint combined with an unused window box that was buried in the garage now become a fun art station.

5. Storage: Under bed storage bins with wheels provide tons of hidden storage for toys and dress-up clothes. Peel and stick mirrored wall hooks from the dollar store are a no fuss way to store necklaces, while vases, bowls and baskets otherwise forgotten in kitchen cupboards can be used to house jewelry, pencils and small toys.

The 101: spray paint can transform and update just about any furniture or accessory and keep your redecorating costs to a minimum. Look in the garage, storage closet and kitchen cupboards for items you don’t need or use every day which could be re-imagined in your child’s space. Usually pushing furniture up against the wall is a decorating no-no, but making sure that a child is comfortable and has enough space to spread out and play with a friend is more important than aesthetics. Hit up dollar stores, clearance bins, second hand shops and grandma’s house …not only will it save you money but you won’t feel too badly when your child decides she longer likes pink!

To contact home stylist Julie Cadieux:
Twitter: @JulieLovesHome
Facebook: Julie Loves Home

The Hudson St. Lazare Gazette – Wednesday March 28, 2012 – Julie Cadieux

* Click HERE for more photos and the original story on this room


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