A Hands On, Use-What-You Have Room for Sisters

My Room

Names: two sisters (6 & 8)
Location: Portland, OR

My wife Lida designed the girls' bedroom, from the paint color and mural drawing to the style of beds she wanted. I finished off the room for my wife and the girls as a surprise and had it ready when they got home one night.

The Room:


  • Long and skinny measuring at 14' X 8'

  • Reclaimed kitchen cabinet for the girls clothes and play house...it was reclaimed, sanded and I added some steel legs for the bottom.

  • The book shelf on the back wall is an antique wood ladder I attached to the wall.

  • The mural is my wife's drawings that I brought to life with the brush.

  • The wall shelf by the pictures is a reclaimed wood door from an old garage cabinet that I sanded down and added shelves too.

  • A couple of my own toys adorn the shelves and some paintings of Lida's drawings that I put on canvas for the girls' room are on the opposite wall.

  • The beds are pine box beds that I made to fit the room and the mattresses.

  • Reclaimed wood and hook clothes hanger on the inside of the closet door.

  • A salvaged step stool that has been painted and sanded down.

In the end the total cost of doing this room was bare minimal to the time and effort. We reused everything we possibly could and came out spending maybe $80.00 in actual out of pocket expense. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks Charlie and Lida! Readers, say hi to Lida on her blog Bubbers and Moo and check out Charlie's art and handcrafted toys on his website, Charlie Alan Kraft.

(Images: Charlie Alan Kraft)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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