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Before and After: This Dreamy Kid’s Bedroom Redo Is Packed with Clever DIYs

published Jun 29, 2021
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No matter your age, you deserve a bedroom that’s stylish, comfy, and perfect for relaxing — and that goes for kids, too. Need help figuring out where to start? Take inspiration from this glorious kid’s bedroom redo from Jennifer Harrup (Jennifer Laura Living).

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When Jennifer and her family moved into their new home, this room started out pink with a white chandelier. She had some basic furnishings in there, too, but once she decided that this was going to be her 3-year-old son’s first real bedroom, she knew it needed a toddler-friendly refresh. “I was so excited to makeover this space for him!” she says.

Jennifer started by picking a color palette: shades of blue. For three of the walls, she decided to go with a two-tone design, painting the top half a matte blue color and the bottom half off-white (Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist).

As for furniture, Jennifer gave a dresser from IKEA a youthful yet sophisticated revamp for $100. She used a different shade of blue for each row of drawers (Valspar’s Lighthouse Shadows, Silver Fox, and Cornflower Blue). Then, she made DIY animal drawer pulls painted to match each drawer — a trick you can steal for your next dresser redo, even if you don’t use whimsical animal pulls.

The blue printed wallpaper Jennifer chose for the accent wall adds tons of whimsy to the room with a print that’s like a page ripped from a children’s book, depicting wild creatures calmly existing in the forest beneath the trees.

The coolest part of this project, though, has to be the cloud light fixture Jennifer DIYed. It’s complemented by cloud-shaped shelving on the wall next to a toddler-sized tent.

Her son’s new bed, a house-frame one from Amazon, also turns out to be perfect for building forts, Jennifer says. 

Jennifer spent about three months working on this room and DIYed almost everything. “It’s so calming and peaceful,” she says, and the perfect spot for toddler play time and dream time.