Joseph's 'Champagne' Toddler Room on a 'Beer' Budget

Joseph's 'Champagne' Toddler Room on a 'Beer' Budget

Carrie McBride
Sep 16, 2014

Name: Joseph (2.5)
Location: Ottawa, Canada

When we bought our new family home in March of this year, I knew I wanted to make the transition from ‘baby’ room to ‘big boy room’ for my two-year-old son Joseph. After scouring Pinterest, Houzz, and every major retailer - I knew exactly what I wanted. The problem was, what I wanted was more on the champagne side, and after the expenses of moving etc, I was working on a non-premium beer budget!

Basically what I did was come up with a reasonable facsimile for basically everything I wanted:

To begin, I wanted a room that could pass as ‘toddler’ friendly as well as grow into ‘young boy’ friendly. My main inspiration began with The Land of Nod. I absolutely adored their Uptown twin bed and accompanying furniture in the Midnight Blue colour. After looking at the price tag however, I knew it was not an option for me. I looked everywhere for something similar and came up with nada. Then I discovered IKEAa’s unfinished wood Tarva line of furniture and decided I would create the look I wanted myself! I was able to score the twin bed, nightstand, tall boy and Trofast storage combination for approximately $350 all in! Winning!!!

My next challenge was to find the paint colour needed to replicate the “Midnight Blue Colour.” After endless Google searches, I came across “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore, which seemed to be a close second for what I was looking for. I purchased a gallon for $47 (used the Behr brand instead), and was on my way. Three coats of paint later, my vision was complete. I was pumped with how it turned out, and for a fraction of the price of what I originally wanted.

My next challenge came in the way of bedding. I had fallen in love with Serena & Lily’s Ronan Duvet and bedding set. Again, price wasn’t on my side, so I had to get creative. I visited Target online and basically found everything I wanted to accomplish the overall look of the Serena & Lily bedding, and again, for a fraction of the price!

I added to the look, by including two throw pillows from the Trevor bedding collection I found on clearance at Pottery Barn. The greens and blues matched beautifully with the rest of the bedding. The only ‘reasonable facsimile’ I wasn’t able to come up with, was the typography pillow from Serena & Lily so when I noticed they were having a 20% off sale, I decided to bite the bullet and indulge to fully complete the look I was going for. The bloody pillow ended up costing about half of the cost of all the bedding, but it was worth it!

My son was going through a serious dinosaur/gruffalo/monkey phase at this time, so I decided his wall décor should reflect that. I had come across various prints on Etsy etc, but decided I would take the less expensive route, (again) and find prints I could print out on my own. Once I had the prints I wanted, I hopped over to Walmart, printed them out for about $1.50 and then stuck them in some IKEA frames I had lying around. The quality of the prints wasn’t perfect, but unless you really got up close and studied them, you would never know.

Lastly, I decided to paint a green accent wall as well as paint the doors to the closet the same green. The room was initially all in Revere Pewter, which I liked, but needed to make it a bit more kid friendly. I was worried about matching the green, until I found out that you can bring in a specific colour to home depot and they can replicate it just by scanning it! Amazing!!! I decided to bring in one of the Pottery barn pillows that had the green in it, and from that they were able to come up with a perfect paint match. $45 dollars later, I had a green accent wall and matching closet doors!

All in all, I was quite pleased with how the room came together, and 100% happy with the price it came at.

Additional Sources:

  • Curtains: West Elm
  • Rug: Target
  • Beanbag chair: Target
  • Lamp: Bouclair

Thanks, Lara!


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