Reader Redesign: Tiny Toddler Room Transformed

Everyone loves an imaginative and awe-inspring kid’s room, am I right? Which is all the reason we were psyched to see this cheery redo from Amandelin. Check out her letter:

My son’s room was desperately in need of some redoing. Beyond the aesthetic problems (like the knotty wood paneling and bargain bin particle board furniture that my mother kept “gifting” us) the room is also 23 feet long and 9 feet wide. Three of the four walls are monopolized by windows and the fourth is broken up by double french doors. Needless to say it posed quite a challenge.

I painted all of the paneling white, replaced the mismatched denim curtains & “custom” 80’s paint-splattered roman shades with cheap white Ikea curtains. All of the furniture in the room, with the exception of the Expedit and the two Ikea toyboxes, is thrifted. I think the most expensive thing was the bed, at $19.99.

The sidetables were $5 for the pair; I painted them with white lacquer, used a jigsaw to cut a thick piece of wood to the curves on the top, and stained the wood. The lamps were $10 each at my local Habitat for Humanity REstore. I painted them out in red and hand-cut a robot stencil, using leftover table paint to get the graffiti effect.

The lamp on his Expedit was originally one of a pair I had in my bedroom. Until he broke one. I hand-painted a treasure map on the base and used white contact paper to put a skull and crossbones on the inside of the shade, which is only visible when you turn the lamp on. Months and months of work and elbow grease and combing through thrift stores was totally worth it for my almost-four-year old to have a bright and functional room! – Amandelin

We can’t believe that’s the same room, Amandelin! It looks so cheery, and the fact that it was done so inexpensively and with so many hand details is just awesome. Your son must have so much fun in there. Kinda makes us wish we were four again. What about you guys? Do you have a favorite project or thrift store find in this makeover? So many great DIYs, so little time.


  1. Becky G says

    Amazing! I love that you took a challenge (the long room) and turned it into a sleeping zone and a playing zone!

    Very, very well done.

  2. Bobbi says

    What a great job!!

    I love the treasure map lamp with the skull & crossbones. The lamp with the wallmap and the items above the desk will be able to easily evolve into decor for an older boy! I know my 7 year old would love to have those items used in his own adventures!

  3. says

    Wow that room is just so cute! She did an awesome job!

    Im glad I saw this post. It gives me just the inspiration I need [currently transforming our sons room into a space that’s more mature and no so baby-ish anymore].

  4. says

    What happened to the door? I realize the door is probably where the headboard is now, right? How did you cover it up? What was that process like?

  5. says

    Wow, I don’t know where to begin! Love the lamp, love the wall color, love the tiny wooden desk and chair, love the way the colors from the art and walls are repeated in the fun bedspread…amazing job! That’s one lucky kid.

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