It looks like we’re planning on staying in this house for a while, and you may have noticed I’ve been posting a little more about interiors and home stuff lately. When we moved to this house, my plan was that we would stay here at least until S finishes primary school. So realistically, barring any major issues we will be here for at least another five years. Since we’ve been here it has felt a bit temporary, as if we’ve just moved in – which is not a great way to spend an entire year! I’ve decided it’s time to get my act together and make our house into more of a home.
One of the main areas of concern is S’s bedroom. At the moment it’s basically a box painted magnolia with three shelves on one wall. Boring! I’ve been researching ways to personalise the room a little, without breaking the bank and I was thinking we might opt for a Disney theme – since she does seem to love Disney characters (not only their version of Peter Pan!)
Here are three ways to create a DIY Disney bedroom:
- Wall decals. Although I’ve just said we need to personalise our home a bit, I am also acutely aware that this is a rented property and when we do move out, we will have to “put it back as we found it” – which means that if we painted the walls bright colours, we would have to go out and buy a job lot of magnolia paint before moving out. A great way around this is with those vinyl wall stickers. They’re easily removable (as I know from moving out of our last home and having to take a wall-full of stickers down), but they do a great job of personalising a room. You can get some great wall decals of loads of different Disney characters, so this seems like a good place to start.
- Decorate furniture. S’s wardrobe is plain white and pink at the moment, so we’re looking at decorating it perhaps with vinyl stickers again or even painting it. Her bed is a different matter though; it’s falling apart so if we’re redecorating her room now seems like a good time to replace the bed. I’ve been eyeing up a cabin bed with a tent from online retailer Childrens Bed Shop which looks ideal for Disney-related escapades. Since S is somewhat obsessed by Peter Pan I’m thinking we could make the bed/tent into a Wendy house for her!
- Create themed storage. I’m thinking about buying a large, plain wooden toy chest and using some stencils to paint on some Disney characters. I suppose we could also make use of the vinyl stickers again, but I get the feeling they might not last too long on a toy box! At the moment the storage S has in her room is a mish-mash of bits we’ve acquired over the years but I like the idea of replacing it with storage boxes and shelving that will fit in with the new Disney theme. She has a shelving unit which we can give a lick of paint and then either use decals or stencils to add a Disney print.
I’m getting quite into this whole “interiors” thing. I can’t guarantee we’ll have a Pinterest-worthy home when we’re done, but it will definitely look more like our place when we’re finished!