Finding the perfect details for my little girl’s new pink bedroom.
To give you a little backstory, when we sold our last home, we sold it fully furnished. So this left us starting from scratch in the furniture & accessory department. Because we were building a new home it gave me some time to start collecting pieces along the way. Now, keep in mind, I did not have an unlimited budget for furniture so I had to get creative and thrifty. BUT, not for the sake of style. Like most of my spaces, I went straight to Houzz & Pinterest for ideas on designing the perfect pink bedroom fit for a queen of any age.
I loved the painted white poster bed with the neutral carpet, walls, and bedding. Fortunately for me, the comments section of this post was extremely helpful to find wall colors, fabrics, and furniture (not all of them are). I found out that the pencil (poster) bed was actually an old bed that they had repainted. I was like, “I can find one of those!”
Well you guessed it… I found the bed!!!!
So you have to completely disregard the boxes and disaster in the background. The condo we rented while we were building doubled as a storage unit / workshop / catchall / etc.
BUT, I found the exact bed I was searching for in my local consignment shop. It was in great condition and came with the headboard, footboard, and rails. I had to make bed slats but that was super easy. For $250 this beauty was mine and it was going to be perfect for my sweet little bedroom!
The Other Pieces:
If you have seen any of my other posts, you will notice a trend. I am a Habitat for Humanity ReStore fan. I found (2) night stands for this room for $25 TOTAL!!! Yes, you read that right. I wish I had a before photo of these beauties. The hardware that came with them had this strange painted scene on it. Needless to say, that got changed.
I have also discovered a new found love for faux bamboo furniture. If you search Pinterest you can find almost any type of faux bamboo piece in almost any color. Welp, you guessed it again, I was on the hunt for a dresser. After about 2 weeks of searching, I found this Broyhill set on Craiglist. I’ll be honest, Craigslist freaks me out a little but it turned out the dresser was actually listed by a local consignment shop so I called right away. One store visit, $125, and a favor from my father-in-law to pick it up later, and this dresser and nightstand were home with me! Because I had already purchased a pair of nightstands for this room, I planned to save the extra nightstand for a future project.
*Note: when you’re shopping for old furniture to refinish, be sure to check it out carefully.
If you look closely at the dresser, you can see there is a piece of the faux bamboo missing. Since it realized it at the store, I was able to get the dresser and the nightstand for the same price she was asking for just the dresser.
Fortunately, we were able to find a half-round trim piece that was the same width as the missing faux bamboo on the bottom drawer. A little Gorilla Glue later, and we were ready for paint.
The Color Choices:
I knew I was going to use Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC-17 for the trim color throughout the new house. So when I was planning this space, I wanted the colors to all coordinate. I opted for a semi-gloss latex paint for the dresser, nightstands, and the bed. Even though they were all different types of furniture pieces I wanted to bring them all together with the same color.
My go to paint equipment for furniture is a 4″ foam roller and an 1-1/2″ angled paint brush. I like to use the brush for the nooks and crannies, then smooth everything out with the foam roller.
For the hardware I knew spray paint would be the easiest. I wanted a soft gold finish so I went with the Rust-oleum Metallic in Champagne Mist. It was super easy and I only had to do 2 coats to cover the hardware.
As I mentioned above, the trim color (and ceiling color) were White Dove and I picked another Benjamin Moore color for the walls. We went with Halo OC-46 in a flat wall paint. It is a very slight contrast from the White Dove gloss trim. But it gave me the super soft, subtle look I was going for.
I’m kind of a nut for layered bedding. *Note: When decorating, I truly believe, the bed can be super basic as long as the bedding is good! Sure, it makes more work to actually make the bed but it’s so pretty…
My typical go to set for bedding includes:
- Sheet set with pillowcases
- Quilt or coverlet
- Bedskirt (if necessary)
- Duvet with insert
- Standard pillows
- Standard shams with pillows
- Euro Pillows
- Smaller accent pillow (or 2)
Now the number of pillows will vary based on the size of the bed. For reference this bed is a queen. So I bought, (2) standard sheet set pillows, (2) standard sham pillows, and (3) euros. Because I had (3) euros on this one, I skipped the accent pillow.
I found the prettiest lace euro pillows and duvet cover with tassels. It was so feminine but I knew it would be great for a girl’s room of any age. They just happened to have 3 of the same euros at my local store, so I had to get them.
The entire bedding set in this room was from HomeGoods. I also picked up a pink sheet with everything else in white. I love that the euro pillows came with the inserts. So for $29 each, it was a complete pillow. Because I was able to find everything at HomeGoods, I got a complete bedding set for $295. If you’ve ever priced these items out at other designer stores, you know that you could spend that on just the duvet alone! **Note: If you find something at HomeGoods you love, buy it. It may not be there later if you pass…. plus you can always return (just keep your receipt).
The Window Treatments:
Another fabulous HomeGoods find were the 2 pink linen panel sets for the windows. The ceilings on our 2nd floor are 9′ high. So the standard 96″ panels fit just right. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any window treatments longer than 96″ at HomeGoods so if you have taller ceilings, you may need to special order your lengths.
I bought 2 curtain rods from Lowes and they work just fine. They were easy to install. My only complaint is because they are adjustable, the connecting piece is visible between my curtain panels. I may get around to swapping them out, but there are a bunch of other projects that will have to come first.
Oh… the Lighting:
A crystal chandelier is just icing on the cake for a girly girl’s bedroom. However, I didn’t want to go the super traditional route. I found this adorable crystal and gold orb light by Capital Lighting Fixture.
I also wanted to add a little more detail so I found a simple medallion that gets mounted between the light and the ceiling.
In my opinion, every bedside table should have a lamp (if possible). Based on the scale of the room, I knew I didn’t want something too big. So I found a pair of these cute little guys at …. you guessed it… HomeGoods.
The Details… Let’s Accessorize!
Now that I had all the big furniture pieces accounted for, it was time to bring it all together. Since my accent color of choice was gold for this room, I had been looking at various gold mirrors like these.
For some reason I had been hesitant to pull the trigger on such an expensive purchase. Well, I’m glad I waited because a very sweet aunt just happened to have an extra gold mirror that she was getting rid of… FOR FREE!!!
She also gave me that carved wood tray… So cute!
In this bedroom there isn’t a lot of wall space, so the mirror serves as a major decor item. I added (2) wall frames between the window,s and a DIY art piece over the bed. I found a great gold frame at the ReStore for $15 so I measured it and bought a canvas to fit.
Now let me ask you this… what is the perfect “pink thing” to paint. FLAMINGOS, of course! Paint the canvas, pop into the frame, and voila… adorable artwork. *Note: you can see a slight imperfection on the frame, but other than that, this is the condition I found it in.
So there you have it… the behind the scenes of my pretty little girl’s room. It’s so fun to put together a designer look for less. It’s truly one of my favorite rooms in the house. Thanks for joining me on this design journey.
Total Investment For Furnishing This Room: $1,194
- Bed – $250
- Nightstands – $25
- Dresser – $100
- Paint & supplies – $45
- Curtain panels – $160
- Curtain rods – $64
- Bedding – $295
- Lamps – $60
- Vase – $30
- Faux palm leaves – $20
- DIY art & frame – $30
- Wall frames – $16
- Stuffed giraffe – $99
*I didn’t include the price of the chandelier in the furniture budget because it was included in building the house.
If you have any specific questions about where or what I found for this room, feel free to ask in the comments.