My 8 year old daughter wanted to swap rooms with her younger sister.
We allowed her to swap as she has some anxiety issues and she thought it would feel a bit safer to sleep in the smaller bedroom at the back of the house.
Of course her little sister found this a great idea and was eager to have the bigger room.
The photo below shows how it looked when we bought the house – as you can see it is a pretty small space.
Small Bedroom – Before Makeover
When we first moved in we just decorated with a plain light pink wallpaper, laminated the floor and left it pretty much at that.
Then last year my daughter asked if we could do a beach themed bedroom makeover for her birthday.
I thought this was a nice idea so I set to work revamping the tiny space.
Small Bedroom Beach Theme Makeover
She desperately wanted a high sleeper bed with a desk underneath so I went onto ‘Marktplaats’.
Marktplaats is actually more popular than ebay here in the Netherlands – it is similar but works a bit different as the bids are not binding (I find this rather frustrating as there are a lot of time wasters).
I did, however, manage to score a high-sleeper metal bed frame for €30 which I was really pleased about 🙂
High Sleeper Bed
This made an amazing difference to the available space in the bedroom.
Wallpaper Used For Beach Theme
I chose two contrasting wallpaper designs. I used turquoise on the two longer walls and a cream pearlised paper with a lovely circles design on the two short walls.
It was the first time that I had ever actually wallpapered myself and I felt quite proud that I did it completely alone.
And even if I do say so myself – I think I made quite a good job 😉
Sometimes you just have to get on with things – you’ll never learn unless you try.
Beach Theme Bedroom Accessories
My daughter actually had visions of sea murals all over the walls but I reigned it in a bit and kept it plain so that I could dress it up with accessories and if / when she changed her mind about the decor it would be easy to change it up again.
3D Surf Board Picture
She had some lovely accessories/pictures from the family for her birthday including the colourful 3D surfboard picture shown above.
Large Beach Theme Canvas
I found the xl beach/surf theme canvas at Kwantum (a dutch DIY/furniture store).
I added a wave-shaped mirror to the back of the door.
Child’s Beach Theme Accessories
And Alexandra added her own bits and bobs to the room making it a bit more cosy.
More Beach Theme Knick Knacks
I painted the map painting a while back and had actually tossed it on my failure pile.
It was not going as I exactly as I wanted so I ended up very childishly daubing paint on it in frustration and I had basically abandoned it.
Alex, however, found it collecting dust in the loft and decided to salvage it for her room.
Reject Painting 🙂
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