Our two girls, 5 and 9, share a teeny tiny downstairs bedroom. It's a split level house, with the downstairs built halfway under ground. The window is quite small, so not a lot of natural light comes in, and the light fixture was like three bright little spot lights that left the room feeling like a dark little cave. I'm terrible at taking "before" pictures, so here are a couple of bad cell phone pictures from before we moved in.
The first thing we did was paint the walls with Sherwin Williams Koral Kicks, a nice peach that wasn't too pink, and Sherwin Williams White Batten. I installed a plank wall to brighten it up even more, using mdf shiplap planks from Lowe's and my beloved brad nailer. I also trimmed out the window and door frame using 1x boards. This has become my favorite way to quickly make a big impact in a space. (Here is a great window trim tutorial that can be easily adjusted to work in different spaces : https://southernyankeediy.com/home-tour/diy-fancy-farmhouse-window-trim-the-lazy-girl-way/ ). We found the small chandelier on clearance at either Home Depot or Lowe's and spray painted it black. And finally, I employed my team of helpers to rip up the 1980's brown carpet and we replaced it with Smartcore Lanier Hickory luxury vinyl plank flooring from Lowe's.
The finished room is still teeny tiny, but it feels so much lighter and brighter. It's a room that works for little girls, but will be easy to update as they grow.
I obviously need to work on my "staying out of the photo when taking pictures with a mirror in them" skills! Whoops!
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