4 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh Your Child’s Bedroom

Well, it’s finally happened: your baby has grown up, and she doesn’t like the glittery pink walls you painstakingly painted for her, or the cowboy-themed wallpaper he begged you for when he was 5. 

Fortunately, you can revamp your child’s room without having to redo the whole thing and break the bank. The easiest way to update your child’s room is to simply add some pizazz to what’s already there by using these four easy techniques.

  1. Use Wall Stencils 

Does your child love cats instead of unicorns now? Easy! Find stencils with whatever character their heart desires and use rollers to cover up the unicorns they’ve grown out of. You can make your own stencils if you’re feeling crafty. 

Another fun idea is to use glow-in-the-dark paint to add stars on the ceiling! Sites like www.thepaintstore.com feature all kinds of glow-in-the-dark paint, as well as rollers and trays. With this technique, you’ll probably only need a small amount of paint, since you’re only covering a tiny portion of wall space. However, you’ll definitely need: 

  • 1 roller – You can get these inexpensively and in a variety of sizes.
  • 1 21” roller tray – This makes portioning out the paint easier.
  • 1 roller frame. 
  • Stencil of your choice – Purchase these or as a fun activity you and your child can make them.
  • The paint – Take your child with you and let them help pick out colors. 
  1. Re-stain or Repainting the Furniture 

Nothing updates a room like a freshly stained dresser. If you’re looking for that slightly more grown-up look without having to get all new furniture, look no further than sanding it down, then re-staining or re-painting it. 

A simple paint change from brown to white can bring the whole age of the room up from child to pre-teen. Likewise, sanding down the old paint and using a simple wood stain can turn a youthful bedroom into a chic workspace for your high school teen. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Sanding sponge – A couple of grades will be handy to get really stubborn pain off. 
  • The stains or paint of your choice – Let your child choose – it’s their opportunity to bring their tastes into the creative process.
  • A cloth to apply the stain – Any old rag will do!
  1. Spray Paint to Add Texture

If you’re hesitant about using paint or don’t feel like dealing with the mess, consider using spray paint instead. It is less time consuming to apply and will still bring new life into old furniture. 

Use spray paint to add a gradient of circles to create an accent wall, or a darker color to create a nice ombre. Like the stencil project, you can use spray paint instead of rollers to add some colorful accents throughout the room.

What you’ll need: 

  • Stencils with desired shapes – You can even use masking tape to section off areas.
  • Spray paint – This paint comes in a huge variety of colors including metallics. You’ll really have fun re-decorating! 

This project is super inexpensive and totally dependent on how much spray paint you need. 

  1. Paint a Chalk Wall

A dark gray chalk wall doubles as a chic accent and creates something the whole family can enjoy. Your child can paint their wall with their own personal masterpieces, with the added benefit of not ruining your actual walls. 

Chalk is cheap, so the decorations on this wall can be changed daily. This choice leaves room for endless creativity. Whenever your child is inspired they can re-theme their chalk wall with whatever writing or drawings they’re feeling in the moment.

You can also take on this project with any of the previously mentioned ones: gold spray painted rings on a dark gray chalk wall would look gorgeous! 

What you’ll need: 

  • Chalkboard paint – This is a specific type of paint that you’ll need to research and buy
  • Painting supplies
  • Chalk  – You can get chalk sets from the dollar store!
  • Optional – Stencils, if desired. 

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