The moment we found out it would be a boy…and that our daughter would be sharing her room with an opposite gender sibling…we began our quest to give a room makeover from the pink and purple butterfly sanctuary that was currently her bedroom to something more versatile to suit them both without having her “give up” her girly room. She was open to the change since she had the current theme and colors for 5 years and even better news was that she loved the color Aqua Blue (my fave and very gender neutral).
The challenge was really how to find a happy medium theme for her and him. Alas, it was decided it would be The Very Hungry Caterpillar! You can DIY easily for any room makeover. Stay tuned for an upcoming Sunday Scoops post for my Powder Room Makeover. I also did a DIY Re-Upholster Toy Chest pictured here. To see the post on how to recover simple furniture items like this, check out the post here. 🙂
You will want to start with a fresh paint color that can vary from a wide range of colors since there are so many to compliment this particular theme.
I purchased some red polka dot fabric to make some window valances and throw pillowcases. I am very much a beginner when it comes to using a sewing machine, but if you can sew straight lines you can do it too. I also bought a panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric to make a huge throw pillowcase that had the caterpillar on one side and butterfly on the reverse! 🙂
I shop Amazon frequently so finding everything there, aside from the paint and the two IKEA canopies, was easy…even the pillowcase fabrics and reusable sticky wall decals!
My favorite was adding the paper lanterns that I strung together with fishing line to mimic “the caterpillar” and the giant IKEA leaf canopy over the crib was perfect and cheap! Some bedding to match was simple too. I went with a primary colored circle print for the crib. This theme did have a crib set available but it was very expensive so I went with the circle print for him and similarly colored butterfly duvet cover for her. The IKEA mesh canopy over her bed was the perfect addition to add extra femininity to her space.
Oh my, the shared closet was a challenge as it is super small, but luckily for now, so are their clothes. I purchased a closet rod doubler which you can find on Amazon or a local bed/bath/organization store. She loved being able to access her clothes easily on the lower rod and I added his clothes (after picture) to the new space on top rod.
With two dressers, one for each, this left just a bit of room for a multi-use train/play table, toy chest used for her dress up stuff and some cubbies for her personal items such as purses, jewelry boxes, etc. The captain-style bed and crib both have drawer space underneath which has worked great for storing toys, stuffed animals and even extra crib sheets for any quick midnight changes. I used the top of the larger dresser as a changing table for baby as you can see the cushion atop the mirrored dresser making it multi-functional and space saving.
When our lil guy is old enough…my plan is to put a bunk bed in place of her current captain-style twin bed and replace the crib under the leaf canopy with either a small desk or play/reading corner for both. It is a room theme that will grow with them…for a little while anyway. 😉
This was a challenge because it was such a small room, but it has worked out marvelously and they both really love it!
What theme ideas do you have for sibling shared rooms?
As always thanks for reading friends!