The next room in our home tour is my favorite room in the house because it was the most fun to design and create! The Dr. Seuss kids room, inspired by our family’s favorite author, is currently my son’s bedroom. It is bright, fun, inspiring, and creative.
This is what you first see when you enter the room.
The toddler bed I got off Craigslist for $40 and painted black. The mattress was $80 from Target. The blanket was a splurge, I paid $42 for the amazing cuddle fleece material it is made out of. I did use a 40% off coupon so that could have been $70. My talented mother sewed it up for us. It has numerous characters from Dr. Seuss books on one side and red and white stripes (like Cat in the Hat’s hat) on the other side. It is super warm to keep my kid cozy in this basement bedroom. Sometimes it gets to be around 60 degrees down there! Who am I kidding, I’m just trying to justify an expensive blanket. Anyway, the sheet was $0.25 at a garage sale (multi-colored polka dots!) and the pillows/pillowcase totaled $6.
My sister gave me this old dresser for free and I bought $6 sticker paper to draw the DIY “decals” on the side of it.
Pictured below is a table and chair set I transformed from a dingy $6 garage sale set to an adorable Cat in the Hat inspired play set.
The $7 clearance curtains were from Shopko and were too long, but the perfect bright blue. My mother hemmed these the right length for me. I unfortunately do not have sewing skills. The cafe rod to hang them I bought at Menard’s for $3. The blocks that say “READ” used to say “EMMA” but I painted over them. I got them at a garage sale for $1.
The bookshelf I made from scrap wood, leftover paint, and free-with-rebate Menards supports. It was easy and cost $0. The book collection is quite pricey, but fortunately for us, cost us a total of $1.50. I’ve only bought 3 of our 36 books (at garage sales) and the rest came from presents. My goal is to have the entire 60 book collection of all Seuss books for this Dr. Seuss kids room. Or at least the 44 he wrote and illustrated. This is what we ask for as gifts for our kids every year, and they love it!
The clay birthday cake (yellow and blue thing) from Happy Birthday to You was a gift from Stephen’s aunt.
The stuffed animals were all found at a thrift store. Thank you to whoever bought these at Kohl’s and then donated them in perfect condition! I paid $15.50 for all.
The large frame was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. I made a poster of inspirational sayings from Dr. Seuss books. My favorite one on there is “A person’s a person no matter how small” from Horton Hears a Who.
And lastly, the mural cost me nothing but time. I used leftover paint from the HHW facility and scrap wood for the 3D trees.
The total for our Dr. Seuss kids room is $208.25. For this inexpensive design, I utilized my artistic talent more than my credit cards. Sometimes you have to try some DIY craftiness to save money, and sometimes it turns out as good as you hoped!