The first two years we lived in our bi-level home, our basement hardly got used. But, as our family has grown, we’ve grown into the space. There is a main area in the basement which is our playroom (click to see the incredible makeover), a small bedroom which is used as my husband’s office, and my favorite room in the house which is currently my son Nicholas’ bedroom, the Dr. Seuss room. My daughter Lillian recently claimed the last remaining space in our basement as a girls bedroom. It used to be my craft room and looked something like this:
Now it looks like this:
If you read my blog, you’ve gotten a glimpse at the major DIY project in this room, my daughter’s closet that I created from an old entertainment center. You won’t believe what it used to look like! Now it holds her clothes and laundry and features the perfect dress up mirror. The total cost for that project was $26.
Next to the closet is an adorable hanging canopy my daughter uses as a fort which I bought at a garage sale for $1.
I found a bed for Lily off a Facebook local garage sale group that has drawer storage underneath for $75. The mattress was free, given to us by a friend. The comforter and twin pillowcase were a Christmas present for Lily this year from her grandma. The two twin fitted sheets I bought at IKEA for $8. The total for the pink and green throw pillows was $5, I sourced them from garage sales and made covers for them out of clearance fabric.
The green lamp I purchased for $5 from Craigslist. Lily’s little heart blanky on the bed was a gift from a family friend when she was a baby.
Between these two multi-functional pieces of furniture, the room actually works well even without a closet. The large “Lillian” wooden letters I bought online from Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4. The curtains were hemmed from leftover fabric, hung with o-rings I found at a thrift store for $1, and installed using an adjustable rod I got at a garage sale for $1.
In this corner of the girls bedroom I set up one of her favorite toys, a piano I picked up at a garage sale for $7. The lime green shelves I built with leftover wood and Menards free with rebate brackets and painted with free paint from my local HHW facility, so they cost nothing.
On the shelves, we have books and games and a piggy (rainbow) bank that were all given to us as gifts. The only thing I purchased was the canvas with the painting of a lily I did for my daughter when she was born. I got it from Big Lots on clearance for $3.
This room was so fun to design! Of course, like almost everything in my home, the majority of the items are secondhand. I love recycling and re-imagining things I already own to work in a new space. Because of this frugal mindset, the total cost for this room came to only $136!
Thanks for reading and I hope you were inspired by my girls bedroom design! Be sure to check out the other bedrooms in my home tour if you are looking for some inspiration about how to make secondhand finds work in your home.