AND HOW TO UTILIZE ALL RESOURCES!

 When exactly does a baby become a toddler?  I'm not sure but my baby sure thinks she's a tot.  Penelope has always played with Ace's trucks, trains and boy stuff.  We could never get her to play in her own room.  So I felt it was time for a major change.  
((this post has been updated with a few tweaks!))

I wanted to create a classic, clean little girl room while not breaking the bank.  I literally shopped around and cut corners all day to achieve my vision.  

Firstly, I removed the baby stuff


Baby rattles, books and the 4Moms MamaRoo chair all had to go.  I also removed the gray dots (decals) above her crib.  Although the crib is still being used, we intend on getting a big girl bed soon.  These pics I took with my iPhone before I went to work.  








THEN I ADDED:


FROM ONLINE


A couple frames I already had with printables via +Etsy by Wishful Printing for $1.50 each (click here) and a pic close to my heart.  The light and crown sit on top of the cocina.  I also used a chalkboard reading Pen'z's Cocina that I picked up at the dollar isle at Target.  The letter "P" was a gift at my baby shower and super cute too!

Another +Etsy purchase was my new wall decals.  I chose gold dots from Amber Moore Designs.  You can't beat the prices!  I purchased 100 dots for $5.  I think in life we refer to that as a "steal?" 

FROM STORES


We also splurged on this +IKEA USA kitchen for $99.00 and built it in a couple hours.  Penny keeps calling it her "chicken" which I die every time she says it.  We got the accessories for $9.99 each.  We grabbed two.  The fake food is to die for.  
I got a shelving unit from Ikea as well.  These cubes are durable (unlike any others I've found) and adorable.  Use them to showcase stuff like I did or grab the cube boxes and store stuff you don't want to see!

I also splurged on a carpet to throw on the floor.  I noticed that both my kiddos like to lay on fluffy carpets and even though my heart said flat, geometric, modern, my wallet said Target... $30.  But they love it.  
I love playing with them now too.  And, funny how Ace is all about his sisters room all the sudden.  

WITH IKEA

IKEA KIDS KITCHEN









AND UTILIZE ALL TOOLS DOING IT




FOR SALE OR FOR FREE


 Most of my books cost less than a dollar or were free at my local library.  If you need more reasons to check out your library click on my other post "Why the Library Is Always A Good Idea"  here.   

Rody (the riding horse) & the grocery cart (by +melissaanddoug ) was found at a kids consignment store in Larchmont.  I absolutely suggest consignment because most stuff is like new and can be recycled which is also environmentally friendly.  



FROM D.I.Y'ING


 Is that a word?  This mobile was made by me when I was very pregnant and nesting like a mutha.  Pretty proud of it.  You can see how to make one similar here and here or you can buy one here.  

I also made the banner hanging over Penelope's crib.  I wanted to replace it but last minute decided to keep it.  I also made this while pregnant and I'm such a sucker for keeping sentimental things.  I think it's because I'm Latina.  We keep everything.  LOL!






CRIB WITH KIDS

WHITE SPACE


CLOSET BY IKEA

CLOSET BY IKEA


LASTLY...


The idea behind Penelope's room was to create a white and clean atmosphere without being sterile.  Buying new everything would not be feasible nor would it settle well with my heart.  I  dreamed up a room that has personality and utilizes what I already own.  I really like incorporating gifts that others have given us or sentimental things that I may have had for years.  I'm glad I took an enormous amount of time to put everything together for this tiny room.  I hope you enjoyed it too!

What kind of style is your kids playroom? 

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