Sooner or later the day will come when your sweet little baby is old enough to have a big kid’s room. You may be noticing that their room is starting to look a little to babyish for their age. They have probably even brought it up to you several times. This is especially true for children that are now old enough to invite friends over for play dates. Don’t let the thought of a complete make-over stress you out. The entire process can be easy as well as fun for both you and your child if you follow a few basic steps.
Picking a Design
Keep in mind that your child will love their room more if they are involved in the planning process. This doesn’t mean you have to forfeit all control over to them, but you can use their input on the big decisions. When selecting a paint color, ask which colors they like best. You can also use their favorite character or story as a theme.
Prepping the Room
No one likes the prep work involved with these projects, but a little effort now saves a lot of headaches when it comes to clean-up. Remove all furniture, toys, and window treatments. Protect floors and any objects left in the room with plastic or paper drop clothes from manufacturers like Trimaco LLC which are available at Wal-Mart.
Put the Kids to Work
Once again, your child will appreciate their room make-over more if they can help. Even little kids can paint. If they are quite young, give them a spot on a large wall where there are no doors or windows. As long as they can make a couple of brush strokes, they’ll achieve a sense of pride at the job they did. Remember to relax and enjoy the experience with them. You can always touch it up yourself later on.
The finishing touches will make the room special. Choose bedding and curtains for the area that coordinate with the design plan you originally came up with. Add small table lamps, bean bag chairs, and storage bins for toys in matching colors that will be both functional and decorative.
If you follow the above guidelines, you should be able to transform that baby nursery into a big kid’s room in no time at all. You’ll love the results as well as the joy it brings to your child. Best of all, it will be an experience that you will both remember fondly for years to come.