Personalize Kids’ Rooms

I love wrapping paper.  Every print, pattern, color, character possible, for less than $5 a roll.

When my daughter was crazy for Dora the Explorer, a piece of Dora wrapping paper pressed inside a cheap Ikea frame made her so happy.  Now, two of those same frames display her American Girl posters, one of which she made herself with Scotch tape and cut-outs from a catalog.

We’ve had an old particle- board bookcase for so long that I don’t remember where it came from.  It was headed for Goodwill 3 years ago when a can of red spray paint and a roll of paper (outdoor table covering?) from Ikea turned it into funky storage for our craft room.

Just recently, when our craft supplies outgrew the bookcase, my son inherited it for his room.  I replaced the old paper with Star Wars paper that he chose.  Well…at least he likes it.

Ikea Hensvik Cabinet

My favorite makeover, though, was with a vinyl tableloth – I loved the cheery print, but it was too girly for our family table.  So I used it to cover the back of an Ikea chest in our infant daughter’s room.  It served her well for 6 years before we traded it for “big-girl” furniture.