Pottery Barn Inspired Girls’ Bedroom on a Budget

This bedroom makeover has been a long time coming. We moved into this house over three years ago, and I knew when we moved in that this room desperately needed to be painted. The previous owners used this room for their son, and the walls were painted a muddy brown. It was not cute at all for a girls’ room! It looked very dark and dreary, and it didn’t match their decor at all.
Our oldest daughter, Elyse, picked out the new paint color, which was called “Heavy Cream,” and she and  her younger sister Abigail painted the room all by themselves! I was so proud of them for doing such a great job–and they didn’t even get any paint on the carpet! It took two coats of primer and then two coats of paint to get the brown all covered. It was a huge job, but they persevered, and now they’re so happy with the results (and they also have a lot more respect for how much work painting is; they said they thought it was going to be so easy, but they were surprised that it actually was a huge, difficult job)!
Our three daughters (ages 14, 12, and 8) share this little 10′ x 12′ room, and the tiny closet. We bought the bunk bed almost ten years ago at a garage sale, and it’s served us well ever since. It has two drawers underneath, and each of the two younger girls store their “special things” in them (photo albums, drawings, papers, letters, etc.).
Our oldest daughter sleeps in this twin bed, which was her daddy’s when he was a boy. Instead of a dresser, each girl has her own little cube thing with fabric drawers to store her clothes in. We have a local store that regularly has these 50% off (and we also used a coupon to make the deal even better). This was what Elyse wanted for her birthday, to replace the large brown dresser that used to be by her bed. It took up a lot of space and the drawers were broken, so this is a nice, cheerful improvement!
We never really set out to do a pink and green theme in their room, it just sort of happened! As people would give the girls gifts, they often happened to be pink or green, so we ended up collecting quite a few coordinating things through the years. We’re so thankful to the grandparents and friends who contributed to this room makeover!
Sharing a room with multiple ages requires a bit of compromise. Especially when it’s a small room! But thankfully, the girls were all happy to be sharing a room and they all agreed on the color scheme. 
Elyse’s side of the room reflects her personality and her love of all things country and cowgirl! This little dish holding her guitar picks was a Christmas gift we found a couple years ago during a Hobby Lobby 50% off sale. We also found the “100% Cowgirl” metal sign and the other metal cowgirl sign at Hobby Lobby. She was so thrilled with these!
The flower painting was made by her sister Abigail. I thought she did a great job on it, especially considering she was only around nine years old at the time.
And this beautiful horse painting was a gift from her friend Jenise, who made it for Elyse when she broke her arm a couple years ago. Such a meaningful and sweet gift!
On the other side of the room there is a short wall that just fits the other two girls’ cubes. One nice thing about these is that the clothes can just be dropped in the drawer rather than needing to be folded. Personally, this would drive me crazy, but they think it’s great!
Abby also painted these two canvases with her name and her little sister’s:
I love this reminder from Philippians 4:8, which hangs over Elyse’s bed. We found this at Hobby Lobby’s half-off sale about three years ago.
Their shared ribbon board was also from Hobby Lobby:
And I found this cute wire trash can at Dollar General:
This light switch cover is tin and it also came from Hobby Lobby:
You can see several of my inspiration photos on my Girls’ Bedroom Ideas Pinterest board. After seeing how much pink and green we already had, I started thinking pink polka dot duvet covers would be nice. And I found just what I had in mind at Pottery Barn. But the price was totally out of our budget.
So, I got creative. I bought three matching twin sheet sets from Target. They looked just like what I was hoping for. And then I sewed my own duvet covers using the pink dot sheets for the front and plain white flat sheets for the back. Then we just popped their white comforters inside, and that was it! I was able to complete this quick project in one afternoon, and they turned out so cute! 
It’s also nice that they each got a fitted sheet and a pillowcase to go with the duvet covers (since the sheet sets included these items).
With the limited space in this room, Elyse stores a lot of things under her bed. So she really needed a dust ruffle to hide it all! I found this Shabby Chic one (with a 15″ drop) for a good price on ebay.
I still have a few cute things I’d like to create for this room with the girls’ help (quilted pillows, a fabric garland, and some framed photos), but we can’t put too much in here or it seems cluttered. Still, I think these few crafty projects will be fun for us to work on together, maybe in the winter months.
And here is Faith’s log cabin quilt that I finished earlier this year. It doesn’t match the room exactly, but it’s close enough, and she loves it!
It’s amazing how much peace a harmonious room can bring. I just love walking by this room now and peeking in to see the brightness and cheeriness! And the girls are so much more motivated to keep it clean and orderly since it’s their own special room that they helped create.


  1. This room is so sweet! Love the cowgirl touches and the artwork. Thanks for sharing on What You Wish Wednesday. Please come back tomorrow!

  2. This is so great… my heart in decorating is it does not have to be pottery barn… it does not have to be expensive… get inspiration… use what you have… make the place lived in!
    Thanks for stopping by WYWW!

  3. The girls' room looks great! I remember how much fun it was sharing a room with my 2 sisters. It's good to see you blogging again, Joy. Your blog has truly blessed me through the years.

  4. First of all your girls room is amazing! Love it. I love to do Pottery Barn knock off's too! It is great to get inspired by Pottery barn YET go out and achieve the same looks much cheaper! Lol way to go. Secondly I was sooooo tickled to see your Phil 4:8 sign I have the VERY same one! So happy to of found your blog via The Homemaking Party. I would love to see ya sometime at homemaker-mom dot com sometime!

  5. The bunk beds are from This End Up furniture. We have lots of it here at our house. It takes a "lickin and keeps on tickin." Wonderful job decorating. I have no decorating skills at all. Husband is better at than I am. Love the Pink and green.

    1. Thank you, Christy! I had no idea where the bed came from–that's nice to know! It's a much sturdier bed than the other bunk beds we bought (new) for our boys. I don't really do much decorating here, either, but I really wanted to make the girls' room a cheerful and pleasant place to be! 🙂

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