erase paint is a great way to spruce up your walls without doing
serious damage to your home's value.
Kids' rooms looking a little drab? Tackling those rooms might
just be this summer's fave DIY project thanks to some cool products
and a new money-saving Web site that's creating buzz.
But where to start? Monica Pedersen, HGTV designer and Chicago
resident, has a few ideas. "What I tell people before they are
redecorating (is) come up with a realistic budget," she says.
"Everyone's on a budget. Don't apologize for it, celebrate it, work
with it. I don't think people need to make serious investments for
If you already have the furniture, she says, you should be able
to easily decorate a kid's room for about $250.
Start by looking online for ideas and prices. The new Web
site, mastercardmarketplace.com, is a great place to
find discounts, coupons and exclusive deals, she says. Check under
the Home section.
Try the new Dry Erase paints to create an entire wall kids can
write on and decorate over and over again with markers-all without
upsetting you. Look into the fun, fashionable plastic spray paint
colors to paint the molded kids furniture to fit your vision. Just
take the furniture outside and spray. "Really have fun with paints
and colors," she says.
Look for pieces that can serve various purposes. She recently
found a little coffee table on wheels at Target that opens up to
double as a toy bin. Anytime you are out at Target or Home Depot,
look for cute, child-like and fun dividers and modular closet sets
to help kids take charge of cleaning up after themselves.
If you want to go green, pick a fun scrubbable matte paint for
the walls and switch to 100 percent wool rugs for the floor.
"Just bring in fun ways for (kids) to enjoy their space,"
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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