We recently moved back into our old house (my Father-In-Law's house) to help him with cooking and cleaning and keep his marathon training schedule in check after a series of strokes he suffered. This move was a bit of a surprise for our family (an even bigger surprise for everyone else!) and we had promised the kids that they could decorate their rooms however they wanted, within a budget :).
Our spicy little Ally announced that she wanted a castle bed with a door, and a window, and a bed she could jump on, and purple walls. We began perusing Craigslist, Pinterest, and Google for ideas. EVERYTHING we found was WAY out of our budget....even the DIY stuff was coming in at $300+.
So we got to thinking... convert the closet. This would be a GREAT use of a corner in a child's room, a preschool spare space, a spare closet in a play room. This is SO inexpensive and easy that it could transform just about any space into a castle playhouse in a day. Here is how we did it.
This started as a 40" x 100" (approx 3ft x 9ft) closet with sliding doors. We wanted to save money and space so we determined that not having to purchase materials for sides and a back would be a great budget option. AND her room really wasn't big enough for it and have enough space to walk around it. For a closet, we converted a television armoire by adding a rack for clothes where the television hole was (but that's another "how-to" post for another day!)
We removed the doors and painted the inside the same purple as the walls. A couple gallons of paint is all it took for all the walls and the closet space. (Lowes - $20/gallon) I already had this paint from a previous project (daycare/preschool walls) so I didn't have to incur this cost. But even so, the project would have come in at 100$.
We purchased one 3/4" MDF 4'x8' sheet from Lowes - $34.98 and one 1/2" MDF sheet from Lowes - $28.96.
The 3/4" MDF was used for the front (the part with the door) and the 2 tall tower sides. We used the 1/2" MDF for the shelves inside the tower. We chose MDF for it's smooth finish that makes for a VERY easy paint job at the end.
The decor was super DUPER cheap and easy. I cut a lace panel (just one) lengthwise and used those to create the swag at the top and down the left side. I attached these to the inside of the closet with screws in the wood on each far side and a rubber band gathered at each end to hang over the screw. I layered the lace panel with a purple panel (again just one cut lengthwise) I purchased (for a dollar at Dollar Tree) a bunch of purple violets that I took apart and used to hide the rubber bands. The finishing touch was the Christmas sparkle lights. The newer ones are low heat and you don't have to worry about them being against fabric. They also make a fun night light for Sleeping Beauty :). This entire project cost us less than 60$, since we utilized paint and fabric on hand, but even at retail prices, you could get away with spending $100-$110 and make a dream castle for your little princess too!
I wish you well and hope you get to play today.
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