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    Thrifting and Upcycling for Kids' Room Decor

    Get a cool kid's room without breaking the (piggy) bank! These genius ideas for thrifting and upcycling kids' room decor will help you stay under budget.
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    As seen on HGTV's Mom Caves, homeowner Kelly Teicher's finished sunroom, built and designed especially for her by Matt Muenster, has a Hamptons-inspired feel.

    The sofa and pillows in Leilah Tyree's Mom Cave were chosen for their subtle color palette. They're consistent with an adult aesthetic while still remaining playful.

    This Mom Cave was given a "SchoolCave" theme, as seen on HGTV's Mom Caves.

    The playful breakfast nook is packed with vibrant hues and graphic lines. The walls were painted the same shade of navy blue as the family room area, and the windows are covered with the same drapery fabric and hardware, keeping the different spaces united for a cohesive look.

    This colorful family room features windows dressed with plaid draperies, a ceiling painted 60 percent lighter than the navy blue walls, a sofa with a machine-washable slipcover, end tables and table lamps, as well as an upholstered storage ottoman that keeps the boys’ toys accessible yet out of sight.

    One way to add playfulness is through art and accessories. Above the mantel sits fine art photography by Daniel Collopy (www.danielcollopy...), which features various sets of Duplo toy characters from the 1980s set up as a crowded mob of busy city people. While the nostalgia of the subject is meaningful to the homeowners, the playful colors and vibe are just as appealing to their young boys.

    This bookcase was styled with framed art and vintage family photos as well as a mix of reflective materials in the mercury glass table lamp, vintage model propeller plane and framed mechanical blueprint.

    Thanks to an all-American palette, menswear fabrics and casual coastal touches, a lackluster great room becomes a red, white and blue masterpiece for young parents and their two little boys.

    After a two-week remodel, what was a dark, contractor-grade finished attic is now a shiny, happy spot for playing games, experimenting with crafts and hosting sleepovers. Rather than choosing popular or trendy palettes and/or themes, a fresh, transitional approach was taken by mixing sea-foam green with a grassy shade of green, then combining traditional and modern design styles for something unique and up to date.

    The homeowner decided to have the small corner nook of the nursery outfitted with a window seat made from basic lumber and tongue-and-groove beadboard. To make the window seat, the space was properly measured, then a frame structure was cut to size and assembled. The bottom was kept open to allow for storage baskets, and the exterior and interior of the frame was clad with beadboard before being painted ultra-white with an HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) paint sprayer.

    Interior designers often use mirrors in small rooms to help reflect natural light and create the illusion of more space. A round mirror featuring letters of the alphabet was secured to the wall with safety anchors and a child-proof latch. The mirror helps keep the nursery bright and airy as it reflects natural sunlight streaming in through the window.

    Although the space was specifically designed for a 2-year-old boy, its color scheme works well for either gender. The use of taupe and black together can easily become masculine with the addition of dark green or brown, but accents of coral or tangerine keep the overall palette cheerful and gender neutral.

    A tiny 9x7 second-floor bonus room was transformed into a little boy’s nursery with careful space planning, a smart use of mirrors to reflect light, a mix of patterns and classic color choices.

    Secure heavy pieces of furniture to the wall with anti-tip furniture straps in case your little one decides to start climbing.

    Build your child's sense of independence with pint-size furniture that's a perfect fit.

    It's easy to get carried away with chintz in a little girl's room. Instead of using girly fabrics as the bed cover or window treatments, incorporate patterns in small doses, such as on a kid-sized chair, pillows or even vintage hat boxes.

    A toddler room is transitional, so you don't want to spend a lot of money updating the space. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn updated a basic tot bed with a sprayed paint finish to add some color and decked the walls with photos of beloved stuffed animals.

    Make a "big-kid" bed feel even more special with a dreamy canopy overhang. When your child outgrows the toddler bed, you can keep the canopy in place to drape over the next frame, or simply remove it from the ceiling. Photo courtesy of live from IKEA FAMILY

    This window seat is used daily and is certain to receive its share of wear and tear. To ensure it holds up, a three-inch cushion upholstered in stain-resistant indoor-outdoor fabric was custom-sewn to fit the top. Food and juice spills can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

    Both kid-friendly and sophisticated, this bedroom from HGTV Green Home 2014 brings the outdoors indoors. The many green-toned accents are meant to look like a lush landscape from the birds-eye view of this lofted hangout. A handy bucket makes snack deliveries fun and convenient.

    A mini tent serves as a cute clubhouse and venue for indoor campouts. Plus, it beautifully coordinates with the sweet pink tones of the bedding and hanging birdcage.

    With a crib modeled after a carriage, this storybook nursery is perfect for a princess-in-training. The room includes other charming touches like wallpaper with a toy block motif, quilted carpeting and an adorable woodland mural. Image courtesy of PoshTots

    This kids bedroom from HGTV Dream Home 2014 is inspired by the Muppets. While sticking to a sophisticated color palette of red, white and black, this room bursts with kid-approved details like Muppets accessories, a curtained-off play area and a TV for each bunk!

    Between adventures, a junior explorer can escape to a treehouse bed in this jungle-themed room.

    This pirate-inspired room has everything necessary to set a course for adventure — from a treasure map mural to a rustic pirate-ship bed.