Shared Boy & Girl Kid’s Room

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How to Decorate a Shared Boy and Girl Bedroom - a full reveal of our shared boy and girl's bedroom including source list for all our decor and more.

The Mini Shared Boy and Girl Bedroom Reveal

Our shared boy and girl bedroom reveal. This shared bedroom includes two twin beds and a natural wood 6-drawer dresser between the beds.
Shared Room Reveal

With baby number three on the way, we decided to move my son and daughter into the same room, freeing up the nursery for our newest addition. This will leave a shared room for our guests and office. I know some people are hesitant to put a boy and girl into the same room, but it works for us! My son will be five in September and my daughter is two. We plan to move my son into his own room again in a few years, with our newest addition taking his place in the shared room for a few years. I may have lost some of you there, but just know it’s totally working for us right now!

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Planning Out a Shared Boy and Girl Bedroom

Before Pictures: The Guest Bedroom + Office Space Transformed into a Shared Bedroom

The shared bedroom before it's makeover; there was a queen bed with two chairs - a simple guest room set up.
Before Shared Room
Before becoming a shared bedroom, the guest room also functioned as an office space with a small desk and computer in the corner of the room.
Before Shared Room

A lot of effort went into transforming this room into a little kid’s coastal oasis. I call it a “mini reveal” because I am still working on it. While we have two beds in the room, my daughter is still in the crib, smack in the middle of the room. We plan to move her to her big girl bed in the next few days, but we’re soaking up every last bit of her containment. She is a wild child but has not climbed out of the crib yet. I am itching to get the nursery finished, so I need her crib soon!

The Shared Bedroom Makeover Begins!

The start of the shared boy and girl bedroom makeover: painting the walls! White paint written on the wall reads "let's go!"

So what all went into this room? First, I painted it white (paint details at the end). I found two Jenny Lind style beds at Habitat for Humanity Restore. I dabbled with stripping and sanding the beds, but in the end decided that was too much work. Then I borrowed a paint sprayer and failed miserably at spraying the beds, so in the end, I hand painted them. I found a dresser on the Facebook Marketplace from the 1920’s and sanded it down to it’s raw and natural wood (DIY tutorial coming soon). Finally, I took an early 1800’s dresser from Habitat for Humanity Restore and sanded it down as well.


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Painting the shared boy and girl bedroom with an eggshell white paint during the shared bedroom makeover.
Painting Shared Room

Our decor is slowly coming together. I hope to add some personalized art and framed photos of the kids. I am also planning a long art exhibit, magnetic, and chalkboard wall in the dormer window. You will also see a chest that I converted into a “dress-up wardrobe” for both kids.

Shared Kid’s Bedroom Furniture Makeovers

Jenny Lind Beds for the Shared Kid’s Room

Two wooden Jenny Lind spindle headboard lay on the concrete driveway before being sanded painted.
Jenny Lind Beds

Have you ever heard of a “three quarter bed frame?” Well, it looks a lot like a full size bed, but it not quiet a full. It’s also larger than a twin, so somewhere between a twin and full. This is interesting when you’re trying to find a mattress to fit the bed frame. In the end, we found the perfect RV mattress on Amazon, along with great sheets to fit it. Another takeaway with these beds? Sooooo, soooo, so many spindles to paint. I was so over the spindles in the end, but I love the way they turned out.

The first attempt at spray painting the spindle beds didn't go so well - splotchy paint didn't cover all of the wood headboard or bed frame.
Jenny Lind Beds
The Jenny Lind twin sized beds in the new fully painted shared kids bedroom - the bedroom makeover is coming together!
Jenny Lind Beds

Tutorial coming soon. Products used: Zinsser 3-in-1 Primer, Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White, Polycrylic Clear Matte Sealant

1920’s Dresser Makeover for Shared Boy and Girl Bedroom

A vintage 1920s dresser sanded down to the natural wood finish.
1920’s Dresser

I sent my husband to pick up this dresser I found on Facebook Marketplace. When he brought it home, I quickly realized it had veneer (NOOOO, not again) and it turned into a time consuming project. It took a few weeks to sand it down but in the end, it’s gorgeous and was worth all of the work.

The old 1920s dresser originally had a dark veneer finish, so we planned to sand it down to it's natural wood finish.
1920’s Dresser Before
The old 1920s wood dresser originally had a mirror attachment. Both the dresser and mirror had the same dark wood veneer.
1920’s Dresser Before
Refinishing the old 1920s wood dresser by sanding off the dark wood veneer finish.
1920’s Dresser Refinish
The complete refinished dresser sits between the kids twin beds in the new shared bedroom.
1920’s Dresser Refinish

Tutorial coming soon. Products used: Ryobi Orbital Sander, Dremel 200, 60 grit sandpaper, 220 grit sandpaper, Polycrylic Clear Matte Sealant, Valspar Liming Wash.

Kid’s Bedroom Dress Up Wardrobe

This antique chest was passed down to us from my aunt and at some point in time it belonged to her husband’s family on a tobacco farm in Western North Carolina. The doors were in rough, rough shape, so I decided to remove those and leave it open for the kids. We also took the legs off so it would be at their height. I hope to lime wash the inside a bit, but I love the natural wood on the inside. I also plan to put some baskets in it, add cute hangers, and place a mirror on the side. My kid’s love it and I find my daughter dressing herself from it daily.

The antique wardrobe was painted stark white and had two old doors. We previously used the wardrobe as storage in the guest room.
Antique Wardrobe Before
We turned this antique wardrobe into a dress up closet for the shared kids room by taking off the doors, removing the legs, and adding more storage baskets inside.
Antique Wardrobe Converted to Dress-up Wardrobe

Tutorial coming soon.

Early 1800’s Bedroom Dresser

This 1800s era dresser was a thrift store find that was the easiest furniture makeover for the shared kid's room, and now adds plenty of storage to the room.
1800’s Dresser Refinish

I purchased this early 1800’s dresser from Habitat for Humanity Restore. To date, it has been the easiest refinishing project. It was made prior to veneer popularity, so all I had to do was sand the finish off, seal it, and put a small amount of liming wash on it to get rid of the yellow tones. We did remove the glove boxes on top because they were rotting and could not be salvaged. A fun note? These nails helped narrow down the time period when I posted it to an antique furniture identification group. I think they’re awesome!

An old antique 1800s era dresser with a dark wood stain, removable lid and glove boxes.
1800’s Dresser Before
In the process of refinishing the old antique 1800s era wood dresser for the shared kids room. This furniture makeover was so easy because we just had to remove the dark wood stain.
1800’s Dresser Refinish
Antique nails, keys, and hardware that came with the 1800s era dresser.
1800’s Dresser Hardware
The refinished 1800s era wood dresser in the kids new shared bedroom. All we had to do for this furniture makeover was sand down the dark stain finish and reseal the wood.
1800’s Dresser Reveal

Tutorial coming soon. Products used: Ryobi Orbital Sander, Dremel 200, 60 grit sandpaper, 220 grit sandpaper, Polycrylic Clear Matte Sealant, Valspar Liming Wash.


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The Final Reveal: Shared Boy and Girl Bedroom!

A full look at the shared boy and girl bedroom - two twin spindle beds  with a large refinished wood dresser between them.
Shared Room Reveal
The kids shared bedroom is decorated with an Olive and Iris basket wall made up of various woven wood baskets.
Olive & Iris Basket Wall No.12 Hanging Set of 7
A refinished vintage dresser is perfect additional storage for this shared kid's bedroom.
Shared Room Reveal
A small built in bookshelf and bench allows for extra storage for books and toys in the shared boy and girl's bedroom.
Shared Room Reveal
A refinished 1800s era dresser adds more storage for the shared kid's room, and was a breeze to refinish!
Shared Room Reveal


I plan to give each of these pieces of furniture their own devoted post, this is just a short recap of what went into the room. I hope you love it as much as I do, and you can also find all of the sources and links here.

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4 Comments

  1. So gorgeous! Just wondering if you wired the sconces or are putting puck lights in them? I’m thinking of using these same ones and wonder if it works well? (To not wire these)

    1. We did use the puck light trick and it works great. We have a lot of light from the windows. The puck lights do not put off a ton of light, so just be aware you will not get bright lights like you would from electricity.

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