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8. Repurpose and salvage.
Decorating a child's room need not cost a fortune. Look to vintage sources and even other rooms in your house for furniture you might be able to use. For instance, an old dresser can be a changing table now and still be useful when the little one has moved on from diapers.
If you are doing a lot of vintage shopping for your child's room, the pieces you bring home may not match each other in finish or style, and that's OK. You can easily repaint the pieces in a color you love, and the new hue will make the mismatched furniture feel like part of an intentional collection.
Honor your teen's desire for independence by including him or her in any design updates. Of course, you always have the power to veto, but showing that you care what he or she wants goes a long way. A quick update might include a new coat of paint, a larger desk and a few floating shelves to house a budding art collection. For bonus points, include a few extra stools for friends to perch on and a wall mount for a guitar.