So, Junior doesn’t want to be a cowboy anymore—now he’d rather be a Go Go dancer. (That’s cool, we’ve all been there. Just “go” with it.) Trouble is, this is the third career change he’s made in six months. What to do? Try these tips for redecorating the Wild West without breaking the burlesque bank.
1. Buy cheap cloth in the desired theme, and make some simple curtains
If your kid has really unpopular taste, you might be able to get swathes on sale. Curtains are simple to make, and if you really want to go crazy, you can make matching pillow covers with the leftover fabric.
2. Decorate for after dark
If you want to just add to last month’s obsession, you could always bring out the glow-in-the-dark paint and no one but your disappointed kid will know that you couldn’t be bothered to paint over the extinct dinosaurs.
3. Make one wall a chalkboard wall, or install a huge whiteboard
This will allow your kid to draw—or even stencil, if you have a projector lying around—images onto the wall. Chalkboard paint makes this easy, but if you want a less permanent solution, just buy a big chalkboard and lean it up against one wall.
…and just tell your kid that purple is the official color of people who will someday be king. This idea won’t work for long, though, so take advantage before Junior gets too old and analytical
5. Buy craft foam
It’s basically brightly colored foam that you can cut into the requisite shapes—spaceship, octopus, law books, etc. It’s also absurdly cheap.
6. Stop having a themed room
Just decorate once, and keep lots of poster and picture frames on hand for easy image swap-out.