Saturday, August 22, 2015

E.Claire's Big Girl Room Reveal

What started out as "just a new" bed for our daughter who's about to turn 5, turned into an entire new room. But of course.  Why wouldn't it be a simple project?  Here's the BEFORE picture of her room, with blue walls and popcorn ceiling.  

I spent an entire day scraping off the popcorn, using a water bottle, popcorn scraper with bag attachment, safety goggles, and my dust mask. I took all of the furniture out the room and covered the floors to make clean up easier.  It took me just one morning to get the popcorn down, ceiling sanded etc.  

Over the next two days, I painted the ceiling pink (Benjamin Moore's Powder Blush in Satin) and the walls white (Olympic's Snow Storm in Satin.)  I stenciled three of the walls using Royal Design Studio's snow leopard stencil. Joe added crown molding and the trim got a high gloss white paint.

Here is the Glorious AFTER! Details and source list at bottom.  I am thrilled how it turned out. Never know with such a bold print on the walls.

Her Gallery Wall turned out delightful. I pulled together things she had in her old room and added some new prints from around the web.

Lots of pink, white and gold hints in the room. Most of the frames used are either white, black or gold.

Her "play" corner. 

The shelves are from Ikea, but I painted the brackets with gold spray paint. I also gave that hallow frame a gold coat.


This basket was painted gold (used to be coral.)

This vintage light bulb doesn't need a shade. I simply wrapped up the cord with white ribbon and tied an accent bow around the base.

This was an old desk hand made by a neighbor's grandfather. It was sitting in the boy's closet for quite some time. Glad it worked out in my design plans. I sanded the whole thing down and gave the top a weathered gray stain and the bottom a few coats of white.


We raised the height of the curtain rod above E's closet. The old curtain was flimsy and bent, so I bought a black rod with crystal finials. The curtains are by Nicole Miller.

The white and gold polka dot bedding from Target had me at Hello. Perhaps the one thing I was absolutely certain of in this whole project. It's so soft too.

The Moroccan trellis shag rug from Overstock is like walking on a cloud. I'm in heaven.

 One Happy Girl!

Source List
Bed -Pottery Barn sleigh bed (Refinished in Olympic Storm in Satin)
Desk -Hand Made with a Gray Wood Stain on Top, white on bottom
Bookcases - Ikea
Bedding -Target
Pink Pouf Pillow -Home Goods
White pillow at Desk -Came with bedding set from Target
Rug -Moroccan Trellis Shag, Overstock
Pin Board - Home Goods
White small bookcase -Craigslist find, refinished in White
Closet Curtains -Nicole Miller
Window Curtains -Target, with blush ribbon trim added by me
Wall Stencil -Royal Design Studios Snow leopard design
Wall Color -Olympic Snow Storm and Benjamin Moore Powder Blush
Desk Accessories -Home Goods
Under Bed Storage -Kid Kraft trundles
Heart String Lights -Target
Acrylic Chair
White Wicker Basket -Target
Play Kitchen -Ikea
Shelves -Ikea


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A bookcase Redo!

Sometimes you just have to enlist the neighborhood kids to help with stuff. I was knee deep in my daughter's room renovation that I didn't want to sand or paint another thing! But my daughter was inheriting our bookcases from the living room, so I had to think of something else to replace them. I found this VERY tall real wood bookcase from our local Habitat for Humanity store for $50! Saaaay Whaaaat? That is a great price for a quality hand made bookcase. But the color. There was the real problem. I do love wood, in the right setting or home. It's rustic and beautiful, but too much of it and things start to look like a log cabin.  So here are the kids, sanding away. 

The bookcase got a coat of primer, three coats of white paint (Olympic's Snow Storm in Satin) and the back is painted with Benjamin Moore's Powder Blush in Satin.)  It got two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.

Styling the bookcases was fun!  I used mostly things I had, but had to find new storage solutions. My favorite are the leopard print bins from Target. Below that are two Ombre Gray fabric bins to hold DVD's. Below that is a Gray furry bin also from Target.  The teal shelf is a laptop desk from Home Goods.

Still debating on that upper section! I might add a shelf or a piece of art to fill that space. Haven't quite decided yet.

Happy Organizing
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