Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Girls Room Mini Makeover


A few months ago we performed a little facelift on the girls shared bedroom. The room had been put on the back burner since we moved in nearly two years ago. The week before mid-winter break, I woke up and decided the powdery purple clad walls had to go. A few hours of sweatin' and workin' over break made a huge difference! Here's a peek at what the room looked like before:


This before pic is totally enhanced by graininess and bad lighting, but trust me, even in the best of light, that purple was not good. There were a few issues I wanted to tackle in the room: wall color, plain boring beds, strange celestial light fixture, and storage issues/clutter.

And now, the glorified after shot...


We painted the walls a fresh white, painted the beds in glossy black, made a few pillows, purchased and installed a new light fixture, and added more storage and a few accessories too! Of course once we finished the walls, we realized all of the doors were not actually white (as they had appeared next to the purple), but a very pinkish off white. Try to look past those for now mmmkay?

Here are a few shots of the wall opposite of the beds:


New artwork purchased and framed!


New laundry basket and cabinet. We also re-purposed our old mobile by tying it to a branch and hanging it on the wall. Find instructions for the mobile here.


Remember these rolling carts we made? They got a fresh coat of paint and were filled with little suitcases to hold treasures (purchased as part of Christmas last year). To keep clutter at bay, we've instituted a new rule: if it doesn't fit in your crate/suitcases it goes into the playroom. Every few weeks we have to trim the amount of "treasures" in the crates so things don't get out of control. This has been working so well and the crates easily roll into the closet for an extra clean look (or to keep special things away from a spazzy little brother).

A few of the details up close:


Two coats of glossy black paint transformed these Ikea beds with little cost or time.


New pillowcases, pretty craspedia, and a brass horse I found at a local vintage shop. I found this yellow fabric last year and my MIL turned them into custom curtains for me. I love using yellow to break up all the pink, and the pops of gold in the throw pillows and horse really class things up.


These lovely pieces are still in the room and hang next to the closet.


A vintage rattan suitcase masks a growing my little pony collection, and a few favorite books sit on the dresser (the rest are in the playroom).

We still need to purchase a new table lamp, a rug (I've got my eye on this one), and actual white duvet covers (these are just the down inserts), and if we weren't moving in a month, you better believe I would be painting those doors this week! It's a little bittersweet to leave this room after updating it, but thankfully most of the stuff we finished gets to come with us.

Did I tell you our next house is a total fixer upper? Be prepared for a lot more of this!

Resource Breakdown (click on links):

Walls: Behr Pot of Cream

Beds: Ikea Fjellse
Paint-Behr Raven Black
Sham Fabric-Dry Goods Design
Throw Pillow Fabric-Dry Goods Design
Embroidered Pillow Cases: my Grandma (thanks Gram!)

Light fixture-Lowes

Rolling Carts:
Paint-Glidden Duo Light Sandstone
Crates-Michaels
Casters/screws-Lowes

Large framed art:
Print- DC* Studio Harvest Poster
Custom framing-Michaels

Cabinet-thrifted
Hamper-Cost Plus 
Pink Vase-Ikea
Brass horse/rattan suitcase-thrifted
Metal stool- thrifted
Stacking suitcases- Land of Nod (on sale right now!)

Two art pieces by closet:
-All the Little Ponies by Kiki and Polly
-Ice Cream Print by Magalerie

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