When we moved into the house on Harrison, the room Bug picked out was hideous. The walls were painted with the most obnoxious shades of blue, pink and purple you could think of. There were fairy stickers all over the walls. The ceiling was bright blue, and the beautiful crown molding was painted hot pink. Who does that? It was so traumatizing, that we didn’t even take a before picture. Bug’s room was one of the first to get a new coat of paint, Lavender Sparkle by Behr. She picked it out before she had anything else decided. That’s how much she loved this color. Then I put off decorating her room for nearly a year. Her bed was tucked in a remote corner of the garage, unpainted, so her mattress and box spring sat on the floor. It was pathetic.
Then one day, while at Home Goods, Bug fell in love with this bedding from Cynthia Rowley. I had other ideas, but she could not be dissuaded. Plus, the quilt and shams cost us $40, so it didn’t take much convincing on Bug’s part. We had our starting point at last. So we went to the garage to dig out her bed.
This was how her furniture looked before a coat of paint. We bought the nightstand and dresser off Craigslist because it matched the headboard we’d had for years. I had originally intended to paint it all white, but Bug really wanted her bed turquoise. After stalling for a few months, I got motivated. I painted all her furniture white, all but the bed. It was her room, after all, so Bug won out.
Once I had the furniture done and the bedding picked out, everything else fell into place. We’ve been working long and hard on her room, and it really reflects her personality. She’s made a lot of the big decisions, and this has taught me a hard lesson about letting go and letting her make her own choices. Being the avid reader that she is, Bug had to have a bookshelf, and she has packed it with books.
And every little bookworm needs a reading corner, so here’s the one we came up with. We have huge microfiber beanbags in the game room, and the kids love them. Bug wanted a girly version for her room. We found this one online at Wal-Mart and had it shipped to our local store. It is a pretty large beanbag with a washable cover, and it only cost us $99.
We refinished her dresser with a latex white paint from Behr (primer first!) and finished it off with a light distressing and a water based poly coat. The knobs were from Hobby Lobby (at 50% off), and we replaced all the knobs on the dresser and nightstand for a more girly look.
On Bug’s nightstand is a $3 Goodwill lamp that started out life as an ugly brassy thing. I really wanted to give it a faux mercury glass finish, but again, Bug won this argument. We gave it a coat of primer, lavender spray paint, and recovered the shade to match her bedding. The rosettes were really easy to do. I just ripped 2″ strips, knotted one end, and twisted and hot glued them into shape. Then I hot glued them onto the shade.
Quite a few of the accessories in Bug’s room were done on the cheap. This little bird started off as bright red plastic cardinal we picked up at the Dollar Store. After a few coats of spray paint and glaze, he looks perfect in his new home. The wire basket is from the dollar spot in Target. Bug made the candlestick birdhouses for under $5, and we found many of the bottles and books at Goodwill. We love that place!
The mirrored words came from Hobby Lobby (another place we love), and we placed one in a Goodwill frame we found for $2. The frame around “laughter” we built out of leftover molding scraps. I build the frame around the words, mitering the ends, and using glue and mending plates on the back side to connect each end to the next. Then I gave it a quick coat of spray paint and hung it with a saw-tooth hanger.
But my absolute favorite feature in the room is the tree mural. My super talented sister-in-law drew it on the wall freehand. She used a bistro chalk marker so it was easy to erase mistakes. Then I painted over it with some leftover paint and a brush. It adds so much to the room.
In the end, I love how this room reflects Bug’s choices, and she loves it so much more because she had a say. We still have a few more small finishing touches we are working on for this room, and I’ll share them with you as we go, but it’s nice to feel like we have checked this big project off the list!
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