Girls Room Reveal

I am almost finished with this girls room.  It has been a long time coming.  I have one more little project to add some more pops of color to her room by her bed but haven’t had a chance to get it all the way finished.  I just got back from a blogging conference and didn’t have time to get it finished but decided to share these pictures with you anyways.

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I am really happy with the way it has come together.  I LOVE doing the bigger projects for a room redesign, but really struggle with adding the final finishing decorations to a room.  So I put it off forever because I am just so wishy washy about what to do.  But I am really liking how it has come together.  I LOVE that the room fits her little personality.

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She loves her some pink…lots of pink.  So we tried to add some different shades of pink in her room, but still keep her room soft and sweet just like she is and I really feel like it reflects who she is.  But the most important thing is that she adores her room.

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We painted her dresser a nice dark gray color and added these fun pink knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I had also found this octagon shaped mirror at Home Goods a few months ago and had planned on using it over the fireplace in our Living Room, but liked it in her room a lot better!  We decided to keep our DIY growth chart in her room because it fit perfectly in that weird little spot right behind her door.

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Then we just took this shelf that she already had in her room and moved it to the other wall and painted  this cute pink frame from Cut It Out.  We added some of my favorites pictures of her including this one when she was  5 months old.  I MISS that baby face!  I seriously get a little bit misty eyed when I think about how quickly the time has gone and how it has been 5 years since we had a baby in our house.

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We made the wooden letter T and shared the tutorial for that if you are interested in reading more about it.  The little tissue paper rosette balls are really easy to make and add some fun color to the shelf.

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Her room has a very long wall that I was struggling with how to decorate, but we moved this framed chalkboard from the kitchen (which we replaced with this fun wooden sign) and decided we really liked it here in her room.

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Her blush pink bedspread is from The Land of Nod which we bought a couple of years ago and the curtains are from Target (also a couple of years ago).  Her green pillow on her bed was made by me using this simple way to make a pillow cover.  The material is from JoAnn’s.  The nightstand is painted the same color as the dresser and was originally from Target many years ago and is a hand me down from her oldest sister.

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I found her little chair at the DI (a local thrift store) for $4 and painted it pink and recovered it with some fun gray and white polka dot material.  The light is from Home Depot and cost a fraction of the cost of what the name brand ones cost.

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And, we made her bed and tufted headboard.  This is probably one of my top ten projects to date.  I love, love, love it.  The best part is that it was a lot easier to build than I thought it was going to be.  It makes me really happy to see it become a reality after having visualized it in my head for months.

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A few years ago we added the picture frame wainscoting and I love how it immediately dresses up the room.

And, finally, because I am sure someone will ask, the paint color on the upper half of the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray reduced by 50%.  Just have your paint store reduce the colorant 50% for you.  It is one of my favorite gray paint colors and is also the paint color I painted my office/craft room with.

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I hope she loves her room for years to come…or until I get the itch to switch it up!



Paint A Rug

I recently painted our Master Bathroom a really fun Gray color {Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray} and was looking for a rug that I could put in there to add some color and match some towels I had purchased.  I did a lot of shopping around online and found a lot of great rugs that I would have loved to have…but the price tags were a bit too much for me to justify.  So I decided to make my own and paint a rug.  I have seen several of these DIY tutorials floating around, but the very first one to inspire me was this painted rug that Jen and Shelley made.  They have great step by step instructions so I won’t take the time to give you a step by step process, but will share with you a couple of things I did to make mine.

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I am REALLY happy with how it turned out.  I have to tell you, that I was really nervous about how well it was going to work.  The rug I used was a lot more “plush” than the rug that Jen and Shelley used and I was worried that the carpet fibers would move quite a bit in the stenciling process which would then prevent me from getting really crisp and clean paint lines.  But I am so happy with how it turned out.  So happy in fact that I turned around and made me a second one the very next day!!  I have been known to do crazy things like that once in a while!

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When I first finished the rug, my bathroom cabinets were an old outdated oak color that we never loved.  I loved the rug, but next to the cabinets it didn’t have the “pop” I had hoped for…so….I knew I had another project on my hands.  Really…it never ends.  We had been wanting to paint them forever, but they had been at the bottom of the “to do” list.  Suddenly they found themselves at the top of the list.  I will share more about that process in a later post.  Painting them totally changed the entire look of our Master Bathroom.  It is so light and fresh looking now.  I feel happy spending time in there!  It is amazing how your surroundings can make you feel.

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The rug I used was simply a Memory Foam Runner that I found at COSTCO for $22 and some change.  A huge price difference from the $400 dollar rugs I had been eyeing on line.  COSTCO still has these rugs in stock people!  And the rug is really soft, perfect for cold bathroom tiles on freshly showered feet.

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I used the same stencil that I used for this Antique Acid Mirror that I shared with you back in the spring.  The stencil is from Cutting Edge Stencils and is their Anna Damask stencil.  Then I used some leftover wall paint from our Master Bathroom.

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I simply placed the stencil on the rug after planning out how I wanted the pattern to be on the rug, so that it would be even, and then used a sponge paint tool to sponge the paint onto the rug.  It worked really well for me and even though the carpet fibers moved a little bit in the process, I just made sure to hold the stencil firmly in place and check the alignment of it often to make sure it had not accidently slid to one side.  Then I let it dry for about 20 minutes between each process so that the paint did not smudge.  Be sure to check the bottom of the stencil for any leaked paint so as not to get it on your rug as you lay down the stencil each time.

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What do you think?

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I am loving it in the yellow color as well. 

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I ended up placing the yellow rug in my bathroom since it made it feel so fresh and happy!  The gray rug I placed in our Master Bedroom which we also recently painted Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray.

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And if you are wondering about how the rug feels with the paint?  Truthfully, it is a little stiff…but not as much as I thought it would be.  It feels just fine on your bare feet.  It also softened up a bit with use and even more so when I threw it in the washer for a test.  Now I am trying to think of other places to put a rug!  What do you think?  Do you have a spot in your home that you could use one of these?

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