In true One Room Challenge style, I took it down to the wire (again) with my daughter’s bedroom makeover. But, we’re both thrilled with the outcome, and I think this may be my favorite room in the house right now. Hearing my daughter’s joy and delight in a room that is “her style” is a win in this mom’s book.
It’s been funny hearing her talk – “I didn’t trust you, but you know my style.”
Like I mentioned in previous posts, this 10 year-old girl has opinions and isn’t afraid to share them. Fortunately, we were able to pull together a room that is totally her, that will also carry her through her teen years (hopefully). I’m absolutely smitten with this room, quite honestly.
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This room has been transformed in just about every way imaginable. The walls were painted, new bedding, new furniture (since she pointed out that she’s never had her “own” furniture). This is true – she’s had hand me down furniture (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it just wasn’t working anymore. The room isn’t large, so we had to scale down the dresser and maximize the wall space, incorporating more storage through smart looking shelving.
The road getting here isn’t always pretty, but the finished room definitely is. I’m really happy I went with white bedding and then accented it with pretty pillows and throws. That makes it so much easier to change things up a bit if you feel like it.
Did you spot those beautiful drapes? I know, you want to know where I got them, right? Well, my sweet and talented mother toiled away at them, and I love them (and her). She has the patience of a saint when it comes to the sewing machine, and where I would have thrown the machine out the window faster than you can say “pom pom fringe”, she just takes a deep breath and keeps on going. They look fantastic and are just what I wanted.
Do you remember that night stand I picked up at Ballard Outlet for $50, that was all beat up and a hot mess? I know, it looks ok from this vantage point…
But then there was this –
And turned my hot mess of a nightstand into something perfect for her room.
And I will say that my procrastinating tendencies did pay off in one small way. I needed some more accessories and went to HomeGoods only to discover these two baskets (in the perfect colors, on clearance). They were just what I needed, as I had a mini-freak-out when I realized how top heavy that space looked with the smaller dresser and large mirror. This helped to ground things a bit and balance out the room overall.
You may remember how this mirror began:
I may or may not have been painting it last night. In my foyer.
Now if we turn to the other side of the room, you’ll see that we have an efficient and pretty study area that my daughter and I both love. And yes, I added a glittery reindeer, since she’s super excited to decorate for Christmas.
Are there still some minor tweaks to this area? Yes. But overall, we’re this close to calling it completely done. The desk and shelves are from IKEA, and I made the bulletin board below myself.
And I taught my daughter by example that women can use tools. 🙂
Shall we take a quick look back at how far we’ve come?
See that glass vase with the glitter branches? I taped it off and spray lacquered it with Amy Howard’s new furniture lacquer
. This stuff is fun.
With lots of possibilities.
As I finish the photo overload, here are some final shots. Thanks so much to Linda at Calling it Home
for putting this challenge together. It has helped me twice now, and I’m so thankful to have an outside force that holds me accountable!
I’ll have more details on the room coming soon – right now I need to rest! Once again, this challenge did me in – but it was totally worth it. Especially when my daughter came home from school today for her full reveal:
She has been talking non-stop about how much she loves it. How it’s not over-decorated, but just right. How it’s not a huge room, but it’s her favorite room, and how your room doesn’t have to be huge to be pretty. Amen, sister.
If you missed any of my posts on this crazy journey, you can get a full recap here:
Week Three – Bedding, Fabric + Furniture Week Four – Cast Your Vote! Week Five – Crunch Time
Now my two boys are getting a bit fired up at the attention their sister’s room has received. Perhaps this will give them an incentive to … clean. If they can clean, we can talk.
Details and Sources:
Wall color: Balboa Mist (Benjamin Moore)
Desk and (Lack) shelves: IKEA
Dresser: Hemnes from IKEA (knobs are from Hobby Lobby)
Throw blanket: Pottery Barn Outlet
Mirror: Pottery Barn Outlet
Artwork: HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby
Duvet cover: HomeGoods
Euro and Standard Shams: Pottery Barn Outlet
Throw Pillow: Pottery Barn Outlet
Nightstand: Ballard Designs Outlet (painted with colors from Velvet Finishes
Drapes: Handmade by my mom 🙂
And I have to add that Cowboy Studio’s lighting kit
in shooting this room with such tricky lighting. The difference with using it is dramatic and I’m hooked! I’m going to have to do a post just on this, I’m so impressed.
If you’ve never attempted the One Room Challenge, I highly recommend it. I dove in this past spring and I was hooked. It got me motivated to finish my master bathroom
, and the same happened with my daughter’s room. I love it – I’m just an adrenaline junkie like that.
Thanks for following along – I’m so excited to see all of the room reveals out there! Once I get my house back in order, that is. Chaos has taken hold around here, and my kids have been asking for food and stuff like that. 😉