Pink and Monkeys and Owls…

Yup…pink, monkeys, and owls pretty much explain my little girls’ tastes at the moment. But, hey, if that is what they love, why shouldn’t they be able to be surrounded by it in their own room?

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Now for the break down…no I am not going to embarrass myself and do some break dancing…let’s just stick with a little review of how this room came together. Shall we?

The bunk beds were given to Ava and Kyra by Jason’s dad. He actually made them for me when I lived in the dorm in college. They have been working great, but I am hoping he can make them something a little more like this…

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You can find more about this bed here
Both bedding sets are from Pottery Barn. Let’s just leave it at one cost a bit more than the other because I was hasty. I should have waited to find it on sale, but, alas, it was too late.

The small table is a garage sale find from this past summer. Refinishing the table top has been on my to-do list for about, oh, 6 months now. Guess I should start thinking about trying to get around to that project. The table, chairs, and fabric for seat cover cost a whopping $12.

The small chair in the corner came from my mom-in-law. She is a garage sale queen and I am sure she found it at an absolute steal.

The stickers mural above the dresser was on clearance at Pier 1. Now that I look back, I wonder if it was marked wrong because it rang up $2. All I can say is that I was shocked. The package had about 50 stickers plus the bird cage! Not a bad deal for $2!

The personalized wall decal beside the closet door was a gift from my mom. It semi-matches the bird decals so it isn’t TOO mis-matchy (new word…you like?) looking.

As soon as I can carve out a significant amount of time, I would also live to refinish that old dresser. Thanksgiving break is coming up fast. Could it be a possibility? I am thinking it could!

Alrighty then! Another room down! Why don’t we just stick to the whole bedroom theme? Right now I am planning on completing just a little more work on our master bedroom. As soon as it is finished, we will be making that the next stop.

FYI, I am looking for a couple of clients to help me start a home decor portfolio. The consultation service will be completely free for 2 people. You do not have to live nearby. We can always work through email and such! If you are interested in seeing how it works, just leave a comment and I can get in touch! More information on this later…

(You will, however, be responsible for purchasing any items you wish to use for your redecorating project.)

Girl Power And Pink Flowers

Okay…You aren’t going to believe it… I am actually going to write a decorating post. It has been ages but when you are moving and temporarily displaced, home decorating ideas aren’t exactly on the mind. As I mentioned earlier, we are currently staying with my in-laws (which has been such a blessing while we figure out our living situation). On a note of GrEaT news (for us at least), our house is currently pending sale! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on that blessing!

So, I decided to give the girls a bit total bedroom makeover. Since they are sharing a room, I wanted to give them a room that was a bit more coordinated. Here is the before…

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And here is the after…

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Most of the items in the room were, of course, garage sale, free, and thrift store items. The pastel rug is a PBTeen rug that I was able to buy from Craigslist for $50. The table and chairs cost $15 (including fabric to recover the chairs) from a garage sale. The LOVE picture is a DIY project made by decoupaging scrapbook paper onto an old painting canvas. The dresser, chair, bunk beds and wicker side table were given to me by Jason’s step-mom. The sheets for the beds and white throw pillow came from one of our garage sale adventures. My one big splurge was bedding. The lower bunk has bedding that came from Target, but the quilt on the top bunk came from PBTeen and cost “a tad bit” more. However both sets are well-made and should last a while.

The only other ideas I would like to incorporate into their room come from the Googiemomma blog. The striped ceilings and small chandeliers are too perfect!

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I’ll wrap up by leaving you guys with a few more pictures! Thanks for stopping by!

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Headboard Headlines: It’s Finished

It’s finally here…

Oh yeah…That’s our new DIY headboard that we have been working on from time to time for the last three weeks. And I absolutely tootle-lootley LOVE it. It is the perfect color to match our new bedding (which you can read about here).

If you are interested in creating your own rustic shabby headboard, you can check out this post and also this article from HGTV.com. Do you like the color? Then pick up some Olympic semi-transparent stain in Cinder (available at Lowe’s) and top it off with some clear gloss polyurethane. I knew that this was the weathered color stain I had been admiring the minute I saw it on the shutters of my mother and father-in-laws’ house. It gave even these brand new white-wood boards an weathered look without the worries that sometime accompany the use of old wood (like little buggies…ewww…in a headboard…even worse).

BTW, here is a before picture without the stain…

If you are a fan of lighter colored wood, you could simply sand the headboard and add a couple of coats of poly for a protective shine. Beautiful!

As of the moment, my search continues for a cheap queen sized bed frame. However, as soon as I have one in hand, I will set it all up and update you guys on the final look!

Has anyone tried their own DIY headboard? Upholstered, wooden? Made from window shutters or old doors? A simple stenciled design behind the bed? They are all great! Here are a few of my cost-conscious favorites…

If you are interested in simplicity, here is a super easy method for creating a great headboard from John and Sherry at YoungHouseLove:

The next three ideas from HGTV.com are wallet-friendly ideas that add a ton of character in a snap:

And this one found on the Bits & Pieces blog…

seems to be an old fireplace mantel…beautiful!

Looking for a green idea? Try this recycled pallet headboard from Stylizmo…(Just be sure to treat any old wood for creepy-crawlies!)

There are so many beautiful, inexpensive methods out there! Why pay hundreds of dollars when you can create something that totally compliments your unique style? So get creative! And when you’re done, be sure to drop by the SBH facebook page to show off your creation!

 

A Rustic Bed To Rest Your Head…

You may remember a few weeks ago I introduced the beautiful seagrass bed I was coveting from Pier 1.

Really, really super cute (and at $279, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal)…BUT I recently found a DIY project at HGTV.com that had me at hello.

This rustic, easy to assemble headboard is just begging to grace my bedroom with its shabby chic presence. The price to build the headboard alone is supposed to be a little under $100. I also plan to build a footboard by simply using a shorter version of this same technique. I’m estimating the total amount to be about $150. Maybe…

After DIYing the bed, we’ll give it a brown base coat of paint with a top coat of a green that matches the darkest color of green in our bedspread (just like the little dark green leaf in the center of this picture.)

Then the bed will get just enough distressing to give it an antique look. Can’t you just see it?

The plan is to start this project next weekend, so if you are interested to see how it works, you can check back in early next week for the finished look (hopefully).

Oh, by the way, I know the nightstand on the right side of the bed looks a little entirely empty. I’m still searching for a large lamp for that spot. It’s hard to find a large lamp base at a good price and I haven’t had time to hit any garage sales or thrift stores. Pout….

If anyone happens to try DIYing your own rustic headboard this week, hop on over to the SBH Facebook page and share your pics and story! We’d love to hear it! Thanks guys!

 

 

Drab to Fab: The Story Of A Bedroom Makeover

There has been one room in our home that I have not attempted to tackle… until now.

Ava and Kyra’s bedroom wasn’t exactly my idea of a refreshing place to wake up in the mornings. It lacked imagination and just looked… well, dull.

See for yourself:

Not the type of room that inspires a lot of imagination, right? Those brown walls don’t really suit two little girls, so once again I rolled up the sleeves and went to work. The big drawback of repainting this room is that I had to remove the cute vinyl tree wall decal. I really wanted to try to salvage as much of it as possible and I did really well. I managed to save all of the branches, the leaves, and the birds but not the truck. I thought the branches might look really “growing” out the window. Our dog, Maggie, had other plans; plans that involved laying on the wall decal and getting it all matted up in her fur. I managed to save the leaves and one lone bird. Anywho, ready to see the new look?

The green color used on the wall surrounding the closet doors is called “Shallow Valley” from Valspar. The color used for the remaining walls is “Bayside” by Valspar. Did you notice the lonely little bird sitting on top of the window in the top picture? That is the single surviving bird from the wall decal. Not to worry, he’ll soon have a happy new home.

See the tree with the red circle? Ava has been asking me to paint a tree on her wall like this one.

Hmmmm… doesn’t look too daunting. I am planning to paint a similar one in between the two beds on the wall at the back of the room. I also saved some of the leaves and plan to use them as “free-floating” leaves around the tree.

So there ya have it. With just a little new color and a new light fixture, this room has begun it’s transformation from dark and dull to imaginative and refreshing. You can check back in to see how this room is coming along as we fine-tune the look.

Have you recently taken a room from drab to fab? Leave a comment and let us know! Better yet, send on over a few pics for sharing!