Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Welcome to Our Peaceful Place

Hello! So glad you could join us today. Isn't the scene refreshing?

Let's remember just where we came from:

Um. Yah. Confession time. One day, while in the middle of the dreaded sanding job, I decided to snap some before pictures of every room in my house that I wanted to change. And being the crazy impatient being that I am, I didn't even bother to clean any of them. My idea was that way the before and after would look even more dramatic. I think I need to go take some better shots! And yes, Girly-Lou is in love with paper. Every little thing she receives, every handout, every picture is a treasure and needs to be on the wall. Not so fun for me, but there you have it.

Anyway. Back to the room.

It's done! DONE!!! I've known what I wanted to do with this room for 14 months now. Really ever since we moved in. But I waited for two reasons. First, being pregnant with my third child, I didn't know if the girl room would be this larger room, or the smaller one. Second, funds were a bit low for decorating. But the first reason sounds better, so we'll stick with that.

Then 9 months ago, 'Lil was born. I knew which room to work on! Hubby got a pretty decent raise, and I started compiling.

Speaking of which, let's do a thorough breakdown (thorough because I get frustrated when people to breakdowns and leave stuff out!)

Paint: Not much to talk about the actual process. I did use the green frog tape instead of the blue, and it is a LOT better at keeping out leaks. There are 4 different colors in the room, all by Behr.
  • White is New Day Dew, 1 gal ($22) + 1 qt ($15)
  • Light pink is Shy Little Piglet, 1 qt ($11)
  • Dark Pink is Snow White Song, 1 qt ($11)
  • Green is kind of Friendly Frog, 1 gal ($23) *The real color was WAY too bright. So I grabbed my 1 qt paint cup, measured out about 1 TBSP of new day dew to every 4 oz friendly frog. That made the color much more reasonable!
  • Tape, brushes, etc, $15
Paint total: $97 (paint is WAY more money that I always think!)

Quilts:
  • Fabric $85
  • Batting, $20
  • Thread, $10
Quilt total: $115

I used THIS tutorial for the pattern, THIS tutorial and THAT to make bias tape, THIS tutorial for the actual binding. I also machine quilted for the very first time. If you want any tips for first time quilters, I found THIS site to be the most helpful. They won't win any awards, but I love how the quilts turned out! I don't know if you noticed, but Girly-Lou's has more pink, and 'Lil's has more green. And I even quilted their names in while doing the machine quilting.

Pillows:
  • forms: from old pillows already had, free
  • white fabric: 50 cents worth of thrift store pillow cases
  • other fabric, from quilts
Total: $.50


Dresser:
  • Actual piece, Free
  • Paint (counted above)
  • Knobs $20
Dresser total: $20
You might remember this one from months ago when I blogged about it.

Names etc.
  • Letters: $4.50, painted white
  • flowers and butterflies, scraps from quilt
Total: $4.50

I really wanted to do wood letters in this room. But have you ever priced those things? CRAZY! Then, one day I was wondering around our Michael's. They had these foam letters on clearance for only 50 cents each! SOLD! They were crazy colors, but 4 coats of paint (grumble grumble) later, I was happy with them. Attaching them to the wall was an adventure. I wanted to do a cute hanging something or other, but everything I tried just looked really lame. Finally, in desperation, I stuck a finishing nail in the back of the foam, and then nailed it in. Loved it!

This corner:

Before:
Now:
  • Paint included above
  • Fabric shapes, extra from quilts
  • Clock, actually a wedding present
Total: Free

That tree. Wow. What a process. I first saw THIS months ago, and fell in love. It would have been a fairly easy process, but I didn't have an overhead projector. So instead, it literally took me 5 1/2 hours to get the silly thing on the wall. It only took a couple of hours to actually paint it!
The birds are from here and here, just dipped in liquid starch and stuck up on the wall.

This corner:
  • Mirror, another wedding present, painted white with circles starched on top.
  • Flower pegs: $2 from a thrift store, painted white
Total: $2

Window:
  • Curtains, came with the house (but in another room) Free
  • Ties: left over from quilts
Total: free

Closet:

Before:


Now:
  • Remove nasty old doors, free
  • Wing back chair: craigslist find $10
  • Boxes above, scrounged from around the house, free
Total: $10


Rain gutter Book shelves:
  • Rain gutters: $6.50
  • Brackets: $10
  • End caps $10
Total: $26.50
I used THIS tutorial, but I totally forgot to pick up the end caps. Joys of shopping with three little people! So that will come in a few more days. But I still love them!

Bunk bed:
  • Um. I'm not sure. My Father in Law wanted to pay for everything, and we made 4 trips to the store to get everything, and every time we went he also decided we needed $60 worth of clamps, or knee pads, or whatever. I think for wood was $250-$275.
Total: Free (for me! Really around $300)
Off course this is a Knock Off Wood pattern. I didn't like the ladder, so I spent a lot of time looking at dimensions online, and made up my own. Actually making the bed went super fast. Sanding and painting on the other hand . . . . Well. It's done now!

Grand Total: $275.50 (or $575, depending on how you're counting.

I'm very happy with how it all turned out. There are still a few things I'd like to change. I'd like some different curtains, I'd love to make a magnet board for Girly-Lou to put all her papers on, the blinds need replacing. If I had money out my ears, I'd refinish the floors, get a new rug, and a really cute light fixture. But we're good for now.

And Buddy's happy because now I get to work on his room next!


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21 comments:

  1. WOW!!! SOOO very cute!!! you did a really nice job, I'm sure that one day (when they are decorating a room )your darling girls will understand all your efforts and hard work!!

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  2. It is SO CUTE! I love everything you did! When I have my own house someday I am hiring you!

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  3. It's just so stinkin cute, sis!!

    Ah, to have your energy and stick-to-it-ivness!!

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  4. Very cute... though the wood letters spell names.... You are amazing though! Way to be!

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  5. WOW!!! The process along the way was great, but to see the final results is amazing. I wish my daughters had had such a creative mom. Oh well, they all seem to have turned out to quite creative themselves. Hurray for blended genes. You are great!!

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  6. Looks amazing! I'm so impressed with those bunk beds too! Love the colors you chose too, great job!!

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  7. I am floored! You have some serious talent my friend! I look at all of our very blank and boring rooms in our house and think we could really use a little bit o' you around here. Thanks for the inspiration, love those rain gutter bookshelves by their beds - genius!

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  8. Beautiful. One day, one day, one fine day, my girls will have a room designed and decorated for them. At the moment they have paper bag brown torn wall paper in our temporary rental here in France. But... one day.

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  9. Hi! I found your blog on Just a Girl. Love your makeover, especially the shelves with the books and your tree...so cute. My 4 year old is sitting here on my lap and she keeps saying "ooooh, that house is so pretty!" I'm your newest follower!

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  10. Fabulous job! It all came together beautifully!

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  11. omg this is awesome, this is a room she can grow into teen with..
    I am inviting you to share your talent at our blow out linking party.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2010/11/fall-grace-and-blowout-linky-party.html
    Thank you,
    Maggie

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  12. I kind of did a double take when I saw your room! Beautiful...we must have "distance decorating attachment disorder". Sure we aren't related? Check out my daughters' room and a highlight of your work! Great job!

    http://www.containchaos.com/?p=571

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  13. Wow, it looks amazing and you should be proud of all your hard work!!

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  14. I just came over from Knock Off Wood, and I find myself suddenly in love with you. My daughter chose a really bright green that she loves and I hate for her room. Now, seeing almost the exact green on your walls and how well it works, I might just be getting some pink and doing the same. Gorgeous, gorgeous room. Great job, supermom!

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  15. What a beautiful job you've done, and I think your quilts are terrific.

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  16. I live in Fort Worth, so yes...I know where Euless is! =) Love the room! I keep trying to convince my husband to let me have some wood-working tools so I can build my own stuff, too! Great job!

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  17. What a pretty room. My 7 year old daughter, "Missy Moo" wants her room painted in both pink and green very similar to what you've done (except with a white line between the two colours). I love the darker pink though! Great job!

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  18. delicious!
    call me my girl to show her how beautiful this room!
    Can I steal your idea?
    thanks
    Ciao ciao

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  19. Hi! Just came over from Knock off Wood, and was wondering... We have a super small bedroom for our two boys (7.5x10) and I was hoping to see what the dimensions of THIS room are? I love the set up, but I'm hesitant on how large the bunk bed looks. Any response would be great! Thanks!

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  20. Love your transformation. I´m getting my girls bunk beds too. Hope it turns out as pretty as yours.

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