Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's in the Details

Today I was able to finish out all the details in A's room. Thank goodness I have a husband with strong arms who could drive in the final screws for the curtains. I will admit it was touch and go for a short while when I couldn't get them up by myself. Obviously, I am way overdue for the gym when I can't install a curtain rod.

His long arms and electrical skills were a life-saver too installing the bird-cage light. Sadly, I often know exactly what want but need his help for execution of the plan. Poor man.

Here is the light when it went up and what it looks like lit up at night.

The final words were painted and put up as well today and K helped to hang the painting over the bookshelf.

Here are all the views of the room. I'm so glad it's done and just in time for A's birthday on Monday. The futon for under her bed will arrive on Monday as well and will be the final piece of the puzzle.

I wonder how long it will stay clean. :-)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Baby Diva

A's room re-do is underway. The deadline is her 8th birthday. When I started the planning, it seemed like plenty of time but now there is only a week left and so much to do.

Like her big brother, she has a new bed. Her bright pink walls have been painted a soft "chocolate froth". (Off-white says my husband). Her accent wall was upholstered with a fleece fabric.

We chose a few select french words to hang that will coordinate with the french theme of her painting. So far this is the only word that is painted. 

Her big pieces of furniture, the dresser and bookshelf have been repainted. It's amazing how a coat of paint can totally transform a piece. Add some knobs and voila!

The purple and turquise dress up this old dresser.

 A and I picked out 3 different types of knobs to add texture and color.

The bookshelf got the same color treatment. A few fabric bins will help contain the clutter.

This pretty little cage will be the new light fixture eventually.

More pics to come once I get everything all put together...curtains, 2 more words, hang up the painting, order futon, ... so much to do, and so little time. I can't believe my baby is going to be 8!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

View from the Boardwalk

I came across these pictures from when K and I went away in December to celebrate our anniversary. The Oregon coast is chilly at that time of year but we we fortunate to get nice weather and enjoy some pretty walks along the boardwalk. Here are a couple I snapped with my phone early one morning.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

From Toddler to Teen

We moved into our house over 10 years ago. B's room was the first to be decorated. We painted it a bright primary green and it received a great half-wall mural wallpaper treatment with a simple cityscape scene on it. Complete with a coordinating lightswitch plate I found happened to come across. It was the perfect room for an active toddler, young boy.

B is 13 years old now. The wallpaper came down a few years ago (Really Mom?) but the bright green paint remained complete with the odd fleck of wallpaper remnant. The toddler bed was replaced at one point with a wooden trundle bed a co-worker passed along. An antique desk was added. A makeover was overdue.

We picked a neutral gray for three of the walls and painted one wall turquoise. I also painted stripes of varying widths on another wall. These were turquoise and red. Red is his favorite color.

The cityscape theme was replaced with more teen focused artwork like guitars and skateboards. I found this painting at Bed, Bath & Beyond around Christmas time. It had lots of colors so it was a great match.

I've had these metal letters for years but had never hung them up. It took a couple of tries to get the right strength adhesive to keep them up. Stick with the oldfashioned double-sided foam adhesive! (no pun intended)

A loft bed replaced the bulky trundle bed and gave him lots of floor space. His room is much more open now. I also painted his bookshelf red (was white) to coordinate with the new colors.

And lastly, we needed some shelves for all of the trophies from soccer over the years. I purchased the skateboard decks on ebay without wheels and just attached them using L-brackets and anchors.

Voila! A happy teen boy and a completely new look!