We’ve been trucking right along on Olivia’s bedroom makeover (which you can see all the plans for here). Since last week when we put up her DIY ballet barre and oversized sheet music, I really wanted to finish up this wall.
I was drawing a blank on what to put above Olivia’s big mirror and had the idea to put her name there, but all of the letters I found were tiny or didn’t have as much interest as I wanted. When I made a pit stop in Hobby Lobby last week, they had all of their letters at 50% off! And their letters were huge!
I was a bit worried they wouldn’t fit, but they were perfect. And they definitely couldn’t have been an inch bigger. I love when things work out that way.
Now, Robert and I are stuck on what to put above her bed. I thought about making a pair of metal looking angel wings, but I would love to put a canopy above her bed. We’ll see how it pans out. The tricky thing is I usually work on projects and shoot pictures of them during her naptime, so it’s been interesting trying to entertain her and work in here.
(Cleaning your house when you have kids is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos, don’t ya think?)
It’s the cutest thing to see her twirl and “stretch” on her barre. She is such a ham in front of that mirror.
I guess she gets it honest though…
On the wall opposite her bed, I picked up three big frames from Michael’s for 55% off last week too. I kept checking a couple thrift stores for frames that would work, but it’s very rare that I find three matching frames all together.
Just last year, Olivia’s uncle discovered he had this beautiful talent for sketching. He has made some beautiful work drawing giraffes, feathers, birds, and all kinds of things. So when he asked for suggestions on what to sketch next, I did a little, “Olivia’s room would be extra cute with a ballerina sketch. Wink wink.”
Lucky us, he delivered this beauty! Can you believe this was the first sketch of a person he’d ever attempted? Mine would look like my two year-old did it. I draw stick people.
I used a little more of the French Stamp fabric that I used on her ballerina applique pillow for two of the frames and pressed two of her baby dresses in them.
She wore one of them for her baby dedication at our church when she was 6 months old, and she wore the other one at the beach last summer. Instead of throwing keepsakes in a box in the closet, I try to frame them to display. I did the same thing with our keepsake wedding invitation, program, and my bridal garter in our master bedroom and hospital items from when Olivia was born by putting them in keepsake shadow boxes.
When Olivia was born, her grandfather hand carved this beautiful rattle for her. He is a professional artist and carves all kinds of incredible things. He made our cake topper too that now sits on our living room bookcase. You can see all of his work on his site if you want to check him out.
I was really excited about the design ideas we had in the beginning, but the special little touches like these make it priceless.
I’m so glad her room is looking much less like a refugee camp. It was looking kind of sad before. We still have two more walls that need some lovin’, but we’re getting there.
I love that we’ve been able to bring in so many sentimental touches so far.
Here’s where we are on the makeover checklist now:
- DONE: Find and makeover a “big girl bed”
- DONE: Find and makeover a dresser
- DONE: Get bedding
- DONE: DIY oversized sheet music
- DONE: Hang her big mirror and DIY a ballet barre
- DONE: Frame baby dresses
- Makeover nightstand
- DIY a dress-up rack
- Hang a shelf for hats, dress-up accessories, etc.
- DIY window moulding
- Hang curtains
- DIY angel wings
- Hang a canopy?
- Buy a rug
- Hang a chandelier?
I can’t wait to see how the rest of it comes together.
Do you hang sentimental items on your walls? Or have uber talented family members whose talents you’re in awe of?
What do you think of our progress so far? I love getting comments from y’all here and on Facebook/Instagram.