Did you get a chance to see all of the gorgeous ORC (One Room Challenge) posts last week? I’ve been in a total daze over them. And at the very beginning of the challenge, I seriously considered joining in on the fun with Olivia’s bedroom makeover. I’m realizing now there’s no way we could have crossed that finish line in 6 weeks.
We DIY at a snail’s pace around here (if snails could DIY, I guess) and I’m sitting over here just staring at this halfway completed room echoing Squints from Sandlot. It’s taking for-e-ver.
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So we may not be sprinters in this makeover race, but we’re making it on endurance. And I’m really hoping to have this room all wrapped up at the end of May.
Today’s project was certainly a baby step, but it’s one I’ve been meaning to do for months.
On one of my weekly Goodwill visits, I found a pair of scrolly ceiling medallions for $1 each that I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with them. All I knew was they were cute and looked great for a little girl. So I snatched them up and pondered.
Aren’t they sweet? I gave them a couple of coats of Krylon Dover White* to freshen them up a bit and decided they would be great as repurposed frames. There are all kinds of pretty ceiling medallions out there that can be used to bring a wall to life. This one*, this one*, and this one* are three of my favorites.
And, to me, nothing says classic girly than silhouette art. Plus, it’s easy and cheap.
Materials for DIY Silhouette Art:
- A printed profile photo in the size you need on white cardstock
- A Sharpie
- Glue stick
- A larger sheet of white cardstock
I snapped this profile shot of Olivia when I did her two year-old birthday photo shoot in September and decided it would be the perfect candidate. (Because Lord knows, I’m not going to chase my kid with a camera trying to get her to sit still and look in a particular direction if I can help it.)
I just printed it out on a sheet of white cardstock.
I outlined her profile first with a Sharpie marker to make a defined line.
Then carefully cut it out.
Using the Sharpie again, I just filled in the profile and used glue stick to attach it to a bigger sheet of white cardstock.
I decided to add a quote along with her silhouette. My students always knew I had a major infatuation with Shakespeare. (I’m completely showing my English teacher nerd side here, aren’t I?)
British Literature Trivia Moment: Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, which just happens to be my and Robert’s wedding anniversary. (I promise that was not on purpose, but it’s a big plus for me.) The name “Olivia” was invented by Shakespeare, and first appeared in his play Twelfth Night, one of my favorite plays of his. (Again, total coincidence, but it’s exciting stuff in my world.)
See? Who says you can’t learn history and literature from a DIY blog? We’re fancy around here.
Okay, so you get it now. I’m all jacked up on Shakespeare, so this quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perfect for a little girl’s room. (Even though, it’s spoken during a cat fight in the play, but that’s beside the point.)
If you’d like this simple little Shakespearean printable, you’re welcome to download it here.
I whipped it up in minutes and printed it out on cardstock. Since my frames needed a sheet of paper just a little bigger than my standard 8.5×11 size, I cut around the circle in the design first and glued it to a larger sheet of white cardstock like I did already with my silhouette.
Then just placed where I wanted the wording in my frame and traced on the paper to cut it to size for the ceiling medallion.
After I cut the cardstock, I just placed it in my frame and taped it. Easy. Looks pathetic on the backside but hey, as long as it looks good on the front, this girl doesn’t care one bit.
They turned out so cute for Olivia’s bare wall beside her bed.
The wall behind Olivia’s bed is still completely blank, but I have big plans for it.
This quote about Miss Livie Bug could not be more true. I mean…you should have seen the fight she gave us to avoid eating her non-PBandJ dinner last night. Fierce, I tell ya. But she is in positive ways too.
I just want to sneak in for an Eskimo kiss with that cute little nose of hers.
If you’ve followed along on this bedroom progress so far, here’s how we’re looking:
- DONE: Find and makeover a bed
- DONE: Find and makeover a dresser
- DONE: Paint the walls a light gray.
- DONE: Buy bedding (a gift from her great-grandmother)
- DONE: Hang a giant mirror close to the floor for dancing/dress-up
- DONE: Install a ballet barre
- DONE: Make and hang oversized sheet music
- DONE: Frame ballerina sketch and baby clothes and display
- DONE: Makeover nightstand
- DONE: Make a decorative pillow for the bed
- DONE: DIY a lamp (or two)
- Makeover vanity
- Hang a canopy or statement-making wall decor behind bed
- Frame window
- Hang curtains
- Build a dress-up rack and shelf
- Buy a rug
- Replace modern light with a chandelier
It’s killin’ me, Smalls! I’m ready to do this stinkin’ adorable reveal! Kuddos to the ORC bloggers because this one might not even be done by the time the next ORC rolls around. (Kidding…I hope.) But I’m really excited how much has happened in here since Day 1.
What do you think so far? You can see how far we’ve come since the “before” post here.