Is it weird that I want to move in to our daughter’s room? Because it’s so absolutely stinkin’ ADORABLE!
I mean, I won’t move in. But I can’t promise there won’t be the occasional mommy/daughter blanket fort in this space. (Especially since I’m not really a backyard camping with the bugs and dirt kind of mom.)
A week ago, her room looked like this…
We hadn’t touched this bedroom at all since we moved in last April. To be fair, we’re been preoccupied with the living room, breakfast nook, foyer, playroom, dining room, master bedroom, hallway bathroom, powder room… okay, you get the picture. All kinds of busy. Enter the mom guilt.
But with a new little one on the way, I’ve been determined to make Olivia feel extra special and big-sister-ready so that when we start working on the nursery, she’ll already have her own pretty space.
She was gone out-of-state last week to visit some of our close family on spring break, and while she was gone, I painted like crazy for 3 days and my mom came over to help me put up wallpaper over the weekend (while jamming out to Oldies, of course).
I so wish I’d recorded Olivia’s reaction when she got home and saw it for the first time. To sum it up, ALL the fan girl squeals.
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I painted the walls Behr My Sweetheart, which is just the perfect light blushy pink. And the trim is Benjamin Moore Simply White. Robert and I are planning to add picture frame molding below the chair rail at some point.
For now, we just have her mattress and box spring hanging out on the floor while we wait for her new bed to arrive. (The old one I found for $20 at the thrift store and painted three years ago finally bit the dust.)
Olivia’s only two requests for her room were butterflies and pink. So that was the plan.
I searched high and low for butterfly wallpaper and found this wallpaper pattern at Anthropologie that I thought would be so perfect for transitioning into pre-teen/teenage years since Olivia is turning 6 this fall. It was a total splurge, but since it was only one wall and only the portion above the chair rail, it was completely worth it.
(If you ever want to know how to do it yourself, here’s my beginner’s guide to hanging wallpaper here. It’s not nearly as scary as many make it out to be, especially for just one wall.)
I continued the black door trend that we have going on in the rest of the house too by painting hers Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. I’ll still most likely change out the doorknobs for bronze or glass ones.
Robert and my dad ripped up the old rug to reveal the pretty hardwoods underneath. We’ll be rolling out a smaller soft rug eventually just so Olivia doesn’t have to step out of bed onto a cold floor every morning.
The other side of the room is looking way better now that we’ve hauled out all of the junk we weren’t sure what to do with yet. (I sense a yard sale in our future.)
That Craigslist dresser is getting a makeover very soon in a week or two. And I replaced the old blinds with these warm bamboo shades.
At this point, curtains, the new bed, nightstands, a new light fixture, and some wall decor is next on the agenda.
Here’s where we are on the to-do list so far:
Paint walls Behr My Sweetheart in eggshell Paint trim/below chair rail Benjamin Moore Simply White in semigloss Paint ceiling Benjamin Moore Simply White in flat Paint doors Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron in semigloss Hang wallpaper Hang bamboo shades Rip up old rug
- Move in new bed
- Move in nightstands
- Get new textured rug
- Hang curtains
- Replace light fixture
- Paint dresser
- Hang ballet barre with mirror?
- Find wall art
- Find new bedding
I have a feeling we’ll get this knocked out in no time at the pace we’re already moving. Here’s hoping anyway!