Last week, I told you about my daughter's request for a room revamp. Although I won't miss the neon bright colors from what her walls used to wear, I will forever miss the time when she was all about pink: ballet slippers, fairies and fru fru. For all the moms and dads out there, cherish the pink. You can't imagine how bad you'll want this part of your daughter's era back once it's left.
I left you with a bit of teaser and didn't share with you what my daughter and I decided on for colors and decor. Sorry! I thought it was a bit funny to leave you hanging. Someone told me last week to remember that this was "her room". She should be able to make the decisions. I agree, but at the same time - she's eight years old. She's not quite there yet where she can independently choose a color scheme for herself. I did, however, give her a few color palettes to choose from. To my surprise, she chose my favorite: gray, white and purple. I also asked her if she would like gold accents or silver ones. She chose silver. She also told me she wanted to have owls and sea shells in her room. AND she didn't want to have a bulky comforter on her bed - "It just gets too hot," she says. My very first "client" was quite a demanding one once I sat her down for some ideas.
I put together an inspiration board to get started: paint cards, fabric swatches and magazine cutouts. Hmmm.. this was going to be a bit straining on the budget - being Christmas time and my daughter's birthday falling in the first week of January. What to do.. What to do.. It turns out this project came at the perfect time after all! Grandpa Jun came to the rescue and offered to sponsor this change as her birthday present. Sweet! I had a $300.00 budget. Thank you, Grandpa! Just perfect since I know how to bargain shop like no other! I had no time to waste - I had exactly a week and a half to put this project to bed. I started as soon as I cashed in that birthday present.
Okay, no more waiting. Here you go.
Do you love it? My daughter adores her new room because she feels like a "big girl" now. She's also thankful she can sleep in her bed again. (I kicked her out for a couple nights and sent her to the couch because the paint fumes were just too strong.)
|I still have to find a great full length mirror to add to the wall beside the closet.|
For the color scheme, I chose to go with the 60-30-10 rule. 60% grey: walls, blanket, 30% white/cream: furniture, accents 10% purple: pillows, touches of decor here and there. This rule is a god-send! It creates a perfect balance for any room. You can change it up a bit with different shades of each color you choose.
These bookshelves cost about $25.00 a pop from Walmart. They originally had the cheap wood finish to them. I figured, they're so cheap! What a deal - I'll just paint them white! I didn't have time to order the already white finished bookshelves online and wait for them to show up after my daughter's birthday. Oh... how I wish I had the time. These shelves were a b!$@* to paint! I had to primer them with two coats and finish off with 3 coats of paint on top of that. Five coats!!! So if you're NOT in a time bind and still on a budget, order them online! They are only $10.00 more each and you can ship them to your nearest Walmart for free. Trust me.
Collected a ton of DI finds.
My daughter loves to collect rocks so she wanted to show off a few of her favorites.
Here's her mask from her Marie-Antoinette inspired masquerade ball (birthday party) from last year. I'll have to show you all some pics. It was a hit!
One of her all time favorite Disney movies is Cinderella, so it was only natural for her to beg for this $4.00 glass slipper find at Ross. I added this little pumpkin that I painted purple to theme up this shelf. Aaand... another rock proudly placed by my daughter.
|Roald Dahl is the best!|
|Pulled off the seashells and owls demand.|
It was also a pepper shaker in a past life.
To keep her room from looking too grown-up, I had her choose her favorite stuffed animals to sit atop her bookshelves.
|These are fabulous reads for children and adults. The third book is floating around this house somewhere...|
I found these great faux flowers at DownEast. I heart that store. Ranging from $3.00 to $5.00 a stem, it's definitely a steal compared to the original $24.00 price tag.
I added a little glam to her simple table with this fabulous clearance lamp from HomeGoods. $22.00! Wow! Can't get much better than that!
When I first discovered Joss and Main, it was hook, line and sinker! I was madly in lurve!!! I saw this mirror and thought it would be perfect for above the bed. Of course, I had to look at the price. Clearance! $210.95! What a deal, right? No... Not really. I opted against spending most of the budget on the mirror and decided to use it as inspiration instead.
So, what do I find at HomeGoods?? A circular white mirror with a fantastic frame for $19.99.
A furry Mongolian Wool pillow half off the $39.99 price tag from Pier1 - that fits in the budget!
This Scentsy Buddy holds a scented pouch through a slit on the back. I bought this almost a year ago and it still smells so good!
Yet another HomeGoods find - thought this little rug was fun and received my daughter's nod of approval.
I am amazed with the great finds I acquired from Ross for the bedding. This gray blanket is actually a throw and is super plush. I found a great white aridonack faux fur blanket for the main sleeping blanket. Not too thick, not to thin - just perfect for Little Miss Smitten's moody bedtime temperature. For the sheet set that I also found at Ross: a 600 thread count Tommy Hilfiger twin set in white.
Just in case she gets cold, I added a couple extra blankets in this wicker basket that my sister gave me.
I hope this inspires you to get started on your bedroom makeover. I cannot stress enough that paint makes a HUGE impact and if you use the 60-30-10 rule, it so easy to just switch out the 10% if you grow tired of it.
Another glance : From Girly Fru Fru to Girly Chic:
Future Blog Post Sneak Peak:
I've got plans.. big plans.. You won't see the reveal for a couple of weeks, but go ahead and ask yourself:
What the heck is she going to do with that?
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