An Easy Girls Room Update

When we moved back into our house after the renovation, my daughter was just two.  So, she really didn’t have a say in how her room was decorated.  She received her big girl bed from her brother and I bought a dresser to match.  Yes, I said match – please don’t hate me!

I asked a designer friend for a suggestion on a pink for the walls. She recommended Benjamin Moore’s Fairest Pink Magnolia.  It turned out to be a lovely shade of pink and complemented nicely with the dark brown furniture.  After painting the room,  I found the rest of the decor:

  • pink and white checked bedding from Ikea
  •  an oversized piece of art from Craigslist
  • an inexpensive drum shade from Home Depot
  • wall art from Umbra

And voilà, we had a sweet little girl’s room.

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Fast forward five years and this little girl has a lot more stuffies, books and ideas of her own.  She asked if we could refresh (my word, not hers) her room.  Sure!  I was all for it.  I told her we needed to start with new bedding and we could pick a wall colour after that.  A quick trip to Homesense (TJ Maxx or HomeGoods for our American readers) and we found our inspiration!  First up was the heart shaped pillow that she just had to have.  Then, lucky for us, we found a quilt and pillow set in blues, pinks and more – complete with little Eiffel Towers. Done!

We took our bedding to Benjamin Moore and chose a paint called Slightly Teal.  It was quite strong when I tested it on the walls, so I ordered it at half strength and it was more subtle.  We cleaned the Umbra flowers off the wall and I painted the room while she was at school one day.   After that, we moved the furniture just a bit, made the bed and re-hung the big art piece we already had.  It wasn’t easy figuring out how to centre it with the bed and dresser at different heights. So, I kept it centred over the dresser and will find something else to put over her bed to balance it out.

Part of the refresh was decluttering; we gave away a few stuffies, recycled some old art work, and broken toys went into the garbage.  Clearing out really made a difference.

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We both love the new bedding and wall colour.  It does complement well with dark wood tones and because the bedding isn’t too little girl, she could probably keep it for the next 3-5 years.

We also tidied up the other side of her room, but I’ll share that at a later date when I’ve hung all the artwork.

It was such a quick and easy to update her space.  Her room now feels fresh and new and she loves it.  Isn’t that all that counts?

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Pinned & Tried

As I type this, I’m wondering if the title should be Pinned & Tried & Failed.  Keep reading to find out why. I scooped this old steamer style trunk off my parents a couple years ago.  My Dad was given it in the early 60s and it had not been used in years.  As a result, it smelled.  Bad.  Musty.  I tried keeping holiday decorations in the trunk, but they all came out smelling bad and musty. IMG_6058 IMG_6051 So, being the true pinner that I am, I knew there had to be a pin-solution for me.  It didn’t take me long to find this : de5cdb5672e0be47e36a816a760047fd Direct from Apartment Therapy were also these helpful tips.   Some of these things I did try:

  1. airing outside in the sun
  2. baking soda – boxes of the stuff
  3. coffee grounds – more than Starbucks could imagine
  4. vinegar
  5. old newspapers (?)

I didn’t try the kitty litter, because it was just too late for me.  I was tired of trying different methods with no results and I needed to use the trunk. So, I decided to go hard core.  What is hard core you ask?  Paint.  Leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss. IMG_6061 I had hesitated going this route as I would have to paint over the paper lining and it seemed harsh.  However, I soon got over my guilt and proceeded.  It wasn’t my best paint job.  I barely cut into the corners and I slapped on 3 coats as quickly as the paint would dry.   But you know what?  It worked!! This lovely old steamer trunk has the fresh true smell of paint which is much much better than the old musty smell it had been carrying around for years. So unfortunately, this is one pin that didn’t work out.  On the positive side, I now have a trunk that won’t make my holiday decorations smell and that’s a good thing! linking up with: Thrifty Decor ChickThe Happy HousieThe Jenny EvolutionThe Pin JunkieTiny SidekickSweet HauteCurly Crafty MomBonBon Rose Girls