Little Girl’s Room Makeover, Sugar and Spice for Two

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So I decided on Grey or Gray, depending on which continent you live. Winter’s Day by Olympic Icon to be more specific. Although it was meant to be my neutral,  you can see after all the pink and blue things were added to the room it changed colors right before my eyes.

Both of the “new” pink furniture pieces are tv stands I purchased for cheap from the local thrift, painted and added new knobs. I used a lot of spray paint in this room, I’m going to caution anyone who uses spray paint, to leave it outside to off gas no less than 24 hours. The fumes from spray paint are toxic and they don’t stop fuming once the paint has dried.

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The pink picture frames I picked up at the dollar store and spray painted. The little mirrors are a thrift store finds as well . The Beatrix Potter images were digital downloads from Etsy.

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I bought the comforters and shams at Big Lots for $15 each. I could not have bought the fabric for that price, plus they are twin so in a few years when we transition to twin beds all I will need are new sheets.

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The toddler beds are actually platform beds made from 4×4’s and plywood. Home Depot cut everything and all that was left to do was was screw on the legs and sand down all the corners and rough spots. Once again, fresh wood comes with a hefty dose of formaldehyde, we left it outside for several days to “air”.

The headboards are plywood with batting and a quilt material I picked up at Joann’s. Truly very easy with a staple gun.

This tiny room looks much larger now and the girls are thrilled with it.

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It’s definitely a little girl’s room and that was the plan.

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Laundry Room Reveal!

I’ve purtied up my laundry room!

Isn’t wasn’t that much work…after I got the laundry done. Phew, we have enough clothes for 4 additional people. I’m thinking the next project is going to be decluttering clothes, yes, clothes can be clutter too, and a closet makeover. Anyhoo, back to the laundry room.

I ended up spray painting the legs of the brown folding table with some black metal paint that has been waiting for our front stoop rails. I had a bed ruffle that was a wedding present from 10 years ago so I nipped off the white fabric and glued it to the table. Is it the primitive french country table I would have picked with a never ending budget? No,but it’s pretty and cost me NOTHING!

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I used the leftovers of the bed skirt to hide a bit of the cords and pipes and some simple organization with bins from Walmart. We now have all our light bulbs in one place. They were in 5 different places in our house. How many housewives does it take to change a light bulb? 1 to check the linen closet, 1 to check the bathroom, 1 to check the cleaning closet, 1 to check the junk drawer,  1 to check the guest room and 1 to send her husband to Lowes because we don’t have that kind of bulb.

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I used some transfer paper and http://www.graphicsfairy.com to add a little something to the laundry sorter. I really love this!

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A new blind and curtain rod from Lowes and a curtain that was part of my wedding bedding set. (fun to say, aye?)

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The pillow is made from a tablecloth I got on sale from Williams Sonoma so long ago. I had another pillow I didn’t particularly care for, so I used it’s innards for stuffing.

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The Toulouse Lautrec print I took from another room. I love it and just haven’t found the right place until now.

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Total cost:

$14 for Bins

$8 for Transfer paper

$13 for Blinds

$4 for curtain rod

Everything else we already had. I used to grimace at the pile of purchases intended for home projects, now they are a blessing. I’ve pulled from that pile for both the pantry and the laundry room.  So all in, $39 for a room that is now pleasant to do laundry in. I just don’t think you can put a price on that.

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Applying Contact Paper, A Form of Torture

My pantry is done and it was so much fun, except for one thing. The contact paper…phew…uhmm…let me just say this,  if you are a perfectionist, contact paper is not for you. I highly suggest the cut-a-square grippy stuff and never so much as look at contact paper. After one hour of trying to perfect my first shelf I asked myself this question. ” Does perfection make something more beautiful?”  Well, of course not!  No one was going to see the wrinkles in my contact paper. And as my Mother used to say when I complained about a run in my stockings, “If someone is looking that close, smack ’em!”. So if I were you, I would not mention my wrinkles.

Here is the Before and After. I left the opening at the bottom. I’d like to say it’s because I thought it was rustic, but truthfully with very little DIY skills I didn’t know what to do about it. The only concern I have is the 2 new kittens who are curious about everything. Luckily it doesn’t go anywhere, so if they perchance to explore we can just wait for them to come out.

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I started by painting the back wall a cheery yellow. I used Shortbread by Olympic paints in Eggshell.

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I then put on a hair shirt  down some contact paper.

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Pulled  up the carpet and all the staples and finished with a white coat of paint for everything else.

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 All in all I spent $54 on 2 baskets, a shelf and 2 wire hanging baskets. Everything else I sourced from around the house. Here are a few close ups of the finished project.

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One last Tad-ah!

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Is it perfect?  Nope.

Is it pretty?  Oh yea!

Is it functional?  It is!

Did I do it mah self?  You betcha!