Thursday, May 12, 2016

Drum roll please...Final Reveal of the Girl's only playroom

For 5 out of the 6 weeks, my hands have been covered in various shades of white, off-white, pinks, and orange paint. I don't want to pick up a paint brush for a very long time, or roller for that matter. At the start of the 6 week challenge it seemed like such a long time to start and finish just one room. Well, it really boils down to 5 weeks but who's counting? They say time flies when you are having fun but I can tell you it goes just as fast when you aren't having a good time. Okay, shopping is a lot of fun.

Here's what I've learned, if you tell the kids they can't use the playroom for 6 weeks, all their toys will end up in the living room, dining room, kitchen and even the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom, Barbie and friends were having a spa day in the sink, trying on very expensive perfume and lathering up with lotion.

I've also learned that I'm very lucky to have such a supportive husband that is willing to make a 100 trips to Lowes, Ikea, Target and yard sales for goodies, that his insane wife must have now, not later. The man is a saint for turning a blind eye at what I've spent.

It helps too, to have super talented friends with amazing photography skills that are willing to come take photos of your kid's playroom. Thank you Cara, I totally owe you a re-do of your bookshelves. If you are in the Maryland area, I suggest you check out her site Walen photography.  She also does real estate photos.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone that has offered kind words and tons of encouragement while I questioned every choice I made. I know its not that interesting to hear me go back and forth about whether the pom-poms should be orange or hot pink. 

And last but not least, to my 2 little girls that are growing up way too fast. I hope you always have warm and happy memories of your childhood home and of your very pink, very girlie play space to call your own.  Also, keep it clean because this shit was expensive.

Without further ado...

Ta da.....I freaking love it all!

My last minute monogram additions to the room.

Barbie has never had it so luxe before.

Large pink pillow covers can be found at ElemenOPillows

In a later post on sources, I will give out detailed information on the Wallpaper, and the fancy schmancy molding I used. Also, I will have a much more detailed post on where I purchased everything.

I got my pop of orange by way of adding vinyl decals to the containers. 

Lets get close up and personal now. Lots of detailed photos. I get all my favorite photographs custom framed. You can click underneath the picture for the company I use. The picture of my girls were taken by a good friend and talented photographer Rachel Rock.

Here is the personalized art I hinted at in an earlier post. Both of my girls have beloved "stuffies" they sleep with at night and cherish. I found on Etsy, this amazing seller that does custom toy portraits. She's also participating in the 6 week ORC Challenge, you can find her under Name Sake Design.

These monograms were my last purchase for the room. They shipped in no time, and were super easy to spray paint. I hung them with simple sawtooth picture hangers. 

My label maker was on overdrive during this challenge. I label the lids of the containers as well. 

These 3 prints are so much fun and infuse such playfulness into the room. It was hard making a selection because I wanted them all. You can find them here at ShannSpishakStudio.

Details on the faux fern, container, and pink pug decal will be on a later post. Did you notice that orange door?

These floor cushions are the best. This Etsy seller is close by and saved me money in shipping by suggesting we meet. You can find them here, at ZenTreasuresYoga. I even staged the doll houses and made cute fabric rugs for each of the rooms.

More about the Serena and Lilly basket in a future post, or you can read about it here.

How cute are these grosgrain faux roman shades? I'll share more about the actual fabric on a future source post, but if you are in need of custom romans, check out JamieInteriors.

Sorry, back to grainy iphone pics after you've been spoiled with professional pictures. These white linen, pinch pleated cafe curtains are the perfect touch to this room, adding much needed privacy from my front porch. My picture really doesn't do them justice. You can find them here at, LaFortuneLinens. If you love Buffalo check, then you should definitely check her out.

How cute are these pom-pom trimmed curtain panels? If you remember my original plan first mentioned here, then you know my plan was to disassemble the interior closet and paint it orange. As the challenge went on, I began to waver with that design option. The interior paint is still a bright white, the metal shelving would have been a pain to take out, and I was just feeling done with painting as I mentioned here. I had thought several times about using drapery panels to hide away the toys, but knew I didn't want just plain white.This is a fun room and needs fun elements to it. If you haven't caught on yet, I make a lot of purchases off of Etsy and I've never been dissatisfied. You can find these cute curtain panels here at, ChesapeakeCottage.

I forgot to add my new registers to my last post from Signature Hardware. I chose the antique brass, although I originally thought I would go with the shinier looking brass. I will be purchasing more of their registers as I move along in decorating rooms. 

I am not sponsored nor do I receive any discounts of the products I purchased for this 6 week challenge. I did however, receive final reveal pictures from my good friend who is clearly talented and you should hire her. 

I will have a later post on sources for everything as well as a cost break down.  For now, before I have a break down, I need a break.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Week 5 of the ORC Challenge...looking good.

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge. It is a true race to the finish line at this point for all of us. If you are new to my blog, welcome, you can see what I started with here. I chose the playroom because it hadn't been touched since we moved into our house 10 years earlier. The walls were a pale looking green, window treatments didn't exist, no soft flooring or anywhere for the kids to sit and play, and not to mention the poor lighting.  Some organization existed but I knew I could do so much better (you should see my pantry). So, I decided this was the perfect or insane way to make this room over in just 6 weeks.

I have made tremendous progress this past week and I am feeling very confident in the choices I've made. But then I look at my to do list and I get overwhelmed again.

The stripes are up! The painting process I don't mind so much, it's the taping off that is time consuming. Very time consuming, and if you aren't meticulous about taping, then you will have areas that need to be fixed.

I painted one side of the door, but I am still committed to doing the interior side of the door a bright pop of orange.

I gave the walls a couple of days to dry and hung some artwork. I had my girls photographed a little more than a year ago (Thank you Rachel), I've had a majority of those pictures framed, and hung in the upstairs hallway. I chose one to have enlarged (online at Ritz Camera) and sent to Framebridge to have custom framed. They always include a personalized note which I think is such a nice touch.

I made a trip to Ikea to get more frames for some personalized art, grabbed a couple of bins for the toy closet and a couple of the small faux sheepskin rugs.

The faux roman shades are in (here's a sneak peek) and everything is ironed. I already had the tension rods. It's nice to have them up and some added privacy. This room is typically a mess, and I don't want to see it, let alone any one else.

Another fun package arrived, my  handwoven Serena and Lilly basket. I purchased the size small for their doll clothes, but in hindsight wish I had bought the medium. Of course, I always could purge a few outfits to make enough space.

Even the interior has a beautiful design.

I bought this from Ikea from the Trofast series. Perfect for little toys as well as, their breakable pottery items fit perfectly in a couple of the baskets.

The rest of the hardware came in. These are the same knobs and drawer pulls I used in my kitchen. 

A couple of weeks ago I purchased this from a yard sale for $10. It's from Pottery Barn teens.

I used some of the wallpaper that will go on the feature wall to hide the contents of books on CDs and music. I can't wait to see it hanging up.

I know the closet is kind of boring just being white. Maybe I can come up with something to make the baskets stand out?

Even though I have on my to do list painting the interior closet with a pop of color (orange), I'm slowly being swayed to leaving it white. I want to be DONE painting, I mean really, really want to be done. Also, not impossible to remove the wire racks and leave the anchors in place, but extremely difficult. The paint is still a nice bright white and I received the custom drapery panels today, so that will in fact hide a great deal of the interior closet which wouldn't show much of the orange to begin with. Did I mention I want to be DONE WITH PAINTING? 

I've started scrubbing the floor and some of their toys, finalizing placement of things. Here's what I have left to do..
  1.  Sand the door, paint the door, 1 side of the door is finished.
  2. touch up a few paint spots
  3. paint the interior closet   most likely off my list of to do.
  4. reorganize the toy closet.
  5. also, I am having custom made drapery panels to hang on the inside of the closet. I need to purchase the hardware.  *the panels are in, and I'm hoping to have them up before the day is over. *update, I put the hardware up and installed the drapery panels! Can I get a boo-yah?
  6. frame (ikea frames) personalized art and hang up.
  7. hang up their pottery display shelf.
  8. install new hardware. 
  9. wallpaper and add decorative molding. *update* wallpaper has been cut, not hung yet, and the molding will arrive on Friday.
  10. replace the old ugly registers and replace with pretty ones.
  11. paint and hang custom monograms (recently added to my must have for styling)
  12. add a little wallpaper to the pottery barn teen magazine wall holder that will now house their books on CD and music, as well as hang it up *update, begging the Husband to put it up tonight.
  13. deep clean room
  14. style it
  15. have it photographed
  16. drink some Sangria
Ha! I was feeling really good about where I was at this point but not any longer.  This might become another sleepless night for me.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I wake up in the middle of the night with to do lists.

I can't believe how long the Pottery Barn storage wall system took me to chalk paint and then wax.  At times I felt like the Karate Kid with waxing on but never waxing off.

Seriously a total of 3 weeks and some change, but now the monstrosity is done and back to housing toys. Toys that are completely labeled I might add. I ordered the rest of the knobs, and as I write this post I'm hoping they will be in by week's end. The brass pulls haven't been installed yet because it requires drilling 1 new hole, filling the existing one with wood putty, sand, paint, and then wax. 

Here's a glimpse of 1 side. I might still play around with how they are arranged. I like symmetry but I also like keeping similar items together.

The ceiling is not finished and neither is the light fixture. I need my husband to get those 2 things done. I added Lilly Pulitzer paper pom poms for fun. I've had them for sometime now. I got them when a store I frequent, was selling a ton of stuff for just a buck.

Blah grainy iPhone pictures.  I have a very talented friend that has offered her photographic expertise to me when I am finished with the room. I will give you all her contact info as well as sources on the last post, that's if I don't pass out from fumes and exhaustion.

I went to a neigboring Community yard sale last weekend and found something unexpected and awesome for only $10.  It's from Pottery Barn teens and it's a magazine wall holder. I plan on using it for their books that come with CD's. I might even change it up a bit if I have the time. Also, another little 5 minute project got done.  I took a light switch cover and an outlet cover (only 1 each in the entire room) and I spraypainted it a bright orange.

Another thing I can cross off my list is all the base molding is finished. It actually didn't take me long at all. I usually use a bright white for all my trim but chose to go with a soft off white instead. The walls have been patched, so the real change with wall paint can begin. For me, that can be the most exciting part of a room makeover.  I feel a color change can re-energize a room.  We (by that I mean my husband) uses a laser level to mark off the lines. Because walls are never level, we have to do some taking steps back and eyeballing. My biggest tip when using painters tape is to be sure to pull the tape off when the paint is still wet. Right after that last paint stroke, pull it off. I am starting with the very top row to paint and the 3rd row.

I love this shade of pink.  Actually, I love all 4 from the swatch that I picked out. This color is Cerise. It's a very deep, dark pinkish-red color.

Next weekend when I'm not shopping my Community yard sale, I will be painting the remaining 2 stripes, or really the remaining 2 walls will be getting started on.

Any time I take a picture of this wall it really comes across as bowed. It doesn't look like this when standing in the room at all.

And just cause everyone loves a good mess that isn't their own to clean. *Update* this little mess is cleaned up and gone, but the entire room currently looks like a bomb went off.  I've had to push everything into the center of the room in order to work. 

Next week my plan is to have...

  1. Ceiling completely finished.
  2. Light fixture cover needs to be up.  I got the remaining light bulbs.
  3. My faux roman shades have been shipped.  I want to get them up, iron the cafe curtains, and change out the rings to smaller ones. 
  4. walls at least 80% if not completely finished.
  5. I'd like to get started on the closet and maybe even  painting the door.
  6. I'm still waiting on the wallpaper which means framing out a section of it with molding is going to be pretty tight time frame.
  7. I need to order the brass floor registers.
Just called the wallpaper store and got an update it will be here on Friday. I'm doing my little happy dance. 

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