Last week I went completely crazy DIY/Thrifting on Ella’s room. I’ve been itching to share it with you. I can’t say that it’s completely done because there is always something cute to make or a great thrift find to add. Not to mention new flooring that will hopefully be coming in the near future.
Last July we moved into a very fun, unique house. We are renting, but the landlord told me to paint the rooms and have fun:-) I’m not sure if that was a good idea on his part. As a renter there is always that thought of “someday when I own my own home I will decorate it how I want.” Well as part of my goals this year I decided to stop using the word someday so much. Even though we are renting, I decided to make this home my first DIY dream home. It is the best decision I have ever made. I had so much fun on Ella’s room and can’t wait to work on the other rooms in the house. I am calling this my practice house.
Last September Ella turned two and I wanted to get her out of the crib and straight into a twin bed before Carter was born. Last week I decided to finalize this project and I’m falling in love with her room now. Sometimes I walk in there just to hang out and get a breath of fresh air. Anything you see that is pink I painted in Annie Sloan’s Antionette Chalk Paint. If you want to read a tutorial on the fabric lace wall you can click here. Tutorials will be coming soon for any other DIY featured item that you see!
This side table was left for us by our friends who previously rented the house. This was also my very first chalk paint project. I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out, but still have a lot to learn. The hardest part about painting furniture is trying to figure out what your style is. Whether you like a look of chipping paint, slight distressing, multi-colors, or sanded to death:-) There are so many styles and techniques out there. I’m working on finding my own style and look that is appealing and makes me smile.
BEFORE:I only have a before photo of this armoire without the drawers. I get overly excited when I decide to do a project and forget to take pictures! We bought this from Burlington Coat Factory back before Ella was born for her nursery. I really like the original dark wood for each of my pieces that were painted. So I just did light sanding/distressing on the edges so that it would show through.
BEFORE:I was looking to find the perfect headboard and foot board for weeks. One day while driving by a storage unit yard sale I spotted this set. It was exactly what I wanted, even though I didn’t really know what I wanted…I just knew it was the one. Tim built a frame for the bed that was really low to the ground. Since she was only going to be two and in a twin bed, we wanted to keep it low to the ground while she was still learning not to fall out.
BEFORE:I’ve been dying to share this beautiful dollhouse with you. I found it on Craigslist for $65.00! Score! We gave it to Ella for her birthday. It came with an entire box of furniture and dolls. It even included the awesome turntable it’s sitting on. We have a play area in our house, but I knew that I wanted the doll house in her room, so of course it had to get painted…we won’t discuss the amount of time and patience it took only using a tiny little brush to get in all the nooks and crannies. Let’s just say I’m super proud of this one.
BEFORE:This CD holder has been driving me crazy forever. Tim’s brother gave it to us about 6 years ago and I’ve kept it ever since, trying to figure out what to do with it. I was about to toss it when I decided that it might go well in Ella’s room. So here is my upcycled CD holder. I love how it turned out!
Ella loved watching me paint everything in her room. She would constantly ask me what I was doing and I said “painting Ella’s room to make it pretty.” The first night she slept in it, she was so excited and proud because she knew it was her room and “mommy painted it”…that’s what she tells everyone who comes over now. I share some of the reasons I love working with chalk paint here. And now, if that wasn’t enough for you, here is some room details eye candy…
I hope you enjoyed this room reveal…it’s not the last you will be seeing of it. There are so many details, I just couldn’t include them all or it would be the longest post ever. I have to take a break on her room though and work on Carter’s room since he is outgrowing his bassinet and needs to start sleeping in his crib. You can follow his room inspiration board here. If you have any questions about Ella’s room let me know in the comments! Oh and I’m super excited to be entering my lace wall tutorial into the “Creating with the Stars” Competition, but need your help. 12 blogs will be chosen to compete and I would love to be one of them! The 12th competitor has a chance to participate by whichever project has the most views. So click here and vote for #25 by clicking on it! While your over there, you can also enter for a chance to win a vacation…pretty awesome! Thanks for stopping by…we love our readers:-)