Let them be WHITE! Fancy Girls Bedroom Update

My husband built Fancy Girl an adorable little house bookshelf/dollhouse last year, which I did not stain or paint because it went perfectly with her very earthy montessori type bedroom at the time. Everything in her bedroom, including the house bed he had also made her, her night stand, her dresser, art table, etc. was raw wood.

I debated back and forth about painting them for her new updated bedroom. If I did paint them, what color? Then it happened. I made the mistake of asking her opinion. Don’t. Do. It. She vacillated between painting all of her furniture pink or purple and finally settled on WHITE, with absolutely no influence or input from yours truly (okay I bribed her with chocolate! it works in a pinch). Whew. Bullet dodged.

Technically, “they” say you should prime raw wood before painting, but I’m not into buying a whole other gallon of white paint, when I already have a half gallon of white paint…am I right? I mean, I just don’t get it. I just opted to paint each piece twice, like I would be doing with a primer anyways…? See my confusion there?

Here are the pieces before any painting. I did sand the top of the nightstand a bit…it was a tad beat up after a year and a half of use. Here is the raw wood grain of the pieces before  painting. The bookshelf had this really cool knot detail at the bottom I initially was not going to paint because I liked it so much…but it really just looked silly once everything else was painted but that one strip, so I did end up having to paint it after all.

I had put a sticky wall decal on the inside back of that bookshelf so I had to be careful and actually cut in every stupid edge and angle. It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. with a little kids paint brush. Ugh. I’m never painting these again…which is why they needed to be white! Obviously, because I did not prime them, I did two coats of paint. Even with the double coat, the wood grain still did show through, which I love! So I was very pleased, overall with how these pieces turned out. Again, I purposed at creating neutral pieces that will continue to work as she grows…and white is always in style.

Final Product:

Check out the rest of this fun series;

Here – Geometry Wall

Here – Flower Mirror

Here – The Fanciest Switch Plates

Here – Glitter Wall

Here –  Final Room Tour

Geometry Wall – Fancy Girls Bedroom Makeover Series!

The Making of the Perfect “Girl” Wall

This was actually the first portion of my second born’s bedroom makeover I tackled! This is the largest wall in her bedroom, and would also be the main feature wall, so I had to get it right. I had her pick her 3 favorite colors (pink, purple, and blue) and we had a special mama daughter date to our  local Lowes to look at paint strips. I chose a strip with 3 shades of colors for all 3 of her favorite colors. That was fun and also helped build some excitement for this big make over project for her bedroom. The first one we have actually ever done for her! Lots of excitement 🙂

Materials:

  1. At least 2 colors of paint, though I prefer 3…I think 4 at the most, if you have a VERY large wall. Make sure the colors compliment eachother, otherwise it will just look too chaotic!
  2. A good painters tape, I prefer Frog tape ( you can’t miss the green tape on the painting aisle!). It’s specifically formulated to not allow  paint to seep under it, ruining your perfectly straight lines. Take some advice from yours truly and follow the directions if you have a textured wall you are working on…there are special instructions for these surfaces.
  3. A good 2-3 inch paint brush. I use the Wooster, which are just as good ad Purdy, but not quite as expensive. I use an angled brush so I can also cut in the edges of the ceiling and don’t have to switch brushes. That’s annoying.
  4. Small paint bucket
  5. Ladder (unless you are fortunate to NOT HAVE vaulted ceilings and will not be going up and down a ladder all. day. long. AHEM.)

First things first, you will need to assess your walls for texture. Unless you are painting straight onto drywall, chances are your walls are textured, which means you will need to follow specific directions to get the best results from your frog tape. Yours truly happened to learn this after the fact, and I’m trying to save you the meticulous nightmare of “fixing” imperfect lines after the fact. Go ahead and watch that little tutorial here. I am not responsible for the narrators poor acting skills.

Once you have watched the exciting video and know how to properly apply your frog tape, you are ready to start! I began by taping, essentially, a large “X” from corner to corner across the wall. From that I did several other long strips across the wall at different diagonal angles. It is helpful to have another adult helping at this point, especially if it’s a large wall, in order to keep the tape straight. Step back after each tape application to make sure you are liking how the design is looking over all. Here’s where our pattern ended up

As you can see, I taped the color of paper I wanted to paint each space to the wall…this gave me a decent idea of how the wall would look when it was done. I moved the colors around until I was happy with the flow of colors, and got to work!

Pink first! I love the pink color she chose for this space!

I was thrilled she chose blue (thank you Elsa) as one of her colors. I get annoyed that blue has somehow become off limits as a girl color.

And finally, purple! The tape came off (lots of micro touch up, thanks to my lack of frog taping knowledge) and it looks AWESOME!! I think these colors are so beautiful together! Even though the pink and purple shout “GIRLY” the blue really balances everything out nicely so that it’s not too over the top.

In addition to the dark brown carpet, brown ceiling beams, brown window treatment, and cream-yellow wall color, the trim was also dark brown. No wonder my 4 year old, princess loving, daughter walked in and announced her displeasure at having a “boy room”. So, here you see….trim is painted white! Such a small thing but makes a huge difference in this space to break up all the brown and masculine feel of this room. Since there is nothing to be done about the carpet (yet) or the window coverings (for the foreseeable future) I am happy with the smaller details here.

I painted the rest of the walls in the same light blue as I used on the geometry wall. It’s cool, calming, and gives the room an overall “girly neutral” feel. Hopefully there is enough variety in these colors that she will love this color scheme for several years.

See my other Fancy Girl Bedroom Updates;

Here– Let Them Be White

Here  – Flower Mirror

Here – The Fanciest Switch Plates

Here – Glitter Wall

Here – Completed Room Tour

Flower Mirror – Fancy Girl’s Bedroom Makeover!

The Vision

My vision for this room was to go neutral with permanent objects (walls and furniture) then have lots of girly things that POP all over the room as extra touches a little girl would love but could also be easily switched out as she gets older and matures. Not that she’s ever going to break my heart and move past her love of Moana, dress up, make believe, and all things imaginary and other worldly. Because that’s just sad. Why do we let ourselves grow up?

I think everyone has one of those $10 laminate, rectangular framed, mirrors hanging around from their college days, right? I actually bought this for her when she was itty bitty and I just wanted a cheap mirror she could sit on the ground and see herself in. How it looked, what color it was, etc. did not matter. Well, fast forward 3 years later and it’s time for an upgrade. This is one of those little details that really help pull the feel of a room together in the end. Could I have just left the mirror alone and no one would have thought twice about it? Yes. Is that my style? No. Must. Change. All. The. Things.

What you will need:

  • Cheapo laminate mirror (though any mirror with a frame would work)
  • Different sized silk flowers, stems removed to make the base of the flower as flat as possible
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • White paint (if you want to do the brushed on look like I did here)
  • Painters tape to protect the mirror

So here we go. This is actually a pretty simple little make over, but I think you’ll be surprised at what an impact it makes!

Step One: My mirror has a black frame, and black is not part of my vision for this space. So, I just used the same white paint I had used for the trim and ran a thin coat of paint over the whole frame. I only did one coat because I wanted it to look “distressed”, or vintage, or whatever. It came out better than I had imaged it would! Considering I was doing this over cheap laminate…wiiiiinning!

Next, I used my hot glue gun to glue flowers, in random order, along half one long side and half the short side. I repeated this process on the opposite half on the other long side, and on the other short side (it will make sense when you look at the picture, I promise!).

This little project went so fast, I literally did not even have time to take pictures! Once that hot glue gun came out, it was game on and done in about 10 minutes! Lol. In fact, I think this entire project only took about 20 minutes! #worthit

Final Product:

Now, even with the horrible picture quality you can see how adorable this mirror turned out! What little girl wouldn’t go gaga over this?!

Check out My other posts on Fancy Girls Bedroom Makeover!

Here – Let Them Be White

Here – The Fanciest Switch Plates

Here – Geometry Wall

Here – Glitter Wall

Here – Completed Room Tour

The FANCIEST Switch Plates! – Fancy Girls Bedroom Update

The Devil’s In The Details

The devil’s in the details, I truly believe that! When it was time to tackle my second born’s room, and transform it from “a boy room” into a girly, almost five year old’s, little girl room, I knew I was going to have to go BIG! This child, in particular, does nothing small, and neither do I for that matter…so I knew the level of detail that would be involved, which is why I waited until Summer was behind us to get started.

This particular portion of her room make-over seems like a small thing, but let me tell you! There are ELEVEN switch plates in this kids room! That’s a lot of little girl charm to miss by leaving them the plain, boring ol’ brownish/yellow! We decided to not miss the opportunity to “girly up” every possible aspect of this room 🙂

Here are the supplies you will need to make these CUUUTE switchplate covers;

  1. Switchplates – we used the ones we already have, but you could also buy them if necessary
  2. Cute scrapbook paper (it has to be the thick paper, like scrapbooking, otherwise the paper will tear and it won’t work)
  3. Modge Podge
  4. Foam brush
  5. Exacto knife or, in a pinch, a box cutter. I won’t say which I used.
  6. Cutting Board
  7. Time and patience (and preferably a baby that is sleeeeping and not climbing up your leg)

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

Put switch plate in the middle of your scrapbook paper and measure, leaving a few centimeters around the whole edge. I cut out a pattern for each size switch plate(I had three different sizes….I know. What?) I started with about 1/2 an inch on each side and then trimmed down from there.

Step 2:

Once you have all of your paper cut out for each switch plate, use your foam brush and modge podge to secure the paper to the switch plate. Glue each paper on, making sure the switch plate is centered on the paper. Once you finish your last plate (remember, I had ELEVEN), your first one should be dry. Now you can grab your exacto knife or box cutter and carefully cut, on top of your cutting board, out the large holes for the switches and outlets on your switch plates.

Step 3:

Once the main holes are cut, it’s time to cut the edges down to the exact size for the finished product. Roll the switch plate up onto it’s side so the paper is covering the edge. Using your exacto knife, start at one end and slice right along the edge, getting rid of all the paper hanging over in order to cut to size. Once you have the correct size, use your scissors to cut the paper, at each corner, at an angle (this is to insure the paper lays flat when we glue the edges.

Apply a healthy amount of modge podge to one edge at a time and roll the switch plate up, hold until glue dries enough to hold the paper in place, or add additional glue to the top and bottom of the paper.

Step 4:

The final step is simply going back over the tops and sides with a layer of modge podge to seal and protect your fancy new switch plates 🙂 You’re done!!

I did not bother trying to cut the holes out for the little screws to re-attach to the wall, just poke the screw through once you are actually putting the switch place back onto the wall. The screw easily pushes through the paper and the screw head covers the hole.

Now go make your switch plates awesome!!

AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY OTHER POSTS IN THE “FANCY GIRLS BEDROOM UPDATE”

Here – Let Them Be White!

Here – Flower Mirror

Here – Geometry Wall

Here – Glitter Wall

Here – Completed Bedroom Tour