When the project is finally done! This one was an intense week of working through the wee hours of the morning, to get everything done and back in place during a week we took off school for Fall break.
My little Fancy Girl sure is pleased with the results and I just love how everything turned out! I have some final pictures but thought a room tour was more appropriate. Enjoy!
I hope you all enjoyed this bedroom makeover as much as me and my Fancy Girl did! If you found helpful ideas or inspiration for your own space, leave a comment and let me know! I love to hear what my readers are incorporating into their own homes!
If you didn’t catch my earlier posts in this series, I outlined each project individually so you can do it too! You can find them:
The final touch for this room make over was going to be an elaborate glitter wall. But I was worried about a few things
All the glitter wall tutorials I saw used a mix of large and small glitter flakes…and I was concerned about needing to paint over flakes, and the surface not being smooth, when she is done with glitter.
Seriously. Glitter? I actually hate glitter. It truly is the herpes of the craft world and bane of my existence.
See numbers 1 and 2
I’m a big believer that there is a solution to every problem. And the answer is usually found on Google or Amazon. HA! Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but this particular solution really was found on Amazon!
I found this Glitter Glaze, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a sheer, smooth, glaze that goes on and dries without any roughness or loss of glitter!! Now, when I have to paint over this amazing wall, it will not be a major headache!
I painted this entire wall, an it’s huge, with just one 16 ounce bottle of glitter glaze. I did mix it with a little water because I was afraid i would run out and didn’t want to have to wait for another bottle to be sent to finish this project. I had a bit left over when i was done, so I probably could have gotten away with not thinning it, but the results did not suffer so better safe than waiting…right?!
Applying the Glaze
This glaze dries pretty quickly, so you want to work methodically and consistently when applying to your wall.
Start in one top corner and work your way out and down. It is a bit hard to see where you have applied when you’re right up close and it’s wet, so make sure you have some kind of pattern or method for keeping track of where you have and have not applied the glaze, otherwise it will be uneven.
Just keep working until the entire wall is equally coated in the glaze…then stand back and admire the beauty of the sheen this creates on the entire wall.
My daughter LOVES this wall! It was a huge impact for a relatively small amount of work. We are both very pleased with the outcome and I am looking for any excuse to use this amazing glaze again!
*FYI the sheen this glaze puts off is slightly green (we call it Tinker Bell green). We love the color but, if you are planning to use this product, and hate the color green, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
It is literally impossible to catch, on camera, how beautiful this sheen is! It ripples across the wall as you move through the room and the angle of light and your view changes. It’s so much prettier than what it looks like here, but I had to, at least, try to give you an idea!
You can See the entire completed room tour, where I did a video, here!
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
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.
Small paint bucket
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.
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
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?!
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