Thursday, December 2, 2010

We Had Fun But We’re Glad It’s Done.

Finally--Sarah’s room is done!

This is the way her room looked when we first saw it a little over a year ago. (That’s our Realtor looking things over with Steve.)


We went through several permutations of furniture arrangement during the Old Paint Scheme Phase.


This picture was taken when Steve was in the process of painting our old brown cabinet white and we were moving stuff all around.


Snowy surveys his domain. Er, actually, his sister’s domain.


At long last, the renovation project began, headed up by this positively personable parson person . . .


. . . who was assisted in his work by the positively personable parson person’s personable personal progeny.



Immense messes were created along the way.




But messy or not, it was all worth it. Presenting the new and improved bedroom of our favorite daughter!



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Amazing what a little paint, a bit of elbow grease and a touch of creativity can accomplish!

We had fun--but we’re glad it’s done!

Decorating Notes

For those of you who like to know the inside scoop of a decorating project, here are a few more details.

In choosing an overall paint color, we had two guidelines: 1) the color had to go with the blue/green carpet, which we couldn’t afford to replace. 2) it would have to be chosen according to whatever bedspread Sarah decided on.

Sarah had a tough time picking a bedspread; she didn’t want one that was too overtly girl-y and she also didn’t want one that looked like what a lot of other people already had. So . . . I went online to look at unique bedspreads and found that most of them started at about $300. That wasn’t going to happen!

I was poking around the clearance section of a discount department store one day and fell in love with this bedspread.


It was of very high quality and (oh happy day!) it was marked down 70%. There was only one bedspread and two matching pillow shams left and so I grabbed up all three items as fast as I could and sprinted (well, walked quickly) to the check out counter, rejoicing all the way.

After a long discussion among the three of us, we picked a blue color from the bedspread for the side walls and then decided to repeat the “square motif” from the bedspread on the one long wall.


Kudos to Steve for applying highly advanced mathematical calculations to design the wall. He estimates it took him about fifteen hours to get it all laid out and painted.




From stem to stern, the room is full of bargains. I got the daybed on Craigslist for $50, and found the pink cover online for 60% off. And I was absolutely thrilled to walk into a discount store one day and find these pillows (for next to nothing) that exactly matched the three main colors of the room.

I did a little happy dance right there in the pillow aisle.


I got all the wicker furniture in the room at a thrift store about 8 years ago and bought the headboard for Sarah’s bed on Craigslist.

The only thing better than creating a lovely room for ones daughter is knowing that the room is made up of a whole bunch of bargains! Because as we all know, bargains are beautiful!


From the Comments Area:

Lesley asked if Sarah was the only girl of the younger generation.

Sarah actually has several girl cousins, but they range in age from 18 to mid-twenties. So she is the only young-ish girl cousin on either side of the family.

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Melanie said...

Wow! You all did a beautiful job!! The colors on the wall go so well with everything. I'm sure that did take a lot of figuring! How great that you could get such good bargains! I always like that too. :)
I'm so happy for Sarah! ♥

Carrie B said...

Very cute! Those pillows being there ( right colors, right time) is proof that God is a decorator too. :)
Just sayin'

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a FAB...FAB...FAB...job! adorable.

I love her little hideaway!

krueth said...

Wow! The room looks just fantastic! Love the colors! Wendy

LizW said...

Great job! Sarah should be able to enjoy it for a long time without wanting a change. I noticed you have a vent that is white on the blue wall. Have you thought about spray painting it to become another square or blend in with the wall color? I ask because I became the "queen" of spraying wall and floor vents in one of our remodels.
Sarah, hope you and Snowy enjoy your hideaway!

Linda Resinger said...

Sarah's private spot is very cute! I love it! Ya'll did a wonderful job!

Ummmm......Becky?? Will the churchperson who baked that 15 layer cake share the recipe? It's looks delish! I don't eat a lot of sweets but would try that one.

Sounds like Thanksgiving was blessed. so glad Nathan was able to be home.

Guerrina said...

Beatiful! What a great job you all good as any pro! Sarah, may you and Snowy and friends enjoy your colorful aerie for many years!

leeanne said...

Wow! I just love what you did! Great color picks and a room that any teenage girl would love to have! What a great space! :)