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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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Immense messes were created along the way.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

9 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

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! Seriously...so adorable.

I love her little hideaway!

krueth said...

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

MN Mom 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!

Random said...

Oh, wow, Sarah's room is beautiful! I can't imagine ever wanting to change that; it looks like a designer project! You are a multitalented family indeed.

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 did...as 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! :)