Writing about this room makeover makes me immensely happy. It doesn’t make me happy just because I think it’s adorable, which I do, and not just because the little girls love it, which they do…but because this room is the halfway point. Eight months into our remodel, and six rooms down, we are well on the way to getting some fresh zest back into a very unfresh old house. I now actually feel like it can be done. You can’t think what an immense relief that is to my mind.
It’s much the same feeling you get when you’re running, and you’re basically just focused on not having a stroke or tripping over your own two feet….and then suddenly you realize you’ve finished the hardest part, and you just might live to see another day after all. It’s a terribly gratifying sort of feeling, you know?
This room makeover was not really in the budget, so this was quite literally, a “shop the house and use what you have” project. I mixed the wall paint from left over whites, and the ceiling color from random paint samples and left overs. That’s why the ceiling is a tad shiny, normally I would use a flat paint, but beggars can’t be choosers.
I actually meant to have a theme for this room. It was to be “vintage circus”. Apparently I’m terrible at themes. Every time I try them, I fail abominably. I’ve diagnosed myself with decorator’s ADHD. I just can’t stand to exclude things that I really love, so everything just tumbles all together. I’m resigned to my fate, and secretly I rather like it.
Would you like to see my favorite feature of this room (besides the little people who live in it of course). It’s the “hobbit hole” door that leads to their closet. I think it’s a simply charming touch.
As I was snapping pictures for this post, I was remembering a time that my mom bought me a pair of used pants from a thrift store. I was simply destroyed about those pants. I shed buckets of tears. I could not, in my wildest imaginations, believe that my own mother was inflicting such a shocking degradation on her daughter. It was a real blow. I really and truly believed that anything old/used was, and always would be, hideously ugly…and I like pretty things, so there was just no hope for life.
As it turns out, my self inflicted state of martyrdom was quiet unnecessary. (Which is probably why my mother wisely ignored my dramatics.) As it turns out, I’ve learned that old and used make the very best sort of pretty.
One just needs a little imagination, that’s all.
And, a hearty dose of color never hurt anything either.
I imagine my girls will most likely have a melt down over the tribulations of thriftiness at some point in their futures. I daresay I’ll be just as sympathetic to their woes as my own mother was to mine.
But, for now, they think thrifty room make overs are just about the next best thing to Christmas Day itself.
I tend to have very similar opinions of them myself, especially after the room is finished. (It’s probably best we didn’t speak of my opinions of them during the process!)
You can find the tutorial for the sharpie art embroidery hoops HERE. A tutorial for the lined curtains will be coming up soon! Also, did you noticed this room was painted? (ha! Just checkin’!) Want to know all about how to paint without using painters tape? We’ll be talking about that later too, as well as catching you up to date on the five rooms that were done previous to this one. Don’t miss out!
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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