Saturday, February 7, 2015

Livvie's New Room

When the temperatures started dropping, we noticed that Liv's bedroom seems to be the coldest room in the house. The guest room seems to be the warmest room in the house (just ask Grammy and Grampy). So we figured why not switch them? The guest room is a little smaller, as is its closet. But we can make it work. And down the road when she's potty training and in a big girl bed, it makes sense because it is right next to the kids' bathroom, so she won't have to traipse down the hall to potty.

So a few weeks ago, I dove in. I cleared everything out (our hallway is like a mine field) and gave it a coat of BM's Pristine. I wanted a very soft, pale coral pink. This color fit the bill, though, as always, it does not look exactly like I expected once it was up. But it is fine. It would look better with white trim, but I didn't have the energy to tackle that yet. The wood doors and trim definitely detract from her room's look, but so be it...

Then I painted some IKEA spice racks and a mirror we weren't using in Behr's Guava Jam as a fun accent, found some cute art for her art wall, and some curtains at Home Depot. Once I got all that painted, hung, ironed, etc., we were in business.

Then I measured the crib. 1 inch wider than the door frame. Doh. So Mike took it apart and then put it back together (breaking a piece in the process, but it is still functional and safe). Tonight Liv cuddled into her bed in her new room for the first time. She went to sleep like it was the same old room as always. I've made a point to hang out in the room with her several times, but also she is just not one to mind about this sort of stuff.

Here is her room. We still need a ceiling light and some accessories and things, but it is getting there. Just a few projects TBD. For this project, I bought paint, curtains, and a few art prints (the big one is actually a sheet of wrapping paper for $3 at Papersource). I had tons of cute ideas on my Pinterest board, but was trying to do the switch on the cheap for now. Until she is ready to move into an adorable big girl bed. I heart the teal Jenny Lind beds, but we'll see...

Here, the paint is up and Ben is "helping me" hang art.

The $16/panel Home Depot curtains, up close. They are more aqua than they appear in this photo. Another nice thing about this room is that it gets a ton of natural light, as it has a West-facing window, but it makes taking photos a challenge.

 Our master bedroom mirror, with a fresh coat of Guava Jam. And her existing dresser and stool.

The IKEA spice rack bookshelves, and a memo board I've had for years and years.

(Um, ignore the painting bar in the background. Not sure how I missed that. But it is cleared out now.)

Her gallery art wall. Mostly prints I had already or that were free. The teacup art is the wrapping paper I mentioned. I found that heart canvas at Homegoods and couldn't resist.

Her door is on an angle, so it creates a weird issue with that wall, but I think I made good use of the space with those shelves and memo board.

So there you have it. Her mostly complete using what I had on hand new bedroom. I'll keep you posted as we add elements to her room.

Not pictured is the massive closet overhaul I did. I went through all her bins, closet, and dresser. I sorted everything, matched up outfits and folded them all neatly, gave a ton away that she'd outgrown (she's in 24 month pants and 2T or even 3T tops), and have all that she is yet to fit into neatly sorted in bins. Perhaps I'll do a quick closet post soon.


  1. Not only are the color and wall hangings more colorful, but the room so looks much better without the larger furniture. I do think this room is THE warmest room I've ever been in so think it will be much better for her (and me too cuz I love sleeping in a cold room like her old one.)

  2. Yep, it's a win-win. You'll enjoy the cooler guest room and she will stay warm. We actually turned the heat down a few degrees at night because Mike thought it was too warm in there! So mission accomplished. And yes, the queen bed will fit nicely in Liv's old room and the smaller room is just fine for her. Now on to paint and fix up the guest room so I can get all that crap out of my hallway!