June 27, 2010

Painting A “Big Girl” Room

I’m happy to report that we finished painting McKinley’s new “big girl” room this past weekend.     It was not something I was looking forward to as much prep work had to be done before we could see the results of our sweat equity but I’m really pleased at how the room turned out.    

My son and his wife are expecting a baby boy in August so we had to move “big sister” out of the soon-to-be nursery and into a bigger bedroom.     The upstairs children’s den was going to be turned into McKinley’s new bedroom/play room.     When my daughter-in-law found out she was pregnant we immediately started coming up with ideas on how to prepare a new room for McKinley.    Fortunately for me, Jennifer (DIL) loves most all of my ideas and she quickly got on board with the color scheme I suggested.      I took my inspiration from one of my favorite blogs “My Sweet Savannah” that she had posted on her Rate My Space page a couple of years ago.    

So here’s the room as it looked Friday morning (office desk and computer not moved out yet as they are going to be relocated).

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The wall colors we used are Brown Teepee by Behr and Shrimp Toast (doesn’t that sound de-vine?).    Two walls were painted out in  Brown Teepee and two in the Shrimp Toast.     The window wall got a base of Shrimp Toast then we went back and striped every other stripe with the Brown Teepee.    

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Here’s the Shrimp Toast but I didn’t get a picture of the Brown Teepee.

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Favorite (and only) son taped off everything that needed to be taped off.    We used the Frog Tape and let me tell ya’ll, it’s the best stuff around.    A little more expensive than the blue stuff but well worth the cost.

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While Shane did all the cutting in, I got busy rolling paint onto the walls.    Then it was time to tape off the stripes, not a job for the faint-of-heart !     

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Above is the window wall ready to be taped off.     

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He used a CD case to get under and over the window as the level would not lay flat.

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Let me tell ya’ll about my son….he’s a perfectionist!     That’s a good thing for me cause I sometimes take the easy way out of a project.     After deciding how wide we wanted the stripes I was going to start on the left side of the window and work my way across.    Oh, no, that’s not right, my son said.     So he measured the wall and figured out how many stripes we’d have.    Then he found the exact center of the wall and worked his way out left to right from that point….does that make sense?     Well, he was right, it worked out beautifully.     And the best part was the first stripe on each corner was painted in the Brown Teepee which meant we didn’t have to be careful where the walls meet in the corners (see picture below – it makes more sense that way).

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You can see here where the two colors meet.

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This is what I meant by the brown stripe and brown wall meeting so we didn’t have to tape off the corners.

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And now you can see the feature wall all done….this took longer than painting the other three walls.

So that’s  what we did this weekend.      We have an antique bed similar to the one below that I’ll be painting and distressing white.   A nightstand will also be painted and distressed to match.    consigning interiors 017



Remember this frame I made for McKinley’s room?     We plan to use it above the headboard.     But you never know, once we start pulling the room together that may change.      We have several frames we’ll be using in the room.    I can’t wait to start the actual decorating and I’ll be sure to share the final reveal with you.


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I took this picture of son’s house.    He lives in such a pretty neighborhood

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The people that live in the house above always have such a nice yard.     

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I love this arrangement so much that I stopped at Old Time Pottery and got some white hydrangas so I could make a similar one.

So that’s how my weekend went down.    Hopefully things will slow down for a few days around here….maybe I can finish some things at MY house!


Stephanie@BarefeetOntheFrontPorch said...

Our nursery is the same exact color from Behr! I was so excited to have a second girl because that meant we didn't have to repaint, haha. The room looks wonderful; can't wait to see the finished product!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Thanks for your help with my questions on furniture refinishing. I love how this room is turning out. The colors are so pretty!!! I can't wait to see the finished "big girl" room. I am anxious to get my daughters room finished too. She is a big girl (21), but it is still exciting to fix up a new room for her. Thanks again! Love & blessings from NC!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Judy, this room is going to be so cute. What a pretty color of pink, you're correct Shrimp Toast sounds great. That striped one wall is well awesome, I know I'm too old for that word. I also love your frame, I really like it better than the mitered corners. Seems like there is always a gap where the corners meet. You have inspired me to try to make myself one. Can't wait to see the completed room.
Elizabeth Ann

Terri said...

Those two colors look fantastic together, Judy. I can't wait to see the finished room revealed! Your son's house is absolutely beautiful.

Carol said...

How sweet! Ya'll did a great job! Can't wait to see the finished "reveal"!!

Simply LKJ said...

Adorable! So little girl, yet she will be able to grow with the room as well (my older girls would love it!). Can't wait to see the "big reveal". We are back from the volleyball tourney and mini-vacation and I am hitting the unfinished projects head-on this morning.

Donna said...

Love the paint...can't wait to see the rest!!!

Nancy said...

Girl, I can't wait to see the finished project! These colors are beautiful together!!

I Do Declare said...

You make painting a striped wall look so easy! It looks great!!

hebergement web pas cher said...

The room is going to be so cute,Those two colors look fantastic together,Love how the room is turning out,Lovely color in the wall,What is pretty color of pink,This rooms like a so gorgeous and wonderful.

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