November 3, 2016
We have been getting settled in at the farmhouse and we cannot wait to begin sharing the completed rooms. Let me start by saying, I did not expect this process to take so long. I am a Right- Right NOW kind of gal and it has been trying my patience that I can’t have the farmhouse looking exactly like a magazine in the same time it takes those shows on HGTV! Can I get a witness? Reality is, we are moving into a house under construction still, projects up to our eyebrows, on a tight tight budget, and squeezing ALL our stuff into a much much smaller home. We’ve got some ish to sort out, people!
Grace’s room is the first makeover we are going to reveal! First, lets talk inspiration for this little not so girly, girl. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will understand when I say that Grace is our little Luna Lovegood. Even though she is about to be 8 years old, she has the spirit of a true child still. She spends most days chasing butterflies around our yard, taking make believe food orders, and pretending to be an animal….noises and all. We wanted to create a space as eclectic as her without it being overwhelming and giving her the space to be creative. We also wanted her space to feel like a little girls room without it being IN YOUR FACE girl. We painted everything in the house white, keeping things clean and minimal. Color and textures with art and textiles added the eclectic charm.
This was the image that started the inspiration for Grace’s room.
We had this Ikea bed for her already in white and I just HAD to paint it black after seeing this image. We used Rust-oleam flat black spray paint. Magic, this stuff is. We used mix-match frames and artwork to create a gallery wall. Grace has struggled with reading for the last few years. For some reason, it just did not come easy for her, but we encourage her constantly to read, read, read. We created a cozy, quiet space for her to read and a place where her books are out already! She has loved it and so have I. I find myself snuggling up next to her on the floor, listening to her read aloud and soaking up these little moments.
Here are the before and afters of Grace’s Room.
Above is Grace’s room from before, asbestos tile floor, paneling and not pictured, a huge spot in the corner of water damage from a leaky bathroom. we took the room down to the studs. we kept the original windows & trim work.
This Dutch door separated the dining and living space, but we had this wall opened up, so we thought it would be fun to use it in Grace’s room.
And Thank Goodness, the Afters!!
I am so happy we saved this dutch door from the dining room for Grace. She absolutely loves that it is her door, and when you come visit, she’ll stand on this side and take your order. Within minutes you’ll have the best food an 7 year old imagination can come up with.
Mirror Vintage(craigslist) | Library Shelving Ikea