MC’s Bedroom Grows Up, part 3

20140422-102933.jpgYesterday I ended Mary Claire’s bedroom redo here. You can see the first part of the transformation here. The interesting thing about this room is that it needed to be grown up, but yet not completely leave my daughter out. Sure she is moving onto adult life, but she still needed to feel like this was her room. I really like the way it has turned out, fresh, comforting and updated.

I wanted to show you some cute accessories I made for little to no money.

20140422-103627.jpgDo you see the paper patchwork above her bed?

20140422-103719.jpgI turned it into this! My first thought was to use an old shutter to hold her photographs. But it was just too much shabby paint and looked too heavy up there.

It was a great moment when the idea came to me that I could reuse the patchwork board. I tore off the paper and covered it with a green polka dot fabric.

20140422-104145.jpgI added ribbon, stapling it in the back.

20140422-104259.jpgButtons were hot glued to the x’s and miniature clothespins help hold the pictures to the board. Easy-skeesy!

20140422-104459.jpgI made this burlap heart pillow using materials I had in my craft closet!

20140422-104609.jpgBurlap for the pillow cover and a super soft fuzzy fabric for the heart.

20140422-104835.jpgLay the fuzzy fabric under the burlap, with the fuzzy up. Pin well.

20140422-105401.jpgSew using a satin stitch on the heart line. Using small scissors, carefully cut only the inside of the burlap heart.

20140422-105610.jpgThe fuzzy fabric should be peeking out. Turn burlap over and trim fuzzy fabric close to stitching.

20140422-105730.jpgSew the two burlap squares together, leaving an opening for pillow form. Sew closed. I love!

20140422-110048.jpgThe Dream pillow was made by wrapping fabric around a roll of quilting batting. The ends were drawn together with a ribbon and glued closed. I used my Cricut machine to cut out the word “dream” from iron-on vinyl.

20140422-203858.jpgThis is another Pinterest idea.

20140422-204600.jpg(pic vialovestitched) I was inspired to recreate these pretty butterflies.

20140422-204913.jpgI had an old shadow box frame from a project I did years before, a butterfly punch and of course, some pretty papers. I wrapped the back with tan fabric. Then attached the paper butterflies with adhesive dots. I think folding the wings and using the dots to raise them off the back gives the project a bit of dimension.


20140422-205743.jpgSo, whatcha think? I’m very happy with the results. But most importantly, Mary Claire is very pleased with her new bedroom.

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MC’s Bedroom Grows Up, part2

Yesterday I shared the first stage of Mary Claire’s bedroom re-do. The next step was to paint the furniture.

20140421-204055.jpgThis bed and dresser was Superman’s as a child. When MC was about 5 years old I painted the brown set white. Sixteen years later it is time for a change.

20140421-204417.jpgChecking out my Pinterest boards I see that I’ve pinned several ideas using Annie Sloan Paint.

20140421-204833.jpgI love, love, love the colors! Checking out the Annie Sloan website, she tells me the most amazing things….”No scraping, no stripping, no sanding and no priming.” Wha-what?!? Where oh where can I find this wonderful product?

My sweet friend Amanda tells me I can find it just up the road from me. Awesome! Terri’s Treasures had exactly what I needed.

20140421-205658.jpgI chose Old White and the dark wax.

20140421-210212.jpgThis paint is thick and yummy.

20140421-210330.jpgEverything got a good coat of paint and a layer of clear wax.

20140421-210456.jpgAmazingly, after painting the headboard, footboard, dresser, drawers and two end tables, I still had paint left over.

20140421-210609.jpgEVEN after getting it on my clothes and kneeling on the lid. I was so “in” to painting, that I had no clue what I had done until I stood up. Duh.

20140421-210803.jpgNow for the scary part….the dark wax.

20140421-210845.jpgPainted with Old White paint.

20140421-210915.jpgUsing a clearance sale Target paintbrush, ($1 per brush…oh yea!), I pounced a wee bit of wax on a small area.

20140421-211249.jpgUsing an old cotton t-shirt, I buffed the wax.

20140421-211426.jpgA little bit of wax goes a long way. I may have gotten a bit heavy handed here.

20140421-212018.jpgLawdy, let me tell you…I was worn out. The bursa in my shoulder was swollen and throbbing after several hours of wax on-wax off.In addition to a layer of clear wax and a layer of dark wax, several layers of clear wax made the pieces protected and silky soft. Needless to say, buffing in the wax took several days.

20140421-212337.jpgSam was a good encourager.

20140421-213027.jpgThe last thing to do on this part of the project was figuring out the hardware. I removed the paint on the hardware here. But I had a missing handle. Do I find an exact match on a 1960′s vintage? Good luck with that. Find handles that will match the holes? Tried, but no luck. Or fill the holes and drill a new one? BINGO!

20140421-213654.jpgHobby Lobby had these adorable turquoise birds. Sooo caaute!

20140421-213816.jpgLilly likes.


Tomorrow I’ll show you some fun details I made.

Thanks for dropping by!