Look, I came from a family of 7 kids. I never got my own room. OF COURSE I’m going to wildly overcompensate with Zoe, just like I wildly overcompensated with Zachie and MacLean. Of course, I’m 11 years older and (please, Lord!) 11 years smarter than then. I’m more interested in putting money in Zoe’s college fund than her bedroom. I wanted to try a tree stencil to go with the Fairy Princess theme. You DEFINITELY need 4 hands for application! I got the crib on a daily deal site for a fraction of the regular price and painted it charcoal gray to go with the amorie I kept from the twin’s room. I LOVED the idea of a crystal chandelier, so I picked up one from IKEA for $21.00. There’s so much pink that it looks like a princess exploded across the room, but she’s my first girl!
The rocker and toy bench both come from IKEA, too. Another $94.26. I whitewashed both and sewed some pink mattress ticking stripe cushions for the chair. I really wanted something playful that respected Zoe’s Japanese ethnicity, so I ordered a bunch of Japanese paper lanterns online–$1.99 each or less! I had piles of pink ribbon left over from something else, so I suspended them from the ceiling over the rocking chair.
The bedding is a gray toile–I found it on Overstock.com for $12.98. I spent the longest time scraping the wood floor afterwards to get up all the paint splatters. A tidy painter, I’m not. I was at a luncheon the other day where another attendee was boasting about her granddaughter’s “$12,000.00 nursery.” What–seriously? I was proud of keeping on my budget. In an era of so much need, it seems so much more meaningful to spend time and thought to make something beautiful. So, it’s not a designer nursery, but I’m proud of it. And Zoe loves batting her paper lanterns around the room like giant balls. 🙂
I’d love to see your pictures of your cute and clever kid’s room makeovers. Please send so we can all admire the cleverness of you!