Turquoise Girl’s Room: Project Breakdown

April 8, 2010

First of all, thanks so much to all of you for your very kind compliments from yesterday.  I am so delighted you love this grown up girl’s room as much as my girl does!

cg turquoise bedroom


Here is the project breakdown, plus source guide for inquiring minds !

Amanda at The Eck Life wrote: “That chandy looks like the one I just put in my laundry room – did you get it a Home Depot per chance?

cg bed and chandy

First let me just say, big thumbs up from me for putting a chandy in your laundry room!  To you, Amanda, I bow.  And yes, my friend, I did find it there last year !  In fact, when our local Home Depot EXPO closed its doors last summer, I picked this one up in the store for $50 bucks.  Sadly, it sat in her closet until last weekend. 


But you can still get it at Home Depot at this link for less than $100 buckaroos.  We installed it then swaged over the bed with a specialty ceiling hook (lower left).   

Wall gallery frames are from the Aaron Brothers Buy 1, Get 1 for a Penny after Christmas sale.  I picked up all six for under $100 at that sale and enlarged favorite black and white photos of her to 11 x 14. 

wall gallery


Jen from Made by Girl writes:  “Where’s the headboard from ?  I didn’t see where you mentioned that.” 

cg headboard and silver lamp

That’s my DIY simple tufted headboard from back in January.  Fabric is ‘Bedouin’ in Blue Smoke by Calico Corners.  Full tutorial here.

Bedding sources:  White Matelasse ‘Coventry’ Bedding; blue floral Style & Co. Sea Flower Duvet from Overstock.com (sold out, but available on Ebay); ‘Canopy’ Poppies Toss Pillow.


Decoralora wrote: “Can you tell us about the pretty window treatments?”  Oonafey at Little Pink Houses wrote:  “I NEED those curtains for my living room. Hurry up with your sources post, chickie!”

These are simple 95” Blue/Brown chenille window panels from Tar-jay, we picked these out last year.   I love how stripes always seem to balance floral patterns !

cg frame tulips curtain

The mirror above used to be a strange gold color, but I hand painted it with metallic taupe craft paint last year, just like I did with this mirror in my foyer.

Simple sheers on the French doors hide what every teenager truly wants: black out shades for sleeping in.  These are the vinyl versions available at any home improvement store but totally disguised by the sheers that filter light by day in front of them. 

I racked my brain how to pretty up these vinyl roll up blinds up then finally thought “Why? No one can see them !”  So I let them be. 

vinyl roll up blinds

They’re invisible unless you peek under the sheers !

cg window panels




Laura B. asked “Where is her clothing storage? I see the hutch and closet, but am wondering where she stores her clothes.” 

This is her closet next to the bed where she stores her clothing.  Ahem, or should I say, often delicately places her clothing in a heap on the floor.  This is a teenager’s closet.  It’s messy, but hey, that’s allowed. 

teenager closet

Pssst.  The entrance to her room is over by the hutch.



Recognize this shelving unit ? 

cg shelves and boxes


Surprise !  It’s from last year’s outdoor étagère project, remember ?

b and a from side

I primed and painted yellow this thrift store find last summer.  For the full story of the original paint transformation look here.  I used it outdoors all season, but then I got tired of storing it indoors during the rainy season, so I decided to give it to my girl.  I simply painted it the same color as the walls in this room to keep it light and airy, then added some storage boxes and other coastal themed decor.

 cg starfish


The color on the shelving unit and the walls is ‘Blue Green Gem’ by Kelly Moore (#KM-3226-1).  

Those boxes on the shelves are the simplest craft project ever !  They are memory boxes I found at Michaels in white, chocolate brown, and turquoise.  I chose contrasting colors of ribbon and hot glued the ribbon to the boxes in about five minutes.  They remind me of those expensive lacquer boxes but without the hefty price tag.  I swear you cannot tell it’s ribbon until you are inches away !

  ribbon glued to memory box

They also add storage of all her trinkets and mementoes plus they look fab in those bold colors, united by the repeated stripe pattern formed with ribbon. 

Hot glue + ribbon + memory box = fabulous inexpensive bookshelf storage. 

 boxes duo


boxes on shelf


Laura from Journey Chic wrote: “The colors are great, and I love that the hutch almost looks like it doesn’t have a back since it’s wallpapered the same as the wall.”

Yes, I absolutely love that too !  If you don’t want to commit to wallpapering an entire room, an accent wall or panel is a great way to add pattern in just one small area, like above a bed, or behind a sofa, or behind a hutch like this. 

cg wallpaper and chair

The hutch I refinished last year – you can read all about it here

This is my second attempt at wallpaper after the gray blue grasscloth wallpaper I hung in my home office last year.  This time was much easier ! 

This is Midsummer’ by Graham & Brown, with a leaf pattern and subtle shimmer.  It’s absolutely lovely in person.  The directions that come with it are pretty easy to follow.  Measure, apply paste, apply to wall, then use a level to make sure your paper lines up straight.  Smooth out the bubbles with a plastic tool – this is the hardest and most time consuming part, those darn bubbles!  Take your time – the paste doesn’t dry very fast so it allows you time to work with the paper and get it right. 

Once your paper is on the wall, you simply trim it out with some molding available at any home improvement store.  Paint your trim, then cut the corners with a miter box or compound miter saw.  Tack it up on the wall with a brad nail gun, or the old fashioned way, with brad nails, a tap, and a hammer. 

wallpaper supplies

Fill your holes with spackling then touch up your paint, easy peasy ! 

cg graham and brown wallpaper


The end table is an inexpensive wood table that I primed and painted for her. 

table after

The mother-of-pearl charger from Pier One matches the paint perfectly and adds subtle shimmer, plus it protects the wood too.   The shell we found at a specialty shop in San Diego years ago. 

cg ranunculas shell lamp

And this is completely off topic, but ranunculus are in season and I am smitten with them.  I love their masses of delicate petals – truly, only the peony can compete!   Of course, you’ve heard the story of the DIY silver leaf lamp from last week. 


Finally, the little chair revamp. 


As you can see from the before, this is a rush seat chair. 

chair before and after

So how to recover it with fabric but still preserve the lovely rush seat underneath ? 

Free paints stir sticks, fo real  friends. 

Rush seat chairs are a charming European country style, in fact Ballard sells some very pretty Avignon chairs that I love.  I was not about to ruin the seat, but I did want to give it a more comfortable feel and add some pretty fabric.  Plus you should know, I’m on time out for buying too many thrift store chairs lately, so I was forced to revamp this one. 

So like I said.  Free paint stir sticks.  Yep.  Hot glue them to the underbelly of your chair and it gives your trusty staple gun something to grab onto to.  1) Hot glue trimmed paint stir sticks, then trim foam for seat; 2) Staple batting 3) Tuck and staple fabric of choice, then 4) Reattach your seat to the chair frame. 

rush seat collage

No need to purchase cushions for your rush seats if you really want an upholstered fabric cushion.

cg upholstered chair Ruffles pillow from Pier One, but I don’t believe the blue is available online, only in stores. 

And that is The End. 

cg turquoise bedroom


Have a lovely Friday !  

Now I think I’ll take a nap in here while she’s at batting practice.  :-)

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