Girl’s Closet: All Dressed Up

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

You regular CG readers know I have a five year old daughter.  Her room is in transition – from baby blue to big girl pink, brown and green.  Last week, we painted her room.   Here I am, helping to get rid of that baby blue.  (My friend made me wear that unbelievably lame charming red handkerchief for the photo…)

cg painting 

My girl’s closet was also in need of a major makeover.  Sad to say, I had neglected it for too long.  I just threw everything behind two sliding closet doors and ignored the big problem while I ate Twinkies and watched Days

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Playroom Makeover

Monday, April 6th, 2009

We are fortunate to have a bonus space in our home.  When we were first married, we used this space as a formal dining room.  When the munchkins were born, we gave up our formal dining room to have a toddler playroom, rather than have their toys scattered all over the house. Playskool ruled this roost for several years, until I decided to take the space back.

Here’s the before (notice the exhausted Dad):

Here’s the after:

The whole goal was to create a more mature kid space that would multitask as a place for them to entertain themselves and friends with games, puzzles, watch movies, and do art projects.  The first thing that had to go was the weird pastel paint job.  I chose an earthier color to complement the rest of the house.  It’s a tan based mustardy shade of green called ‘Beachwalk’ by Behr.  The window wall is painted an entire shade darker.  The rug is a pale green, very soft chenille from Home Decorators.

The next big project was the Map Wall.  National Geographic makes a map of the world in “earth-tone” colors instead of the traditional red/blue color scheme as seen in most classrooms. It was $99, and this map covers a 10 x 6.5 ft space.  When you consider the price of art for an entire wall, this was relatively cheap.  Instead of applying adhesive to the back like wallpaper, I stapled it to the wall with a stapler, then trimmed it in a moulding from Home Depot that I spray painted Espresso to form a frame around the edges.  We cut it with a miter saw and applied it to the wall with a nail gun.

A wall map make a great backdrop to any guest room, office, kid’s room, or basement wall.  It is educational and quite a conversation piece for all who enter.  The sofa is bone colored leather from Jennifer Convertibles.  It folds out for overnight guests or impromptu slumber parties.  The coffee table was a floor sample – it provides more storage, and another place to play, or have snacks.

For a more updated tour of this space, visit this post where we installed a floating shelf art gallery wall.

This room can also be seen featured on Young House Love and on Apartment Therapy’s OhDeeDoh]