Happy reveal day! It might be one of my fave days of the year.
If you’re unfamiliar with this bi-annual holiday, it was created and is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. It gives bloggers an opportunity to destroy a room/home/bank account/relationships/sanity/nails/neglect all other responsibilities/etc over the course of 5 weeks and link the progress in the hopes of a new and beautiful finished room at the end.
And it is awesome.
Except that my body might be sore forever.
This is my second time participating. I did my living room this past fall. Reveal here.
The room that I chose to work on is one of the modestly sized bedrooms in our 110 year old south Minneapolis home, to create a new big girl bedroom as a surprise for my 5 year old daughter.
What a drag.
I didn’t end up getting much done for the second week. Sometimes when I start a project, I get so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks that I go into the fetal position on the couch with wine. I know you feel me.
The original plaster was obvs in rough shape and needed a lot of work as far as patching holes and cracks, missing chunks of wall/ceiling and sanding smooth. This is about the point where I get a faraway look in my eyes and I start mumbling on repeat…. ‘I just have to get the primer up, everything is better after primer, so close’ while I’m putting tin foil up on the windows and donning a garbage bag as a dress.
EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH A COAT OF PRIMER.
Someone should put that on one of those inspirational posters with a kitten and a roller.
I ended up doing a drop ceiling with black paint, installed the stellar flush sputnik and my daughter helped choose the pale pink.
I thought that I was keeping most of the last minute details out of the previous post, to make the reveal more special, but no. I am deluded. I was just procrastinating. Let’s call it what it is. K, Madeline?
It was at this point that I had to make finial decisions.
Paint walls and trim
Scrub everything clean
Fix roman shades (FML) and install (the blisters!)
Assemble day bed, brackets, wood slats cut down (the bed is an antique and amazing. But one of the screws to attach the side piece had some stripped threading and wouldn’t go into the receiving part. I’m a motherfucking do’er though, so I used a hacksaw and removed that part and it worked!)
Acquire mattress and bedding (mattress is a twin and apparently I need a longer one. Le sigh. Why didn’t I take measurements?! Or, assemble previously… or have general foresight)
Something as simple as picking a color for the little makeshift storage unit nearly broke me. It left me in the paint aisle practically feral and like: I can’t decisions no more.
I might not even be able to decide what words to use for this post.
Am I forming words?
Hopefully you all understand guttural sounds.
Decisions got made.
Pictures quality proved to be a bummer because it has rained every day for the past week. But, the room looks good. Real good.
Can we talk about the beautiful floral sculptures?
They are from a shop on etsy called DillyPad. Each piece is a masterpiece. I adore them.
And these dark floral roman shades?!I die.
Details on the antique daybed from craigslist: Sarah from Lucent lightshop sent me the black sconce, and they gave it to me! For, like, keeps. Knock me over with a feather. I was about ready to pay a king’s ransom for it. The ORC desperation is real. It was super sweet of them.
Their craftsman ship is hella on point. I paired it with a faceted light bulb that I picked up from CB2.
This rug.The pictures online don’t do it justice. The braiding is really thick, maybe an inch wide? Really comfortable.
Pretty things like pillows! It’s the best when you get to clear a room out of tools and paint cans and put pretty shit in there. I love pretty.
The wall between the door and the closet door is kind of wasted because the door opens towards it. I painted a large circular chalkboard here to provide a space for creativity, that takes up no room.
I was so excited to tell Rylan about her new room. I was able to keep her out of there successfully the past weekend whilst I installed, to keep it a surprise. I acted out all the bad teenage movies though, awkwardly cracking the door and blocking it with my body when she would seek out my attention.
When I finished and my husband and I told her that it was for her, she was so happy and went straight to her dad to thank him and hug him.
I was like: what. the. actual. fuck.
Is this real life?!
I mean, he’s cool and all, but he did not make this room for her. He did supply moral support for me tho.
He told her that he should be thanking me (after accepting a pretty stellar hug), and only then did she direct her attention to me – the person who has been slaving, bleeding and sweating for 5 weeks for this room.
Ummm. Did she not see me with her own eyes doing all the work?!
I guess that about sums up what it’s like to be the mom.
She was so verbally appreciative after that. I got to hear a lot of “You did all that work, for me?! I LOVE it.”
Then this happened: So, so totally worth it.
Make sure to check out all the other completed rooms. Mind blowing!
- Paint colors (Behr Pale Bud, Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, Benjamin Moore Hunter Green)
- Daybed – Antique
- Sputnik ceiling light – Lucent Lightshop
- Moroccan Pouf and wedding blanket pillows – Berber Wares
- Other bed pillows – Target
- Chair pillows and blanket – Home Goods
- Hanging Chair – Serena and Lily
- Rug – RugsUSA
- Roman shades – Fabric by Ellie Cashman design and sewn by Creative Drapery
- Mirror – Antique
- Cubby storage – ‘antique’ Ikea and waddell furniture legs
- Planter – Target
- Copper table light – West Elm
- Brass side table – West Elm (no longer available in brass)
- Pink throw and quilted blanket – West Elm
- Copper basket – Target (maybe no longer available?)
- Alarm clock – Teach me time clock (I don’t know if anyone else uses this, but, it is a life saver when your kid wants to wake up at 5am! We just started using it about 6 months ago and now she stays in her room until 6:45 daily)