I painted Erin's room when we first moved in 2011 but (a) it wasn't exactly to her her royal highness' specifications - I tried but ended up simpler then she wanted and (b) due to the original paint underneath it almost immediately began peeling up - yes I prepped the walls & used primer but still. I thought I had pictures of the original room but oh well - it was 3 shades of purple with stenciled cats all around. My original paint job was basic stripes because it was easy:
The peeling up became so bad that I was afraid of that the toddler or pup would eat the paint chips, so I bit the bullet & painted it again. In the time since doing her room originally I traded in my Cricut for my Silhouette which made it really easy to make different sized stencils for her beloved polka dots. On a unfortunate note the paint we originally used (Disney by Behr) is no longer made& due to some sort of copyright loophole Home Depot couldn't color match it exactly. The result being I changed the color shades entirely (but still in the same color family), luckily she didn't seem to mind - especially since I let them "help" :-P
After awhile, Dillon (just turned 3) became really quiet & you know what they say about quiet toddlers! So I go over to look & he's fixating really hard on the wall, when asked what he's doing "I making letters!!". You can see an 'A' & an 'e', there was also a 'D' & 'r' but he covered them up by the time I got the camera :-P
He was quite proud of himself :-D
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my Silhouette?! I was finally able to do all the projects I originally wanted to do when she was first born. Of course the colors & subject matter changed from my ideas 6.5 years ago ;-), but that's ok they're for her not me & they most certainly scream her now! Of all a parent's hopes & dreams, the biggest one has to be for their child to always know they're loved & supported - I hope she can always look to these & know without a doubt it's true.
Erin loves owls & being outside so I wanted a rustic, natural look, I bought a wood panel frame & very lightly painted an abstract "woodsy" scene (sky, rolling hills, trees). But it was too rustic looking, like something out of a log cabin & looked awful against her wall. To make matters worse when I put the owl (smaller then this one) & phrase on it all became too busy. After sitting frustrated for a week, I decided to go back to basics & whitewashed the whole thing to create a clean slate. Then I applied a very light alcohol stain (tinted pink) to it & painted silvery blue over that with a dry brush. The end result is much more fitting to the overall room design while still having a natural look & in person you can see the wood grain. The branch design is an Echo Park file that I cut of adhesive vinyl, the owl is layered cardstock sealed with Mod Podge (a Studio Illustrado file), the flower is made of fabric with a button center. For the phrase I designed a stencil using Lori Whitlock's 'Lovely Day' font & used leftover wall paint. I love replacing words with symbols & wanted something special for the heart; I opened a basic heart shape in Studio & filled it in with a multi-colored love pattern. Then I used Silhouette's "print & cut" feature to cut it out on cardstock & added it on with Mod Podge.
A view of the other side of the room:
We were at Michael's one day awhile ago & Erin fell in love with owl paper but I had no need of it so I told her to put it back. Then as I was rethinking framed art for her room I realized it was perfect. I made a simple background collage of the three different shimmery, glittery papers. I bought the vinyl starter kit just for this phrase because it's perfect for her; cut it out of pink vinyl & applied it directly to the glass.
Like I said, my girl is obsessed with polka dots so when I saw this circle frame @ Target I knew she'd love it. Trouble was the black clashed horribly with the walls so I spray painted it silver ;-). I filled it with some of her favorite photos (2 haven't been printed out yet) along with more of that owl paper & big soccer ball patch. Once I put in the two final pictures it'll hang on her wall.
What girl doesn't have a ton of accessories? I feel like I'm fighting a constant war because she did not inherit my sense of organization. So far these bins have helped me win a battle or two if not the war. When I first bought them she cried (literally) because they were boring & ugly & would just ruin her room - oh my! How could I be such a cruel mother to make my only daughter have utilitarian items! . I reminded her that we could very simply personalize them, a few foam circle dabbers & few bottles of fabric paint later she was a happy camper.
A close view of the wall, after the polka dots dried I applied a top coat of Disney Confetti Sparkle per her request & ended up loving it. Even when I go into to her to discipline I have to smile a little bit at the sparkly walls - it such a girly design without being for just little girls. I can easily see her enjoying this for years to come & it hasn't peeled up yet ;-).
A look at my kid's room isn't complete without a look at their quilts, my grandma made all of them. If I can ever develop into half the artisan she is I'll be a lucky woman indeed.