It was fairly sparse in her room before -
But with the addition of a bookshelf, a desk, and a whole lot of decor... we have a big girl's room! My goals were storage and wall art, since those were lacking big time, and I think I hit my mark.
I tried to go with this color scheme (which is really the first time I've really tried for a 'scheme)
The desk we built came out great.
I loved some fabric I found at Joanns, it fit the colors so well, that I decided to wrap the shelf with it. On the shelf I added a letter tray and a school year organizer.
This cool little caddy was about $10, but I really liked it. It spins!
The little reading nook turned out great too. The rocking chair was from my Great Grandma, and my Mom made the cover for it waaaay back when Eve was a baby. We found a really nice glider and ottoman on the side of the road from our neighbors (much like our recliner), so those replaced the rocking chair in my room... giving it a home in Eve's room.
The book art I drew up using sharpies. If I were going for a "single" theme in her room I'd say it'd be Reading-Nature-French (single - ha!), since those are the things she enjoys the most... so that little picture pretty much sums them all up
The 'E' & Eiffel tower were from Burlington Coat factory and the glass nature jar from Micheal's clearance. The stones were leftover from filling our sand/water (okay, rock/water) table and the tree bookend came from our backyard :)
I love the glass jar a lot, as it adds to the organization I was going for. We didn't fill the whole thing up with pebbles, as the rest of the space is for rocks, shells, pine cones and whatever else Eve considers treasure. A big step towards organization.
The princess piggy bank we owned already. The top book on the puzzles there is one of those 'secret box' books from Micheal's as well, and that's for the notes from her friends that she wants to keep.
The woven basket is from TJ Maxx, and the mushrooms came from and sewing kit Eve had already made. I'm totally loving the bottom 'toy bin' for the miscellaneous stuffed animals, pillows and doll blankets. The woven basket is for holding her stock of library books.
A little backstory on this bookcase -
Because this was all going to be a surprise for Eve, we had to keep Eve (and the boys) out of the house until we had set it all up. My Mom offered to watch the kids for a few hours Friday night while we assembled the bookcase, bed and set up staging everything. We still had to cut and paint the back beadboard we had picked up last minute (totally worth it, I love the look!) and we also had to get a few more things from the stores. All this was pushing it time wise to begin with, but the real kicker was how long it took to get the bookshelf together. Low and behold it took hours to assemble it.
My Mom had done the painting and sealing for me (thanks Mom!), so I had given her the pieces mostly separate - the shelves/support assembly, base, top rail, and sides. The first problem, we left the top rail at her house, so we actually needed to head back to meet her to give us those halfway through the build.
The second problem was that she had sealed the sides of the shelves recently, and they really really stuck to the sides of the recently sealed bookcase. It was so difficult for Jon and myself to get them into position, it took at least an hour, maybe two. Once they were it though, it was just a few pocket screws and they were done. So my advice... don't paint the sides of the shelves... and wait a few days to assemble so everything is cured.
And then we had another tough time when it was time to seat the beadboard into the back of the bookself (which was recessed nicely). Pounding finishing nails was difficult with a curved bookshelf, and when I switched to using the nailgun, I had several nails blow out the side, I think because the hard board was so hard.
Finally, I switched to pre-drilling holes (broke a bit, of course) for the finishing nails in the hardboard, and nailing them in by hand. By that time, my Mom had put the kids to bed. So it wasn't until the next day that we actually got to reveal it to the kids.
Thankfully, most everything else went a lot more smoothly. Moving over to the other side of the room...
I finally put in a cushion for Eve's bench. It had been on the todo list for a LONG time. I'm not sold on the colors, but it's progress! I actually didn't even bother sewing the cover on the cushion. I wrapped it like a present and just used safety pins to keep it in place. It's holding so well, I'm not sure I'll ever sew it. The pillows I quickly whipped up. Underneath I have a little box for Eve's crafts and bigger box for Eve's lego friends. ++organization!
One other detail we were hoping to fill in - wall decor. I went the DIY route and made a lot of it. Good or bad, at least it's done. The ballerina over her bed was all painted with acrylic.
The canvas over by the bench is fabric stretched over a canvas. I used iron on adhesive on the fabric letters to adhere them.
Given the extra time now that the kids were staying overnight, the extra time gave me the opportunity to add in a few more details.
I still had loads of oracal 631 vinyl left over from our wall art in our last apartment, so I got to decorating with both old and new stickers.
Poor sad tree now. I'll find a home for it someday...
The birds from our old apartment went up in both of the kids rooms.
A star made it on Eve's American Girl doll chest. My Mom repainted from gold to white it to match the new room and added some adorable trim on the doors. Jon got a mirror from Joann's and with some 3M poster strips, stuck it to the door. Awesome little details made this thing look so polished.
While we were at it, we gave the boys a little something for their door.
The little grids on the back of the paper made for a cutting art graphic super quick.
And speaking of something for the boys... we decided to get presents for all of kids to give as a surprise. Eli got a toolbox stocked with tools, Isaac an ocarina, and Eve a sleeping bag.
Here's the side with the new window:
|Really need to take a picture with our new camera to capture the light correctly|
I had a hard time balancing the lighting for these photos. If I get a chance I'll try with our new camera, but let me assure you, the new window and recessed lights are a world of difference.