This post has been a long time coming…I first posted about decorating my daughter’s room in July. But the time has finally come for the ballerina themed bedroom reveal!
I’ve written six posts about projects related to her room. But, I got distracted by blog hops and my own perfectionism. I kept putting off finishing her room because I was going to make bunting and pillows. Then the bean bag style chair I wanted at IKEA was out if stock.
So what did it take to finally convince me to finish this project? Another blog hop, of course. If I’m under the gun, I get things done. As I needed a project for the April At Home DIY challenge, and the topic was home improvement, it occurred to me that this was the perfect opportunity to finally finish the room.
So let’s take a look at how it looked before…Note that I took these photos after cleaning up a lot of toys and random clutter. You wouldn’t believe the stuff I pulled out from under her bed. Our littles sure like to collect stuff!The walls were painted in a lovely shade of blue, Reflection by Sherwin Williams. I don’t have before photos because I hadn’t started blogging yet. Just imagine a bland, builder grade beige.
I also had this fabulous vintage floral chandelier installed prior to my blogging endeavors.I painted the bed with pink milk paint (Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Arabesque). I found it in a trash pile on the side of the road, but it was in good shape with the rails intact. Here’s how it looked when I found it:I’ll do a quick recap of the posts and projects leading up to now. My first post was the preview about my plans for the room.
The dresser makeover is one of my all time favorite furniture transformations.
The floral button up shades were my first sewing project on the blog.
I blogged about my trip to IKEA, the accessories I bought for the room, and my struggles assembling the dollhouse.
The bookcase in the room looks a lot better after a chalk paint makeover.
And finally, the IKEA dollhouse was given a new look.
At this point, I laid out the items that I’d been hoarding for the room and assessed what else was needed. I realized that I already had just about everything. Once I decided to abandon the bunting and pillows, things fell into place. The only new item I bought was a grey bean bag chair from Target.The chair went into the corner of the reading nook, next to a princess dress on the IKEA dress form.I bought a large bulletin board at a thrift shop for $6 to display her artwork. I painted the frame white so it wouldn’t look like it came straight out of a classroom (which it did!).The bookshelf is across from the bean bag chair. I put the dollhouse on top, and decorated the wall behind it with hanging paper flowers from Dollar Tree.I styled the dollhouse with flowers, pointe shoes, a vintage plastic ballerina…and my mom’s tiara that she wore to dances in high school.Above the dresser, I hung a mirror that I recently refreshed with grey paint. It was a dated tag sale find that now fits the style of the room.The mirror is flanked by two vintage chalk ware dancer lamps. I only paid $10 for the pair, and they work!I so love the peeling paint and tattered ribbons.My daughter’s beta fish, Blue, was relocated from the foot of the bed to a table near the door.I adore these vintage silhouettes of little girls. And yes, I know they’re crooked 🙂I got this vintage desk and chair for $5 at a consignment shop! It sits at the foot of the bed, with the IKEA clock hung above.I’ve had this vintage hooked rug for years. I bought it for $40 at an antique mall, and I love it! It’s a perfect fit for this space. The bedside table is a thrifted plant stand that I painted white. The bedspread is vintage cotton chenille.I couldn’t resist this cute paint by number swan painting that I put above the bed. It was a church tag sale score.I found two Degas prints at my church’s tag sale. I couldn’t believe my luck as I was already planning the ballerina themed bedroom. I was unable to get a decent photo of the second one.And these darling little ballerinas were yet another church sale find. They were my original inspiration for the room.And with that, I’m finally done with the ballerina themed bedroom! I finished in time for my daughter’s 6th birthday, and she loves it! I’m so glad I stopped giving in to my perfectionism and just got it done. I only wish I’d done it sooner!
Now it’s time to check out what my blogger friends have done to improve their homes this month! Click on the link below to see their projects. Many thanks to Eileen from Just Measuring Up and Megan from Two Feet First for putting this challenge together.
All the best!