Get comfy, because I have about eleventy billion photos for you!
Let’s go back in time for a minute.
Sonia and Lisey, circa 2005
When we moved into this house, it stank of dogs and cigarette smoke. BAAADLY. So, every surface in the house got covered in Kilz and then beige paint.
But then we started to add some color in, and at the time, Lisey and Sonia shared this room. Sonia was far too small to have paint opinions, so Lisey chose purple.
I don’t have a super good before picture of their room because I started slapping paint samples up before I remember to grab my camera. Here’s an older post with more photos, though.
And the room has remained purple, even though Lisey now has her own bedroom, painted in a classy silvery blue, and Zoe has moved in with Sonia.
For some time now, Sonia and Zoe have felt that they’d like to pick a new color for their walls, so this summer, they chose something that was a compromise between blue and green.
It’s Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue, and mercifully, this shade brought an end to the paint-picking drama we were experiencing.
As with my other room painting projects, I repainted the moldings and the ceiling without taping the edges, so the white paint overlapped onto the wall. Then I taped off the ceiling and moldings/windows before I painted the walls. This gives a nice clean, crisp edge all around.
The handy thing is that this shade happens to coordinate quite nicely with all of Zoe’s preexisting fishy decor items. And we didn’t even plan that!
When I redid Lisey’s room, we did a little frame grouping holding some of her favorite things, and Sonia and Zoe wanted something similar.
So, remember how I set their Calico Critters up for psuedo family portraits? Here they are.
The elephants especially crack me up.
For the arrangement, I took a bunch of mismatched frames, painted them all white, and now they all look like they go together.
In addition to the Calico Critters, we have Wilson and Sheldon (their beloved hamsters), tea cups (because they love tea parties) and of course, Myrtle Beach.
And in the top right is a cross-stitch I made for my sister when we were teenagers and she’s had it since. However, her daughter has no sisters (a bumper crop of brothers instead!), so she gave it back to me.
(Seeing as we have a number of sisters here….)
The oak frame was old and faded and I like it way better now that it’s spray painted.
I really should have it in a square frame, but it’s always been in an oblong one and I’m not a perfectionist, so…
Here’s a more straight-on view, which has bad window glare, but shows you what the layout actually looks like!
The girls hang their pjs behind the door, and they’d kind of outgrown the height of the old hooks, so I filled those holes and moved the hooks on up.
Remember my post about old frames being good for kids’ artwork?
This frame, seen in that post, still has no glass, but it’s holding a watercolor Sonia made before we even picked a paint color for the walls. It matches pretty perfectly, though!
Zoe’s original bulletin board (spray-painted, from Goodwill) bit the dust this summer, so I picked her up a new one from Aldi. The frame was light wood, so I taped off the middle of the board and spray-painted the frame white.
Her little white shelf is a Goodwill find from years ago.
Sonia, who sleeps in the top bunk, also has a little white Goodwill shelf.
I probably should spray paint her bulletin board white as well, but I just didn’t.
Also. I think their room would look AWESOME if I painted their bed white.
However, I’m running low on motivation and also summer appears to be ending (wah!), so it’s just gonna have to stay stained for now.
Good thing I’m not a perfectionist.
To help Sonia and Zoe corral their stuffed animals, I gave them each a basket (they were empty from previous decluttering!).
This shelf is from Goodwill, and the little white display thingie is from Mr. FG’s mom, who didn’t need it anymore.
It needed some freshening up, so I spray painted it white.
But I wish I’d just brushed the paint on because spray painting something with that many crevices is a special kind of torture.
Only took 3,483,948,573,985 coats of paint.
We talked about those last week. I ended up opting for the middle curtain rod height and I am just not going to think about that anymore.
These are Matilda curtains from Ikea, and they’re $20/pair.
They’re tab top, pretty sheer, and they have a little stripey pattern running the length of the panels. And they’re perfect for my purpose here (decoration, as the blinds cover the windows just fine.)
This bookshelf in their room IS white, and it’s what makes me think the rest of the furniture would be great in white. Oh well.
Oh! The last feature I want to show you is our chalkboard wall.
Sonia and Zoe have been wanting chalkboard paint somewhere for a while, so we chose a small wall in their room for this.
I had a can of roll-on/brush-on chalkboard paint in the house because when I worked with Cabot last summer, I bought spray AND roll-on chalkboard paint because I wasn’t sure which I’d need.
Anyway, I taped the edges, rolled two coats of the paint on (4 hours dry time between) and then we let the paint sit for 3 days.
I was a little nervous about how terribly dark that wall was at first. The contrast between it and the light walls was a little much.
But, after the paint sat for 3 days, we rubbed white chalk all over the surface to condition it (this is supposed to prevent shadowing), wiped it off, and my kids started drawing.
I actually like the wall WAY more now that there’s chalk dust on it. You can’t really tell in the photos, but it’s more gray and it just goes with the rest of the room better.
(By the way, I did a bunch of reading, and it sounds like chalk markers aren’t good to use on chalkboard walls because it’s hard to get it back off. So we’re sticking with regular chalk for now.)
Do you remember the dinosaur Lisey drew on her math paper last year?
He’s back. His math skills have gotten worse.
Ohhh! And remember the ugly old Goodwill mirror that I finished with Cabot stain? The blue didn’t match the new wall color, so I spray painted that white too.
And that, I think, is the end of the room tour.
I’m super glad that I managed to get this project done before school starts. Yay!
Sonia and Zoe are very happy with the results…colorful, but also slightly more sophisticated than before, which pleases them mightily.
I didn’t keep a running tally of my expenses, but I bought 8 sample jars (!), one gallon of Benjamin Moore paint, three cans of spray paint, a roll of painter’s tape, and a small can of ceiling paint. Plus I spent $40 on Ikea curtains and $5 on a bulletin board for Zoe.
Soo, this was a pretty cheap project money-wise. Time-wise, it was a little on the expensive side.
But it’s finished! So now I can breathe a sigh of relief and start the school year.
P.S. All of my kids’ rooms have now been recently decorated/painted, which is making me feel quite accomplished. In case you weren’t around then, here’s Lisey’s silvery blue room and here’s Joshua’s gray room.
Supplies I used
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