When we moved into our house almost six years ago, I let my then five-year-old daughter choose the paint color for her room. I knew as soon as we started rolling the color on that I didn’t like it, but honestly, I just wanted to get it done and move on to something else.
So, after almost six years of living with a less than desirable wall color, we decided to give this room a much needed makeover.
I purchased my girl’s bed frames years ago, one from a garage sale and one from Craigslist. Even though the frames are a little different in style, they go together perfectly, thanks to a few cans of spray paint.
I made the “P” and “S” signs by taking old picture frames and filling them with scrap wood. The wood in the “P” picture frame is scrap wood from the Mulberry House, and is almost 100 years old.
I painted my girl’s nightstand with Annie Sloan’s “Provence” and sealed it with two coats of wax. This was my first time using chalk paint and I really liked it.
In the beginning of the process, I used a stencil brush to apply the gold paint to the wall. But, after just one painted flower, I knew I didn’t like the look of the streaks the brush was leaving. So, I changed the process a little bit and it made a huge difference. I applied the gold paint with the stencil brush, and then I rubbed the paint around with a damp cloth until it looked smooth and even on the wall.
The paint bled back behind the stencil creating imperfect flowers, which stressed me out at first, but I eventually learned to embrace it and realize that the differences in the flowers just give the wall character.
I included a short movie of the painting process below. It’s funny to watch how much my girls move around.
Here’s a close-up picture of the finished wall. It is absolutely stunning when the sun shines in their room and reflects off the gold on the painted flowers.
On the wall in the picture below, I wanted to do a board and batten look. We used lattice molding spaced evenly across the wall and attached them with a brad nailer. After the boards were attached, we filled the nail holes with wood filler. After the wood filler was completely dry, we sanded and added two coats of white paint to the wall.
The vanity in the picture above belonged to my grandma and I fondly remember dancing and playing for hours in front of this piece as a child. When my aunts offered it to me last year, I almost cried.
As you can see in the picture below, there was a missing drawer in the center of the vanity. After I stripped and sanded this piece, my husband simply added a board across the front in place of the missing drawer.
We took the old mirrors out (they were in really rough shape) and purchased new mirrors to put back in the old existing frames.
I painted the vanity in Annie Sloan’s “Provence” and sealed it with two coats of wax (to match the night stand). I found the beautiful glass knobs on Amazon, and I couldn’t be happier with them. They are perfect for this piece.
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