Small Projects, Big Impact!
As you know, over the last few months, I’ve been hard at work making over our little Henry’s owl-themed nursery into a funky and modern big-boy room. In recent weeks, I revealed some pretty big projects like the wild green quilt and the color-block credenza. Even with these big projects knocked out and “working well” together, the room still felt a little dis-jointed…you know, getting there, but not quite pleasant and easy to look at…yet! This week, I have been hard at work finishing up this space…and while I’m not quite ready to reveal the whole thing to you yet, I wanted to show you how some relatively small and simple projects went a long, long, long way in pulling this room together!
Despite all my hard work and very careful selections for this room makeover, there was something (well, two things I guess) that were reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyy bothering me as things started to come together. Here are some pictures of my two most recent reveals for this room. Can you guess what’s been eating at me?
If you can’t guess, than this more recent shot might give you a big ol’ clue!
Ahhhhhh….let’s all breath a sigh of relief that the striped walls and (more importantly) the green ceiling are gone!!!! Were you worried about that ceiling clashing with everything else? Did you also have a headache from all the patterns going on in this room? Are you as relieved as I am that they are gone?
Okay, a quick little story on why the very cool green ceiling is now gone. I am very much an “I’ll try anything”-type of decorator. My approach is that something can (almost) always be un-done or re-done. When we moved into this house, I was so in love with the idea of a green ceiling, and when I pulled Henry’s nursery together, it was a fun and unexpected pop of color in a mostly neutral room. Over time, and as I moved away from the blue with green accents-theme to a mostly green theme, the ceiling suddenly wasn’t working. I thought I could live with it, but it was just competing too much with my two new favorite elements of the room (the quilt and the credenza). Oh – and this might be a “duh” comment, but I was also amazed at how the green ceiling turned everything in this room (the floors, the bedding, the frames, our faces!!!) a slight tinge of green – not so flattering, as I’m sure you can imagine. So since we have to paint/prime these walls back when we move, I figured, let’s do it now and enjoy the room while we still live here.
Now, I do have a confession about this “project” – I hired it out. Gasp!!! Friends, my older and wiser sister has a phrase that applies in almost any situation I find myself in: “You either have time or money.” Being a lover of great decor on a budget, I usually opt for spending the time over money to do things myself. Right now, I feel like I am juggling a million balls (some of which you know about and some of which you don’t) and painting this room myself wasn’t going to happen (at least with my child attended to and my sanity in tact!). I found a local guy who had this room disassembled, holes filled, completely painted, and put back together in two hours flat and at a super reasonable price. Friends – best money spent EVER. I had a ton of guilt over hiring it out, but once it was all said and done, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the final result (and now we have one less room to paint back when we move)!
With a fresh coat of paint on the walls (Behr’s Frost, by the way), I was ready to kick it into high gear and wrap up a few last projects for this space. First up, my plan for above the bed.
I really wanted an animal head for over the bed. I originally had planned on this one, but when I found this uber cool rhino for $30 at TJMaxx, I was sold. Only problem was that I knew he’d blend in a little too much with the walls. Imagine my excitement when I realized that my sunburst mirror (that was in my room at college and then made its way to Henry’s nursery wall) framed out the rhino head oh-so-perfectly!
I painted the sunburst frame with BM Advanced paint in Yellow Green, leftover from the credenza makeover. I still wanted more contrast, so I replaced the mirror with some simple black cardstock. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this simple, modern, and very striking piece above the bed!
To finish out Henry’s bed, I wanted to make a few more pillows. I know what you’re thinking, more pillows for this room? (You can find my Chevron Throw Pillow tutorial HERE and my Pillowcase tutorial HERE), but I couldn’t resist a few more patterns and textures to tie things together.
The quilted pom-pom black pillow sham is a tutorial I’ll have coming up for you here soon. I so love the playfulness those pom-poms bring – it is a kid’s room after all! And if you’re wondering how that crazy dotted pillow works with the rest of the room, keep in mind Henry’s hutch makeover I revealed a few weeks ago:
See? There really is a method to my madness 😉
Okay – that’s all I’m going to show you for today, but I’ll have a bunch more from this room for you in the coming weeks. I can say though, this room has come together soooo well an I’m pretty giddy over it…I can’t wait for you to see it so come back often!
Hope you’re all having a great week? Did you see my post about this HUGE Craft Sale I am holding with my family? If you live in the DC Metro Area, be sure to get in touch with me for more details. If you’ve emailed or left comments, you’ll be hearing from me this weekend!