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The Start of a Surprise Bedroom Makeover

One of my fondest memories is when I was about 5 years old. My brother and I had spent a week at my Grandma and Grandpa’s farm in the early 1980s. And while Steve and I had a great time, for about three  out of seven days, we were excited to go home.

And it wasn’t because we were jerks, we were 5 and 10 years old…ok, maybe we were jerks…Anyway,  our Grandparents owned a farm. And farm Grandparents are NOT like city Grandparents: when you visit, you are cheap and well fed labor.   I wish I would have paid more attention to what Granny and Granddaddy did to make the sausage and canned green beans, sweet corn etc., – it’ll forever be the best I’ve ever had and I’m ashamed to suddenly show interested after all this time.  Pride – dang Pride; this is something I will over come tonight.  {I called my parents – stay tuned for how to make sausage, can beans and freeze corn right}.

Anyway, my fondest memory: Steve and I came home to our rooms redecorated. Mom and dad bought me a white Captains Bed which left me lots of play room and they added a small white table with red plastic chairs they had found at a garage sale. I have no idea what my brothers room looked like, but I have never forgotten the excitement of having my very own sitting area in my own room! That Christmas I also got a Holly Hobby kitchen that fit into my room. :)

My old room was probably half the size of Em’s.  But I imagine Em’s reaction to be like her reaction on Christmas day…her mouth open, eyes wide and saying ‘Mom, look at that!’,  ‘Mom!’ all with a look of amazement, wonder,  and just awe. I want her to have that, I wanted to see that – perhaps I’m selfish…I’m not a 100% on my motive. :)

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Here is the before picture of what her bedroom looks like when you enter her room.  Please note: it was decorated nicely before we put our house on the market and then I had to make it “move in ready” – aka boring, aka no personality.    After being on the market for about 8 months we took our house off the market  - THE BEST DECISION EVER!

So I’ve been working hard at getting personality back into the house.

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View of her room from where the dresser currently stands. Ugh!

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Another view.

Notice the pictures taped with blue tape on the piece of furniture and walls?  This was Em’s attempt to decorate her room with her drawings because, and I quote, “my room is boring, it needs decoration!” :)  She wants it decorated….Oh honey – I can do that!

Stay tuned for all of the components that will make her room Princess like. :)

Pillows, re-finishing furniture, re-using a comforter, refine/redesign purchased materials, build a beautiful box to go over a window and I’m sure many other things will come out of what I have in mind.

What room would you LOVE to redo and how would you make it yours?

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  • Tammy

    Right now I would love to redo our living room. Our home was built in the 80s so it has a lot of ‘decorative’ woodwork (which I could do without), it could stand some new carpet and furniture too. Unfortunately we have some more pressing projects to do so redecorating for aesthetics is taking a backseat right now. One day, one day.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I’d really like to do over the kitchen and expand its size. It’s so small and with little storage room!

  • http://www.doubledutymommy.com Jennifer

    I really want to do a living room makeover but I have absolutely no idea where to start. I wish I had the funds to hire someone to do it for us.

  • Lynda Self

    I think the room is beautiful. My whole house needs to be redecorated!

  • http://kidthings.net/ C @ Kid Things

    It’s a beautiful room before, I can’t wait to see the after pictures! I have to wait until we move, hopefully soon!, to really do my daughter’s room, since she’s currently sharing a room with her brothers.

  • Jennifer H

    Oh what a sweet idea! And a lovely room.

  • Anne

    I’d love to redo my living room, it is so boring right now! It needs some color and style

  • mumseword

    The current look is already so pretty! Can’t wait to see how the final look is like!

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com/ HilLesha

    What a beautiful room! I adore the butterflies and curtains.

  • Rachel

    I love it how it is. So I can’t wait to see what you end up with.

  • Katie

    I think it’s cute already – can’t wait to see what you have in store!

  • Angela

    I love doing room makeovers. Can’t wait to see when yours is done.

  • Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    I’d love to update our living room a little and bring all the colors together!

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

    I have so many rooms I want to makeover this year including the kid’s rooms. I can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Chelle W

    This is another reason why I can not wait for us to own our own home. I miss being able to decorate when and how I want, painting included.

  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

    I want to makeover our bedroom. I’d want it to be more welcoming and warm.