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. :)



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.



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



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?

Stephanie Weaver

Grinning Like An Idiot: Create your Happiness. I'm a stay-at-home mom who doesn't 'stay' very well. I like to provide everyone with resources and ideas for crafts, painting and DIY!