But how did we get here? Let's look back. When we first moved into this house (May 2011) I just made everything look like it did in her room at our last house. Same wall color, furnishings, etc... The downside of that was that this is a much bigger room than her last one so it never looked right, it just looked like big space with stuff around the perimeter.
HERE. I don't remember exactly when I first saw it but I think it was in March or April 2012. It was exactly what I had pictured for Raeleigh's room and I was so happy to have a direction to work toward. From that point on I was ready to start slowly collecting things for her new room. It started in May when I saw these great fabric letters at Silver Dollar City.
The weekend was just about here and then I realized as all moms tend to do..... this is the last of something... her last night in her first bed. It was her crib that turned into a toddler bed where aside from the first 3 (colic filled) months of her life, we had put her to bed. So I busted out the camera to put my heart at ease.
Also, Roxie's not allowed in Raeleigh's room but I guess she sensed something was going on because when we turned around, we saw this...
So with that sad face of course we had to let her in!
The next morning I got up early and drove Raeleigh 2 hours to meet my mom in a city between me and her. I handed my little miss over (which is always so stinkin' hard to do) and I drove right back home. I stopped off at Lowes first and picked up my paint (I had decided on Valspar's Sea Breath).
The first day I pulled everything out of her room, every last little thing.
(Note the dirt marks on the wall that look like crib slats.) =)
The last thing I left up was her name on the wall. It was so hard to take down. We had another one at the last house that I had carefully taken the "R" off of and framed. Again to put my heart at ease I took the "R" off of this one too. Only this time i just stuck inside the back of the frame of the first, just so I had it (If that makes sense?). Also, I needed to FINALLY take down the awful stars the first owner had left up.
Something we had put off doing because when we took them down it looked like this.
Blue tacky stains all over the ceiling.
Next I started in on priming and painting the ceiling in the closet, then it was on to priming and painting the shelf in there too.
Having never painted a ceiling I was SOO happy with the results! Then we painted the white wall that would become the striped wall. Got a picture of my helper in action.
He's great at "bulk" painting, I do the edging. Which let me say this was the first I ever strictly "cut in" without taping. I prefer it so much more and you get a much better result. So the only thing I did tape was the stripes. And that was the last thing I did that night.
The next day was our last full day and it was the fun one! First thing we did was get the pretty blue on the walls.
And I was so happy! It was just the color I had imagined her room to be!
Then the really fun stuff! Getting to put all the new stuff in!
The headboard I bought off craigslist for $25 and painted yellow. The bed frame and mattress were from Sams and I'm so happy with them! This kind of bed frame doesn't need box springs so that leaves extra room for storage underneath! And the mattress is so comfortable! Actually I'd say it's more comfortable than ours that was 4 times the price of hers. :/
Ok and after all my blabbering, here's the final result!
And in the end, what mattered most? ..........it was Raeleigh approved!!
There are some minor things left to do, but there it is! Hope you enjoyed!
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