Friday, December 4, 2015

Brooklyn's New Room

Brooklyn has shared a room with one of her brothers for as long as she can remember. The only time she had her own room was the first couple of years after she was born, and she doesn't remember it. She and Connor shared a room after Connor was born and his whole first year as a baby. (He had awful colicky-type crying fits for hours at night, so I honestly don't even know how she slept. Bless her.) Then, we moved Brooklyn into Jacob's room at our old house to give her some relief, but that was hard too. (A preteen boy on a whole different schedule with Legos and guy stuff all over the floor doesn't go well with a girly girl who wears tutus + crowns and plays with dolls + Barbies all the time.)

Needless to say, we were all beyond excited when we found out we were moving and everyone could have their own space. Especially Brooklyn - she was finally able to have that girly princess room she always wanted, and we were so excited to make it happen!

This is what we started with:

We saved the white daybed/trundle bed + bookcase we had bought for Brooklyn years ago (they were safely stored in our attic), but she didn't have any other furniture to go with it. After shopping around on Craigslist, I found a solid, dark wood nightstand and desk for $40 each, gave them 3 coats of white chalk paint with a couple coats of wax finish, and they were given a whole new life. (I did it all in July - in-between showings, inspections + packing along with 90+ degree heat, but I'm so glad I did! I didn't distress the edges with sandpaper or anything, but I can always go back and do that later.)

(Also, my friend Rachel gave me the recipe to make my own chalk paint - 1 cup latex paint + 2 Tbsp. unsanded grout + 1 Tbsp. water, and it's so much cheaper doing it that way! Just make sure it's unsanded grout and not sanded, so you don't have to worry about sanding furniture beforehand.)

I found her chandelier for $50 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, gave it 3 coats of gold spray paint, and it's a beauty now too!

Here's the details of her new room all put together:

We designed her room all around this huge arch window + vaulted ceiling. (The window + door trim moldings in this house are absolutely stunning.) It was just perfect for a big chandelier.

The new desk (with hardware + drawer pulls spray-painted gold):

I found these free printables online and the frames were spray-painted white from the dollar store.

Perfect space for our creative, artsy girl!

It's hard to tell, but there is a large piece of clear acrylic on top of the desk - it was cut to the exact size of the desk top at Lowe's, so any crayons or markers don't ruin her white desk. And it's so easy to wipe clean! Scot's mom came up with that brilliant idea - thank you, Grammy!

This antique wooden doll high chair was given to us from Scot's mom and the handmade doll cradle was bought off Craigslist for $20 + spray-painted pink.

We had to purchase a small space heater for Brooklyn because this room is freezing cold in the winter with all the big windows, but this heater has just been great! (Plus, it's super safe around little ones with built-in safety features. Details below.)

Love her new-and-improved nightstand now - with coordinating drawer pulls spray-painted gold!

Brooklyn and I came across this cute bedding at Target one day this summer, and Brooklyn loved it! Once we saw that gold pillow, we knew it was meant to be.

We plan to string a name banner over the window + buy her a throw rug at some point...but for now, that's Brooklyn's beautiful new room! A perfect space for our beautiful girl to play + enjoy + learn + grow into + live out her childhood years.
Daybed/trundle bed | Local mattress store
Desk | Craigslist find
Clear desk chair | Hobby Lobby
Nightstand | Craigslist find
Chandelier | Habitat for Humanity Restore
Drawer pulls (spray-painted gold) | Home Depot
White 8x10 frames (spray-painted white) | Dollar Tree
Free printables | The Girl Creative blog
Wooden doll high chair (spray-painted pink) | Antique gift from grandparents
Handmade wooden doll cradle (spray-painted pink) | Craigslist find
Butterfly canvas painting on nightstand | Painting by Brooklyn
White task lamp | Target
Monogram letters (spray-painted gold) + white oval frame | Hobby Lobby
"You make the world a better place" artwork | Hobby Lobby
White lamp with gold polka dots | Hobby Lobby
Bedding + toss pillows | Target
Step stool | Target
Hamper | Target
Wall color | Lowe's Valspar eggshell paint color-matched to Sherwin Williams Verbena

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