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My Girl’s Room: Mint+Pink


Thank goodness I can still get away with designing my daughter’s room.  She’s 5 going on about 20!!

I was giddy when I spotted this gorgeous minty green “oops paint” at HD for $7.00!


It’s zero VOC, Self-Priming, Flat Paint (flat paint hides flaws on your walls…aka toning-down-the-orange-peel-texture-on-every-single wall-in-our-house!)

Since she is maturing at an abnormal rate I snatched up the paint, convinced her she would love it and started painting before she threw any kind of tantrum.  I’m exaggerating…just a little.

So here is how her room turned out (and by the way, her room is also full of DIY, inexpensive projects just like my son’s room!)



a_bed2Flower reading lamps: IKEA / 3-D wall butterflies: Etsy / Flokati rug: Costco (I borrowed it from my bedroom)


Reversible bird rug: Joss & Main


a_butterflyThe 3-D butterflies came in a pack of 17 and in 3 different sizes. I purchased a pack that had 2 different shades of purple and white.  You can see I painted over the white ones in gold and hot pink.



These “drapes” are just strips of fabric I ordered from I cut to the size I wanted, “hemmed” with Heat ‘n Bond and I actually did sew the pom pom fringe on and managed to sew a decorative zig zag line (if you can call it a “line:)


I had (and still do have) a ton of fabric left over so I made this pillow cover also created the wall decoration by stapling the fabric to an old painter’s canvas (Michael’s- $3).  I then hot glued the “K” (also Michaels- $1.99) onto a white piece of white vinyl then hot glued some gold trim to cover my imperfect cut job.  The butterfly camouflages a nice blob of hot glue.



I got these vintage yellow lamp bases from eBay.  The oversized lamp shades are from Amazon. I made the star burst mirror from a wood circle I purchased from Hobby Lobby, stick-on mirror from IKEA and bamboo skewers. I then spray painted it gold. The blue metal tray was a Home Goods purchase.




I replaced all the knobs on my girl’s dresser with these gorgeous ones I purchased from this Etsy site.


Chair: IKEA / Desk: I believe a WalMart purchase my husband made before I even knew him / Butterfly lamp: Target


Overlays: (Gracie) 

I have used these in our master bedroom & on my kids’ toy chest


a_desk_collage2Rose drawer knob: Anthropologie / Flower pillow: flea market

a_desk_collageDesk tray & pencil holder: Poppin  / On a side note: if you’re looking for non-toxic, all natural and safe make up for your little girl, I found this awesome kit you can feel ok about giving your little lady too.


Chair: IKEA (this chair is no longer available, but the closest match today would be the Poang rocking chair / Floor lamp: Ballard Designs (I did not find this lamp anymore on their site)  / Book shelf: IKEA / Side table: IKEA (the pic on this link isn’t exactly the same as my girl’s, but pretty close & the same price I paid for this one years ago).  This is actually a stool that started out with a lime green top and silver legs.  I removed the top, spray painted it gloss black & spray painted the legs gold and added a black stripe detail at the bottom.




I stuck a piece of contact paper onto the wall behind the top 2 shelves for something fun.  Click here to see what else I did with it.


A treasured heirloom:  This silver cup is passed down to the first born girl on my mom’s side.  It has every woman’s initials and birth date engraved on it and dates back to 1865.  Mine is right above my daughter’s.  This was passed onto me from my mom and I have passed it on to my girl.  She will then pass it on to her daughter some day (I hope).


This is a $5 door mirror I purchased from Target.  I followed this tutorial to add the chunky frame around it then went a bit crazy with the paint job.



I found these wood embellishments at HD then spray painted them aqua and attached with Liquid Nails.


a_artcollage“You Are Loved” made by moi and custom abstract artwork created by my girl.  I can see my artsy genes are in there somewhere!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my girl’s room.  It was fun to do and seeing her reaction was worth all the sweat and hours!



My latest obsession: CONTACT PAPER

If there is ONE thing you should know about me it’s that I am….

(when it comes to decorating and DIY that is). 

Remember the “lovely” sewing job I did making my son’s drapes:

IMG_5416[1](“Ralph Lauren Inspired: DIY Nautical Drapes”)

OR….How I updated the pillows in our master bedroom:

pillow_collage(“Using What You Have”)

Whenever I start a project I want it done almost immediately.

I am not one of those admirable women (or men!) that accomplish all-things DIY by following a great number of steps (or  directions…just ask my husband and mom!)

Anyway, that is why you will see projects on my site that involve as few steps as possible and are pretty pain-free.

With that being said….I introduce you to my newest obsession…



The patterns and colors that are out there right now are pretty amazing.

contact_paper(Source: Beauty for Ashes)

My awesome friend mailed me a TON of contact paper (the first image is my stash) as an early birthday present.  As soon as the box arrived I ran around the house like I was my 3 year old after he eats ice-cream.

Here are some things that I have done with it SO FAR…

IMG_5735[1]Most recently I stuck some plain white contact paper onto the drawer fronts of my son’s IKEA dresser for a funky look.

Here is a before and after:

dresser.This project took me 45 minutes and it couldn’t be easier:

1. Remove the knobs from the drawers.


2. Measure the width and height of the drawer and add at least 1/2″ to each side.  Now cut your piece.

IMG_5383(thank goodness for these grid lines…I can’t cut a straight line to save my life!)

3. Peel back about 2-3″ of the liner and place on the drawer front so apx. 1/2″ overlaps.



4. Once you have it on pretty straight start smoothing out the air bubbles.  I found that my wallpapering tool works best for this!  I have also used my daughter’s 3-ring binder as well and that worked like a charm.

5. Once all air bubbles are pretty much gone (I couldn’t get 100% of mine squeezed out, but who cares) use a sharp blade to trim the excess off each side.  Just run the blade down the side of the drawer and it should cut like “butta.”


6.  Now it’s time to re attach the knobs.  I took the screw to one of the knobs, gently pushed it through the hole on the back of the drawer so I could tell where to make a little hole with my blade.


7. Now just re attach the knob and admire your work!


Here are some more fun+ quick ideas for using contact paper:


Covered switch plate covers in our first floor bathroom.



Since contact paper is basically a very large sticker, there’s no commitment phobia.  I stuck my last piece of my favorite Moroccan style paper onto the wall behind my daughter’s book case.



Last but not least, I stuck the zebra pattern onto the side of the kids’ toy storage for a little fun.  The overlay you see is from I simply spray painted them gold and attached with duct tape (did I mention that I am impatient…it was the closest thing I could get my hands on!) I then used my utility blade to cut out the zebra paper that was inside the overlay, leaving the shelf itself showing.  You couldn’t really see it otherwise.

Fun, huh?  It’s the best stuff for a quick change to just about anything you want to give a little makeover to.  It’s commitment-free and it doesn’t have a high-tack adhesive so it’s easy to remove when you’re tired of the look.

Have fun!!