The never-ending DIY project: my 10 year-old daughter’s room. The discussion began in December 2012. At that time we could not reach a compromise on many important details, so we abandoned the project until a later date. See the blog post here. Then her younger brother got a room redo in June 2013. Finally, in November 2013, we were ready to take another look at it. This time around, Ava and I were on the same page pantone-wise and total project-wise.
The inspiration occurred on a stroll through PBTeen where the Lola Paisley pattern in purple was on sale. I bought the sheets, a sham and a Paris embroidered pillow. Then it was time for paint selection. We took the sham to Home Depot and matched the colors for the wainscotting (dark purple, Behr, Crowning), the chair rail (teal, Glidden GLN6013, Peacock) and main walls (light purple; Behr, Winter Amethyst). Three walls would share the same pattern and on the fourth wall that’s visible directly across from the door, we opted to do a Parisian mural – Ode to the Eiffel. That wall would be creme.
Even with the excitement of a fresh coat of paint, painting over the hot pink, baby pink and light green watermelon scheme of my daughter’s youth brought on waves of nostalgia. Off came the wooden birds and followers that adorned the walls. The sweet baby pink eyelet curtains too. With my Dad and I on paint detail, we knocked it out pretty quickly all over the course of Christmas. I painted three sets of wall shelves from hot pink to dark purple and name letters from baby pink to teal. My daughter and son painted all of the other loose ends they could from the hook rack, to mirror trim to a tissue box.
Then it was time to design each wall and its details. The longest walls of the room on opposing sides would be easiest. For Wall 1, we hung two purple shelves, high and centered; a grouping of three Pottery Barn picture frames (reused from previous room decor); and an IKEA 5-hook set (not shown here). The creme frames with openings for 4×6’s for 9, 3 and 1 photo got photo refreshes in black and white. Photos from her recent tenth birthday and family photos from 2013 replaced the professional pictures of her from age four.
The matting for the frames got a paint-over from pink to teal and dark purple. I was shocked that this actually worked and paint didn’t saturate the cardboard-based matting too much. We found a wrought-iron Eiffel Tower candle stand at Bed, Bath and Beyond for her dresser and I used material from the bench project (more details in the Wall 3 blog post) to recover the once hot pink chair cushion. I arranged the decor for shelving and the dresser and desk tops. Ava continues to tweak it to her liking. I’m calling it done.
We move on to Wall 2. This wall has two windows so the first task is finding curtains to replace the pink eyelet ones. At BBB, we find four deep purple curtains with a subtle pattern of polka-dot for $15 each (80% off). Her twin bed with a tall headboard fit nicely between the windows. I hung the now purple shelf high on the wall above the bed and uncovered three white wicker baskets from my closet with lavender gingham liners to place on the shelf.
Below the shelf, we know we want to hang the three Christopher Straub fashion sketches I bought Ava for her birthday last year. We headed back to Papyrus where I purchased them originally and pick up three frames – two black and one teal. We positioned these below the long shelf and above the headboard. We consider this wall done for now and make a note to eventually find a night stand. For the time being, she’ll use her clip-on lamp for reading in bed.
Next up will be Wall 3, the bench, canopy and white board wall; followed by Wall 4: the Paris mural finale. We’ve been working on this wall on occasional Sundays since December! It will have an end point soon though, if I have any say in the matter. Stay tuned….
See photos and progress on our Parisian Room Pinterest page.