First, let me just say...WOW. Is it possible that a one year old + 3 days can be more exhausting than an under one year old? I swear this kid has found a new level of energy since her birthday, but maybe that has something to do with the amount of cake, ice cream and banana pudding she had the last few days. I certainly needed a breather yesterday so I didn't blog, but I managed to get a few more things done with The Babe's room and since I'm blogging the progress in real-time...here's my update! :)
If you're a Facebook fan or Twitter follower, you already know that I headed out to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore last week. While I was there, I picked up a fun light fixture I plan on hanging in the dormer area of her room. It's kind of bird-cagey which I thought would be fun, and it's not heavy looking which shouldn't overwhelm the small space. The price had been $25, but it was marked down to $15. Ummm, yes, I'll take it!
Once I picked it up, I started debating about what color to paint it. You know me and my crazy light fixture color choices! I tossed around leaving it silver, painting it white, or pulling out one of the curtain fabric colors as inspiration. In the end, I decided on a nice vibrant red, Rustoleum's Sunrise Red.
I'm going to be mean and withhold pictures of it in mid-makeover, but I'll be back soon with photos! I am really, really, really loving it, and I'm so glad I decided to go bold with the color. It's also has a nice glossy finish which is spectacular. BUT, more pictures and a tutorial on this one a little later. Oh and a quick warning. Don't use spray paint near your baby monitor, or this may happen! Oopsy! Mr. Man was not very happy when he realized it was a lovely pink shade.
I have also been thinking about using a stencil to create a pattern in the dormer area of the room. I love the look of stencils and they're everywhere in blogland these days. BUT, you know me...I'm cheap so I decided to create my own last night. It took about two hours and it was pretty simple. As of this morning, I started painting with it and abruptly stopped. I think the design is too small and it just doesn't feel right. I solicited your thoughts on Facebook, but the direction I'm leaning in right now is to stop with the stencil completely. Once I get the new red light fixture and curtains hung, then I'll reconsider. The light fixture alone may be enough to carry the space without making it too busy with a stencil. But, we'll see. So let this be a lesson to you on "real time" blogging. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. Now, I get to add repainting this section of the dormer to my to-do list. :(
I'm also still debating on the color for the antique sideboard. We had friends over for The Babe's birthday and the majority voted for a yellow color. Yesterday, we went to Home Depot to pick up some paint swatches, but I'm still not convinced I have found the right color. Here are a few potential options, though... Any opinions?
Ohhh, and here's a list of other things I still have to do in the room. I thought this may help you visualize the overall plan for the space (along with a picture to refresh your memory!).
--Lights: Hang new red light fixture in dormer area and get new light to replace gold ceiling light (maybe track lights to use as spots on sideboard, diy artwork, etc)
--Paint: Remove stencil mistake (ugh) and consider painting some sort of detail in dormer area once room is closer to complete
--Sideboard: Refinish and paint in funky color
--DIY Artwork: Paint sign to hang above closet (need to figure out what exactly), paint mat on existing frame and custom alphabet artwork, create custom canvas to hang above crib
--Curtains: Finish sewing and hang them with custom rod solution (otherwise known as plumbing pipe)
The Babe and I are heading out of town for the rest of this week, so things on the blog will be quiet this week (except for a guest post I'm super psyched about, so stay tuned for that!). Hopefully, when I get back, you'll get to see the finished curtains! Please send happy sewing vibes that my mom and I get her machine working and finish these up! Once the curtains are done, things should start coming together pretty nicely.
So, that's it from me for now.... The Babe is napping so it's time to head out and inspect the new light fixture! Have a great day!