If you follow us on Facebook, you may know we have been busy working on Becca, my 9 year old's, room. It all started with a bed that was gorgeous beyond belief and so perfect for my girl. This little lady goes on trips all over to pick up furniture, fetches my paint, brushes, sander, tools, tape measure, she just does it all. I will reveal the bed here as soon as I get the bedding we ordered. So it started with a bed and just kinda evolved.
I had a french provincial dresser in stock that was originally purchased as a custom piece for a client and then they switched their piece. It is just fancy yet simple enough to work with her bed without making the space overwhelming.
It was missing the top handle, Surprise it was in one of the drawers!
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Becca chose a pale lilac color for her walls and wanted to have purples in the space. I had just finished a "eggplant" colored buffet that was gorgeous and we adapted the custom color from that piece. Slightly less purple, but equally beautiful. You can see the buffet here. It sold before I finished posting.
I mixed 1:1 Sailor, & Cranberry. By it's self it is a sort of chocolatey purple. Not sure if that makes sense, but that is what I see when I look at it. I love the hue it brought out, it is elegant and I believe this room will be easy for her to grow in.
Dresser is a chocolatey deep purple. The hardware was updated from old bronze to a pewter look. by brushing with 2 coats of Tahoe, and a wipe of Onyx Metallic Opulence. Then finished with Satin Protective Finish
Because this dresser is for my girl and I know her as well as I do, I decided to bring her favorite book into the mix in a way that is special, but does not overpower the space. I got our Mod Podge & took the pages from a copy of the first book and using the lessons from my friend Kandice at justthewoods.com 's ebook on decoupaging to add those pages to the wood sides. Kandice is a decoupage master! I practically begged her to create this ebook & am still working on perfecting the skill. You can get a copy here. (not an affiliate, just love her book. It helped me immensely)
Because the pages cannot be laid out in a way to be read, I focused on pages that started a chapter. These show a picture & the chapter title. I also included pages like Harry's acceptance to Hogwarts letter, & his list of items to pack for school. I wish I had captured her smile when she found those. So special!
Along with the color update we switched to folding our clothes (hers only so far) using the Konmari method. This year I am working on getting my spaces purged of the things that we do not need or love, and so far this folding method is amazing! I encourage you to read her book, or at least look up info and watch some youtube videos on this.
Here is our final dresser. Since Dad could not beat mom's furniture updates, he did add a TV to the space. It may be a waste since she reads for about an hour a day, but it definitely got a big WOW from her!
As soon as we get our bedding in & Becca and I work on her art work, we will share more of the final images.
Pinnable image here:
A punch of red can elevate the energy of a room and feed that same energetic passion to the the space. While many would go neutral when faced with indecision...I tend to go bold & red is so universally loved that it is always a winner!
Are you a follow your intuition or a follow the rules person?
I am such a follow the rules person, except when it comes to my art . This buffet had the usual scratches, dings, and bumps that made it's past owner ready to get rid of it rather than take on a makeover project. I was over the moon excited by all of the details.