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Sunday, July 27, 2014

black, yellow and grey

When we found out we were expecting baby #2 a few months ago, we knew we had to move Cheeks into the 3rd bedroom sooner rather than later. When we moved in, the room had purple colored plywood walls (what?!) and blue carpet. Over the past year or so, I've written about this very slooooow room remodel and decorating here and here.  So, with new sheetrock and the same flooring we had throughout the house, we decided on grey walls (and yellow accents to brighten it up a bit).

Assess the situation...blegh!

A lot of improvements later (including wiring electricity to the room so we could put a light in the ceiling)..

and the finishing decor and furniture touches!
One of the first things we did after the basics were finished was hang a curtain rod, some venetian blinds and this valance (from this shop on Etsy)

I put this bookshelf/bench together #nearlybrokemytoe We picked up this cute little rocking chair at a garage sale last summer.

The dresser is a Craigslist find (huge score actually) and the laundry basket I settled on is from Walmart. We don't have an Ikea here, but I ordered these Ikea spice rack shelves off of Amazon and painted them white...perfect book shelves!

This toddler bed was blonde wood until I painted it a shiny black to match the room.

 I ordered a matching blanket and pillowcase from this shop on Etsy.
 I took a frame I already had and put in a FREE You Are My Sunshine printable I found here

I bought this circle mobile from this shop on Etsy and carefully painted the blonde wood black (can you tell I like things to match?!)

I gave my little brother the task of creating a canvas for the room and this is what he came up with. That's sheet music on there :)

Aaaand I'm not sure what's up with the color of the walls here...they're grey though #dontyouworryyourprettylilhead

Much better, right?

So, did you see that ottoman next to the bed? We figured we needed somewhere to sit when we read bedtime stories. I found an old ottoman at a garage sale last summer and it sat in the garage all year. Once the school year was over, I was able to tackle this bad boy! Unfortunately, I forgot to take before photos...but, just imagine an ugly ottoman and you'll do fine.

Step 1: Mr.Craftypants took the wood bottom off and sanded it a bit. I painted it black to match the room.

Step 2: decide on a fabric...we went with the black

Step 3: staple new fabric onto top of ottoman plywood

Screw the new top back on and voila! 

We still have 1 more piece of furniture to paint, but I'll save that for another Monday Made It post...probably next summer haha!

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  1. This room is so gorgeous and peaceful! I love the bookshelf and the bed. What a transformation that room was. How awesome is the feeling of building something yourself? I almost lost my fingers putting our entertainment stand together. I refused help bc I wanted the accomplished feeling. Sit back and enjoy that beautiful room!!!

    Just a Primary Girl

  2. I love the room! It is beautiful. You put a lot of work into it, and it shows :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  3. Wow! What a special room for your little one. Congratulations on the new addition to the family.
    Take care, Amy

  4. Wow! That room looks beautiful! What a drastic change from before. I bet he will love that room. I love the spice racks. Adorable.

    Creativity to the Core

  5. I love the colours! Everything looks fresh and crisp. I love the mobile and that is a great idea for a book display shelf!

  6. Wow! What a transformation! The room looks amazing!

  7. You could have a show on HGTV! Love the new room and everything you did! I especially like that it is so sophisticated.

  8. The whole room transformation is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! LOVE it all!!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  9. What a transformation! I love the colors on the walls and the combo with yellow and black. Thanks for sharing!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  10. Love it! I'm obsessed with that color combination right now. I turned out great!! Especially love the stool!

    3rd Grade Pad

  11. Wow! The room looks amazing. You did a great job!!

    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

  12. Wow!! This room is absolutely gorgeous!! We're officially in contract on our first home and have been talking paint colors. I was thinking of going with gray for our rooms and this just made my day-the color is so calming! Thanks for sharing!

    Selling the Sizzle

  13. It turned out so great! What a transformation. :)

    Stacy Hayden


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