Reader Redesigns

Reader Redesign: Starry Night

Hope you guys are having an awesome week-between-Christmas-and-New-Years. We’re soaking up some family time, along with sanding, priming, and painting our kitchen cabinets (it looks like a small paint bomb went off with some random gingerbread cookies among the fray), so we’re hoping to share our progress on Monday. But today we wanted to drop by with a makeover by Katy for her son Gabriel. This transformation was not only completed on a serious budget (she estimates that it was under $200, including big things like a bed and a dresser), it was also done in a rental (and we know you guys love to see those). Bravo to the landlord for letting her give this room some much needed love! Here’s her letter:

Hi Sherry and John! I wanted to share my son’s room makeover with you. We moved into our house in 2011, a few weeks after I found it at a yard sale. Yes, crazy. We’re just renting it now, but would love to buy it someday.

The house needed a lot of TLC when we moved in. But I love a good project! Our son was not quite two when we moved, so his room was my first project in the hopes of making the move easier for him.

I knew I wanted to paint it a deep, peacock-ish blue, and your old guest room gave me the inspiration I needed to go for it! I got a gallon of Plumage (and tinted primer, thank you) and got to work transforming his room. My goal was to spend as little as possible. And I love the end result!

My Mom is amazing and found a Jenny Lind style bed for Gabriel. It was what I dreamed of for his room. Can you believe it was $80? Solid wood. Absolutely amazing. And then she got some Annie’s Chalk paint to refinish it. We used French Linen and finished it with the clear wax. I absolutely love his bed.

I got this dresser on Craigslist for $20 and refinished it. The wall hanging is a tapestry I found at a thrift store. The trees are actually Christmas decorations! my Mom gave us the charming paint by number pictures a couple years ago. The mobile is something I found, spray painted gold, and hung old pictures of my Dad, grandmother, and aunt.

As a child, my Grandpa gave me Shel Silverstein books. So I was thrilled to find ‘Falling Up’ at the thrift store and used the pages as art in Gabe’s room. We really enjoy looking at the pages, reading the poems and playing I-spy with the illustrations. The bench is from our wedding and the basket holds some books and toys.

So there is Gabriel’s big boy room! I’m excited to share it with you and I hope you like it.  -Katy

Well, it should be no surprise that we really like it. Gabriel’s a lucky guy. Thanks so much for sharing it, Katy! This may sound weird, but I think my favorite things are the Shel Silverstein pages casually taped up on the wall. What a smart and easy way to create some impact without spending a lot. Meanwhile Sherry’s obsessed with that awesome gray bed and the thrift store tapestry on the wall. Katy has more pics and the scoop on some other personal touches on her blog, but feel free to shout out your favorite part before bouncing over there. (How will you choose? Even the bedding is awesome.)



Reader Redesign: What’s Black, White & Purple All Over?

Last fall we featured a redesign that Nancy did for her son Owen. Well, she’s back with another awesome room makeover… but this time it was for another family with a great story. Here’s her letter:

Hi John and Sherry! A while back, I entered the contest Creating with the Stars hosted by East Coast Creative, and I was teamed up with Kari from U-Create. I had the wonderful opportunity to makeover a space for a couple who have been trying for over ten years to get pregnant. Accepting this may never become a reality, they are in a foster to adopt program and are adopting three siblings. KK is the youngest out of the three and the family will be able to adopt their children in February! I made over one of the couple’s guest bedrooms into a space for KK as part of my entry for the contest. I did not let my elimination in Round 3 stop me from finishing Round 4, and I’m so glad I continued on!

I’m a huge fan of white and black in home decor, but I decided to have some fun and add lots of color and prints! This was such a fun makeover, I didn’t want to leave when it was done.

Originally, I wanted to use fabric on the wall.  Namely, Ikea’s black, white, and green bird print that is no longer sold in stores, but I wasn’t aware of that until I went to the store. So I decided to use a projector and six Sharpies instead. I traced some of the pattern on the wall. Instead of copying it exactly the way it was on the yardage, I moved pieces around and traced what I liked where I wanted them to go. It was fairly easy, although it did take a toll on my wrist and shoulder. But the result was completely worth it!

There aren’t too many personal touches in the space yet (I’m one who likes to sew and create things with my hands) but leaving room for that allows KK to add her own personality to the space when she comes home.

 Hope you guys enjoy it too!  – xo, Nancy

There are tons of pictures of this playful space for KK over on U-Create’s blog, but be sure to also swing by Nancy’s for a full source list and some more details on the $5 “wallpaper” treatment she created. Thanks for sharing such a sweet room (for a very sweet cause) Nancy! And in the “what’s your favorite part?” column, Sherry’s loving the homemade wallpaper and the purple bed while I’m all over those planked walls and the painted ceiling.