I have been sharing my little girls’ room with you over the last month or so. There hasn’t been a whole lot to do these last few days since we’ve been snowed and iced in, so I’ve been working in the girls room all week. Here is the third in this series of DIY adventures.
The back wall in my girls’ room was looking kind of sad, and I knew it needed something.
I love the armoire; in fact, I think it’s my favorite piece of furniture that we have. We found it on Craigslist when my oldest daughter was born. It’s very nice, very well made, solid wood, and at the price we paid, it was definitely a steal. They just don’t make furniture like that anymore, at least not where I shop for furniture! We refinished it at the time (against my husbands protests that “you don’t paint real wood!”), but it was ready for a facelift. I gave it a quick coat of paint and painted the hardware and the embellished detail at the top gold, just for a little pop.
Still, with such a big, white piece of furniture, I needed some contrast, something to give the space interest, so I thought, why not make my own “wallpaper”? I am in love with wallpaper. It’s no longer a dreaded thing of the past, although the patterns and colors and even the way we use it has drastically changed since our mothers and grandmothers plastered every wall with the country blue and peach versions back in the 70s. Fast forward to current day, and wallpaper is now mostly used to make a bold, graphic statement wall like this colorful wall.
Problem is, modern wallpaper will cost you a pretty penny, and is not terribly accessible. So, to make my own version, I bought 3 stamps from Hobby Lobby (which were 50% off at the time) and one stamping pad, which lasted long enough to stamp the entire wall.
The stamps were decent sized, so I thought I would get a bold, graphic floral, and what I ended up with was a little more kitschy cute. I wasn’t crazy about it when I first started (not sure if I should admit that on a blog where I want people to like my stuff, but oh well, I did), but it has really grown on me. I think it’s kind of perfect for a little girl’s room, and a bolder floral may have overpowered the room.
I used a Sharpie and gold paint to make a little piece of wall art, just to spruce it up a bit more, and I think my work is done!
Here’s the view from the rooftop garden on the doll house, just in case…you know…you were wondering what it looks like from there.
Now I need to figure out what to do with this closet door. More on that to come.