Eli was only 6 months old when we found out we were expecting Rory. Talk about a
We moved Eli to his new room a few months before Rory's arrival. I got lucky and found bedding I loved that was pink and green, which meant I didn't have to paint the nursery walls to convert the gender for our little lady!
Those of you that know me might find it strange that I didn't want to paint... Truth be told, I had just painted the kitchen, entryway, Eli's new room and was starting on the living room (which I finished the week I went into labor) so I had hit my limit for pregnant painting (plus, I'll save pregnancy brain's impact on my color selection process for a humorous post later).
Back to our big-girl bedroom story... Here are the pics I have of nursery after the conversion for Rory's arrival...
Shortly after Rory's 2nd Birthday, we were looking at switching her to a big girl bed. Our kids are both so tall that we bypassed the toddler bed business and went straight to twin beds for each of them. I had 2 items that inspired the direction that I took with Rory's room. The first is this vintage painting that I found on a garage sale. I just loved all the colors in it.
The other is this vintage chenille quilt coverlet. It's insanely pretty. Pictures don't do it justice.
I had found a vintage chenille quilt, very similar to this one, on ebay. Sadly, I was out-bid at the last minute. Grrr! Being the crazy that I am, I contacted the seller and convinced her that I NEEDED another one, so she had another produced in about 10 days and sold it to me. Yep, I get a little crazy, once I get my mind set on something.
Rory's favorite color is pink. Pink anything and everything.
However, I was not about to paint her walls pink. NO WAY!
Her second favorite color is yellow...and not only can this momma handle yellow, but I had a vision of using yellow to tie the different elements I had found all together. AND, just in case her love affair with pink is short lived, I'm not over committed to a room that, "looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol."
Though I knew I wanted to try a stripe, I wasn't sold on how many stripes I'd be able to stomach. I didn't want to over-power the room. However, once I had one wall striped, I knew it added an awesome level of detail, and kept the overall tone of the room young and fun....a few hundred hours later and all four walls were done (striping = tedious, but SO worth it)
The mini-dollhouse bookcase was a moving-sale score. Just a quick paint update to refresh the color before it took it's place in it's 2nd home.
Leave it to craiglist to inspire a big-girl bed makeover too. My hubby was a little terrified when the dated, brass headboard showed up in the driveway. A couple cans of Rust-Oleum, Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint, and a can of spray-on polyurethane made quick work of my headboard transformation. I love the detail of a metal headboard. It serves as a strong anchor to a very soft, feminine little girl's room...and the color contrasts nicely with the light colors of the room's palette.