So, this has been a long time in the making….and it’s finally done! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!
My daughter Meena is almost 4 now, and hasn’t had a completed room up until now (cue the violins….). Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? This room used to be our master bedroom. We had her crib in here with us when she was a baby, squished in next to our bed. Personally, I LOVED having her share our room. If I could keep these kids tiny forever, I would. And sleeping right next to me? Yes, yes, and forever, yes! Well, our son, who is older, has always had his own room (though he slept in ours for the first almost 3 years) because before you have your first kid, you have tons of time for things like, you know, getting a room all ready for the kid. So, when she was like 2 ½, I started to feel pretty guilty (yay…mom guilt….) that she didn’t have her own room, and she was about that age where she started to notice she didn’t have her own room and he did. So…..the night before Mother’s Day last year, I let my husband know that for Mother’s Day (which was the next morning), I wanted Meena to have her own room, and us to have our own room. So, since it was for that most holy of holy holidays, he couldn’t say no. So, late at night, we moved our bed into our unheated addition (that’s a long story for another post), along with other furniture, and left her toddler bed in there….with some other furniture. And, even though I wanted to cry (cuz I was going to miss my little roomie), I made a big deal to Meena about her new “big girl” room. So, she was pretty happy she had a room for herself!
And this is what it looked like (ignore the mess):
So, I won’t say anything too negative about it because I’m very aware of the fact that she’s lucky to have her own room, and we’re lucky to have a home, and all the other blessings in life, so complaining about how something looks is kinda ridiculous….but I will say this…..the room needed a makeover. Compared to my son’s room, this was a cave. And not a cute little girl cave, but like, a cave-cave.
A year passed before the "makeover" began (whatever, I was busy). So, fast-forward to spring of this year.
The first thing: The room color had to go. The brown was depressing. I have wanted to change it for years, but the hubby liked it (no idea why), so we kept it. Now that it was Meena’s room, it had to go. She needed something bright and happy, especially because Michigan falls and winters are so gray and gloomy….and LONG. I asked her what she wanted, and she wanted PINK! She is so my kid! I took her to Home Depot to pick out the color, and we got the NO VOC paint because, duh, I don’t want my kid breathing in a bunch of off-gassing carcinogens (and I didn’t want to breathe them in when I’m painting).
Well, paint was bought. Now I just had to find the time. Ug. If you know me, you know I’m one busy lady (like every mother out there). So, here was the big plan. Paint one wall a week. This worked for 2 weeks. Then months passed. Then another wall got done. Then another couple months. Then, finally, the last wall. Now, this last wall was ANNOYING. I did it on a VERY humid and hot summer day. Like, it had been raining like a mother for days. Well, one afternoon, after dropping the kiddos off at my parents’ house, I had 2-3 hours to finish this. So, I got to work, opened some windows for ventilation, finished it just in time to run out to my car and pick up the kids by the time I said I would. Well….when I came back, I went to see how that wall was….and this is what I found:
What….the….frick n’ frack?! …………………….. Bubbles…..everywhere…..like, there were LITERALLY over a thousand all over that wall. Possibly two thousand…..
So, I got on the computer and asked the Google what causes paint to bubble…heat….humidity….UG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Solution (from the Google and Sherwin-Williams): Scrape the whole thing, sand, re-paint…..Are you kidding me?!?!?! &^%*$*%&@(&*%&^$$&^%&^%$@%%&!!!!!!!
Solution (from me): Take a safety pin and pop every single one of those bubbles by hand and then smush them into the wall with my fingers (because the paint was still tacky enough to stick back to the wall, in my opinion at least).
About an hour or two later, the wall looked like it had never bubbled. Yippee! I’m a genius!
Next: Paint that black mirror a fun color, decorate and style that room (and, by style that room, I mean, clean it up), sit back and enjoy the room!
Everything is down to her level, so there is nothing in the room that is out of her reach and she can be completely independent in there. I really tried to make it so that everything was perfect for her size (per the Montessori methods).
I also included sources on everything so you can see that it doesn't cost a lot to put a kid's room together. The paint was probably the most expensive thing.
See the final results below:
"Let's do a lap before we commit to a location." If you can guess what movie that line is from, you get a million awesome points in my book. Hint: One of the best movies of the 90s.
Well, that's the end of the tour! Hope you enjoyed it! Until next time...