Sunday, November 22, 2015

Baby Bluebird's Bedroom Reveal

Hi everyone!

I thought I would break away from the norm and post about a recent room redo I did, rather than my Thanksgiving and fall decor.  No orange, yellow or browns here today, just cool grays, blues and turquoise.

As I have shared, our one and only child - Baby Bluebird to you all - moved to Virginia this past summer to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech.  This is a two year commitment and when she is done, she will be 26 years old.  Unlikely - sniff, sniff, tears - to return "home" to live.  In fact, when she left, her room was empty except for her furniture!   I couldn't bear passing by that vacant, forlorn room every day and so, what's a mom to do?  Well, if you are me, you head off to Marshalls and TJ Maxx for decor inspiration and whip that room into shape!

Here's a glimpse from the hall:  (Baby Bluebird is peeking at us from the left - this is a collage of all of her elementary and high school years.  I remember when it was just her kindergarten picture in the frame and all of the other spots were blank!)

But wait.....what did this room look like before, you say? It was a hodge podge of this and that, young and full of all the things that made her "her" during her growing up years. Her room had lots of looks and changes since we built our house and she was ten.  The last few college years it kind of suffered decor- wise, because every summer we had to cram her dorm or apartment belongings into this space.

Here her room is today:

Baby Bluebird is very picky and she has not seen this room in person yet.  I decorated it with her in mind, but it was still a risky undertaking, lol! I am  debating what to do about the hanging lamp cords.  I purchased some fabric cord covers, but I am not in love. I originally was going to go with Pottery Barn's wall lamps, but I found these cheaper alternatives.  Unfortunately, they have the cord issue.  I was going to wait until I found the right solution before I showed you all, but decided I would keep it real, as the saying goes!

The art piece above her bed is something her and I found at a builder's model home furniture and decor sale.  It is large, 3-D and very textural.  It originally had a cream and antiqued finish, as you can see in the "before" picture. The original finish was kind of dated at this point, but after a coat of glossy white spray paint, it has some new life breathed into it.  In the future, I think I will replace it, but I was already spending a lot of $ on this project and decided to make do.

This corner has a super cute chair that I bought at  I had a 30% off coupon, along with free shipping and picked it up for only $114.00 - plus I received $20.00 in Kohl's cash.  Love a deal!

My sweet buddy, Palmer, loves hanging out in this room and was my helper throughout the painting and decor process.  Baby Bluebird has only met him once, the day we "found" him, and we are all excited for them to spend time together during Thanksgiving!

Here's another view.  I made the "1991" art with some leftover wrapping paper, a $5.00 Wal-Mart frame, and chipboard numbers I painted turquoise.  Isn't the little fireplace on the dresser cute?  This bedroom gets so cold in the winter and when I found this little cutie, I knew it would be a perfect addition.  It can be used with just the "flame" effect or with the heat.

I have to give a shout out to my friend, Vel, who's version of the "1991" art was my inspiration.  She made one for her daughter's bathroom using the word "Love" that is amazing - be sure to check it out!

Besides being cold, this room gets terribly hot in the summer.  The white fan is original to our house and has served us well.  I looked for a replacement, but could not find one I liked better for this room.  But I knew it needed a bit of an update.  I just removed the fan blades and gave them a spray of silver paint.  I am so happy I did!  It really freshened it up.

The bedding was from Wal-Mart's Better Homes & Gardens Line.  It was less than $50.00 for the comforter and two shams. The navy duvet is Pottery Barn Teen Morgan, picked up on clearance for $17.99!

And now the headboard.  Aahhh, the beautiful, beautiful headboard.  You all know how pricey these things are.  We are talking way over $600, all the way up to thousands of dollars. Tempting, but no can do in this room!  I ended up finding the perfect headboard at an amazing price:  Better Homes & Gardens Grayson from....wait for! Yep, Wally World. And the price, you are wondering?  $120.00 and free shipping!  It is absolutely beautiful in person, well made and easy to put together.  It comes in a few other colors if any of you are looking for an upholstered headboard at a bargain price.

I am hoping Baby Bluebird will be happy with her room re-do.  I still have a few things I would like to add and even a few changes I would like to make.  I have a start on her end tables - I picked up a brass table on clearance from for $30.00.  But I would like to pair it with a round one eventually.  For now, I have slipped in a vintage oak plant stand to fill the need.  I am also contemplating a brass or gold bamboo bar cart for the other end table.

I am picking her up from the airport tomorrow - haven't seen her since the end of July, when Palmer was twenty pounds instead of the 60-plus he is today! To say she has been missed is an understatement.  I am so grateful she will be home for Thanksgiving and our traditional Black Friday shopping extravaganza.

Speaking of which, time to get my Thanksgiving act together.  Have a great week everyone!

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  1. Jane-What a wonderful post. I love what you did with her room. It looks fantastic and I know you will love it. I want to tell make one might want to spray your headboard with scotchguard or one of those waterproofing things. We did that after I had to steam clean a headboard. Peeps prop their head and back up against he headboard to read sometimes and hair gel, products can really cause havoc on the upholstery. Like I say- just a suggestion.

    Your daughter is beautiful and I am so glad she is going to be home for the Holidays. It is life changing when they go off, isn't it? xo Diana

  2. What a wonderful transformation!!! Very grown up and chic looking!! You are so clever and I like all the things you did from your imagination - like the 1991 sign and painting the fan blades!!! Original!

  3. The room looks lovely but then blue is my favourite colour, it always make a bedroom cool and refreshing.
    Nice to have your daughter home for the holidays.
    The 1991 sign is a nice touch, is it her birth year.

  4. Beautifully done!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  5. What a terrific transformation! The blues are really a great choice.
    Enjoy having your daughter with you. I know how wonderful that is!

  6. What a great makeover Jane! I love that the young vibe of Little Bluebird can still be felt on how you decorated the space!!!!! LOVE IT!

  7. Looks beautiful Jane. You did a great job. I think your daughter is going to love it when she comes home to visit.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

  8. I know you cannot wait to have your daughter home with you. You did a beautiful job on her room, Jane. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  9. The room looks wonderful! Great job! I am sure she will love it! Painting the ceiling fan!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  10. Jane, what a wonderful redo of your daughter's room! It'll be such a nice respite for her when she visits from now on. I really like all the details - from the textiles (including that fabulous headboard and chair!), to the little heater and wall decor. I found cord cozies at Lowe's a long time ago that aren't too heavy, but you'll get the look you want eventually. I'm glad you showed it now. I've been away from posting for a few weeks, so I was glad to catch up with you in seeing your post featured on Cindy's blog. And by this time, your Thanksgiving visit has come to an end - I hope it was wonderful. Have a great week.
    Rita C at Panoply

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