Monday, August 8, 2011

Molly's Room, Before and After

Extreme Makeover, Tween Girl Edition has wrapped up over here. Okay, maybe it wasn't that extreme, but between priming, painting, gluing, moving and fluffing, re-doing Molly's room while she was out of town kept me pretty busy last Wednesday-Friday.

For those who haven't been with An Inch of Gray from the beginning, let me show you some before photos of Molly's room, which we last painted a mere 3 years ago.

We did a leopard print and pink theme that we were both excited about, but that we grew tired of before the paint even dried.

BTW, can you tell Molly is a dog lover?

The blinding pink paint was annoying from the start, and the chippy white paint on most of the furniture was more shabby than chic.

I primed and painted the ceiling, painted the walls a very bright blue (B. Moore Tropicana Cabana), and repainted the white furniture, spraying the handles blue. Although the paint is extremely bright, I hope we'll enjoy it longer than the pink.

Unfortunately, the big surprise was ruined when Molly glanced at her cousin's facebook page in New England and saw what I'd been up to.

Fortunately, she LOVES it! We went out together to pick up a few trendy lime green accessories at Target yesterday to make it truly her own. She is tickled (blue!) and grateful for my hard work.

I must admit, however, that I may have created an HGTV monster, because she did observe that the paint lines between the ceiling and the walls could have been a tad crisper. Sheesh!

Here are a few Afters. Let's hope this room carries her well into her teens:

New bookcases: Target.

Old curtains and bed skirt: Walmart. Bedding, lamp, storage ottoman: Target. Bedside table: dumpster dive.
Chair: Target.

Old dresser was my mother's.
Old mirrored dresser-- my sister and I called it "The Underwear Drawer" growing up. Can you imagine why?

Tune in tomorrow when I share with you 4 almost-free projects in this room!


Ellen aka Ellie said...

I will start with a, "Finally!"

I'm so glad she liked it, and there is MUCH about it to like! Well done, lack of crispness or not.

Kristina P. said...

Oh, wow! I am loving the blue.

Oona Johnson said...

I love the color! It's so fun and funky, but not too crazy. It's perfect for a "tween". I wish my mom had been as proactive as you. It looks great!

emily said...

That turned out great! Love the color!

Christina @ The Murrayed Life said...

Fun color combo! Should definitely carry her for a while :)

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

I love how thrilled she seems in the photos! It all looks great - so happy and perfect for a soon-to-be-teen!

Christy said...

I absolutely LOVE it! The color combinations and the accessories ROCK! Great job guys!

Rebecky said...

Love it! It gives me hope that we won't have a bubble-gum pink girl's room in our house forever.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

LOVE the new room! Hate that you weren't with me in SD. Let's get together soon!

I can't find my blog said...

Really cute! Kate is right, we all missed you in SD! Yet, I missed her too. :-(

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I am reading your book, and I had to come back here because I think in many ways I have been pretending for years that Jack is still alive, still living in blog pseudonym world. I remembered this post so well, to see it in the book tipped me over for you.