Those of you who have been following Tootsie Time for a while now, know that I am a single, divorced mother of three very busy, fantastic kids. I have one boy and two girls, the boy being the oldest.
The kids were away for two full weeks over the Easter break, and Mother here, decided to do a little…okay…a lot of spring cleaning. While that cleaning took place, inspiration struck, and a whole makeover of their bedrooms took form. Today I am going to share the beginning of one of those room transformations.
My oldest daughter is almost a teenager now. She is 12 and a half, going on 17. She has a mind of her own …she literally dances to her own beat…and sometimes I think she’s possessed! Stubborn and Challenging are the two most prominent words that come to mind when I think of my “Georgie” girl. (That’s one of her nick names…) She might drive me absolutely crazy most of the time, but I do love my George!
My Georgie does not like the froofy, ruffled look. She is a little bit of a Tom Boy, and is quite artsy. She loves to draw and write and ADORES bright colors as much as she does Black! She is quite the young lady.
When I ask Georgie what type of bedroom she would like, she simply would say “lime green with black. Walls can be either color. I also want horses and cool stuff in my room mom…no ruffles or old lady stuff like you use in the rest of the house please”
“OLD LADY”!!!! WHAT???? SHOULD THIS TOOSIE MOM BE OFFENDED?????
So…with those parameters in mind, I challenged this old Tootsie and did my best to make a very cool, teenager bedroom. It was no easy task to keep the “old lady” out of it…I love my olden junk. I think it turned out rather well considering that this is NOT my favorite style!
Let me show you what I did.
I don’t have much for BEFORE photos…none of them really turned out well…but I have some reference type photos that I can add as we go along.
About three weeks ago the decision was made to give Georgie a queen size bed in her room. She is getting older and wants to have her girlfriends overnight here and there, and needs a little more of a grown up room. Since I have so much trouble getting my Georgie to clean her room, I avoided doing much of a decorating spree in there until now. It is frustrating to have to try to decorate around all the crap she leaves laying around, so my first task was to literally go through every single thing in there, tossing out what was garbage (and there was a lot) and organizing what wasn’t! Once I finally got that task finished…my mind was made up…this room needs a makeover!
With a larger bed, she needed bedding. So…I had to go shopping! It was SO hard not to buy something pretty and soft…it really was. BUT…I persevered and found what I thought my girl would love. I then went looking for a few accessories. I found lots to work with!
Her existing dressers would stay. They would, however, not stay the same. There needed to be some painting done here. Hey…what’s a makeover without a little paint hangover right?
This is an old vanity that my grandmother gave to me when I was very little. From what I understand, she herself used it as a girl...it is OLD....and solid as a rock. It has been a lot of different colors over the years…and it is in need of a little sprucing up. I am not willing to let it go…but I am willing to change it a bit!
This is an old shot of Georgie's dresser BEFORE I did a little work on it. Since this photo was taken, it has sustained some nail polish, and a few bumps and bruises…(to put it kindly) It really needed some help at this point. I liked it in the cream color…and really wished she hadn’t done some damages to it. …But…she is Georgie…and that’s what she does!
I ran to the local hardware store…and grabbed a can of glossy black paint. I was so excited! I got the pieces all prepped and ready to paint…and started to roll it on. WELL…somehow I managed to grab a can of paint that was NO GOOD! It was horrible! I was MAD! I suspect that I bought a can of paint that had been frozen in the past and simply just put out for sale. It did not act like paint...it was very disappointing! I had to come up with another idea for this project, one that would not show that there was a coat of gross paint sort of on them….
The next day I had to go for a trip to the city to pick up some other home improvement items, and while I was in the hardware store there, mention of the hammered finish paint came to my attention. I was interested right away...I was also a bit nervous, but decided that might be a good way to go!
We went home, and I got busy right away. lol
I LOVE the way that hammered finish turned out!
This is the Black glossy finish of the hammered black paint. It is more or less dark gray, but WOW!!! What a great look for this project! That paint hangover was absolutely worth it! (yep…I get a hangover feeling the day after I use paint or stain…:) )
I changed out the knobs and drawer pulls and returned the mirror to it’s position…It looks fantastic!
Yep…I did…I blurred out the mirror so you guys can’t cheat and see what else I was doing in there until I am ready to post the finished room! hahahahaha! sneaky huh???
This is a top view of that dresser…That hammered paint hides any and all imperfections! It was just what I needed!
My little antique vanity looks all spiffed up in her new covering! New drawer pulls dressed it up perfectly!
I really need to get busy and change that chair seat to something a little better, but for today…it is going to be just fine!
Now…are you guys as excited to see the rest of the room as I am to share it with you??? I really had to stretch my imagination to do this space up right…and I think I had success…Georgie will be seeing it for the first time today…and I will be taking photos of her first reactions to add to the post I will be sharing in the next day or two!…Stay tuned…this is a room Tootsiefied that you do not want to miss…
…nothing like watching a Tootsie step right out of her element!
Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!
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