First off, thank you so much for your sweet encouragement after Tuesday’s post. I definitely felt the love and am happy to be back to a more regular schedule.
So, today’s the day. I’m finally revealing Gracie’s room makeover, and I hope it’s worth the wait. If you’re new to The Joyful Home, let me give you a little back story.
My oldest daughter, Gracie, turned 10 last November, and in celebration of that, we decided to update her bedroom. She no longer loved her lavender “big girl” room and instead wanted something more polished and grown up looking. Gracie and I started the makeover process almost a year ago, and I have absolutely loved collaborating with my sweet girl. We hit several bumps along the way, but we’re both pleased as punch with the result.
To appreciate the enormity of the change, you need take a peek at the before pictures on my first post. Gracie worked with me on a design board, and here is what we came up with. We definitely made some changes, which is part of the reason it took so long to complete. Well, that and budget and just real life and the million things it entails.
I love a good makeover show, like Fixer Upper, but things simply don’t work that way for most of us. Gracie learned a lot about patience and delayed gratification during this process. I actually think we both did.
The first task was tackling those lavender walls with a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. It’s a beautiful neutral that lightened up the space and made it feel ten times bigger.
Once we had a clean slate, we got rid of Gracie’s ceiling fan and replaced it with this gorgeous pendant light. Now, she’s the only one in our family who could ever do this. The rest of us are too hot natured and cannot sleep without ceiling fans. I definitely prefer the aesthetic of a light, but I need circulating air. This is Texas. It’s always hot. Mama needs her sleep.
Next up, we picked new bedding. Our planned bedding was a huge fail. Gracie really loved the look of classic white bedding–until we got it on the bed, which is a very creamy white. The white bedding made the bed look too yellow. Because a new bed was not in the budget, we switched to this simple grey duvet and shams instead. Crisp white sheets dotted with tiny navy spots lightened it up and paired nicely with the coral and mint accents.
The stools were a quick makeover of an old pair I bought ages ago. They’re Nate Berkus for QVC and their gold velvet upholstery was not working for me anymore. A fresh coat of gold spray paint on the bases and some ikat dot fabric worked wonders. Now Gracie has a place
to stack up piles of clothes for her friends to sit.
Next up, the desk area. By pushing Gracie’s bed off center, we were able to squeeze in a little desk and a cushy rug. And oh, the drama of the rug. Keep reading for the full story.
The desk doubles as a nightstand and is the perfect spot for our DIY brushstroke lamp. I wrapped a foam insulation board with leftover fabric to create a bulletin board, and a trip to Target and Home Goods provided a few simple accessories. Gracie has always loved ghost chairs, so that was an easy choice.
I tried three different rugs in this space before I settled on this one. Too big. Too scratchy. Too purple-y gray. I had actually decided to forgo a rug because I was so frustrated. Then on a random trip to Target for something really important like laundry detergent or Dove dark chocolate almonds, I found this rug. Yes, it’s plain, but it’s oh-so-soft, and it was dirt cheap. Problem solved.
There is a built-in shelf in the corner of this room, and I filled it with mostly with things taken from other areas of our home. In case you’re wondering where all of Gracie’s “stuff” is–you know, the Harry Potter figurines, Moofias (don’t ask, I don’t understand them at all), 100 hand sanitizers, craft supplies, etc.–she has a great closet with lots of shelving where everything has a place. She inherited the “anti-clutter” gene from both of her parents, so she really wanted to keep her room calm and clutter-free.And now for my favorite part–the dresser. My mama found this vintage Henry Link dresser for me, and I spent a looooong weekend (seriously, I almost gave up) repainting it with the perfect shade of mint, Behr’s Canton Jade. All the effort was worth it because Gracie almost died when she saw it.I was lucky to find this artwork in all the right colors by a local artist. I spotted it at an open house/market a friend was hosting on our block, and I couldn’t wait to give it a home in this room.
And that’s that. Gracie loves it. I love it. It feels good to be done, and now that I’ve blogged about it, it really feels complete.
Here’s a source list. Please know that some of these links are affiliate links. Many of the accessories not listed here came from Home Goods/Marshall’s/TJ Maxx. If you have any questions about any of it, just leave me a comment!
Bedding: Restoration Hardware Teen
Sheets: Target (blue dot)
Pillow Inserts: Amazon
Striped Throw: Target
Pendant Light: Joss & Main
Desk: World Market
Mint Desk Caddy: Joss & Main
Desk Chair: Amazon
Dresser Lamp: Target
Artwork: Amee Calloway