Girl’s room make over part 1: Fresh coat of paint & Board and Batten

My solution to the dreaded ” Mom! Mom!!!! We reeeeeeeeally want a pink room! PLEEEEESE!!”

 

Um yeah! Not  a fan of pink rooms! Not a fan of soft, frilly, princess like loveliness! I know! I may in fact never win the “mother of the year award” for not giving into “Pink” but I can still give them a great room that fits the rest of the homes feel! Colors that don’t scream kids room but are still youthful and fun!

So my solution is: PINK Board and Batten accent wall!

 

 BEFORE:

Now don’t hate me or send me nasty emails for painting over this darling mural! I know! I know! It’s a crime! But honestly…it served it’s purpose in the playroom but with us moving the big girls into this space I knew I had to kiss it goodby!

First’s things first…when you paint over any sort of mural you need to sand the paintings. They might feel flush to the wall but trust me! They will leave a raised impression so put in the time and sand.

This project is pretty affordable especially when you go for the more economical wood. These wood pieces were more “rustic” meaning they needed sanding and I took my time looking for pieces that were straight and not super knotty. This entire wall treatment cost me less then $20.

Board and Batten is pretty simple! Measure the lengths of each board, 45 degree angle cut the ends that will line up with your base boards, layout your boards being aware of outlets that might get in the way and nail then in place starting with the top horizontal wood pieces and then add the boards. Cover the nails with wood fill and paint!

It really is that simple!

Board and Batten Color: “Wazzup” by Kwal

Now we are both happy! The girls get a dose of pink and I’m happy to not have a “Blush and Bashful” room in the house! So much more to reveal as this room comes together!

 Here’s a little preview on the new bedding…

Bedding found at TJ MAXX and Home Goods! It’s youthful and not juvenile and that’s exactly the direction I wanted to go!

Stay tunes for more girls room makeover posts to come!

 

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Guest Post: DIY Faux Crown Molding by Hi Sugarplum

You are going to love today’s feature post! Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum has a beautiful home and she’s worked hard to make it shine! This fun tip is mind blowing! After you see this post be sure to jump on over and see the rest of her magic all on display!

 

Are you ready to be mildly wildly impressed?!? Are you like me and easily wooed by an easy and inexpensive DIY project? Then today’s mega-post is for you!

A major component in Babygirl’s Room is complete….the Faux Crown Molding!!

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Love it? What if I told you the total cost was $30?!? Now you’re impressed! Here’s the ‘How-To.’

I’ll save you oodles of time wandering the aisles of Home Depot, while on the phone describing every possible option to your aunt, and just tell you what to get!

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This 1-inch trim is literally like a condensed foam (you could dent it with your fingernail), weighs virtually nothing, comes in 8-foot strips, and costs $2.38 each!

First measure the perimeter of your room, then double it (for two rows of trim). Then divide that number by 8 (length of each trim piece). That’s how many pieces of trim you’ll need. I needed 95 feet, or 12 pieces, for a total cost of $29! I was feeling spendy and picked up an extra piece in case I goofed.

I’ll help you out again and tell you that even though these things are light as a feather, they do not want to be glued to the wall (even if you tape them in place and curse them up and down). But since they are so lightweight, and not a solid material, a simple finishing nail with a little teeth is all you need to adhere them to the wall.

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Most average rooms will require very few cuts since there are 4 straight walls and these pieces are so long. Babygirl’s Room has a bit of an alcove where the door is, so we had some smaller sections to contend with.

First I started with a full 8-foot piece and hung it by tapping in a nail every 18-24 inches. I did this on all the main walls and was left with a single space on each wall that required a smaller piece (plus the alcove).

To cut smaller pieces, simply measure the space and follow this pictorial demonstrated by my cute helper:

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Don’t worry if it’s not a completely clean break. Mr. Sugarplum rubbed a little spackle (so much easier than caulk) over the seams to bridge the gaps, then lightly sanded it down once dry. I didn’t bother covering the nails since they are white and teeny-tiny, you don’t even see them from the floor.

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Of course I found some discrepancies in the wall and the trim bowed in a few spots. No problem, just tap in a nail and it will lay flat.,

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A few trips up-and-down the ladder, and Voila!

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I could have left it with just the stripe and it’d have a similar effect. But the trim gives it a little heft and dimension.

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Here’s the process again (read about it here and here):

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I am thrilled with the outcome. I think it gives her room the added interest I was looking for, and my mishap became a blessing in disguise because I’m in love with the painted ceiling!

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True I could have installed a traditional crown molding…but it would have cost a lot more, and been extremely labor intensive (anything requiring a saw becomes too laborious for me!) My investment for this project was $30 in materials and a couple hours of time. And the trim pops out pretty easily and leaves only a pin hole if I change my mind later.

Here’s the door alcove I mentioned (and a glimpse into the Dining Room, where drapery samples are taped up!)

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I love the mirror hanging over her door…it reminds me of a transom, and reflects the beautiful ceiling! I’m forcing myself to partially ignore the fabric samples laying all over my house until this room is complete.

So what do you think of my Faux Crown Molding? Do you have any faux treatments in your home?

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