19 April 2011

i am not completely useless

I am reposting this room redo I did a few months back because it is being featured on one of my most favorite blogs - Better After. I found it a few months back and to say I love it is an understatement. Thanks, Lindsey!

I have big dreams. They usually involve stunning the world with my creativity and natural giftedness with all things artistic. As I may have mentioned in the past, my REAL natural giftedness is the art of procrastination. Yep, got that one nailed. 

I love redecorating projects. I love photography. I love painting and drawing, knitting... creating. But as reality would have it, my spare moments are spent in a tired heap on the couch, rather than in fits of productivity. Case in point, I was looking at a page in Real Simple this month presenting the best dusters on the market, depending on which job you're trying to accomplish - dusting under furniture, on top of shelves or artwork, etc. All I could think is, When was the last time I dusted? And I couldn't remember. 

BUT, this weekend was different. I shipped the oldest off to my mom and dad's, and they did an awesome job of keeping him totally entertained (so much so that he had an extremely hard time readjusting to the presence of the little two come Monday morning), and my gracious husband completely took over all baby duties. Why? Well, it had something to do with my guilt over my four year old boy sleeping in a room completely covered floor to ceiling in floral print. 

So, I formed a game plan, bought the supplies and set to work. Stripping wallpaper is no joke. It took about eight tedious hours, but it got done. And now I feel like I can do anything!

I'm sure I was not the most efficient wallpaper stripper in all the land, but I got it done, and the room was downright scary at that point. I gathered my primer and paint and went to work. I spray painted his dresser and letters to go above his bed. I repurposed an old bookshelf, bought a few new frames and a fun new rug with roads and tracks (my not so secret hope is that it will keep him occupied in the first hours of morning light. Maybe he can invite his brothers in?). And in two days, this was the result:

He could not believe his new digs and I couldn't believe how much I could get done when someone else took over kid duties. I am on a roll, folks - watch out! Now, who's takin' them next week?


  1. OK, I'll take them all. Now, can I do it at your house? And, you come here and work a miracle in my bedroom?

  2. looks awesome, carina! love it!

  3. That is such a cute little boy's room! My parents took JD for a weekend after O was born, and it was awesome!

  4. I cannot wait to own a house just so I can do stuff like this! So cool!!

  5. I so need to take down the wallpaper in one of our bathrooms. I hope it doesn't take eight hours.

    Stopping from SITS!

  6. Its the same thing for me. When my husband is gone, I get so much accomplished!

  7. Looks so good! Congrats on getting it done all by yourself!

  8. Fantastic!

    I can't imagine stripping the wallpaper in a whole room. I did a border around my kitchen and with spray and a stream machine from the Home Depot it took FOREVER!

  9. Fun! I adore home transformations, great job!