18 November 2011

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 month or so ago 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. Looks great! And taking down wallpaper is such a pain... I always get stuck doing it...but it sure looks nice once its all completed!

  2. Looks amazing!! I hate stripping wallpaper, but the after shots are great!

  3. I just love you because I feel like you are describing me when I read posts like this :) The room is amazing. Why do babies have to be so dang time consuming... and cute?

  4. I am a procrastinator just as much as you described yourself and I don't even have kids! But you did an amazing job on Lute's room!! By the way, thanks for visiting my blog! You should totally hit up Target on Black Friday! In my experience it's one of the best stores on BF because it's crazy enough to be fun but the shoppers aren't too overwhelming ;)! Happy Friday!

  5. Oh my goodness, that makeover is amazing. It looks wonderful! I can imagine how much he loves his new room! :)