This has NOT been my week, let me tell ya. From a few days ago dealing with a Wal Mart trip gone bad (don’t they all?!), female “issues” and irritability topped off with burnt cupcakes, to Thursday, realizing that I’d taken a day off work and made plans for what was supposed to be fabulous day for NOTHING. You see, today was supposed to be my day to go to the new Container Store. I was invited to a blogger-only preview during the day, and a party in the evening. I was all set to leave before 11:00 am today, grabbed the invite, looked down as I grabbed my phone and keys and realized it said, “Thursday, October 20”. Panic set in and I rushed to my computer to find the original email. How did I get the 6th?? How could I mess this up?!!! As I went back through the email, sure enough everything is scheduled for the 20th. Towards the end of the email was the rsvp date, bolded: Thursday, October 6. Ugh. In my haste trying to fly through emails, get the day covered for work and getting it on my planner, I wrote down the wrong date. There’s no other way to say it. I need to get my s*@t together. (Cue clip of Bad Moms bar scene.)
Anyway, I decided not to let the day go to waste and chose to make lemonades out of lemons (though I’m more in the mood for pumpkin mocha on this cold day!). I finally got the photos of Faith’s room redo edited so that I can share this makeover with you! Laundry is also caught up and I made wild rice soup. We even made a trip to Hobby Lobby in attempt to lick my wounds over the Container Store mix-up. Faith wanted to make some Halloween things for her American Girl doll. A hot glue gun and a half hour later and she’d made this!
The need for her to have a better play area for her American Girl dolls and all their stuff was the main motivation for this bedroom makeover. I only wish we’d gotten it done when I still had the daycare kids here so she’d have someone to play with, but that just means more playdates and sleepovers!
The key part of this plan was building a loft bed. Faith’s room is small so we wanted to create more floor space. While she has two closets for storage, she wasn’t playing with her dolls much because it required hauling all the “stuff” (the horse, the kitchen, the bed, the clothes…) out every time and putting it away. We hoped that with a loft bed all those things could have a place to stay out all the time (while still looking nice), and give her more play area.
I was really hesitant about doing a loft bed, which I talked about in this post about the carpet pad and rug that I put under her bed. It has now been a couple months since we got it up and other than wishing it was easier to kiss Faith goodnight, I really like it and she does, too. (We’ve mastered kissing over the top rail.) Going with these plans from Ana White that included stairs rather than a ladder helped (I think) both with toy storage areas and making it more comfortable to get into the bed and make it.
After my husband built the bed (which he believes cost around $80 in supplies), I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and went over with Clear Wax. I would describe the color as being a “soft black”. In some light it’s more of a true black, and in other light, a dark charcoal color. For an entire loft bed and a girl’s room, I like that it’s not so harsh. My bestie is doing a dresser for her daughter in the same color and going over it with Annie Sloan Black Wax…I’ll try to share the results when she’s done!
Before waxing I sanded it to lightly distress it. Those grey sanding marks got wiped down before waxing and disappeared, only leaving the exposed wood that I sanded.
I recruited some help waxing…it was a big area and took a while! Even Remi joined us for some company. I made the time pass more quickly and multi-tasked by listening to Periscope and You Tube videos or watching Young & The Restless while I worked. 😉
The plans didn’t include mattress supports, so Brad built some in.
He supported the plywood with boards made of the same wood as the bed.
I didn’t bother to paint the underside of the bed. The only way you can see it is to be under there, and typically only kids are underneath and they’re not staring at the underside of the bed. 😉
I couldn’t wait for the wax to cure (we let it go a couple of days) before putting her bed and room back together! We still have a few final touches to add…looking for a new mirror, and the wall where her dresser is needs accessorized…but this is how it looks now!
The space under the stairs was perfect for a little “bedroom” for Isabelle, my daughter’s American Girl doll. We had made glitter foam decorations for the wall that had been in Faith’s closet…we moved them to this area above Isabelle’s bed that Brad also made. (Note: Today he’s working on a couch. 😍)
The dresser was an unfinished wood jewelry box from Michael’s. Faith found the idea online, we purchased one and she painted it with acrylic paint.
Isabelle still needs bedding, but we found this bookcase at a garage sale for $1!
The books were part of an American Girl school kit. We love those kits because they’re reasonably priced (compared to most AG accessories), and it requires Faith to be creative and make the items with the suggestions or directions from the kit.
We found these paper lantern string lights at Target (though here’s a tip: You can also find them at Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off coupon!). I love the ambiance they add and if Faith wants a nightlight, they add soft light under the bed!
To attach them I simply used 3M clips that are meant for attaching Christmas lights indoors or outdoors. I stuck them to the inside of the bed frame, using enough so that there wasn’t too much “sag” in between but still allowing the lights to be seen on the outside.
One of my favorite things was the reading chair that we were still able to fit not only in her room but under the bed. I think this would be a cozy place to curl up with a blanket and a book!
There was just enough room in the corner for the nightstand/bookshelf that I made from a wood filing cabinet.
The artwork above was a gift from her awesome babysitter, Anna, before she left us for college. We miss her! Ironically the color scheme is what I tried to convince Faith to do in her room…she went with hot pink and black and now wishes she’d listened to me! Grrrr. Kids! The aqua desk lamp was from Target and fortunately we were able to clip it to the shelf near the chair for reading light.
Faith made this DIY yarn flower decoration with a tutorial she found online (she can’t remember exactly where, unfortunately). How cute, though!
The bedding was purchased before we decided to do the bed, which determined the color scheme for the room. I was glad we never got a bed skirt because now we don’t need it!
We have some artwork yet to hang, but we managed to get these canvases up that we bought at a garage sale a couple years ago. They didn’t quite go with the bedding, but Faith still wanted to use them.
When we get the final accessories done I’ll share that but it feels good to finally get this part done! Off to shower for the day, do laundry, and get ready for a much better week ahead!