The cape cod home we bought had been on and off the market for well over a year before we stumbled on it. When I walked into the house, I immediately knew it was “the one”. My husband was completely underwhelmed (but luckily is game for just about anything). Our realtor thought we were nuts for wanting to put an offer on it. “Why” you ask? Well, there are many examples I could give, but we’ll just talk about our daughter’s room right now.
This was her bedroom BEFORE.
This may come as a shock, but compared to several rooms in the house, this one is only mildly offensive. *Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.* Smurf-er-ific, right?!
|Image from Pop Culture Addict article 10-9-2010 (click link), illustration by Peyo|
We wanted to kill the smurf.
It’s not very P.C. to say, but it’s the ugly (in this case, VERY ugly) truth. The smurf room had to die. We had other ideas in mind for this girl’s bedroom. We started by getting rid of the carpet, and installing hickory handscraped hardwoods. A bold yellow damask wallpaper was chosen for the walls. We took out the ceiling fan (even though I do agree that a nice ceiling fan can be very useful) and installed a petite shabby chic chandelier (similar to this)…
See the random ledge that sat under the window in the picture above?
That’s where a bunch of HVAC ductwork was housed, so the hubs and my Pop made some built-ins on top of it to help make some sense of it being there.
Here’s how it all turned out!
We used a striped fabric for the window treatments that brought in the yellow from the wallpaper as well as some pinks and greens. My mother-in-law was kind enough to sew them for us. Had a little cushion upholstered for the window seat and piped with extra yardage from the window treatments.
I used some inexpensive unfinished wood chairs and painted them with colors I had matched at Home Depot from a swatch of the curtain fabric. The set we ended up with is similar to this one (linked), that is already done for you. We used the little chairs to make a little tea party/crafting area.
girl’s room source list
Wallpaper: Seabrook, Vivace, Printers Guild Productions