Thursday, August 5, 2010

Makeover! Evie's not-quite Tween bedroom re-do

Way back in January I decided it was time to re-do Evie's room. Her bedroom was one of the first rooms we painted when we moved here almost 8 years ago, back when she was 18 months old. I thought Vintage Pink was the perfect color for my baby girl! And it really was such a pretty pink - too bad Evie was more into dinosaurs and animals than anything pink and girly. Fast-forward 7 years, and this is what her room looked like - holes in the walls from where we'd moved pictures & changed out curtain rods, a dinosaur border stenciled around the ceiling, and Winnie the Pooh pictures still hanging on the wall where her crib used to be. She also has a fondness for tape. Take a look:

Looking at these pictures now, I am so glad I have them, because now I'm a little sad! It looks NOTHING like this anymore - which in some ways is good, as I think her room now really reflects her personality more than the pink - but in some ways, I'm sad to see the dinosaurs and the pink gone, because that phase - my expectations of what my baby girl would be like melded with bits of her own personality - has been replaced with something else. Anyway - here's Evie's new room! I wonder how long it will stay neat and tidy like this:

The framed section painted black is magnetic paint. Don't think I'd do it again, but it's useful.
Silver trim around the frame :)
Her pink chair from last summer is now black, with a bit of silver!

I painted her room while she was at camp this weekend, with a good bit of help from Matt. It was 2-1/2 days of solid work, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out! I picked her up from camp Wednesday morning, and was excited to see her reaction when we got home - I think she likes it :)

Jason was really glad to have her home :)

So I'm off! I'm leaving today for BlogHer in NYC! This was a last-minute spur of the moment thing that we're squeezing in before we head to Orlando on Monday morning. I'm meeting Laura from Piece of Cake there and I am absolutely positive we will have a fantastic time - assuming of course, I don't collapse from the stress of driving myself into the city to get a train to NY, and THEN getting a cab to the hotel - ALL BY MYSELF. Time to put my Big Girl panties on, I guess. Wish me luck :)


  1. The room looks fantastic. Can you come help me with mine?

  2. Well you had some practice getting to NY with that Edward meeting so you should be fine! Have fun!
    Love her room and those curtains. Any advice on those 2 shelves above her desk? I need to do that for one of my sons.

  3. Her room looks fantastic!!! I LOVE the color and curtains!!! The magnetic board is too cute! We are getting ready to redo Anthony's room and I am kinda sad :( My baby is no more!! Have fun in NYC!

  4. What a wonderful surprise for her. And I am so jealous that you are going to BlogHer. Even though I haven't been posting at all this summer and am wondering whether I should give it up, I still wish I could go and meet some of the people I have gotten to know on line.

  5. The room looks fantastic - what a fun surprise! Have fun in NY

  6. WOW!!! It's a BIG girl room!!! I am sad for that day!!! Great job Momma!! Have fun in NYC!


  7. Wow! It looks great, Jen! I love that color. But it is a little sad, isn't it? I say it over and over, but I can't believe how fast they grow! Have fun at BlogHer, wow!

  8. Have a great weekend away with other bloggers!

    I love love love Evie's room...the colour is gorgeous. The 'before' pictures look much like Riley's room...he's also got a fondness for tape...oh and stickers...there are stickers everywhere lol.

  9. Between this post and the last one, I'm realizing that our Evie's have so much in common in addition to the name!

    I LOVE the room makeover! I did MY Eve's a couple years ago and she's probably ready for a new one. I am not.

    Why wouldn't you do the magnetic paint again? That seems like a great idea since my Eve, too, is a big fan of taping things to her walls.

  10. Also, good luck in NYC! Can't wait to hear all about it!

  11. Her room looks fabulous!! Love the pics of her when she came home and saw it and the one with her and Jason is ADORABLE!
    Good luck and have FUN in NY!!

  12. SO cute! I ♥ it! I ♥ that paint color.

    ♥ Amber

  13. Love the new room, she looked estatic! How fun!!! Have a great time in NY :)

  14. How gorgeous is that bedroom! Well done you! Have fun at BlogHer!

  15. I think times when you have to put your big girl panties on are so empowering! I'm SOOOOO glad you went to BlogHer10! I got to live vicariously through you. :)

    I LOVE Evie's room. I know what you mean about being a little sad, but it's beautiful. She seems so happy with it!

    You're just having tons of you're off to visit Mickey! HOpe you guys have a fun magical week!!!♥

  16. It is so CUTE!!! I love the color combination of the blue with the black. So grown up and cool. You did a wonderful job!!!


  17. What a transformation!

    Can't wait to hear what you learned at BlogHer!

  18. I just love that picture of Evie with her baby brother. It makes me melt; I can only imagine how you feel.
    Take care-
    - Michiganhome

  19. If you can make an amazing transformation like that, I am sure that you were already wearing your big girl panties! Good job!


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