At any given moment, on any given day, know that I am itching to paint or wallpaper something in our house. Nella’s dresser has had a painting target on it since I bought it (for $25 off Craigslist!) several years ago, but I gave it a good run as a white dresser first. I could wait no longer so finally, a few weeks ago, I succumbed to the itch and bought several cans of glossy green paint. And then it snowballed because I thought the gorgeous green dresser would look lovely against some floral wallpaper. If you give a mouse a cookie…
The results are delightful. (Here’s what it looked like before.)
I have had the little owl hanging on her door since she was in a crib, and it’s made the cut to stay for every room change-up.
The dresser was super easy to paint. I just lightly sanded it and removed the drawers and hardware (I spray painted the hardware metallic gold before I put them back on.). I used Rustoleum Gloss Spray Paint in Emerald Green.
The wallpaper was a really good deal from Wayfair, and while it isn’t removable (peel and stick wallpaper’s are usually a lot more $), it was so easy to install. I love the way it brings all the elements in the room together. The room actually feels bigger with the wallpaper.
I really wanted sconce lights above the bed with a clean no-cord look but didn’t want to create a more complex design project with cutting the wall and hiring an electrician. My sister told me about an installation hack she discovered from Nesting With Grace, and it’s AMAZING. You attach battery remote control-operated puck lights into the sconce shades (we used industrial strength Velcro to do that) and then attach the sconces to the wall with the wiring tucked into the wall plate (or you can cut the wiring off).
And then with a little click of the remote, you have light! The puck lights (6-pack) come with batteries already in them and the remote has several settings for dimming the lights. They’re perfect, and I love the look and functionality! I ordered these sconce lights from Amazon (they come in so many cute colors) in green but ended up spray painting them with the dresser paint (fast and easy) because I wanted a perfect match).
Of course we kept the Yes You Can banner in the room (I love it so much!) but just moved it above the other dresser to switch things up. I love the rattan mirror–only $20 at Marshalls. And I fell in love with the red toadstool (T.J. Maxx) and only wish I would have bought the second one that was a little taller because I went back to buy it later, and it was gone. I’ve found so many hidden gems from Homegoods, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for my kids’ rooms (red Swiss Cross tin is also from T.J. Maxx–we use it as a piggy bank–as well as the Kate Spade pink floral sheets on the bed).
This was the curtain in the room before we switched it out. Even though the panels were white, they still felt really heavy; and the curtain rod needed to be moved higher to open the space up.
The new sheer curtains (super affordable) lighten up the space up so much more. They’re still white, but they are sheer and have playful subtle polka dots.
We added a little art gallery wall.
Retro Florida Map, Face Puzzle – Moon Picnic, Welsh Terrier Art (Friday!), Coneflowers Print – Juniper Print Shop (digital download), Andy Warhol Soup Print – Amazon (shaped notecards–I just added mounting squares to the soup one and mounted it on white matting), Ever Upward Pennant, Every Day I Get to Spend With You Pennant
…and a few other little touches to complete the look. Nella loves it. She’s so easily pleased and oohs and aahhs over everything, so it’s a lot of fun to reveal the room to her.
This mirror decal is from Daisy Natives, but Booooo!–they don’t sell it anymore. I love it so much.
Peaches duvet covers are from Urban Outfitters.
I’m debating painting a single rainbow stripe across Nella’s closet doors, but that’s still in the air (Instagram poll voted in favor of the stripe). In the meantime, please enjoy the marker doodles on her bedroom door and a sorority sign that says “Sig Kap Loves Nella” because she loves it.
And, of course, spillover lodging for relatives of the Hedgehog Family. Dollhouse can’t house everyone.
The big question is…what gets painted next? (I’m looking at you, kitchen cabinets.)
Dresser: Rustoleum Gloss Spray Paint in Emerald Green
Floral Wallpaper – Wayfair
Sconce Lights – Amazon
Battery-operated Puck Lights with Remote – Amazon
Curtains – All Modern
Peaches Duvet Covers Urban Outfitters
Pink Star Pillows
Rug – World Market
‘Yes You Can’ Banner – Oxford Pennant
Lifeguard Station – Candylab Toys
Rattan Sunburst Mirror – Marshalls (it was only $20!)
Toadstool – TJ Maxx
Swiss Cross Tin (we use it for a piggy bank) – TJ Maxx