I am going to apologize up front for the number of images in this post, but I can’t help myself, I am madly in love with how this makeover turned out. But can you blame me? It’s so perfect! I have to admit that I stopped and stared at this space about a hundred times yesterday after we got it all finished. It’s a radical difference from where it began.
Here’s the finished project before Dianna decorated it. So what you’re looking at is a wall paneled in planks, moldings, antique drawers, three crates, and random flotsam from the studio. I stained all the planks prior to installation and then cut them to fit around the big pieces that I installed first.
A big thank you to my husband who showed me how to use the power jigsaw and nail gun. The tools definitely made this job go more quickly.
There are two dollhouse windows and two doors that I made from the dollhouse kit I picked up at thrift store. My daughter printed out two images to put behind the windows so you have a view out the windows.
In the upper left corner is copy of the Edgar Allen Poe poem “Annabel Lee” which is my daughter’s favorite. The door panel on the right will be painted with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Primer Red so that my daughter can use it as a chalkboard.
One of the drawers showcase her rubber duck collection and the drawer on the bottom holds her Tim Burton characters from “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.” The antique typewriter is her inspiration to write.
The really old, big crate holds her really big books. I love how they look all lined up together. The lower drawer hold her collections of rocks, candy and sea glass (all in separate jars because that mix sounds dangerous). The silver bar and the orange bar (seen in the last image) are magnet bars. The poem on the right is another favorite, “A Dream Within a Dream.”I put a really deep shelf above the window and it holds her Harry Potter collection as well as her Shel Silverstein books and other favorites. The pink puff is a character from Harry Potter.
I hand stamped a favorite quote on one of the planks with a set from The Curiosity Shoppe that’s selling in Target right now for $10. I love the set because all the letters and numbers have different fonts, so it’s very whimsical. It was perfect for her favorite quote from Alice in Wonderland, “Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
So there it is, a brand new study spot. She broke it in yesterday with a little history homework. She says the old walls made her feel like a little kid, but now she feels like a college-bound scholar. Maybe this makeover will result in straight A’s this year. One can only hope.
Inventory used: oil-based stain, Stain & Seal