Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sara's Purple Palace ~ The Secret Project

I know you've been waiting with
bated breath for this day!!!

The day I tell you all about the secret project I mentioned here...
and somewhere else but I don't know where...

Sara's room makeover!!!
{be warned...this is a looooong post}

 I know she's only home part of the year...
but we wanted her to have her very own space where
she could hang out in to speak. :) needed to be vastly different from her "high school ~ dance trophy" room.

This is how it started out...

Nothing special...just lots of stuff...
Dance trophies and plaques and awards...and nutcrackers...and more stuff...
It was time for a change.

I knew I wanted the walls to have a little interest...but not too much.
So I went with a single wide stripe.
I chose the width and location specifically so it would "wrap"
around the window, door, and closet and not be below them...if you get my drift.

I measured down from the ceiling for the top, then added
the width I wanted and marked the bottom of the stripe.

I thought it would be much easier to do the stripe first
since it was the lighter of the two, rather than try to
put the lighter coat over the dark...ya know?

Then we used a laser level to put the tape up...
one of us would hold the level while the other placed the tape.
It worked great! But it is definitely a two-person job.

I would love to tell you that stripe was perfect, but I'd be a liar.
It was perfectly straight...but because our walls are deeply textured,
I still had to do some touch ups even with the tape.  C'est la vie.

I know what you're thinking...

It has absolutely no connection Pantone's so-called "color of the year,"
The girl just happens to loooooove plum.

The darker color is Sherwin Williams "Soulmate"
It truly's gorgeous!
and the lighter is the same, lightened 50%
{truth be told, though...I think Soulmate is on the same
color card with SW's color of the year, Expressive Plum}

Now on to bunches of pictures...

Here are the jewelry displays I made...
I ended up turning the frame landscape
because it worked better in the space this way.

This little antique dresser/lingerie chest I picked up for a reasonable price.
The color was perfect and the knobs were cute...
all I did was paint the insides of the drawers.
I do believe that this actually IS the Expressive Plum.

Found this awesome bench/ottoman on clearance at a local store.
It called to me and sang hallelujah.
Plummy and paisley? I'll take it!
I painted the legs with some chalk paint to make it coordinate.

Throw on some fluffy pillows and you might have a reading corner.

The nutcrackers stayed...but they got some better digs...
I would have been in a lot of trouble if they had gone bye-bye.

The chandelier is so fabulous in here.
It took a while to find the perfect one...
I didn't want it to be too big or too small.

This one came from Home Depot and I love it.
The afternoon sun sends little rainbow prisms all across the walls.

There was a little concern that it would be too much purple.
So, I left the bed and dresser natural and used some chocolate brown pillows.
The closet and trim I left cream to lighten it up and tie in with the lingerie chest.

Sara had picked up several paint sample cards a while back and they
were surprisingly close to some of the color codes in my plan book.
There were plums, browns, creams and some natural colors.
That's where my inspiration came from...the girl herself.

I threw in a couple pops of aqua for interest.

This Degas print and the one above the bed she already had.
I just updated the frame by painting it black.

The bedding I got at a super price from BB&B...really!
The aqua sheets came from Ikea.

I had been searching high and low for a lamp for the bedside...
the day before she was coming home for Christmas break
I went to Hobby Lobby and found this one.
It was meant to be!  The cream fabric rose?
Shut up...and the finish is almost exactly like how I did the jewelry holder.

Her first pointe shoes have always hung on the wall in a special place,
so I knew I had to make a statement with them.

The painting on the far wall is actually Sara's own artwork.
I was so excited to put it here on display in her room.

I just realized I did not take a picture of the
window and the new curtains.
Oh well.

we were doing this for her.

I made sure I was up when she and Jon got home that morning for break.
I walked up the stairs with her and when she turned on the light,
I thought she was going to fall over.
She was so stinking excited, she was jumping up and down.
Of course, that just made me cry.

I knew she would like it, I just didn't realize how much she really needed it.
She likes it so much she made her bed she was home for Christmas break!
That was convincing. :)

No more little girl stuff here...
now it's a palatial space fit for a princess...mine.

Have a fabulous weekend and come by
in a few days for some sweet treats!

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  1. Kelly, I call this, a love story. You did a fabulous job on the room. Oh by the way my mom loved purple in any shade. She would adore this room. I am so happy that your daughter loved her new room. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. Kelly- What a FABULOUS room. You did a phenomenal job on that room. I can see why she loves it. I am surprised she didn't move back in permanently. Love ALL your sweet touches. xo Diana

  3. Oh what fun-a purply room all for herself. It turned out great and I would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


  4. What a huge transformation!
    She's definitely gonna be livin in luxury now!

  5. You have a do I :) I recognized all of those trophies, Nutcrackers and pointe shoes right away! This room is just gorgeous and "girlie". My daughter is now a modern dancer in Chicago. Your pictures and post are very special.

    1. i was looking over old posts and saw this comment. My daughter is actually dancing in Chicago now, too! How funny!

  6. This turned out perfect! I would love for you to share this on my link up party going on now at

  7. I love the colours and the elegant look you achieved. Bravo!

  8. I love this room! Very grown up and luxurious! I would have loved a room like this in high school!

  9. What a gorgeous girl's room! One of my own girls would love it! Thank you for linking to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party!
    xo, Shannon

  10. WOW! this looks so stunning and dramatic! Great job! Good idea on doing the stripe first!

  11. This is sumptuous! Love painting the inside of the drawers for accent! Looks gorgeous.

  12. Just love the room makeover. Such gorgeous colors!

  13. Wow! what a beautiful transformation! love the pretty plum color, looks decadent and I am loving the Frenchy vibe :) The framed jewelry display is a clever idea to store all the accessories. I know my girls would love to have a room like did a fabulous job! Hugs, Poppy

  14. Beautiful! When we built our new house, I was so happy that my hubby agreed to let us have a purple bedroom. It's such a luxurious color for a bedroom. This is a great way to entice your daughter to be home! :-)

  15. What a beautiful makeover, I love the colors. So pretty. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. What a lovely makeover, and so nice that she was able to give you some hints without even knowing it.........
    It really turned out very well, and how gratifying to see her wonderful reaction, it makes it all worth the work, doesn't it,
    and I am sure it made her feel very special indeed. and to make her bed everyday, she had to love it!! lol
    Am sure she will love coming home to her room every chance she gets.
    Blessings, Nellie

  17. oy. yes, that was certainly a trophy filled room! but i love it now, with those purples and the paris pillow. truly a calming space now. i'm sure she'll love it.

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