Can any of you relate to this scene? This is the crime scene from my youngest daughter’s room. I’m almost embarrassed to show her before picture because of the tornado that flew through the night before. Up until the time where her room dreams came true, her room often looked much like this. Yes, this was in the worst of stages after friends left from playing. We actually do teach our daughter to clean her room and it actually stays pretty clean most of the time, now that she loves her room.
I always hated the darker walls in her room, but I’m not sure what I disliked more: 1. the wall color or 2. the thought of repainting her entire room! So instead I decided that I would keep the darker color and just try to brighten up her space with this herringbone wall. The funny part?…is that I could have painted the whole room in less time than it took me to tape off and paint this single wall. I’m pretty sure the entire taping and painting process took me 5-6 hours. I taped off the herringbone pattern with Frog Tape. Note…if you are ever painting any kind of design where you will need tape, Frog Tape is the way to go! I’m not being paid to say this, only speaking from experience! I have experienced the blue tape compared to Frog Tape. When blue tape is pulled off the wall after painting, there is a big mess and lines that aren’t perfect. Frog Tape is really miraculous! The lines are super clean! I no longer had any of the darker paint color available, as Dunn Edwards had switched the sheen in their paints since our house was initially painted. So, I was taking a chance of not being able to touch up any mistakes. There are a couple spots that were oh so tiny that I could barely tell needed touched up, but the rest of the wall was perfect! Believe me I was skeptical about Frog Tape too, but it’s the best thing ever when taping off patterns for painting! I did not do a consistent pattern with the paint colors. I just wanted it to be random, but I have seen walls where they are perfectly patterned as well. Here is the after photo of my sweet little girl’s room! Of course it also helps when kids know where to put things and have some type of organization to their rooms. I did have to pick up a few things for photos but nothing like above, thank goodness!
The antique bed (yes I painted it) was my husband’s father’s bed growing up and I was so excited to be able to use it in my daughters room! I’m not against painting antiques, but I do not ALWAYS paint them. There are times when I would never touch a brush to an antique piece, but I love the way her bed turned out! It is painted in Swan Wing by Behr (Home Depot) and distressed.
All of the furniture in her room was thrifted and painted. It was a task for sure, but watching my daughter see the finished product made all of my hard work worth it! Her dresser was painted in Swan Wing by Behr (Home Depot) for the outside frame and knobs. The drawers were painted with Tres Francais by Clark + Kensington (Ace Hardware).
This cute little chalkboard used to be a mirror! I taped off the gold frame to protect it and then spray painted the mirror with chalkboard spray paint. So quick and easy! I love chalkboard spray paint! And milk glass?…one of my favorite things to use in decor! The dog in the frame is our Golden Doodle, Chester, with photo-shopped glasses. What a cutie! Everything here was thrifted (minus the photo) and painted or upcycled. I COULD use some lessons in chalkboard art.
I found this cute little $5 desk at a thrift store and painted the top with Fairy Wings by Dunn Edwards. The chair is also a $5 thrift store find, and to take the quick and easy route, I spray painted it white. I used these little planter cups from Ikea for her art utensils. If you don’t already know me, you will soon learn that pretty much everything I do in my decor is budget friendly. This is what allows me to decorate. We do not have a money tree, although I do sometimes wish they existed.
I made these shelves and you can find a tutorial here. I’m probably a little shelf overboard, as there are not many rooms in my home without them! The dresser is painted with Swan Wing by Behr, with a top coat of grey stain over the paint, before I sealed it to antique it a little. I sanded the drawer fronts to bare wood and applied a coat of grey stain. I love how the wood grain shows through the stain and makes the color multidimensional.
These are a couple of my little girl’s meaningful things. She is loving softball at this age and also loves our Jesus! This is her little certificate of when she chose to be baptized at church to share that she loves Jesus! So proud of this girl!
Her sweet Aunt came out over Christmas and helped her make one of these monograms for her room! She loves it and so do I!
The wall colors on the herringbone wall are Tres Francais and Tulip Bulbs by Clark + Kensington, Left in the Rain by Valspar, Fairy Wings by Dunn Edwards, Painter’s White and Baby Aqua by Behr. I promise…I had all of these colors on hand from paint samples, I didn’t really run to 4 different paint stores!
It’s always fun to make any picture frame into a chalkboard. Again my love for chalkboard spray paint.
So I guess the story is, if my daughter has a room that she likes, she is more apt to keep it clean. Works out well for both of us!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoyed your visit! Until next time! Have a blessed day!
This wall is perfection. How did you decide upon the length and height of each section?
My Vintage Porch says
Thank you so much! I knew I wanted a thick herringbone pattern so I just measured the floor to ceiling height and chose the width.
Yaaaa! I found the blog post and paint colors! Just love this!
Question- what is the line color on the pattern wall? Is it the same as the wall color? Is it more of a beige or grey?
I’m in the same situation with darker walls but I don’t want to pain the whole room again. Thank you!
My Vintage Porch says
Thank you, Tara! Yes the line is the same as the wall color, birchwood, more of a brown with grey undertones
George Connolly says
Totally in love with this section. Rustic patterns on the chairs and the cabinet along with the subtle beauty of the walls make the space so warm, full of life and appealing to the visual sense. 😀 LOVEDD ITTT!! xoxoxoxo
Carrie Anderson says
What an adorable girls room. Both my daughters have grown and moved out. Oh how I miss being able to decorate for little girls. Absolutely love the dresser and the herringbone wall.
My Vintage Porch says
Thank you so much Carrie!! ???? I will miss it some day too ????