Well, I’ve been working on a labor of love. It’s so difficult to get work done in a little girl’s room because by the time I have time to work on it, she’s in there sleeping. ;) So I’ve been tackling Raya’s fairy bedroom a little at a time over the last month or so, and I’d really like to share how it’s coming along! My daughter asked for purple, and so…
…it’s purple. Very purple. (Can you tell she loves purple? Haha.) We added a few fairy touches – nothing too overwhelming, just enough to keep it whimsical. National Builder Supply helped us out and sent us new lighting to review – and when I talked to them about our theme, they suggested this amazing ceiling fan. It totally makes the room!
It’s called “Bloom” by Craftmade, and you have to agree, it’s perfect for a fairy theme, isn’t it? The flower petal blades turn both directions, and it’s got a wall-mountable remote control so you don’t have to reach up for pull chains to adjust it.
We had some debate going on about the low ceilings downstairs (they are 8 feet) and the bulkhead along the main wall, and whether we could actually add a fan or if it would seem to low or crowded. But instead of getting in the way, it really feels like adding a fan tied the room together a lot better.
Let me show you the “before” – it was a blue-green color. Even with plenty of natural light, it was always really dark in my daughter’s room. Here’s what it looked like:
Okay, okay. She’s three. I can be a little more honest about what her room usually looked like.
Ahem. But the thing is, with it always being sort of a “cave”, I didn’t often come down – just at bedtime. But now that I’ve done some fixing up, we’ve been spending more time down there, and cleaning up is on the daily to-do list. So not only was this a facelift, but it really reinforces caring and being responsible for our spaces. It’s amazing what two coats of paint and new lighting can do for a room! Raya is taking a lot of pride in it, after getting to choose for herself what will be in it.
We also added a custom vinyl fairy decal to one of the walls (though I’m still torn on how to handle the smoke detector – what do you think? Would just getting a new one be enough, or does it need better camouflage?)
We also put up some springy 3-D flowers along the half-walls. I wanted something to help break up all the purple, and I was originally thinking some white stripes might be nice along the lower half. But to be honest, I’ve had enough painting for a while! Since these just stick on and are totally removable, it’s a great solution for the moment.
I’m sure if you have young kids, you know how obsessed they can be with their favorite things. EVERYTHING is fairy right now, so she has been just thrilled with the whole room, down to the Tinkerbell bedsheets.
I have to admit, naptime is certainly easier right now. Because we’re working our way through – you guessed it – an epic fairy book.
She’s been getting all kinds of ideas about what fairies do, and has been asking why they haven’t brought spring yet. Haha. I told her that they are working on it!! It takes a while to come to Michigan, after all. So, over the weekend, we even made up a little lantern guest-house for her fairy friends – so that they don’t get stuck in the snow while they’re working on bringing springtime (I’ll share more about that tomorrow, if you’d like to see a how-to!)
Anyway – the whole room is just brighter and more cheerful, and it was worth every minute of work that went into it, transforming it into the room my daughter loves (until it’s… you know, ponies or something. Haha). Thanks again to National Builder Supply for finding us the PERFECT fan to help tie the room together!