I am probably the only person who actually sets up a room in order to decide what the finishing factors should be.
What I have concluded is 1.) Need to Paint the walls. 2.) Closet "Nap room" needs to be wallpapered. and 3.) (to my surprise) the wood cabinets need either complete replacement or the doors need to be swapped out with fabric doors? I really thought I would love them white, but they are not quite as i imagined. i thought it would feel "cottage-y" but it just feels like 70's wood panel cabinets painted white... which is what they are. I kind of regret painting and wish I had wall papered and decorated before making the choice.
When we purchased our new home we had a major vintage project - a studio apartment/in-law suite that we immediately knew would be our homeschool room. Since we would rather put our money into things that our children can learn form and educational items we decided to place a $500 budget on the room. Also, this room would function as the sleepover room for kids and guests. we already had a heavy stock of homeschool items we brought from our previous home so as far as crafts, kits, supplies, books, oct was concerned - we already had enough for 10 years and 30 plus students!
My game plan was to do a little at a time and see how the room would evolve itself. I knew a large portion of our small budget would be used to cover up a date 70's vinyl floor. Carpeting would be pretty cheap, but I loved the idea of rolling up an area rug and letting the kids paint without worry! So our first purchase was a 9x12 rug from RugsUSA.
I purchased the striped matters for short change online at Walmart.com. I simply folded it in half tied with twine and now we use it as a deep, comfy chair for reading books or researching with the iPad. When sleep overs happen we just unit and its a large day bed sized sleep. Might I add, given the very low price tag; its rather cozy.
The seagrass rocking chairs I already owned and had gotten them at Ikea - see "Our little Boys Rooms" for more on them. The pillows are various vintage throw pillows I have collected over the years.
I paid 20 bucks for the craved antique table and this set up is a great kids, low-to-the-floor perfect lounge spot. Boxes are filled with puzzles, blocks, crafts, and more. The rocks i purchased from at a thrift shop that received them from a well-educated, "retired" collector who one too many rocks.
I got these Awesome hand painted, individually and crafted glass knobs at Anthropologie - the biggest disappointment was gently opening the draw and it breaking. Only held onto the screw with glue - my husband will be repairing one of these guys already. But for the impact they have; I cant say they are a total disappointment. Plus, they were on clearance and I got them for 20% off $2.95 (even less reason to complain).
I just finished the storage on the built in shelves today and its a great place to house things like acrylic paints, paper goods, and the art brushes cabby. Plus some extra rocks and a pricey box filled with various essential oils for teaching about plants, balm making, and candle making, etc.
The wall paper was left over from our little boys bedroom. It was really the Perfect touch to the room! Part of a larger wall mural called Enchanted Forest by Rebecca Rebouche.
Those yellow counter tops I wasn't a fan of, well... I love them now. The soft yellow looks pretty and what i quickly realized was they were easy to scrape off any "extra" paint, glue, glitter, and other messes that arose from our boys crafts. they are great.
I used vintage lace curtains that are held up with Anthropologie's puffy tacks. And the old fashion brass turn display lets whimsical tea cups shine.
Everyone's favorite room, hands down is the closet turned "Nap Spot". We had a huge 6 foot wide by 12 foot long closet that fits a roll away bed and little vintage tall shelf (hidden behind the antique doily tablecloth is learning books that my little one grabs constantly to then read and nestled in the bed.
Believe me the picture does this nook no justice. Its a plush cozy bed covered in layers of faux fur blankets, vintage quilts and a 50s silk comforter. Hanging above head is Salvato Collection's hand made boats and glitter starts that light up - transforming this to the most magical play spot day or night.
Well, I hope you like how it's coming out so far. We know we have lots more work to do, but if you ask my boys they will say not to change a thing. They think it's perfect! Seeing them create, explore, learn and love this room is so worth all the work. We truly are fortunate, blessed, and happy to be in the perfect home for us.
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MY VINTAGE LIFE.