One Room Challenge Week 3 – Paint & Progress

It’s the third week of the One Room Challenge from Calling It Home, and I’m making good strides updating my 9 year old daughter’s bedroom. We chose a fun shade of aqua paint for the walls. I ordered curtains and bedding. (Fingers crossed that both work well.) I’m on the hunt for wall decor and considering some DIY options. The big task going forward is finding the right setup for the closet.

Paint Color

I shared the before pictures of my daughter’s room in week one, and you can see a sneak peek of the two paint samples we picked for the wall color. I swear the two colors really looked different on paper, but on the walls you can see they are pretty much identical. Once my daughter made the not-very-difficult decision, I got right to work.

During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.

The paint color is Clear Aqua from Behr. It was just a little brighter than I expected once the walls were finished, but my daughter loves it. Also despite the single-coat guarantee on the paint can, because the pink was so bold, it took two full coats. What a difference!

A fun aqua paint color makes a real difference in this girl's bedroom update.

The existing bedding actually goes pretty well with the new paint color, but as I said in my week one post, my daughter wants the room to feel a little more grown up. We’re both really excited to get rid of the pink curtains.

Window Treatments

I’ve been searching all over for light colored blackout drapes. I finally found these geometric print panels at Wayfair.com that are gray on white instead of white on gray. My only concern is that the bedding arrived and the print is pretty busy. I’m a little nervous that the patterns won’t work well together.

Light colored geometric print blackout curtains.

We’re working on the closet this week so I’m hopeful that I’ll have more of a progress report soon. I’ve been researching DIY options, as well as professional installation.

PROJECT TO-DO LIST

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system

Wall decor/art

Find bookcase

Be sure to check out the other ORC guest participants here!

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One Room Challenge Week 2 – Girl’s Bedroom Design

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s the second week of the One Room Challenge. I’m working on an updated girl’s bedroom design for my nine year old daughter.

My goal is a slightly more grown up style infused with plenty of fun because I don’t want her growing up too fast! I’m also planning some new storage systems to help keep her room organized.

You can check out all the before pictures in this post.

Ideas to update a girl's bedroom.

The existing furniture is working well for the most part. As far as the bed, dresser and desk go, we’re in good shape.

She currently has two small Ikea shelving units that store books and toys. I’d like to exchange these for a larger unit for her books and incorporate toy storage into the closet system.

I’m on the hunt for new bedding and window treatments. I’ve been on the lookout for wall decor too. The to-do list is long, but apart from the closet and painting the walls, it’s not too labor-intensive.

Inspiration

Fun inspiration for a girl's bedroom design.

Hobby Lobby

Project to-do list

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system

Wall decor/art

Find bookcase

Be sure to take a look at some of the other ORC guest participants here!

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One Room Challenge Week 1 – Girl’s Bedroom

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

I’ve gone back and forth about launching into another One Room Challenge, but I finally decided to go for it.

My daughter has been asking to change up her room since the beginning of the summer. I casually mentioned in passing that maybe we should paint her room, and she’s since launched a full scale campaign.

The ORC is the perfect opportunity to push through plans for an updated girl’s bedroom design.During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.My daughter is nine years old now and in the fourth grade. Overnight it feels like she’s started shying away from anything remotely childish. No more hearts or butterflies on her clothes. She wants to watch tv shows that “aren’t so babyish.”

Most of all, she wants the space she calls her own to be as grown up as she feels. Excuse me for a minute while I have a complete breakdown.

Though I would love for her to be a child for as long as possible, I also remember what it’s like to want to feel grown up, and at nine, there are only so many ways you can do that.

Color

The first thing we talked about changing is the wall color. The pink is so over. When we bought our house three years ago, I brought home some paint color options for each kiddo. My daughter chose the brightest pink possible.

To avoid complete overkill, we compromised by painting only the top half of the wall pink. The bottom stayed white, and I ran chair rail along the dividing line to give it a more finished look. The added bonus of this plan: we only have half the wall to repaint!

My daughter wants turquoise on the walls so we’re looking at some softer options. I think we’ll bring in some gray and coral with some fun gold accents. I’ll share some of the inspiration next week.

Closet & Storage

The closet right now is a whole situation. Basically we had a little bar for hanging items and my son treated it like a jungle gym and pulled it out of the wall.

This closet is 108″ wide and we removed the enormous, heavy doors when we moved in so it’s fully open at all times.

I really want a full closet system in here that can help organize not only clothes and shoes, but games and toys. I think it would be fun to add some sort of wall treatment with paper or paint.

Obviously we cleaned especially for these pictures 😉 There’s a sneak peek of the wall color we’re testing out.

During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but we’re both really excited for the final result. Check out the other One Room Challenge guest participants here.

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Printable Kids Valentines

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. All of a sudden we’re frantically trying to scrape together the kids’ valentines for their classmates, and it’s anything but fun. If you’re looking for free, printable Valentine’s Day cards, I’ve got you covered! One of my kiddos can’t bring any edible treats this year and the other can only bring non-candy so I stuck with mostly non-food options.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Non-food valentines

Abby from Just a Girl & Her Blog shared five days of her own printable valentines, and these lego-themed cards are adorable. They would be cute enough on their own, but attaching the mini block set is an extra treat. She also shared a cute idea for a teacher gift and other cute printable card options.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

I absolutely love these coloring page bookmark valentines from Gina at Kleinworth & Co. Your kiddo could color them for their friends or leave them as is so friends get a card and activity in one.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Aly at What Moms Love created these cute valentine cards that are perfect if you don’t want to spend a ton on an added treat. You can get a bag of mini erasers in the Target dollar section right now that would go perfectly.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

I love these dino-mite valentines from Kelly at Hello Design Meet Life. They’re bright and colorful and you can easily find an inexpensive pack of mini dinosaurs to go with them. It might be a tough choice between these and the lego theme above for my kindergartener!

A round-up of free printable kids valentines.

If you have a kiddo who loves all things Harry Potter, then these freebies from Amanda at A Few Shortcuts will be a big hit for Valentine’s Day. I love that she taped a glow bracelet “wand” to the cards as an extra touch.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Another great non-food option is this bubble valentine design from Heather at Passion for Savings. You can find bulk packs of bubbles for pretty cheap in the party section of Target or at Party City.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

I couldn’t have a round-up of valentines without a Star Wars option! Megan from Wit & Wander created these adorable valentine cards that are perfect for the wannabe Jedi in your life.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Food/candy valentines

Landee from Landeelu created these super fun emoji valentines! If you have a no-candy rule in your class, you could substitute heart shaped erasers for the chocolates.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Amanda at The Gracious Wife designed some really cute fishbowl valentines. You could stick with goldfish or use fish-shaped erasers for a non-edible treat.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

If you’re looking for a healthy treat for your kids to share on Valentine’s Day, then these cutie valentines from Autumn at It’s Always Autumn are a great option. I appreciate that these are simple enough for my kids to do the bulk of the assembly.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

I’m so appreciative of all the creators who offer these cute designs for free. It’s fun to check out all the options. Now we just need to buckle down and get our valentines made before Tuesday!

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10 Days of Advent: Day Seven

The kids have been out of school for all of four days so let’s take a survey. How many of you have kids who have already said “I’m bored” at least once?? In spite of all the excitement of Christmas coming, the reality is that there are a lot more hours in the day to fill when school’s out. My kids are in a stage of life where they’re having a hard time getting along. I can only play referee for so long before I’m a frazzled mess so craft time is a great way to keep everyone busy and happy.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

Do a holiday craft together

One thing that I love about Christmas crafts is the pride our kids feel when they look at the decorations in our home. I love love love browsing all the beautiful Christmas home tours online and find great inspiration for my own decor. But amidst the styled shelves in our home, you’ll also find things made by our kiddos. It gives them a sense of ownership to see their hard work displayed alongside the rest of my carefully-chosen decor items.

Craft projects can be as complex or simple as time, supplies and interest allows. Here are some great options to try with your family this season.

Lego Ornaments 

If you’re house is anything like ours, legos can be found in any room at any given time. Why not put those little blocks to good use?! Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys & Girls has instructions for several Christmas-themed lego projects so there’s a lot of possibility for your little master builders.

Celebrate Advent as a family by doing a Christmas craft together.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough is an easy project and the options are endless. You can leave them plain for a simple look or paint them to create more detail. This snowman ornament from Michelle at Crafty Morning would be great for my 8 year old, who gets really involved in her craft projects. My 5 year old would do better using cookie cutters to make the basic shape and adding detail with paint. *Just remember that salt dough needs to bake for 2-3 hours and cool before it can be decorated.

Celebrate Advent as a family with a fun Christmas craft.

Recycled Box Village

Most of us probably have plenty of boxes in our recycling bin, as well as wrapping paper laying around. Bettijo from Paging Supermom combines the two for a cute Christmas craft. Kids can decorate however they want and then set up their town for some pretend play. Get those lego figures involved and this could become a Christmasy Star Wars masterpiece 😉

Celebrate Advent as a family with a fun Christmas craft.

You can check out day one of the Advent series here and catch up on any days that you’ve missed. You can use or adapt the ideas based on what works best for your family.

What are your favorite crafts to do with your little ones during the holiday season??

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