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We moved into a new home about a year ago and while I was sad to say goodbye to our first home, it was also exciting to have a blank canvas. And of course, a home where we weren’t drowning in baby stuff…wait, that didn’t change. But none the less, still a little sad. I may or may not have posted a sappy goodbye to our home on Facebook. Don’t judge me! It was the first home I bought on my own, the first home my husband and I shared and the first home for all of my kids! There was a lot of love put into that place. See that bright blue door? I painted that door and I loved that door! Ok, enough of that.
Because we had only used the twins’ nursery for six months, I was determined to recreate the kids’ rooms as quickly as possible so I wouldn’t be depressed about leaving behind all the hard work that went into those rooms not so long ago. As I started my list of to do’s and to buy’s, it suddenly hit me that my little girl was not such a little girl anymore and I couldn’t just recreate her nursery and call it good. Talk about even more depressing! That moment you realize your baby is no longer a baby!
Soooooo, new plan, big girl room.
In my Pinterest research, I stumbled upon this amazing stuff by Valspar, wait for it….GLITTER PAINT. Seriously, you can’t get much better than that. Its actually Valspar Signature Paint Crystals that you mix in with your regular paint to create glitter paint and it’s basically amazing. Thankfully I had read some reviews online and discovered that you need to use 3-4 packets per gallon of paint to really get a good effect. I wish I could show you the glittery effect but it’s really hard to photograph. 😕
I knew I wanted to paint the room pink but also didn’t want it to be overpowering, more like blush pink. I ended up going with a color I would put everywhere in my home if my husband would let me, Benjamin Moore “Love & Happiness”. I think its the absolute perfect pink for a little girl’s room, not too baby and not too grown up.
At our old home, we had done board and batten in Macie’s nursery, which was beautiful but so much work. I might do it again but in the interest of time and money, I decided to paint the bottom half of the wall white and add white molding to the top of that. I’m not particularly fond of shiny paint so I tend to go with eggshell. In hindsight, I wish I had gone with at least a Satin in the white because as kids do, she puts her little feet all over the wall by her bed and it can’t exactly be wiped clean, so I’ll be repainting that someday soon..or maybe I will be doing board and batten after all!
For decor, Macie is definitely at the Disney princess stage so I wanted to do something in that theme but without going too “cartoon”. I found some amazing prints by Etsy seller Home James! on Jane. I absolutely love everything their shop sells, seriously check them out, they are amazing. And if you don’t shop on Jane, you will now, and you will buy more than you should, so sorry! But seriously, go now and buy everything. The prints are more of a watercolor style and have adorable quotes on them.
I also totally scored and found some water color-ish curtains at Ross and a matching watercolor pennant banner in the dollar bins at Target. We hung a cute chandelier and re-used the frames, bedside table and dresser from her nursery. The letter M and crown were a part of her original gallery wall above her crib (see it here). I did end up spraying the crown a muted gold color so it wouldn’t be so hot pink anymore.
I absolutely love how everything came together in the end. At first, I was a little skeptical of some of the color combos but I ended up finding the pom pom comforter at Target and matching pillow that pulled in the various colors around the room. Most importantly, Macie was so excited for her big girl room, and while I’m a little sad and nostalgic that my baby girl is growing up, it’s exciting to start this next chapter in her life and our new home!
Oh, and P.S. you know we had to include a fairy door!