One of my favorite parts of remodeling is the decorating that comes with it. With my daughter's room, there wasn't much that had to be done for the remodel. The ugly tile floors extended into her room so removing that and replacing it with wood was pretty much the only project in her room. When I asked what she wanted to do in her room she said "mom, I want a hot pink room." Ouch. For the last year, I've been dealing with the loud purple wall (which were preceded by aqua walls). I really want her to express herself but a hot pink room? Hmmmm.... As usual, I took to Pinterest and Google Images and poured through hundreds of photos of hot pink rooms. All of them were pretty scary, to say the least. While on Houzz.com I found a room that I thought may be the solution to my problem. It was a completely white room with a turquoise stripe running through it. I immediately showed the picture to my daughter and she loved it. Phew..
The next obstacle was finding the right hot pink for the room. I headed down to Ace and picked up a few samples. I painted them on the wall so she could choose. She instantly knew what she wanted and we were set.
One thing you have to know about me (if you don't know already) is that I'm a tad bit OCD about things lining up/being straight. I've tried to do stripes before (about 5 years ago) and gave up for two reasons: I couldn't get them straight enough and the no-bleed tapes bled terribly. I was really nervous to try again but I decided to give it the old college try. I spent a solid hour making sure the tape lines were perfectly straight before I got to work painting.
Wait. I should probably say that I painted the wall with three coats of white paint before doing the stripes (that purple paint was really, really hard to cover up). I let the paint dry overnight so the tape wouldn't peel off the fresh paint. I was surprised that it only took three coats of the pink to get the color consistent. I expected to paint it a dozen or so times but that is one of the many reasons I stick with Benjamin Moore.
Once we got the room painted the Princess let me know where she wanted everything placed. Every bit of placement in the room was done by her and she was thrilled with the results:
So what do you think? I think she did a pretty good job for a seven-year-old. :-).
Although I was a little nervous at the thought of a hot pink room, with a little research and patience I was able to give her the hot pink room she wanted in a way I could live with.
White paint: Decorator's White, Benjamin Moore
Pink paint: Pink Corsage, Benjamin Moore
Curtains, Rug, Pillows and Lamp: Target
Bed and Desk: From the Pottery Barn Teen Hampton Line
Bedding and Wire letters: Pottery Barn Teen
The hidden hat rack, Paris montage, Paris and Love framed art: Hobby Lobby