A Room Fit for a Princess

No boys

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.

Before: The purple room
Before: The purple room
Two of the paint choices
Two of the paint choices

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.

Always the helper, she was excited to get started!
Always the helper, she was excited to get started!
She insisted that she paint the stripe.
She insisted that she paint the stripe.
Three coats of white and three coats of pink later...
Three coats of white and three coats of pink later...

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:

The princess room with the hot pink stripe.
The princess room with the hot pink stripe.
The princess room with the hot pink stripe.
The princess room with the hot pink stripe.
A reminder that she's still a little girl.
A reminder that she's still a little girl.
Her bedside table full of trinkets from my travels.
Her bedside table full of trinkets from my travels.
Her bedside table full of trinkets from my travels.
Her bedside table full of trinkets from my travels.
A desk for school work (notice the zebra rug)
A desk for school work (notice the zebra rug)
Underneath all of those hats and purses is a really cute hat rack.
Underneath all of those hats and purses is a really cute hat rack.
Her bulletin board that is part of an upcoming project.
Her bulletin board that is part of an upcoming project.
The best accessory in the room... Her No Boys Allowed door pillow.
The best accessory in the room... Her No Boys Allowed door pillow.

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.

Room info:

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