Thursday, 18 August 2011

A Big Girl Bedroom in Violet

Our room-sharing experiment was short-lived.  After a couple of days to get used to it, the kids were doing so well sleeping in the same room!  But lately, they've been talking and playing a lot more, even when Juli didn't take a nap.  So, after Kevin insisted and I finally agreed, we decided to separate them again.

As I cleared out the reading-room stuff and accumulated junk, I thought, "Wouldn't it make sense to paint the room now, before Juli is moved back in?"  I figured Kevin would say no, due to the cost, but I decided to ask anyway.  So I called him.  To my shock, he actually said yes!  So, Juli picked the colour--a light lilac, which she calls violet ("Miss Hussy", by General Paint), and on Tuesday, I prepared the room for painting.  Once the kids were in bed for the night, I primed the walls.  With the flat builders-grade paint, it wouldn't have needed priming, but there were so many patches, that I just did the whole wall anyway.

Wednesday, after purchasing a better roller and returning my books to the library, I painted. With a little help from Juli.  Here is what her room looks like now.

The quilt on the window was made by my Nanny when I was about 15 or so.  One year at Christmas, she had everyone colour on a piece of fabric, which she sewed into this wall-hanging.  Serendipitously, it is exactly the right shape and size for Juli's window.  I know it's not really good for a quilt to hang over a window, due to sun damage and fading, but it is a north-facing window, and there's a blackout roller-shade behind it.  I think it will be ok.

The room still needs a few things: bedding (I need to turn her double-size comforter into a twin-size), a headboard, a bedskirt, a slipcover for the chair, and things for the walls (I'm thinking a french memo board would be perfect for this girl who loves to save all her cards and pictures.)

Now I really want to do Nick's room.  Maybe right before he moves into a big bed.  I'm trying to convince myself that I should NOT attempt to make quilts for my children.  It's not working.

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