Guest post: Kerry Rossow writes about her daughter's Country Living-inspired bedroom makeover

Guest post: Kerry Rossow writes about her daughter's Country Living-inspired bedroom makeover

I am still on vacation, and am featuring several guest posts this week. Today's is from Champaign resident Kerry Rossow, who writes the blog HouseTalkN. I loved hearing about her daughter's bedroom makeover. It's amazing, what you can do with paint. All photos are from Kerry, as well.
It seemed like a really good idea to let my four kiddos swap furniture and bedrooms...all over the course of one weekend. That's what good mothers would do, right? 
Our dining room table acted as the poker conference table for negotiations. 
"I'll see your wicker dresser and raise you a black side table."
Here is a lookiloo at the weekend warrior process in bedroom one!
My nine year old daughter's room was a light and bright Shabby Chic space.
At great risk to my mental health and fearing a call for purple swirls and glitter, I asked my daughter to provide an inspiration photo. I was shocked when she proudly presented this Country Living page. 

Suspiciously, this bedroom makeover coincided with a visit from my dad and his wife. When we have house guests, they have come to expect project ambushes. They have cracked my code speak. For example:
What I actually say: 
"Want to help me paint a bedroom?"
What I actually mean: 
"Want to paint and stencil a bedroom for the entire 36 hours that you are visiting until you curse the day that I was born?"
Game on!
My daughter was so proud to go to the paint store with her inspiration page in hand to pick out the paint!

She chose Behr "Pewter Ring" in a semi-gloss.

My dad's wife did all most of the prep work and I did helpful things like make cocktails and organize my jewelry drawer. 

"We" used a Cutting Edge Stencil and Benjamin Moore "Balboa Mist" in eggshell.

I love white walls, white furniture and white, white and more white. So, you can imagine my heart rate as this unfolded! My lamaze breathing finally came in handy!


AAAAAAND, it is finished! Come on in!

Quote from my daughter: "Every time I walk in my room, I think WOW!"
Here is a little breakdown of the makeover costs:
Stencil- donated by Cutting Edge Stencils
Base paint- $40 but paid for with a gift card
Stencil paint- $5 from The Restore
Pottery Barn curtains- $10 at a yard sale
Pottery Barn bedskirt and blanket- free hand-me-downs
Dressers- won in an arm wrestling match with brother
Light fixture- nabbed from friends trash pile
Family therapy- priceless

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elippitz wrote on July 03, 2012 at 9:07 am

This is stunning! I bet your daughter feels like such a grown up with her new room design. And I'm so impressed you were able to tackle this in only a weekend. It took me FOREVER to paint our office.

Julie Wurth wrote on July 03, 2012 at 9:07 am
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Beautiful! I'm so impressed by the stenciling - and her choices! Maybe now I'll get up the nerve to stencil some flowers on my daughter's walls... what's your family doing next weekend? :)

rsp wrote on July 03, 2012 at 9:07 am

From a little girl's room to sophisticated. She has a good eye. I love color on the walls. 

Jen C wrote on July 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Oh my goodness....that is gorgeous!  And what a huge time committment!  What a transformation.  I would love to do my girls room...maybe your father and his wife can come and visit me!!!!!

algon wrote on July 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Um, the "before" pictures looks like an "after"!

kdevin495 wrote on July 03, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Wow...what an amazing transformation!  It is just beautiful!!  Really wish I could find some contractors to get work done as lickety-split as your family - can't believe all of that stencilling was done in less than two owe them BIG!! GORGEOUS!!!!!