Monday, October 3, 2011

A Young Lady and A Room...A Makeover Story

Hello friends.....I know I was AWOL last week, but I have a good excuse.
I was on a mission...
I drove home to New York with the hope of giving a new girl
a new room.
Please allow me a little narrative here

My niece Ashleigh, is my sister Joanne's only child.
Ash's father died when she was just a baby and my sister, along with support from my Mom, has raised her alone.
Ashleigh gave me permission to tell you her story.
High school was not a successful experience for Ash, she left before getting her diploma.
After a few part time jobs in shopping mall retail, she soon realized how valuable that diploma was.
Back to school she went and with some determination,
 she earned her GED.
However even armed with a GED, Ash found it very difficult to find a rewarding
job that she could make a career of.
It's tuff out there!
I asked Ash why she recently decided to go back to school again.
This is what she told me....
"I decided to go back to school because I wanted to do something with my life. I wanted to be able to have a secure future and a career so I could support myself and not depend on someone else.
I'm determined to finish with straight A's, because I know I can do it.
I didn't get to walk across the stage in high school...I didn't take it seriously.
My mind is set on following this through to the end.
I'm near completion on my Medical Admin. Assistant degree and plan on continuing my studies in Medical Billing & Coding to make myself more valuable in the workplace."

Well Ash is not only doing this, but she is doing it with all straight A's!
She continually makes the President's List
and has a new found maturity and respect for education.
I am very proud of her.

So when Ash asked me to help her redesign her 'little girl' bedroom to reflect her new 'can do' attitude,
 I said 
"I thought you would never ask!"
Let the fun begin......

This is Ashleigh's room before any changes.
Why do little girls always want to paint the trim a darker shade of the wall color??

At first I thought this was just yards of blue painters tape...nope
just yards of painted trim.....

My sister sent me these photos of Ash rolling on the new paint colors.
Keep it rolling girl!

YIKES....that's a lot of blue!
One of the first bit's of advice was to buy white simi-gloss and
All of it

Ash's furniture is very pretty, but a little bland.
The new room needs some style and color.
Ash and I decided on Duck Egg Blue for the base of the dresser with Paris Grey drawer fronts.

Her dresser has a leaf relief design,but the monotone color is hiding it.
I'll take care of that.
Love the cute bun feet.
She will get some feminine bling also.

Let the painting begin!

I brought all my ASCP's with me and decided on Cream for her desk.
I embellished the piece with some Henrietta dry brushed over the leaf design to 
make it stand out more.

Can you believe this house has these fabulously gorgeous original glass knobs and plates throughout the whole house!!!
I thought about going home with one set in my bag, but figured the gaping hole in the door
would give me away. me if you EVER contemplate changing these out!

We had fun shopping for little extras for her new room.

I created a old fashioned bunting made from vintage hankies, fabric glue and grosgrain ribbon.
NO-SEW Bunting!!!!

Look how sweet the mason jars look sitting on Ash's radiator.
Very country vintage style.
I think they are Ash's favorite feature.

Close up of the cute bun feet on the dresser.
Lovely Henrietta chalk paint.

Hobby Lobby is one of the best places to find wonderful knobs and pulls.
If you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you, you can shop online.
The selection is great.
We fell in love with these sweet glass hearts.

I accented the relief with a dry brushing of Old White.
It was so hard getting good was rainy and dreary the whole time.

Ash's bed was repainted in Old White and aged using a mix of clear and dark wax.
Of course a little distressing was needed to achieve an aged-worn look.
Now just a warning..this is not a WOW kind of reveal, but more of a 
Ready to see the finished room?

Well come on in..........

Before I arrived Ash, her mom and step-father ( thanks Dave!) painted the walls.
Three of the walls are a very pale green and one is a pale buttery yellow.
As requested (by me) all trim was painted white.
The furniture is no longer all glossy and matchy-matchy.

That's Ash as a cute.
Handy baskets now will help keep her organized.

I  found this whimsical bird box at the local Michaels for $5.00!
It makes a great stationary organizer on her desk.
The colors are perfect.

The bird theme is repeated around the room.
Birds fly and Ashleigh is flying high....yup, appropriate.

it was so humid that week, the N fell during the night when the adhesive backing weakened from excess moisture!
The large letters were found at Hobby Lobby. 
I decoupaged them using pretty scrapbook papers and Mod Podge
 (or as Joanne kept calling it Mosh Pit).
My little side table sits next to her newly painted bed.
The sweet ornate birdcage was found at TJMax 

I love how the the papered letters now mimic the quilt I found on sale at Kohls.
I let some of the original gold show through when I glued the papers on.
Such an easy project.

Now Ashleigh has a wonderful workspace for her studies.

I extended the curtain rod past the window casing and replaced the short drapes with longer crinkled white cotton panels. 
A pale yellow quilt and shams replaced the dark comforter Ash was using.
The quilt acts as a kind of throw.
Ash can use it on cooler nights or keep it folded at the bottom of the bed when not being used.

 To add a touch of glam to the space, I added a gold frame to hold Ash's family photos.
Every gal needs a little gold in her life.

Ash found this fancy frame in Hobby Lobby for her treasured photo of her dad.

Perfect sentiment for Ash.
These clay tags are so easy and fun to create.

Ash said the bed is now exactly how she envisioned it, vintage and gently worn. 

ANG are Ash's initials
I took this photo prior to the 'N' falling to the floor.
I think the blue braided rug gives the room warmth and a definite country charm.
Ash found the lamp and shade buried in her closet.

By going with a solid quilt, Ash now has the freedom to 
make bedding changes in the future without investing lots of money
in changing everything out.
We are still on the lookout for some pretty throw pillows to bring in 
some additional color. 
If I had only had my sewing machine........

Close-up of one of my decoupaged letters.

Let's recap.....
This is what Ash's 'Little Girl' room looked like before.....

And here is the after...
Ashleigh now has a real grown up space to enjoy.
I hope she smiles every morning when she wakes up to her new room

And her new life

We are so proud of you Ash! 

Until next kind and stay creative.

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Leslie said...

A beautiful story about a beautiful girl and her beautiful room. Keep going Ashley!!! (and you too Janet)

Kelly Ann said...

Awesome...just Awesome....

Kelley said...

What a sweet story. :) I think the new room looks so much more grown-up and serene. I hope Angie enjoys her new space!

Edward Gilroy said...

It looks absolutely beautiful sis!!!

Wanda..... said...

Ash's lovely new room can't help but be an inspiration for her, Janet. She looks extremely happy!

Judy said...

What a difference in the room, it looks so good! And what a wonderful story about your niece to be mature enough to set goals for her future at such a young age. Tell her I'm rooting for her!


(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Lovely room for a lovely young lady! It looks so peaceful now..... great job!! I'm sure it was a labor of love!

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Amazing! This transformation infused the space with space, light, loveliness, and peace. How blessed is your niece to have you as her aunt!

My Kid's Mom said...

It looks great!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Wonderful story; gorgeous room!

Annette said...

What a beautiful transformation. Ashleigh's new room looks so peaceful and warm and inviting. She is very lucky to have you for an aunt! I wish her much success in the future!

Well done, Janet! :-)

Teresa said...

Lovely room and the decoupaged letters are just so pretty!

Claire said...

Oh Janet, what a lovely, inspiring story about Ashleigh. No wonder you are all so proud of he. She is certainly headed in the right direction and I wish her all best for the future...........

Her room makeover looks wonderful. The colour scheme, is very calming and peaceful.

I love all the little touches, the Mason jars and clay tags, bunting, bird box, decoupaged letters, the list goes on.

You've all done a wonderful job............congratulations.

Claire X

Atelier Conti said...

What a transformation, Janet! Lucky Ashley to have such a talented and generous auntie. The new room is absolutely gorgeous. Bravo!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I read your post last night on my cell phone and knew it wasn't doing the photos justice so now that I've had a chance to see them on my laptop...WOW. What a wonderful job and transformation! Such a nice story and good luck to Ashleigh. Much success to her!!

Sherry from Alabama said...

Beautiful! What a sweet aunt you are!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

auntp said...

Love the story and the room, especially what you did with the furniture! So beautiful and peaceful feeling.

Hines-Sight said...

What a great story about Ashleigh. Fabulous.

You did a great job.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

So inspirational! The sky is the limit for her!! And her room is FABULOUS!! I LOVE it!!


Lou Cinda :)

beth said...

The dresser with the glass knobs turned out wonderful. Nice story behind the room transformation, too. said...

Gorgeous! What a sweet thing to do for your niece!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Really lovely!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Well, I'd have to say it is a WOW room! What a super transformation! So many wonderful touches that turn the room into Ashleigh's personal sanctuary. I bet you are grinning from ear to ear yourself over being able to help her achieve such a beautiful room.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a wonderful girl! I wish her all the best, and I applaud her wisdom and hard work. May all her dreams come true! And you don't think this is a wow reveal?! This room is gorgeous Janet and every time she steps into it she will think of an Aunt who loves her so much that she came in and made a beautiful space for her:>) Ash is one lucky girl:>)

Janet said...

What a beautiful makeover Janet! And I am super excited that Hobby Lobby has an online shopping option since the closet one to me is probably near you :)

Janet said...

Make that "closest" one to me!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

What a fantastic gift you gave her!!!


Gretel said...

Go Angie and go Janet! What a transformation, you are a magician (with big muscles by now, I'll bet!)I had a similar experience with education, and appreciated it properly the second time round, so I am certain Angie will make things happen for her, especially with such great family support. X