My mom says you can do anything with four blank walls, and this room is proof she is absolutely right! Clara’s room is fairly small with no architectural detail or high ceilings, but with a vibrant framed mural it’s stunning! I asked her if she’d switch me rooms and she said no.
I’ll show you how I hung the wallpaper (all by myself!), sealed it and framed it (with no power tools). By the way, I’m doing projects nearly every day on Instagram stories. Come follow along with me. Some don’t make it onto the blog!
Here’s a look at the before. I was indecisive for a good while. I wondered if I could paint something. Her room is pretty basic, so I wanted a point of interest to make it special.
I finally decided on this wallpaper mural, and I LOVE love love it.
She keeps a picture of Marcello and I as newlyweds on her desk! It was in my room and she asked if she could keep it. She’s already sentimental like her mama.
We got new flooring a couple weeks ago! (Go ahead and picture me dancing.) Our carpet was so gross and old when we moved in, but then after the cold and flu season, it is just NOT ok. I’ll spare you the disgusting photos, just take my word for it.
The flooring is called Pergo San Marco Oak, but I can’t find it anywhere on Lowe’s site anymore! Hopefully more will be in stock soon because it really is a pretty color.
We’ve had this medallion rug for a couple years now and it’s great. Doesn’t curl, doesn’t shed, it’s soft and is so pretty. And you can’t beat $168 for a 5×7.
Wallpapering, sealing and framing
So let’s get to the wallpapering and framing part!
I have never wallpapered before this project. This was my first time, but I did it in less than two hours — by myself! You can see the video in my Instagram highlights in the “DIY” reel.
This mural has six pre-pasted panels and I just followed the directions. I also looked up their video. It said to spay the each panel with water and fold it over like this to wait for the paste to activate without drying out.
Our bedroom ceilings are 8 feet tall so I had to cut a foot off the bottom as I hung each piece. I used a utility knife to cut along the bottom and around outlets. It was really as simple as that.
Because this is behind a four-year-old’s bed (think little hands and feet on the wall, I decided to seal the wallpaper. The paper is also supposed to be easy to remove and I put it on a textured wall, so I decided to take a preventative measure and use polyurethane to seal it.
I did six coats with a foam roller. I know that sounds like a lot, but it takes so little time to do one coat, it’s not time consuming.
I didn’t care for the white frame on this paper for some reason. I decided to take a piece of the wallpaper to get color matched. I bought a sample size paint for $4 and only used about half of it.
This material cuts so easy with just a hand saw. I was even able to cut out a place for an outlet. As you can see, I did only a mediocre job with my “carpentry skills.” Haha! But nothing a little caulking and paint can’t fix!
As far as we know, this is our forever home, so I’m trying to completely finish a room before I move onto the next.
I did Clara’s room first, now I’m finishing up with the boys’ room. Finally, I’ll tackle ours. But I’m spending time sitting in the room, thinking about how it is best used and slowly changing things out.
I pulled out the previous (ugly) fan and replaced it with this capiz beauty. It’s like the jewel of the room. It has pretty reflections and light patterns when it’s on at night.
I’m pulling apart the closet, deciphering what we actually use (I’m ruthless) and figuring out what storage bins we need. I like to buy all the same across closets at one time so that everything is interchangeable. I’m using this affordable line right now.
I’m changing out closet door knobs. I love these acrylic, gem-looking ones. I used them in our room as well. So classic, pretty and large enough to carry the whole door.
I added hooks for clothing and bags. I find these essential in kids’ rooms to keep (at least some) things off the floor.
I added soft lighting for nighttime. These lantern string lights are beautiful that I put them in both kid bedrooms.
We planted a pink hibiscus tree outside her window. Little girl loves pink and I hope she remembers that we planted it just for her whenever she sees it.
I even put in a door stop so the door handle stopped running into the wall! I really wanted to make everything as complete and functional as possible to make life easier. Ok, and prettier :)
- Daybed with trundle
- Ruffled bed skirt
- Ceiling light
- Table lamp: old
- Desk Chair
- Desk: mine as a girl
- Peacock mirror
- Accordion hooks
- Armchair: consignment
- Pillow covers
- Pom Pom curtains: DIY
- Lanterns (2)
- Closet knob
- Closet storage boxes