Monday, May 11, 2009


After nine months of heartache, new plaster, new paint, new moldings, new carpet, new curtains, new lighting, a new doorknob, new furniture and a newly-painted wardrobe, Isabelle's bedroom is finally ready for occupancy. Woo hoo! Champagne for everybody!

Here's a reminder of the eek-inducing before:

This room definitely belonged in the Haunted Mansion, not in our sweet new house! Just to recap: this is what it looked like when we moved in. Many layers of nasty old textured wallpaper that had been painted over in royal blue GLOSS paint, a blocked-up fireplace (highlighted with a touch of that same gloss blue), overgrown ivy crawling up the side of the house and obscuring the window, bad curtains, off-kilter radiator, bad lampshade, scary rickety wardrobe.

Behold the ooh-la-la after!

Those following this saga will remember that nine months ago when we started this project (yes, we began renovating two weeks after she was born) we were down to the studs in this room, when the plaster crumbled away after we tried to remove the layers of icky painted-over paper. So now, months later and we have smooth, new walls painted chalky pink, a new pink carpet (because the old one was too destroyed by plaster dust to save, an opened-up fireplace, a straightened radiator, new coving rail around the ceiling, new butterfly-print curtains, butterfly-print blackout blinds (made by me) to ensure a dark and cozy place for baby to sleep, the rocking chair (covered by me) finally installed in its rightful place, new bedding on her crib, and a nice, clear window.

Here is the scary wardrobe, now painted white with a grass-green interior to show off all her little pink clothes!

Little smiley miley sure loves her room on a sunny day!

There is still a little bit of work to do in here, namely get a bookcase to store all her beautiful picture books, hang some pictures and finally put up her candy-colored dinosaur mobile we brought back from Paris (over a year ago), but we'll get there when we get there.

How do you like them apples?

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