A Childhood Bedroom Grows Up...on a $175 budget (Part 1)

A Childhood Bedroom Grows Up...on a $175 budget (Part 1)

This photo, it's from 1997 and it's all the justification I need to do anything I want to my little sister forever. That's me, at 17, all dressed up and missing a date because Little Mia decided to catch a flu, and apparently I was the only one who could hold her cold compresses. So I missed the date, and stayed with her.

Did I save her life? Does this make me a hero? I don't know.

Probably.

So here's a life lesson, kiddo. If you move to Spain to go "study abroad" and have a fabulous life, don’t expect your old bedroom to be in the same condition you left it. I've tried to convince my parents to turn it into an office, or guest room, but my parents still hold on to the hope that sooner or later, all of their children will return one day...preferably with many, many grandkids. 

Well, she's in Europe which makes me the good daughter who came back home with grandkids. And when I’m sleeping in my parents' house for an unspecified length of time, eating their food, watching their television, and not cleaning up my dishes, the room I sleep in better look like the room of an adult! 

Surprise, Mia. You might be upgrading your life, but I'm upgrading your bedroom. 


The Before. "Trust me," I told them. "I move a lot, I know what I'm doing," I said.

The Before. "Trust me," I told them. "I move a lot, I know what I'm doing," I said.

When the original paint color was chosen, forest greens were popular - it was supposed to be calming and sylvan, and the gloss finish was supposed to reflect light and keep it easy to clean.  My sister loved it because the color kept the room pitch-black even during the day - perfect for the teenager who wants to sleep-in until 3pm. However, the gloss finish actually didn't reflect much light the walls weren't collecting any dirt, so I thought a light neutral paint with a matte finish should be perfect. 

But who am I kidding? I knew I was painting it grey, because whenever we move the first thing I do is paint every wall grey. My favorite interior paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers - a cold, clinical grey. However, in a bid to slightly respect my family’s taste I’m going to choose a warm grey -  Revere Pewter. You can google it, because there are hundreds of gorgeous rooms that have used it and it looks fabulous in every light and with every decor.

There are a shocking number of white shades, and I always made fun of them...until I met Lowe's Paparazzi. It has the ever-so ever-so slightest hint of lilac and sets off grey perfectly. It's discontinued now so I take an old chip since they keep the formulas in their records.


These walls are sucking up paint - it ends up taking 3-4 coats! Yikes!

These walls are sucking up paint - it ends up taking 3-4 coats! Yikes!

Hours later...still painting the same wall over and over again.

Hours later...still painting the same wall over and over again.

It's totally premature to put the furniture back, but sometimes you need to feel like there's an improvement.

It's totally premature to put the furniture back, but sometimes you need to feel like there's an improvement.

By the end of the day, it was still thin in places. But I have to watch the new Ripper Street series on Netflix.

By the end of the day, it was still thin in places. But I have to watch the new Ripper Street series on Netflix.

So this is the end of Day 1. No curtains, no paintings, and not even an adequate paint job. Also my shoulders and side-abs (I forgot about side-abs) are really, really sore. But on the other hand, it's already way brighter, and I doubt anyone will hate it enough to paint it dark green themselves. 

So surprise, Mia! And B-T-Dubs, my dog now sleeps in your bed. Enjoy Spain!

Cost thus far: $60 for paint, painting supplies taken from parents' garage.

...to be continued

A Childhood Bedroom Grows Up...On a $175 Budget (Part 2)

A Childhood Bedroom Grows Up...On a $175 Budget (Part 2)

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