Maddie and I worked together to complete July's Unfinished project just under the wire: a bedroom wall makeover that we've been meaning to tackle for... well, for at least two years. Here's why it took so long:
1.) It is difficult to collaborate with a perfectionist, opinionated, and independent 13 year old.
2.) It is difficult to collaborate with a perfectionist, opinionated, and independent 42 year old.
Seriously. While we knew that "gallery style wall" was where we were headed, it took us a while to get there. HOWEVER. We are both so pleased with how it turned out:
Part of the problem was that she had a bookcase that just didn't work for a few different reasons—it was tall and wobbly and poorly constructed, didn't hold all her books anyway, and covered up valuable wall real estate. As much as it pained me to order even cheaper bookcases, I had the idea that the short three-shelf ones from Walmart ($15/piece, ack) would create a wall unit that would solve all the wall problems and I was right. And, bonus, they don't even really look like they are $15 pieces of particle board. One day she will have to replace them with something far nicer, but for now they are the perfect thing.
The final grouping of stuff on the wall is a combination of things we already had that were appropriated from other areas of the house (Story People frame, Grandma Watson's buttons which is on loan), things she or I made (open frame picture holder, watercolor triangle canvas, 9 square embroidery frame), things she already had (M marquee light, colored pencil photograph I gave her a couple years ago) and things we bought new (folded paper ornament, Emily McDowell print, ice cream print from Land of Nod). We might add one little banner thingy but for now we're calling it FINISHED.
We also knocked off an expensive sign we saw for over her bed, and it fits the color theme from the wall:
She watercolored 15 squares of watercolor paper and then I ran them through the Silhouette one at a time, which was a little tedious but turned out perfectly. We found the sign at Hobby Lobby and painted it white, so the entire thing cost $17 + some paint.
This does not replace the forthcoming before/after post about how this room wasn't lovely yellow when we moved in, but rather horror show splatter paint, but that's for a different day. : )
How about you? Did you finish anything up this month? Make sure to stop by Monday for August's interview—it's a goodie!