I always feel like a room is a work in progress. For me, I collect pieces along the way and they seem to find their own perfect spot eventually. A lot of Ana’s room was pieced together with stuff we already had, or stuff we found and thrifted. That beautiful copper ceiling light? $20 Facebook Marketplace find. So while looking at these pictures, don’t think I spent a shit ton of money, because I didn’t. We also still have a couple things left to do. I still need to swap out outlets, install quarter round, and paint the baseboards and door. I have new bedding ($7.50 brand new from shopgoodwill.com) coming too!
This room was my childhood bedroom. The first time my Mom painted it for me, she asked me what color I wanted and I told her blue with yellow and flowers. Then it was white and I plastered the walls in newspaper, which looked cool, but the ink was atrocious for the nose. Then it was a teal color, and eventually was sherbet orange with dark orange xxxxl polka dots and ceiling, which is what we painted over.
This is NOT the color I had picked in my head for Ana’s room. I wanted an emerald color, she wanted an electric lime color, Chris came back to the paint aisle to us squabbling about whose color would win like a bunch of loons, so we were forced to meet halfway. I HATED this color at first. I swore if a rainbow vomited, it would be this exact color. But then we painted the ceiling, put a new floor down, and finally hung up that copper light and that Dutch Boy Dill Delight became my favorite. I know white wall everything is in right now, but we are NOT white wall people.
Feel free to comment about where stuff came from, but here are some of my favorite finds:
Tyrannosaurus Rex Poster- this came from Microfiches! They make stunning educational posters of all sorts. They have two more dinosaur posters that I’ll probably order soon. They’re also incredibly nice. Our poster was super delayed from the Canadian Post being on strike and they were super helpful!
Framed Birds Nest- Ana and my Mom watched this nest for a while while there was still aa bird in it, but then she wanted me to get it down for her so she could keep it. We were surprised to find there was an egg embedded in the bottom of it, so of course we had to frame it. I had to order a special shadow box from Michaels for it though and since it was buy one, get one, I now have an extra that will get something extra cool in it this weekend and get hung right underneath.
Display Shelf- These are typekit or machinist drawers! I found Ana’s on Facebook Marketplace for $25 and it was the perfect place for her to put her fossils, gemstones, and Lego people.
Wooden Dinosaur Bones- My nephew had these and we had to get Ana some, so it wasn’t a huge bummer for Chris to go pick them up from Harbor Freight. They’re only $1.99, but you have to buy them in store. We’ll pick up a couple more for Ana so she has the Apatosaurus too.
Dollhouse- One Christmas while Chris was going through barber school, we were super fricken poor. I got the idea to build Ana a dollhouse for Christmas since my Grandpa had some plywood he offered to let me use and paint and scrapbook paper was cheap. I sewed little wire dolls of us and gave it to her for Christmas YEARS ago. She plays with it every day still. Now she’s requesting a dinosaur family for it, which I might just break out all my felt for. I still have to attach legs to the bottom since it’s hard to play with on the ground like that!
*Yes, she has a TV in her bedroom. Chris and I made the decision and we’re not asking for parenting advice so you can keep yours!