We actually decorated Elsa’s room in our old house just before we moved; the opportunity came rather unexpectedly to buy Baylyn House, so we were in the process of transitioning Elsa from her ‘baby room’ to her ‘big girl room’ including out of her cot ready for her little brothers arrival. She never spent a night in the room as we decided it wouldn’t be wise to unsettle her to then just move & do the same again anyway, but I absolutely loved the look, so decided to recreate it in this house.
This is how it looked in our old house (to see a home tour of our old house click here) –
I decided not to use chalkboard paint in this room however like above as the wardrobes are huge & the room faces North so needed to be as bright as possible.
The colour on the walls is Homebase Home of Colour ‘Silver Mist’ which is a very pale grey & the best of the few samples we went through however if any of you have used grey paint before, you’ll know how difficult it is to get the ‘right’ grey. A lot have blue or purple undertones as well as be very changeable in different rooms/lighting. It is SO hard to find one that looks pure grey. To be honest, i’m not 100% on the grey in this room as it does look quite blue in certain lights.
The built-in wardrobe doors were originally unpainted wood however really darkened the room so I decided to paint them. I went with what I thought would be the quick/lazy option of using Annie Sloan paint due to not having to do any prep work, however now would highly recommend NOT using it for such large areas as it took 4 coats to look even & the same number of tins of paint which at £18.95 a pop worked out ridiculously expensive. I’d recommend going the proper way of using primer/undercoat/sanding. At first I used ‘Pure White’ which I hadn’t used before; for some reason it had a strange green tinge so I won’t be using that again & went back to my normal warmer tone of ‘Original White’.
I also replaced the handles with pink ceramic ones which were £2.99 from Homebase – available here.
My favourite part of the room is Elsa’s decopatch chest of drawers which you can see how I made here – I’m a lover of all things Cath Kidston & wanted her room to be girly but also suit her for years to come. She loves florals & pinks so i’m lucky she isn’t a tomboy!
On top of her chest of drawers is –
A Polkadot lamp & a glass ‘sugar & spice & all things nice’ storage jar both originally from B&M Bargains
A ballerina storage tin & light up bunny both from Home Bargains
A Jellycat bunny bought by my Nan which holds great sentimental value (too special to play with!)
A wooden fairy & unicorn carriage
Babygirl ‘little girls are made of sunshine, cupcakes & fresh morning dew, these are the reasons, little one, why everyone loves you’ quote frame from The Range
Also I made the scrabble family picture by using an Ikea Ribba frame, leftover fabric from the chest of drawers & some scrabble pieces off ebay (£2.98 with free P&P for 100 tiles available here).
I bought the toybox off Gumtree for £5 & painted it
The rocking horse was a Gumtree find for £5
I also made these decopatch letters using the same method as the chest of drawers with leftover fabric
Patchwork blanket & cushions from Dunelm Mill (cannot find it online anymore unfortunately)
The huge wooden ‘E’ deserves a very special feature from the lovely Meghan at @loupy_designs or view her Facebook here – I wanted a real statement piece & am totally in love with it. Painted white with pink edging & standing at 60cm tall, it fits perfectly…also you all know i’m a sucker for anything monogram. I would have loved one of her 3 letter monograms but as Elsa has 4 names (Elsa Mary Amor Valentine) it wouldn’t have worked! This size costs £47.00 painted in a colour of your choice.
Love, Charlotte x