Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

So the basement "face lift" is nearly complete (click here to see reveal). In fact, the room is being christened this morning as we host a playdate for some of Peanut's school buddies.

But there is a very special section that will be off limits to these young lads…Belle's club. Seeing as how most of the basement is "man space", we felt it important to designate a special area just for the princess of the family. And here it is in all its pinkalicious glory.

The Girls' Club, as she named it, started off as a cedar closet under the basement stairs.

Belle & I set to work painting the bland space from ceiling to floor the perfect shade of bubblegum pink. To achieve this, I simply mixed and matched paints I had on hand until we found the shade of pink that was princess, tutus & cotton candy all rolled up in one.

I held to my DIY resolution and with some ingenuity, the whole project turned out to be free…just repurposed what was already laying around the house (plus the borrowed quart of magenta paint--thanks YiaYia and Bopi).

After the "room" dried, I banished Belle upstairs as I prettied up the place. Mainly this is a safe space to keep American Girl dolls and all their tiny and tempting accessories. So I treated it as a walk-in dollhouse, designating a dining, kitchen, and dressing area.

The club also features its own gallery wall.

Our family portrait Belle drew after Bear was born. I love how she drew the baby laying down:)

Along with a repurposed lampshade chandy and area rug.

Belle's reaction was worth every hour I spent crammed in the tiny closet.  Love you baby!

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  1. How cute! I know she will enjoy having her own space. Thank you for joining the Open House party this week.
    xx, Sherry

  2. How sweet! So nice that Belle has a space of her own. I love that you included her artwork.

  3. What a fun play space! I LOVE it! :o) And what a huge difference just painting the walls did! Thank you so much for sharing at the Paint it Party!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy


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