The girls' room finished (And a boy's room too!)

We've lived in our home for almost 5 years. But as I mentioned in other places we are building a family not a house so the renovations we planned so eagerly when we moved in have taken years to realize.

I am so thankful for my father, who has helped moved these upgrades along by coming to visit at various times to paint, install windows, patch plaster and paint some more. Thanks Dad!  Now that my parents live within driving distance Dad is able to pack their little car with painting rollers and his favorite tools (he's a builder and has many, most of which he doesn't bring), come for a few days and make huge progress on projects that have waited a long time for his TLC (talented loving care).

We do our best with the limited time we designate for house projects but we just can't compete with his skill, expertise and tool selection when it comes to home renovations. He is a professional afterall.

The latest project to complete in our home was the girls' room. This is a before photo. What it looked like the summer we bought the house. Look how teeny Brienne is, sigh.

A year or so after we moved in I sewed floral bedcovers to cover the navy blue and red blankets I had used when all three kids (aged 5, 3 & 1) shared one room in our previous rental.  I wrote about that project way back when this blog was a family journal. I used 2 king sheets to make 2 twin duvet covers.  The girls still use those but in winter they throw other blankets on for more warmth, which is what you see in the recent photos. 

The quilt you see on Celine's bed below was made by my mother for me when I was a tween/teenager, can't remember exactly. I love that my girls use it to this day.  I just love, love, love family quilts. (Oh, I almost forgot... the rug next to Celine's bed was made by my paternal grandmother for me when I was a young adult moving into my first apartment).

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, so I made the bedcovers and sewed up some curtains with old sheets and then the room sat... for another 3 years before I finally stripped the wallpaper, which thankfully was an easy job. Not all wallpaper removal in our house has been so easy!

Last fall sometime Dad offered to come and help us with a project and I immediately choose the girls' room. For a time we thought Celine might be able to tackle the room herself, with physical help from us of course, but she lost steam before that even started and instead invested time in a more doable decorating project.

I digress. Again.  Last month my dad came. He patched, primed and painted. Built little shelves to hold the girls' trinkets and when he left the room was spotless... and my room was a mess.

Part of the process of finishing the girls' room was a thorough go-through of every girly possession and major de-cluttering.  

This is the pile of stuff being sold, donated and trashed after that process.

Phew! Cleaning through the girls' room this way has been so wonderful. We've been doing a lot of simplifying and de-cluttering this winter but the completion of this project is a major weight off my mind.  Not to mention Celine and Brienne are so happy to have their room painted and pretty (after 4 years) and I'm so happy to be able to give that to them.  What girl doesn't want a pretty room?

So the girls room is done. Right down to the little details. 

But an unexpected blessing in doing the girls' room is that Laurent was bored while the girls spent time each day going through their possessions so he decided (with a bit of parental prompting) to de-clutter his room too. Two for the price of one! I was not expecting this.

To celebrate that fact I thought I'd include a couple before and after pics of his room also.  Here's the original blog post from that project. Also posted back in the day this blog was read only by family.

Thanks for taking this walk down household renovation lane with me. Maybe someday our dining room will finally be done and I can post before and after pictures of that project also.  We are currently mid-way through that renovation process so it could be a...while.

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  • Francesca

    Francesca on March 25, 2010, 12:01 p.m.

    I love before and after photos of home projects. The rooms look very nice, well done! I especially like how you chose different colors for different walls. I find that decluttering the kids room is a on going job, as each age brings new interests and the space seems to shrink: the basket where all the socks where once stored, is now big enough for 3 pairs of them!


  • Amanda

    Amanda on March 25, 2010, 1:23 p.m.

    I love before/after photos! Your rooms look lovely and peaceful! We've been in our home three (plus) years, and have numerous unfinished projects...sigh. There are so many more I'd like to start and FINISH, too. Oh well, one day something will get done!


  • Leticia

    Leticia on March 25, 2010, 6:15 p.m.

    Your dad did a great job! At least you doing something, we have been living in our house for more than 10 years, and have done little to it. "Building a family, not a house" good one, I will keep it in mind. I love the first picture!


  • Rana

    Rana on March 25, 2010, 8:13 p.m.

    Renee, The girls room looks great. I love to look at before pictures too. The girls look so cute and little then. Laurent's room looks good. I love the color on the walls.

    Thank goodness for Dads with skills! :)


  • Hillary

    Hillary on March 26, 2010, 1:34 a.m.

    Can I just tell you how much it meant to hear:

    "We're building a family not a house."

    Such a timely reminder for us--up to our neck in home improvements!


  • Tara

    Tara on March 26, 2010, 12:43 p.m.

    The rooms look great! I love that you have such wonderful things to pass o to your girls from your pre- mama days! We know all about grand plans for the house and removing wall paper! We have been in our house for 5 years also and all that remains is one room with wallpaper- the kitchen! It has been such a chore- there have even been rooms with multiple layers of wall paper! Despite the work and time it has taken us, I love seeing our house look like ours. De-cluttering. My next project is de-cluttering the playroom and I am DREADING the process but eager for the end result! Congrats on getting the two rooms done! What a blessing that your dad is close and a builder! Enjoy the many more memories to come in your home! Tara


  • Naomi Kilbreth

    Naomi Kilbreth on March 27, 2010, 1:15 a.m.

    Absolutely beautiful! I still dream of when our renovations (which started... 5 1/2 years ago)will be complete, if we're even still living in this house! We've come a long way and our house is looking amazing compared to what it was when we started, but no room is completely finished and we have the missing trim pieces and half-stripped wallpaper to prove it! lol I laughed when people used to tell us it would be 20 years before our house was done, if then, and now I secretly chuckle when other newly weds tell me they plan to buy a fixer-upper... if only they knew!! But it's been a rewarding journey and I know you know, it's wonderful being able to make your house, your home.


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