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Girl’s Bedroom Update – Before and Plans

Before Casey was born, we happened to live near a baby furniture outlet and we were excited to buy some nice furniture for her bedroom.  Funny thing is that she didn’t actually have a bedroom in our house at the time.  We lived in Navy base housing for the first 4 months of her life and there happened to be a section of the master closet with no shelving where a pac’n’play and rocking chair would fit perfectly.  So she lived in a closet for a few months.

But back to the furniture…it was one of the first things set up when we moved to our Virginia house and Casey got a bedroom.  Almost all of the furniture I/we have purchased in the last 15 years has been dark.  Casey’s bedroom furniture was espresso colored and we loved it at the time.  There was a lot of storage with a tallboy, a dresser and a hutch.  But over the last couple of years it has started to feel heavy and too dark.  It also got damaged in a move and drawers were no longer sliding nicely.

Girl's Bedroom Crib & Rocker

Girl's Bedroom Espresso Dressers

I had visions of white for Casey.  She is fun and energetic and outgoing and the dark furniture didn’t work with her personality at all.  I started putting together a vision of an updated bedroom that would work here in Tampa but also work in our next home where she will have a smaller bedroom.  Casey liked the idea of white furniture and wanted to add teal/turquoise into the design.

I don’t have any great pictures of her bedroom in Tampa before we started this makeover.  I do have a couple of not so great ones that I think Casey took.  I was always to going to clean up and take good pictures but before I knew it, the furniture was out the door!  So here is a little bit of before:

Girl's Room Dark Dresser with Hutch

Girl's Room Tall Dark Dresser

I think I thought there was a lot of baby “stuff” but now I realize that there’s really a lot of 8 year old “stuff”!

First up was a bed.  I regretted the cheap mattress/boxspring we bought for her when she moved out of the crib.  It was always squeaky and not comfortable and I felt like it wasn’t cozy enough for her.  At one point, I ripped open the boxspring and pulled out the huge piece of cardboard that was the culprit in the squeakiness.  That was a good first step toward a better bed, but I felt like a crazy lady ripping apart a boxspring!

I thought a daybed with a trundle would be a great option.  She would get the coziness and room to have a friend over.  Then I found this Ikea daybed…

Ikea Hemnes Daybed

                                               Ikea Hemnes Daybed

It has storage drawers and it essentially turns into a king sized bed when pulled out!  It was my ideal bed but we kept our eyes out on Craigslist for other beds that might work.

I wanted to find a large dresser on Craigslist or a thrift store that I could paint white if needed.  We would be going from two dressers with 8 big drawers and two shelves to just one dresser, so I wanted it to be pretty substantial.  I also looked around at newer dressers, but we were trying not to spend too much money.  I would rather refinish a solid piece of furniture than buy something new that’s not as good quality.

So, I came up with this mood board for Casey’s updated bedroom.  She wanted it to be a little beachy too and loves the wave on canvas from Ikea.

Mood Board for Girl's Bedroom | Capturing the Threads

Next, I will share how our hunt for a white dresser went!


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Craft Room, Part 1

We have a great office space at the front of our house that has become the craft room.  It is a big open space with so much potential for use.  We have all our craft supplies, office supplies, sewing supplies and school supplies in here and it also acts as a kind of mud room for the kids’ shoes, jackets and backpacks.  That is a lot to ask of a room but I think she can handle it.  I have been slowly working on getting it in line with my vision, which I seem to tweak quite a bit as I work and live in the room longer.

One of the first and simplest things I have done in the room is to hang some of my favorite prints and to update the fabric on a bench seat.

This bench has been around for a while and the best part is that it only cost us $12 when we bought it 7 years ago.  A few screws didn’t quite line up so it had been returned…nothing a few new pilot holes couldn’t help.  (And a few curse words from my husband as he fixed that.)

IMG_3634 IMG_5558I put this green/brown/aqua fabric on in Virginia and it was a much needed improvement over the dirty and orange marker stained original.  But it had received several years of dog slobber and kid slobber since then and it was time for something new.

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The general theme of the craft room (and actually most rooms in my house right now) is nautical.  I spent hours searching through the home decor fabric at trying to choose fabric for this room and for some living room window treatments (post to come).  I ultimately went with this navy and white chevron fabric from Premier Prints called Diva Chevron Slub Premier Navy.  I love how it looks and the color kind of pops against the dark wood and white curtains in here.


I picked up the prints from a Zulily sale last year.  I loved the crab print and that is what I ordered.  But, lucky for me, there was a shipping mistake and they sent me the ship blueprint first, realized their mistake and told me to keep it, then sent me the one I ordered.  I found the gray frames at Michael’s.

And that is the first peek of the craft room.