Perfect Match - One room complete

@ellie333 (21029)
May 29, 2009 3:53pm CST
My I have been a bust bee as I have just finished decorating my younger daughters bedroom. It was originally white walls and three of those had grafitti on them from everyone that ever visits our house and concert tickets in clip frames (the grafitti on the white walls was in black marker, pink paint or silver spray) and last week I found a perfect wallpaper for the fourth wall black grafitti wallpaper with the grafitti being in believe it or not white pink and silver. It looks fantastic especially as her furniture is all in silver and black too. Room still very light and spacious because of the three white walls. Not only did I find the perfect paper but it was only a third of the price of most heavy decent papers. Really pleased with myself as I haven't hung wallpaper in a while. What was your last DIY project and was it successful? Please share. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
3 Jun 09
The room sounds gorgeous, Ellie! (I bet you keep peeking in and feeling pleased when you go past the door!) I remember letting our youngest daughter paint and decorate her room when she was about 19 - she chose turquoise walls, lilac trim, and had a narrow, gold timber beading around the bottom of the cornice. She had turquoise curtains with gold painted patterns, a purple doona with gold hearts ... it was/is a very bright and funky room! Strangely, she actually only lived in it for a few weeks, and then moved into a farmhouse with her fiance ... so we still have that room, and our daughters stay in it when they visit! (Must admit, I can't wait to get it back to a more traditional state before we put the house on the market ...)
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@ellie333 (21029)
4 Jun 09
Hi Guybrush, Your daughters bedroom does sound rather bright especially against the black of my daughters. Funnily enough my daughter was only here for a while after the bedroom originally done as she was made redundant and the only job she could find was in the same town as her father lives so she stays there during the week. She thinks her room is fantastic though and I do peek LOL and even slept in there one night as the black curtains stopped me waking too early as the sun very bright in my room from about 4 in the morning. Huggles. Ellie :D
29 May 09
Hi ellie, I'm bet it will look nice once its all done, I have done any DIY for years and hubby is pretty useless so I will have to ask my friend to help me out when I do mine but I haen't thought doing any yet. Love and huggles. Tamara xxxx
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Tamara, now this room is done I will make a start on the others one by one as I get the time/money. I am pleased with how it has turned out. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
29 May 09
The room sounds cool. When it's done you might consider putting a picture up here at myLot. I think it's awesome that you can hang wallpaper. I've seen comedies of people trying to hang wallpaper and getting it all botched up. (I think it was "I Love Lucy".)
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@ellie333 (21029)
29 May 09
Hi Joyce I have just been given an excellent camera from my brother and as soon as I have worked out how to use it LOL I will upload one. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
4 Jun 09
My last project was curtain making for most windows in my home...there are a lot of windows! I also painted my room. Once, it would have taken me a couple of days...a day for each coat...it took me a week! I was in so much pain because I was having to use steps for the high bits and my knees hurt when I go up and down. I also had to bend to get to the low bits because I cannot kneel down. It was not as good a job as I have done previously. If I had not done it then it would still not be done...the mistakes are barely noticeable - it's only me that sees them. How great that you found that wall paper...that's a bit spooky actually, that you found something to match the wall you created yourselves. Does your daughter love it? Hugz sweety..xx
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@ellie333 (21029)
4 Jun 09
Hi MsTickle that must be really awkward because of your kness so well done you for actually doing it yourself. I have slowed down a bit too, I remember wallpapering a bedroom years back whilst my daughter was at nursery but this time just for one wall it took me over two days. Very spooky perhaps the designer was one of her ex mates and picked up on the idea who knows. I buy ready made curtains as the one thing I really cannot do is sew, not even a button. huggles. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 May 09
It was a year ago when I did my dining room......but with vacation coming up I have a project in mind.....painting my stairwell to the up stairs..It seriously needs to be done. Then I plan on doing my bedroom....new carpet etc. I finally found someone to help me though....as I need to rip out the carpet and do a few other odds and ends to complete the project. Sounds like her room is very pretty!
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@ellie333 (21029)
1 Jun 09
Hi Jill, I remember you doing the dining room last year but the stair well is a major and one I will put off as I haven't got the safety ladders to reache the ceiling up the stairs and last time I painted I taped a paintbrush to a long pole but the cutting in was a nightmare and may save up to get someone in for that one. Sounds like you will be keeping busy, glad you have help though. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
31 May 09
wow sounds absolutely wonderful. I never decorated my rooms like that before, I am not much of a decorator I like to write but I do not have that kind of artists talent though.
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@ellie333 (21029)
31 May 09
Hi Winterose, You are just so creative with your writing though, an amazing talent. I am pleased that the room came out well especially as I haven't hung paper for a while. Deciding which is the next one to decorate, either the kitchen or my bedroom I think. Huggles. Ellie :D
@littleowl (7157)
30 May 09
Hi Ellie, that is brilliant, you are a jack of all trades! At the moment I haven't even painted my front room am still undecided about the colour! As you know that is a long time now...as for hanging wallpaper i have never tried doing that and don't think ever will..painting will be as far as I go, but good on you hun you have done a great job and am sure your daughter was thrill xxed too..huggles LoLo
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Littleowl, I haven't hung wallpaper in a while but it is not too bad to do and this one other than the paper being very heavy was okay as I didn't have to match up as edges were just plain black. My daughter here now and really pleased with the result. Huggles. Ellie :D
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
30 May 09
Hey there Ellie. That really sounds.. interesting to see - care to share some pictures ? I would really like to see how it looks now. I don't think i ever had any DIY projects...
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Elitess, Well when I work out how to use my new camera I will upload some pics for you. It does look effective. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 May 09
I used to help my mother papper a room in teh U.K. What a pain! But this sounds so wonderful. does your daughter love it? I don;t really do DIY projects anymore but am going to be hare hanging mirrors and art work this afternoon. I like to change a room around stil!
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Cynthiann, Oh my daughter loves it, thinks it looks great. I will upload some pics when I have worked out how to use the camera LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
30 May 09
I tried to do an accent wall. My living room is painted off white. I watched a show on TV (not good) and it looked so easy. I decided to paint the wall behind my TV. I went to the store and choose a color and painted the wall. It looked great after I had painted a majority of the wall. Then I had to paint where the walls come together and where the wall meets the ceiling. I went back to the store and bought several "edge" painting items and tried using a compound that the man at the store said would stop it from bleeding over. The edges are done, but I still do not like the way they look. That is my problem with DIY. I always know where I screwed up. It probably looks fine to everyone else, but the edges still drive me crazy every time I look at them.
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Simandsexy, I know what you mean about the edges I always have problems there myself especially on the landing as I just can't seem to ever reach high enough to cut in properly. They make it look so easy on TV don't they? One thing I have found that realy helps when painting edges is to cut a paint brush at an sloped angles and just put the pointed bit into the edge, tip for when you try another accent wall either that or wallpaper it. Huggles. Ellie :D
@Humbug25 (12551)
30 May 09
Hi ellie333 Well done you! When do you want to come around and help me do mine? I am useless at DIY. Have lived in my house nearly 2 years and it hasn't had as much as a lick of paint! I have put some tile transfer tiles in the kitchen and bathroom but that is about it. A friend of mine has offered me some left over red paint to do a wall in my dining area so I am waiting for her to bring that around and rope her in to helping me do it!! Hope all is well with you X
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Humbug, Well just shout when you need me and I will drive up and give you a hand, I have always had to do my own decorating but it has been a while since I put paper up but I have done a pretty good job. I am gradually working through the house but this room is now complete, even laid a new carpet in there a couple of weeks ago, that was hard work but worth it. Been in a dip recently but things looking up again thanks, big huggles. Ellie :D
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
30 May 09
I'm glad that it all worked out really well for you. I have never tried to hang it myself either. I heard it is very hard to do.
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Steph, Shame I haven't worked out how to use my new camera yet but when I do I will upload a pic as I am really pleased with the result. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
30 May 09
Sounds cool. The last DIY project? Moving to California, things worked out okay, we had to ditch some stuff but we got here with the things we needed.
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Gitfiddleplayer, Moving is a major DIY progect, glad things all went okay. Huggles. Ellie :D
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
30 May 09
What an excellent idea for decorating children's rooms, no matter what their ages! Would be good for boys too, just with a different color than pink. Now I wish my son was younger, I'd love to do it in his room. Oh heck! I'd like to be younger and have MY room that way! Looking forward to pictures when you get familiar with your new camera!
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Catdla, Wherever we have lived my daughter has always been allowed to have at least one wall in her room where they can write poems, comments and draw pictures and each house we have moved from we have taken a picture and then had it enlarged and it goes as a picture on the new wall. It is interesting readfing some of the comments and dates and also to see over the years who we are all still in contact with and if you stick to either just a black pen on white or a couple of colours no others it looks effective and not messy. Once I find out how to use the camera I will upload some pictures LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
29 May 09
I don't know about that! Cheers to your younger daughters' bedroom! You are so considerate! I don't know how to decorate the rooms. Others just do the job! So, I have never just thought about the decoration thing! This is the reason that I will never become a designer or something like that. My sister's major is costume designing thought it is quite different from decoration. They are both sort of designing. Anyway,she is more pfofessional.
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 May 09
Hi Hiddenwing, I only do it because I have to I would much rather someone else do it for me. Huggles. Ellie :D