From a home improvement stand point some people are visionaries. That's me! I can dream and research and have everything set in my head of how things should happen. Most times, when I attempt to actually make it happen, it doesn't quite turn out the way I was hoping. But, then there are people who are given the vision and they make it happen. They don't care about what the vision is, just making it happen. I'm married to one of those people. Most of the time, this is a pretty good match, but I've gone off the deep end this time....
I have decided that I am going to give each of my kids a room worthy of Extreme Makeover, Home Addition, only for MUCH less money. Instead of new furniture, I'm painting theirs. The Husband cannot understand why I am doing this instead of packing the house (ummmm...Honey, we still need some pots and pans and the coffee maker since we're not moving for another 4 weeks. In fact, let's just load the coffee maker in a backpack on moving day and it can ride in the van with me so it doesn't get hurt).
Here's where the Ty Pennington in me starts to kick into overdrive. Anyone watching the show sees his OCD, ADD nature and that's me right now.....should I go with the natural varnish maple planks or the enhanced maple plank or the country maple plank?....Oh My Word! That's just the floor.....don't get me started with the paint swatches.
I'm really trying to keep this a surprise for the kids, the only input they had was for a theme and a color or two. Here's what I have to work with and so far, so good....
#1 - "Pop Star" looking funky, hot pink and black. I'm trying to keep it reasonable since I keep telling her in 3 or 4 years she may not think it's cool anymore! She's the one with the paneling. I thought a mirrored closet door will also make the room appear larger and help her get ready.
#2 - "Garden room", we found this gorgeous reversible JC Penney bedding set at Gabes for $24.99! It is in bright watercolors with flowers and butterflies, but not traditional looking butterflies, no butterfly could ever match these unless it was hand-painted. This is presenting a challenge...so I'm thinking of having a friend paint a garden mural on one wall and hanging up some white picket fencing. Yes, I'm serious. Any takers?
#3 - "Pool Room" - this kid is part mermaid and wants a pool room with a lifeguard chair. She can't be easy and want a "beach theme", no it must be pool. This very small room will be blue and she wants clouds. I have found some cute flip flop accessories, but thought a cloud or flip flop blanket would be cute, so keep your eyes open and let me know if you see one, kay?
So far, so good. It is the painting that could be challenging. I'll be sure to take before and after pictures. Maybe I'll actually surprise myself and not look at it and say "Why did I do THAT?".
I want you to be able to hear my kid's happy shrieks when they have their "reveal"! They've been working so hard to get ready for this move I want them to know I appreciate their good attitudes.
Oh...and, please pray that The Husband catches my vision and doesn't scowl so much! I would hate for his face to freeze like that!
And, I guess I should also be praying that I make my requests reasonable, that would only be fair!