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From: Bama
Date: 03-19-2007, 10:53 AM (1 of 19)
My 15yo daughter has been begging to redecorate her bedroom to get away from the flowers and butterflies look. :wink: I told her if she cleaned it out and got rid of alot of stuff, we would start on it. She started sorting through things yesterday. It's amazing at all the *stuff* that she has in there.
She wants her room in dark shades of blue and purple. We found some perfect brocade fabrics on clearance a while back that she wants throw pillows made from. I have some sheer fabric from my stash to make window scarves.
I was out shopping yesterday and looked at some spreads and comforters that were on clearance. There was one satin patchwork set that had a coverlet, shams, and dust ruffle that were exactly the colors she wanted. Blue, teal, black, gray, and purple. However, it was king sized and she has a full sized bed. It was marked down from $80 to $30 so I bought it anyway. I hid it in my car trunk and told her about seeing it when I got home. I told her it was too bad it was king-sized because it was exactly the look she was talking about. She said, "Mom! You could have cut it down to fit my bed and put on a new binding. We could have used the left-over pieces to make more pillows!" I was so proud that she thought the same way that I do that I told her to go look in the trunk. :up:
Looks like we have a new project. I hope I can size down the dust ruffle to fit her bed too. It should be simple, it's not gathered.
User: Bama
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From: lendube
Date: 03-19-2007, 11:34 AM (2 of 19)
That's terrific, Bams! I'm assuming she loved it.

I think the hardest part will just be to navigate the huge proportions. :shock:

I'm sure it'll look great.

User: lendube
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From: Bama
Date: 03-19-2007, 11:53 AM (3 of 19)
Yes, she loved it. :up: I told her we won't start on it until her room is clean. That's one way to get her to get rid of some clutter.
If anyone has creative ideas on what else to do with the left over fabric pieces, please post them. She has a purple mosquito netting to hang over the bed too and a beaded curtain to hang somewhere. She hasn't decided if she wants it to cover her closet or behind the bed. Maybe we'll go back and repaint the walls when school is out, but not before. The walls are already blue. She wants them purple.
I think it's going to look like the inside of a genie bottle, but that's what she wants. I hope it will look nice.
Now to start cleaning out my sewing room so I'll have space to work on it. :dave:
User: Bama
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From: Magot
Date: 03-19-2007, 12:17 PM (4 of 19)
How about using some of the fabic to make pictures for the wall. I am thinking of those modern look solid canvas which are covered in fabric.
Make three and group them together. I would think you just need to staple the fabic over a piece of MDF.

A laundry bag to match the room - gets rid of the dirty knickers and socks laying around?
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Raine
Date: 03-21-2007, 10:46 PM (5 of 19)
Hi Bama! We painted my daughter's room deep purple a couple of years ago. I love it! It's very comforting to sleep in; even my mother loves it when she stays overnight. It's a blue purple, not a red purple. We also painted the ceiling with Sears pearlescent paint; a mauve color. We used the same paint in my son's room, but silver. It's very cool. It takes two coats--roll on the first coat and sponge another coat over it. After the first coat, it looks horrible!

There are lots of inexpensive silver accessories out there. We found a heart mirror and the letter "S" (for her name) at TJ Maxx. She made the fleece tied pillows.

We had the most difficulty finding the area rug. (We had pulled out the carpet, but she needed something over the hardwood floor.) I found one, but it sheds a lot.

Good luck! It will be great!

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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-21-2007, 11:47 PM (6 of 19)
Cornice boards...(get some cheap foam ones from JoAnn's and either glue or poke the fabric in...)

Shades..easy to make....

custom cover her headboard...easy with staples/hot glue...

does she have a bench at the foot of her bed ??? if not find a cheap coffee table and upholster it or make a cushion for it...(JoAnn's cheap foam again)

Chair ??? make back and seat cushions for it. (if not, buy one cheap and paint it and then make the cushions.)
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From: Bama
Date: 03-22-2007, 10:40 AM (7 of 19)
Great ideas! :up: I think we'll hit the thrift stores one day to try to find a bench or chair and a night stand that we can paint. Hadn't thought about using some silver with all the purple and blue. That would look great.
I dread when it's time to paint on the purple. :whacky:
User: Bama
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From: temom
Date: 03-22-2007, 11:06 AM (8 of 19)
This sounds like a very cool project. I wish I could think of interesting things like you all do. Maybe if I hang out here enough, I'll pick up some of your talents by osmosis.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 03-22-2007, 03:04 PM (9 of 19)
I love the sound of this room - can I come and live in it. :bg:
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From: Bama
Date: 03-22-2007, 04:05 PM (10 of 19)
Sure. I'd bet you would keep it cleaner than dd does. :whacky:
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From: LoveSewin
Date: 03-30-2007, 07:35 PM (11 of 19)
Just a suggestion for the dust rufflle - I had to make mine queen from king, and just added a pleat in the middle. The mistake I wish I hadn't made was serging off the excess fabric, I wish I would've left it and just stitched it.

Good luck! Sounds like it will be a cool room!
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From: lendube
Date: 03-30-2007, 09:21 PM (12 of 19)
That's exactly what I did and it worked great! I left it just because. Didn't think to do otherwise. Stitched once to the size I needed and then stitched down the flap of fabric.
User: lendube
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From: Bama
Date: 03-31-2007, 11:01 AM (13 of 19)
I was wondering if that work. Thanks :up:
Now to find the time. :re: I just hope DD's room stay clean long enough to get it finished.
User: Bama
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From: Patty22
Date: 03-31-2007, 11:37 AM (14 of 19)
Geesh Bama.....I am coming to visit YOU! Between your great buys and yard sales I am thinking you are a bargain magnet!

Now, is your daughter saving space on her wall for the Hot Block wall quilt?
User: Patty22
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From: Bama
Date: 03-31-2007, 12:38 PM (15 of 19)
Why yes she is Patty. :up: She has a whole blank wall.
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From: Judi
Date: 03-31-2007, 01:35 PM (16 of 19)
Don't dread thee purple paint. I let my 10 yr. daughter paint her room a realllllly bright yellow, and she and her friend painted bright orange daisies and butterflys all over the walls. She chose a spring green sheet set to make bedspread and curtains and we finished it with a green striped area rug. she chose the colors - and was delighted with the results. She did keep it cleaner too. After she moved out, we went over the walls with a covering gray primer and then painted the walls a soft blue. My 3 boys chose dark blue and white for their room.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
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From: Patty22
Date: 03-31-2007, 05:08 PM (17 of 19)
Bama, tell her I'll be sure my block is really hot for her room.

About purple.....My sewing room is in the basement so I wanted to be sure it always looked warm....... like a sunrise or sunset...... so the walls are an egg yolk yellow, light purple ceiling and the trim is painted a porcelain pink.

The purple ceiling makes the room as it diverts your eyes and gives the room more height than what is there.

This past Christmas issue for Mary Engelbreit magazine they had a purple room and it was gorgeous with white and red holiday decorations. I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it....... but for some reason the purple came across as neutral.....almost a grey with the red and white. It is amazing how colors react when they are next to other colors.
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 03-31-2007, 07:02 PM (18 of 19)
Sounds really nice...I can't wait to see pictures!

I painted our dining room an eggplant purple. As soon as I get some energy back, I'm going to paint glossy stripes so the walls looks like satin-striped sheets. The furniture is all pretty dark, and the drapes and table cloth are ivory. I think it looks very elegant.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-01-2007, 08:35 AM (19 of 19)
My daughter had a purple bedroom. It was great.
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