One Room Challenge: Week #4, Kas Colorful Room

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I can't believe we are already at week four! This is the part in the challenge where you see your vision truly come to life.  

I was THRILLED to partner with Tonic Living who agreed to make the Roman shade for our little girls space.  They are one of my favorite companies, and their fabric selection they offer is OUTSTANDING! My original plan was to do a valance in the Paint Palette Punch fabric, and a white roman shade with matching pink banding.  Last minute, I decided to simplify it with a white shade and a outside border of the floral pattern. The shades came in the mail yesterday, and I literally squealed in delight when I opened the package.  They. were. perfect!!!!


Within two hours I had them hung.  I will update a post on hanging them in another post, but lets just say anyone who owns a drill could do it! Here's a sneak peek: 

Amazing, right? 

My week was filled with painting projects.
It started with the dresser.  I had refinished this not so long ago, but it didn't match the color scheme.

I have heard rave reviews on this Amy Howard, Lacquer spray paint.  This eggplant color was a risk, but I thought it would tie in the magenta color beautifully





The first coat went on smoothly, but I panicked a bit with the color. I called a handful of people to talk me off the edge of backing down from this color, and decided the colors would play nice together.  See the fabric swatch laying next to it?  Looks great, right? 




Two coats of the eggplant color, and a couple of top coats later it was done.  I rolled the drawers a nice matte white, sealed them with a few top coats, and my dresser was done!  The spray paint went on really smooth,  but the sealant that you spray on was crazy blotchy.  I ended up rolling the top with a poly coat and a foam roller just to even it out.  Not sure where I went wrong with it, but in the end it turned out great.


Next onto the light fixture.  If you recall in the original board I put together, I planned on keeping her original light



But as the room evolved, I realized she needed something more bold, so I found this Ikea one







But the color was all wrong, and it wasn't anything a couple cans of spray paint couldn't fix!
  I went with a white matte finish for the outside.  This is my FAVORITE spray paint ever.  It literally bonds to anything and with an amazing finish.





After the white dried, I flipped it over and sprayed the inside with this bold magenta color.





There's that fun stencil again! 

SO much fun!


Remember that adorable artwork I shared last week?  I took it to Hobby Lobby and got it framed!  I splurged a little and got the museum glass put on there so there was no glare.  I think it looks pretty sweet! 


I'm working on adding some pizzaz to her bed this week, and show you her cute little bedding! I'm also adding some SUPER fun finishing touches, Including this cute little growth chart.. 

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I am grateful for the companies who trusted my vision for this space and partnered with me on this room!



Check out the other amazing designers over at Calling it Home, and follow along!
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One Room Challenge: Week #3, Kas Colorful Room

Thursday, April 21, 2016

This is the part of the challenge that gets fun.  Packages have been arriving that have been filled with all sorts of fun things for her space, but my FAVORITE piece arrived over the weekend when I picked up this custom art.



I have a friend who is an amazingly talented artist.   I had been looking around at different pictures of whimsical animal art for her space, and came across this flamingo one.  I instantly knew I wanted a picture of our little one with a flamingo!  

She asked me to send a profile picture of our little Kasandra, so I sent her this one.


Within a few days, she had something sketched up.  After a few back and forth's, we landed on this! Isn't it the sweetest?!!! She is amazing!  My goal is to get it framed ASAP because I am so paranoid about something happening to it!



I re-evaluated the board and batten plan for the walls.  Originally, I thought it would add some much needed texture to the space.  Once the room was painted and I taped off where the bed and dresser would go, I quickly realized that it would be a lot of work with little effect. Her room is small and once everything is put back in place you would hardly notice a wall treatment.  So I decided to add some crown moulding and call it a day. 

We purchased primed, four inch MDF crown pieces. Normally I would have chosen wood, but considering this would be on the ceiling in a kids space, I went with the most economical. 

After two coats of this paint, we were ready to install.  
Our good friend Handy Andy came over to lend us a hand, and thank goodness he did.  I kind of forgot that you need to be a certified genius to figure out the cut angles on crown moulding.  Even with a jig to follow we still somehow managed to make wrong cuts, and I found myself back at Home Depot buying another twelve feet of moulding.  

As soon as we figured out the angles for the corners, it went really fast, and a few hours later it was done!


 I puttied the holes, caulked the corners, and touched it all up.  It looks fabulous!


We also started assembling the bed.  I've never known a five year old so interested in home projects.  She took the tool and went to town.  Sure it took three more hours than it should had, but she was so happy to be involved, so I let her go for it! 





Here's the updated schedule: 

Week 1: Prime and paint trim, windows, closet.  Paint the ceiling white. Order remaining items

Week 2: Paint the walls and begin the wainscoting.  Add pattern to ceiling

Week 3: DIY projects and start bed assembly

Week4: Drapery arrives.  Finish up painting, and all DIY projects

Week 5: Install week, take pictures and finishing touches

Week 6: FINAL REVEAL!

Stay tuned.. You don't want to miss the next update!  Follow me along over at Instagram for some other sneak peeks throughout the week.  Follow the Hashtag: #kascolorfulroom

Check out the other amazing designers participating in the One Room Challenge and then head over to Calling it Home to see the featured designers!


I am grateful for the companies who trusted my vision for this space and partnered with me on this room!




One Room Challenge: Week #2, Kas Colorful Room

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Week 2 has arrived and I'm am so happy to have this week behind me.  It was an exhausting week of paint, paint, and more paint!  We primed & painted the walls, the ceiling, the trim, and the doors.



When that was done we painted the ceiling again!  This time, with a stencil.  My friends over at Royal Design Studio sent me this stencil to try out for her room.  

About two rows in, I asked myself, who's bright idea was this?  Oh yeah, it was mine (insert eye roll).  No really, it was a only hard because you practically had to bend in half to paint it on the ceiling, but the actual stenciling itself? Piece of cake!  



  Royal Design Studio sent a super helpful tutorial along with the stencil, and I would recommend following it down to a "T."   I will do a full tutorial in another post for those of you that want to know more.

From start to finish, the ceiling took us two and a half days, and by "us" I mean my son and I.  Somehow I coerced him into helping me.  He's such a good sport!


 I LOVE the way it turned out!   

Shipments have been arriving, and I have some super fun surprises up my sleeve.  One of my favorites is a custom art piece an artist friend of mine is painting for her room.

Here's the updated schedule: 

Week 1: Prime and paint trim, windows, closet.  Paint the ceiling white. Order remaining items

Week 2: Paint the walls and begin the wainscoting.  Add pattern to ceiling

Week 3: DIY projects and start bed assembly

Week4: Drapery arrives.  Finish up painting, and all DIY projects

Week 5: Install week, take pictures and finishing touches

Week 6: FINAL REVEAL!

Stay tuned.. You don't want to miss the next update!  Follow me along over at Instagram for some other sneak peeks throughout the week.  Follow the Hashtag: #kascolorfulroom

Check out the other amazing designers participating in the One Room Challenge and then head over to Calling it Home to see the featured designers!


I am grateful for the companies who trusted my vision for this space and partnered with me on this room!




One Room Challenge: Week #1, Kas Colorful Room

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This is it!  The week the race begins to start a room and finish it in six short weeks!  I am SO excited to take part in this Spring's One Room Challenge, in partnership with House Beautiful Magazine.  This widely anticipated event takes place bi-annually and is hosted by Linda at Calling it home. Over the course of six weeks, 20 chosen participants upload their progress every Wednesday.  In addition to this, guest bloggers (such as myself) can participate in this challenge to complete a space from start to finish.  Every Thursday we will be uploading our plans and documenting progress on the spaces. 

After completing one One Room Challenge last fall, I feel somewhat seasoned at this.  
Still, my palms are sweaty, my mind is racing and I feel like I'm jumping into an episode of 
The Amazing Race!  

This year I chose to do our little girls room, and I have big ideas...


 This was her room the day we purchased our home three and a half years ago.  

Before

And then I painted it and did this:






I know, what you're thinking.  That's not so bad, why are you here?  

A broken bed is why! 


I purchased it from a flea market, and it broke almost the day we set it up.  The side rails were completely warped on one side, so the bed fell to the ground if someone over 30 pounds ever sat on it.  Super ideal.

Since we were in the market for a new bed, we decided to go with something more practical.  She has the smallest room in the house, and so downsizing to a twin seemed logical.  It would free up more space for her to sit and read or play with her dolls.

After much back and forth between a bunk bed, and a regular bed, we landed on this "high bed" from Ikea.  This was high enough to create a little nook underneath, but not so high we have to worry about our five year old falling off a lofted bed!


Now onto the fun part.. Inspiration for the room!I knew I wanted girlie fabrics mixed with some modern and playful patterns! I started at one of my FAVORITE online fabric stores, and found this amazing combination




Scrolling though Pinterest for some inspiration just sealed the deal.  I wanted lighter walls with punches of color and pattern!

Photo Credit: Lonny 
Photo Credit: Laura Winslow Photography
Photo Credit: Domino

From there a vision was born for her space.  I made this board several weeks ago, and have already changed my mind on the wall color and the patten color for the ceiling, but I am SO excited to get started.





The overall feel for her room will be light and bright.  

Photo credit: Beddy's

 I plan on adding texture to the walls, and some fun DIY's that won't break the bank.  

Photo credit: Honeybear Lane


Here's the schedule: 

Week 1: Prime and paint trim, windows, closet.  Paint the ceiling white. Order remaining items

Week 2: Paint the walls and begin the wainscoting.  Add pattern to ceiling

Week 3: DIY projects and start bed assembly

Week4: Drapery arrives.  Finish up painting, and all DIY projects

Week 5: Install week, take pictures and finishing touches

Week 6: FINAL REVEAL!

I am grateful for the companies who trusted my vision for this space and partnered with me on this room!



Check out the other amazing designers over at Calling it Home, and follow along!

Follow along for sneak peek's on Instagram!  Follow the Hashtag: #kascolorfulroom


Check out all of the One Room Challenge Participants Here!