Thursday, April 28, 2011

something new from something old

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh. 
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too." 
 - Winnie the Pooh

Writing about home craft ideas has never really been my style nor is it the purpose of this blog but I was so pleased with how a recent project turned out that I wanted to share it with you. 
For a long time I knew I wanted to decorate Kilmeny's room with classic Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter. I love the simple watercolours of these stories as well as the stories themselves. Kilmeny already has quite a collection of books by A.A. Milne as well as a few by Beatrix Potter. I have a complete collection of Beatrix Potter's stories stored away for her when she's a little older. 

The walls of her new room are according to our landlord, 'honey yellow'. In other words, almost an orange but a very nice orange. White is the accent color because it goes with everything and tones down the orange walls. We were also given a crib that is white, so we've started a trend already.
I saw a brilliant idea on a decorating blog awhile ago and decided to try it out for Kilmeny's room. In the process of unpacking and sorting through all our stuff, I came across a lot of random picture frames of various sizes and colors. I knew I wouldn't use them as they were but they would be perfect with a little change. 

Voila! Matching white frames after a trip for some spray paint and a few hours in the sun. Kilmeny loved puttering around the yard while I sprayed the frames and we both enjoyed the sunshine. 

The illustrations are from one of the books. The whole project cost a few dollars, a few hours of time and turned out exactly how I wanted it too. They're now sitting on a bookcase while I decide if I want to keep them there or hang them on the wall.

"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when 
I'm a hundred." 
Pooh though for a little. "How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded. "I promise," he said.
- Christopher Robin & Pooh Bear


  1. I've always, always wanted to decorate my kids' rooms with those! They're just perfect. You did a good job =]

  2. Oh my word. That is totally adorable! I think I'll steal your idea....well you told me I could, so it won't be stealing, right?! Love it!

  3. Very cute indeed! You did a very nice job. :) It gives me the thought that I have a few children's books that are falling apart, but have beautiful illustrations - they would also be lovely framed. :)

  4. Ah, I love paint! We spray-painted S&S's gold bathroom mirror/little cabinet to white, and it looks SO much better, and better matches their new bathroom color!



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