Tuesday, July 27, 2010

No Window? No Problem!


Just Make One!
This is the painting I showed you yesterday. It hangs on the wall behind my daughter's bed.
My very talented father-in-law painted this as a gift to Lauren when she was born. He also built the rocking chair from yesterday's post for her 1st Birthday!
 I consider him a true Renaissance Man!
It obviously needed more so we began with molding and used this handy-dandy tool...



$12 at Lowes can buy your hubby a lifetime of projects!
So, we framed it out and it looked like this...



Better, and similar to what we did in our son's room. But being that this is a little girl's room, I thought it needed something more!
Then, I found this...


 Tucked into a back corner at "Aunt Bee's", it was the perfect thing to bring in some character! One long shutter that we promptly cut into 2 and it only cost me $15! Next I attached a large picture hanging bracket.


I hung one shutter on either side of the molding and suddenly, we had ourselves another window!
I think the view out this window is even better than the real one in her room! Here's another look...
The panels I made with fabric I purchased on Ebay. It was 10 yards of fabulous decorator fabric for only $80! I used it throughout her room and I'll show you some close-ups later on in the week as we continue the tour of Lauren's room! Here is one more look for good measure...

P.S. Yes, that is a crib you are looking at. And, yes, she is turning 3 this week so we are working on the transition to "big girl bed" but after one attempt, it came down to leaving her in the crib for awhile or giving up naps and having her not fall asleep until 10pm every night! You can guess what won out! Mama needs nap-time just as much as her girl does!






*If you are coming over from Courtney's party, this is one of my very first posts and I thought it would be fun to link it up this week!*








8 comments:

Christy said...

V-
I never knew that your father in law built that rocking chair? Its beautiful! I love the picture and the window design. I love Lauren's room.

Vanessa said...

Thanks Christy! It's so great to have friends who also love all things "Girly"!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

How wonderful to have such a talented FIL! He creates such beautiful things! I love the frame, the shutter and the curtains! GORGEOUS! I am loving the tour...can't wait to see more!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a very creative idea. I would say she needs her naps and you need that time, too.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Love the window you created, be sure to get LOTS of hugs in because they grow up TOO fast. I blinked and my baby is 28.
Donna

Traci said...

Oh how I wish I could sew!!! The curtains are gorgeous!!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Vanessa~
I love this post!!! What a great idea to create a 'window' and so special to have that painting and the rocking chair made by your father in law! You have some great treasures right there! The fabric you chose is beautiful too!! Thanks for sharing this at my party!! :)

Brenda Kula said...

What a wonderful idea! I think this falls under: if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I live in a garden home and there aren't many windows here. Might just steal your idea!
Brenda