1980’s heart shelf that I “water-stained” red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon
Whoo hoo! It is Friday…let’s do a little dance…speaking of dance…I love the original Flashdance movie…and Dirty Dancing…Patrick Swayze…bless his soul….
I am glad that it is Friday considering my rambling mood! Well, let us get back to the post at hand, and let’s do a little dance and have a flashback moment….
Lolly Molly Art and Sweet Sorghum Living have been a part of my life for a long time. Way before social media and blogs, I was creating….
Today, I would like to share with you a “big girl” bathroom makeover. Please sit a spell with me, and enjoy a blast from my past…at least my creations were better than my hair and fashion!
I remember it like it was yesterday. Abby was tired of her Winnie the Pooh bathroom decor. She was wanting “big girl” stuff…and at the time, orange was her favorite color. She also loved ladybugs, butterflies, fish, and “fuzzy stuff”. We looked everywhere for her “vision”…after months of looking, I decided that her “vision” was more like a “dream” and something had to give. What was a mom to do!
I wish I could say that I had a divine revelation…but it was more like a nudge…just a little push that would lead to much bigger pushes.
Every bath needs bright storage! Abby picked out everything for her “big girl” bath. From the shower curtain to the rug, she was involved in the process. She helped paint, decoupage, and decorate.
I took Abby to the local Sherwin Williams, and we picked out wallpaper, wallpaper border, and paint. It wasn’t what I had imagined for her bathroom; however, I thought that it was important for her to be part of the creative process and decorating. My reasoning was that it was just paint…and a bit of wallpaper….
She found ladybug shower curtain hooks (if you look carefully, there are ladybugs in the wallpaper border), “green fuzzy stuff on a string” (to match the green in the border), silk butterflies, and glass vases that she adored and wanted in her “big girl” bathroom. It was my job to figure out how to make her “vision” come to life, and Stan’s job to hang the wallpaper!
The nightlight that Abby and I made together for her “big girl” bathroom. We decoupaged tissue paper to the shade and hot glued “fuzzy stuff” (as Abby called it and still calls it) to the top and bottom of the shade. We had so much fun creating this together…and to this day, Abby is the best “hot-glue-gunner” I know.
Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her “big girl” bathroom. Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling…I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she insisted on using!
I must admit that the “big girl” bathroom was a challenge. It was not easy incorporating all the things that Abby wanted in her bath….There were moments that I wanted to remove her from the decorating committee, but I am so glad that I didn’t.
Today, she is creative and fabulous…running the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, creating her own DIYs, and decorating her new “big girl” bathroom in tranquil glam (as she calls it)…stay tuned to the “Two Blondes and a Stan” segments to see exactly what “tranquil glam” involves!
Every bath needs a classic art print! She spotted this print at the local Fred’s. After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom. Her little face lit up…and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.
I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall! Yes, my new house has one….hopefully, not for long! My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar. One of my favorite things that my dad has made…I know, right? A toilet paper holder is my favorite! But is gorgeous…a work of art!
At the end of the day, it was not exactly what I had imagined; however, it was fabulous in the eyes of a little girl. I am so very thankful that God was whispering in my ear to let her be creative and not to squash her “vision”!
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and flashing back to days gone by…
Be sure to take a gander over to www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com to see my little girl all grown up and fabulous!
Love and Hugs,