First, thank you to Roxanne for having me today and letting me share a project with you from my daughter’s playroom! My name is Ruthie and I blog over at Refashionably Late.
I’m slowly finishing Lucy’s playroom and I can’t wait to share the final outcome with everyone! Only a couple small projects left to tackle and it’ll be ready for it’s reveal! If you aren’t familiar with my blog, head on over and see a few of the projects from Lucy’s playroom that I’ve already done:
When I moved to Minnesota and bought a house my mom was happy to unload a few of my old toys and furniture. A couple of my favorite items given to me was my little table which I redid and you can see how it looks now in the Lucy’s Art Center post and this adorable old toy box of mine. My mom actually got the toy box made for me and painted it herself. Isn’t she talented? I think it’s adorable but it needed a little updating to go with the decor of the playroom.
The first order of business was to prime the toy box. I gave it one good solid coat (I should have done two) and let it dry overnight. I decided to paint the toy box, the children’s table and my IKEA Malm dressers all at the same time. It was a little crazy but hey I was efficient! 🙂
After the primer was dry I then painted the toy box with about 3 coats of Sherwin William’s Ardent Coral. Remember how I said I should have done two coats of primer?! I wanted my old table and toy box to match. Here is a pic of the toy box after two coats of paint. I was hopeful to only have to do 2, but seeing how this dried it was evident I needed 3 coats! The rocking horse was still faintly visible on the front of the box.
After all 3 coats of paint dried, it was time to stencil the top of the toy box. I used a stencil I purchased at Michael’s. The trick to stenciling is to fill your roller with paint evenly and then roll it on top of a paper towel and remove most of the paint. This way when you roll over the stencil it does not bleed and it creates a perfect pattern from the stencil. For a more detailed tutorial on stenciling head back to my blog on Monday, September 14th as I’m doing a post for Cutting Edge Stencils.
I love how it turned out and I think it is the perfect addition to Lucy’s playroom. I love how the table and toy box now look like a set. If you want to see the final reveal please sign up for my email list and you will get all of my new posts sent straight to your email box! Just head on over to my blog, www.refashionablylate.com and there is a sign up form at the top.