When Karli left home I boxed up all of her memorabilia and quickly turned her room into a vision of Black and White French Country. It is a little bit on the "girly" side but it is after all the guest bedroom now. Karli and her husband are welcome to come and stay anytime they want.
I think this room shows what can be done with a fairly small budget, several do-it-yourself projects, and some great finds. I do really love to paint furniture black. I started out by painting the oak headboard (probably a sin, but it works). It had been in the room since Karli was in Jr. High. I then found the tall dresser, vanity, and one table at garage sales. One little side table had been Karli's Grandmother's. I repaired as needed, sanded, and gave them all the same paint treatment....two coats of Krylon Flat Black spray paint, followed by 2 coats of Minwax Spray Polyurathane in Semi-Gloss.
The room began with the Black and White Toile Bedding purchased from Target. I made the checked pillow.
This wonderful old table was a garage sale find. The fabric covered bulletin board and lamp were found at Hobby Lobby. The small picture is of Karli's Grandmother (my mother) Doris Lee as a child and the clock and door knob collection are vintage.
This small old table came from Karli's Grandmother. The purse, gloves and hat are all vintage but the black hanging and two Eiffel Towers are Ross finds.
The vanity is vintage as are the old make-up jars, tray, and black hand mirror. The large mirror on the wall came from Karli's Grandmother Lois.
An assortment of old frames, an old Victorian picture and small reproduction dress forms from Hobby Lobby adorn the wall beside the dresser.
The tall dresser is decorated with assorted "girly" stuff and a favorite of mine, a suitcase.
The vintage dress form also holds a special place in my heart!
My decorating projects never end...still on the list for the French Country room is to paint the window trim and doors white. Then I have matching Black and White Toile drapes I am going to remake to fit the windows. I'd also "love" to find an old crystal chandelier to hang in the center of the ceiling. Ooo La La!