Miss N's room...a dummy project :)

Way back when I posted about Tasha's room...
it had black walls (previous owners) and she wanted to keep them,
so we found a way to make it work.

Well, it turns out the best way to get your child over wanting a black room is to just let them have it!
This spring, she asked me if we could paint her room,
because it was too dark :)

Of course, hon - what color would you like?


umm.... white?!! Are you sure?


To make a long story short,
we painted the walls, painted out a few accessories we already had,
and added a few new bits for a super fresh new look.

There's been a lot of little projects in the space,
like her jewelry display.

Today thought you may like to see another.

Tash chose a color scheme based on a box we found at homesense,
and I'll show you that later this week.

The palette we were working with was azure blue, black and white.
It felt a bit cold, though, and for a teen, needed an injection of fun.

That's where the fluorescent came in!

It's been sneaking into Miss N's wardrobe, so why not her room?

Last spring we went out "junktiquing" together, and lo and behold,
there it was - a dress dummy.

Tash negotiated a price of $5.00 (she's gooood!)
and into the truck she went,
in all her crumbling glory.
At this point, I'm thinking, "who need's a fancy restoration hardware version?"

When we got home, a closer look revealed she needed some work.

The fabric cover went out,
then we decided to give her a "neckotomy",
I sawed off the uneven bit with my favourite fancy tool,
an old steak knife :)
Then realized the top needed to be smoothed and hardened, 
because it was still crumbling.
Another very technical solution, hot glue!
I heaped on copious amounts, then spread it all over, like icing a cake...

Voila, finished neck.

A coat of BIN spray primer, and we thought we'd be good to paint.

The problem was that the entire form had texture, and not in a good way -
and it was still fairly fragile.

It needed a coat of something to harden it and create a better surface.
Since it had texture, why not go with more texture?

Out came the modge podge, and some tissue paper.
(I have to admit, at this point, the restoration hardware version was starting to look like more of a bargain!)
A coat modge podge, then tissue layered on top, working in the folds folds and creases.

Perfect. Sigh.

From there we needed a stand.... and this girl was surprisingly heavy.
I had planned to use a coat stand but could find one that had the right size pole and was sturdy enough.
So a wooden dowel, painted black, was placed into an old umbrella stand, also painted black.
I used pipe insulation to fill the gap between the dowel and stand.

Stand done.

Then the fun part,
Lily (as Tash has named her) got her color.

Fluorescent pink!

A pretty dramatic transformation....

Yesterday we finished another art project for the room, and today I'm hanging it all,
cross your fingers for some sun tomorrow so I can get you pics... 

happy monday!

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Kerry said...

Anne-Marie! This is sooooo fun! Things like this make me so excited to have a daughter :) I'm including this in my Fancy Friday post this week for sure! :)

Mel said...

What a fantastic save of that poor ol' dummy :)

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

That is so fun and fabulous! Totally worth the work to fix it up!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

What a fun and funky transformation, and so perfect for a teenaged girl's room.
This project probably made all the 'dummies' (wink) you've likely worked with in the past now seem like absolute delights!
Great job, Anne-Marie!
~ Wendi ~

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

That is just wonderful and I know how you feel when a project becomes more than you bargained for. My 14 year old would love this!!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

So funny, I posted about a mannequin today too! Love the hot pink on yours.

abby @ a delightful design said...

You're the most fun and stylish mom I know! Can't wait for the reveal.;-)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Oh you're such a tease. I can't wait to see the room tomorrow!!! Love that mannequin. What an amazing job:)

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

OH i love it! What a creative combo you two make!!!

Anna (Minted Photography) said...

So fun!! It looks great!

Ryann (Project Gadabout) said...

I love this project. I have a ton of old dress forms in the garage and now I know what to do with them. One again you've given me plenty of inspiration!


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