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We’ve lived in our house for six years, and yet I know people who moved last month whose houses look more lived-in and together. The problem is that we’ve been renovating much of that time. And while most of the house is finally done, the parts that aren’t done keep me from really settling in. We have a few pictures on the walls only because my husband put them there. Nothing else is really…decorated.
This is even true of the kids’ bedrooms, which is really silly because their floor was one of the first areas completed (OK, they still don’t have doorknobs, but that’s the only thing left to do on their floor). I’ve even bought things to put on their walls over the years, and have just never gotten around to making it happen.
Thanks to an opportunity to work with Disney Paint by Glidden, I’ve found the motivation to get Fiona’s room done. Disney Ultra Durable Paint is virtually odorless while being applied, is washable with soap and water while still wet, and can be wiped clean when dry – you don’t have to worry about fingerprints, juice stains, and other hazards of living with small people. Plus, there are five new specialty finishes to complete a room’s Disney-inspired look. Thanks to Disney Paint, Fiona’s room is going to shine and sparkle – literally!
First, Fiona and I discussed what we could do with her room. I really didn’t want to re-paint her whole room – it already has a pretty purple paint job that has held up well. I zeroed in on the Magnificent Metallic paint in Glimmering Silver, since I though it would contrast well with the purple. The metallic base for this paint comes in a quart size, and can be mixed with 24 different colors. I had already watched the how-to video about applying Magnificent Metallic, and decided that using some stencils would be a fun way to accent her room.
We played around with the Room Painter, and I showed her what her room might look like. She loved it!
It was her idea to add sparkles over everything, which shouldn’t have surprised me, but I really didn’t want to paint entire walls – this was supposed to be a quick project! I told her maybe, and left it at that, hoping she’d forget about the sparkles.
I headed to Wal-Mart, where Disney Paint is sold exclusively. Actually, I went to two Wal-Marts, because the paint guy at the first one couldn’t get the color I wanted to show up in his computer. The same thing happened at the second Wal-Mart, only that guy was willing to mix it and see if it came out right (it did – the name was just different in the computer system). This highlights a little problem with this new product: some Wal-Marts don’t carry it yet, and those that do might not be familiar enough with it to be knowledgeable. It’s easy enough to fix: go to the Disney Paint website first, read up on which finish you want, and make sure that your local Wal-Mart has Disney Paint in stock.
At the last minute, I also made the somewhat crazy decision to cover all of her walls with a second finish, All That Glitters. She was really in love with the sparkle idea, and I figured it was just a clear top coat, not nearly as much work as painting the walls a color. I grabbed a gallon and swore silently to myself for being a sucker when Fiona wants something pretty.
The pamphlets in the store and the Disney Paint website have great guides for what painting tools you need. I was able to get everything on the list.
As part of this project we’re having a room reveal party for a few of Fiona’s friends, so I bought some fun princess-themed favors and activities in Wal-Mart’s party section. I even found some pink cupcake add-ins in the baking section, because of course I’m going to bake!
When I got back home Fiona was really excited to see all of the stuff, both for the walls and the party. We talked about what stencils she wanted for the Magnificent Metallic paint (she’s gone from crowns to stars to hearts and back to crowns again), when we were going to paint, and what other items we might get to finish off her room’s new look, since the Disney Paint colors are coordinated with Disney Bedding and other Disney products, and Fiona can not have too much Disney Princess stuff.
I can’t wait to get started!
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