Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sophisticated Decor For A Horse Loving Girl

Cami's room makeover is in full swing.  The walls are painted and the concrete floors are done. I haven't moved her back in yet because I need the give the floor some time to cure. 

She has been sleeping in the living room for the past 3 weeks. Not ideal, but we don't have a guest room for her to sleep in so there wasn't another option. The makeover has oozed all over the rest of the house, but it's almost done.

While waiting for the floor to cure, I've been working on some other projects for the room.  Cami has requested a horse theme.  I thought about painting a mural, but she's a pre-teen and I'm not sure she would out grow it by next year?    Here is my solution.  I found this add in one of my magazines.  I liked the bold color and the crisp white together.  No plaid, no over the top horse decor, just classic with a modern update.  Check out the painted herringbone floor, love!

I painted the room Benjamin Moore Poolside Blue.  I found a bamboo chair on Craigs List and re-did it for her room.  I also found a dresser and painted it. 

Here is my latest project.
My incredibly stylish friend Wendy over at Simply Brookes posted about white lacquer antlers .  Here is a picture she took at Z Gallery from her blog . 

See the white horse head?
This is the direction I'm going.

I have had these Breyer Horses since I was a kid.  My mom saved them and gave them to my my girls years ago when they were little.  They have been well "loved" and played with a ton.  My girls have grown out of them and don't play with them much these days.  They're in a box stored under the bed. 
Being a saver (hoarder) has it's advantages.


I started with horses I already had (free is good) and purchased 1" Flush Mount Hangers and a can of Heirloom White spray paint.

I mounted the brackets (prongs facing down) on the back of the five horses (just screwed them into the plastic horse, sorry horsey) and spray painted them white.

I mounted the matching bracket on the wall (prongs facing up).
These will be over Cami's bed.
Make sure if you hang things above a bed that they are very secure.
We live in San Diego, earthquake country.

  My first idea was to cut the horse down the mid-line and then mount it to the wall, but this way is an easier solution.  Here is the first horse mounted on the wall. I like the three dimensional look and the shadow the horse creates on the wall.

The flush mounts make it very easy to attach. 
The horse side of the bracket just slides onto the wall side of the bracket.

Me Like!

More importantly,
Cami likes it!
(It's her room, not mine)

Here is a mirror I found on clearance at Home Goods
(Me trying to be the artsy photographer)

I still have more to do, but it's coming along.
Giddy Up!

Thanks for checking it out.

The DIY Show Off



  1. oh shan. thank you for the shout out. i'm not worthy, my creative friend. so miss your creative influence in my life. thank goodness for your still make my creative juices flow. you've hit the jackpot again with cam's room. What a great makeover. can't wait to see it all in person...and K's concrete floor. when we finally get back to sd, we could be tackling my floors!
    miss you dearly. thanks again.

  2. ok how adorable is that!!! And just to let you know I gave a little shout out to you on my blog for that amazing Artieriors chandelier find!

  3. Oh wow, I LOVE what you did with the horses!! That is brilliant!!!! Holy moly, there really is a use for everything. This makes me want to never throw anything away; you never know when a flash of inspiration and some trusty spray paint will turn a toy into stylish decor. Love it!!! I can't wait to see the room totally done. I love the bright colors that you're using.
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment about my house! That's been my goal since moving here- to try to make it feel as little like a rental as possible.

  4. Such a cute idea! Love the painted horses. They look great against that teal backdrop!

  5. They look brilliant everything looks so good painted white doesnt it! She will love her horsey room :)
    Popping over from Remodelaholic

  6. I found this post as I was searching for a bit of inspiration for finishing touches in my daughter's bedroom. The horse models on the wall caught my attention because we unpacked our 3 generation collection today. Were you aware the rearing horse model (top center) is one of the most sought after Breyers - easily worth from $300 - $600.


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