The time has come. Our family on the doorstep of a major milestone. Everything we’ve known for the past three and a half years is about to change. We’ve reached the time for… the Big Girl Bedroom. (Sniffle, sniffle.)
I have to admit that because of our daughter’s height (she’s crazy tall – 97th percentile), she hasn’t looked like a toddler in a long time. But when she started asking for her room to be a “big girl” room a couple months ago, I wasn’t ready for it. We’d transitioned her from a crib to a toddler bed a while back, but left the rest of her room essentially the same. But now she’s… well, she’s over it. So, it’s time to take things in a more sophisticated direction. We’re still on a budget, so our first move is to remake some of the elements in her room, starting with the marquee letters that spell out her name.
(Side note: She’s three and a half, so obviously we named our daughter before a certain Disney movie came out last winter. It still rankles me that the sweet, original-but-not-weird name we chose went from the 587th most popular girls name to the 88th in the span of six months. Whenever I call her in the grocery store, the head of every small child within hearing distance pops up like a prairie dog. Awkward.)
I wanted to cover the letters with a metallic element, but didn’t really want to paint. My first instinct was silver leaf, but oddly, I couldn’t get my hands on ANY silver leaf in my zip code. None. Not one single sheet of silver leaf at any of the craft stores in my area. Plan B was to give them a more rustic treatment using leather. But that was going to be expensive. The solution? Pleather. Yes, PLEATHER. It basically jumped out at me (literally – it fell off the shelf in front of me) at my local fabric store. I’d always associated pleather with the hideous patent-leather-cat-suit kind of look, but this was silver and had a cool pattern, and it was… pretty. Whaaaa? I snagged a yard and brought it home.
It’s PERFECT. Super easy to cut, lightweight and easy to glue. And those letters? Looking pretty grown up. I think Anna, Olaf, and the gang would approve…