We have one bedroom which is just plain tiny. Just perfect for my, umm…relaxed child. Okay, not really relaxed, as much as a slob. Left to herself she’d have piles on piles all over the floor. You could lose yourself in the clutter. Heck, you could lose your baby and a dingo in there. So this room, being tiny, would be perfect. Not enough room to create a really big mess. Manageable. Perfect except for one thing…the 60s. More specifically, the hideous 60s mirror tiles that the indulgent parents at the time allowed their daughter to adhere directly onto the plaster walls (What were they thinking??? I’m picking up the scent of long ago hemp burning here). There is no understanding this. It’s just butt ugly. The owner of this home, the one that we are currently renting, is the same indulged daughter. She actually still has a fondness for these mirrors (Bless her heart!). I’ve been meaning to do something to disguise them, on a temporary basis, for some time now. I couldn’t put it off any longer. My girl actually made the effort to clean her room. Grumpy manned the vacuum and cleaned the rug for her. I needed to show my support and encouragement. I also had very little cash to throw around. I grabbed a $20 and ran to the Dollar Tree.
I’m not really a huge fan of these places, you can’t just go there with a list and get what you need. I do buy some things there- like my green scrubby things for the kitchen. Those come in 5 packs and are a bit too big for use. I cut them in half, giving me 10 scrubby things for $1. These stores are great for that kind of purchase. They’re also sometimes the best place to go with just a little money and a blank canvas.
This time I got lucky. I went to the stick on shelf liner section and found a lovely toile-ish pattern, perfect for a girls bedroom ( Four rolls at $1 each). My girl’s style is more anime or cos-play, but she didn’t get to have a say. Those mirrored tiles were a reminder that sometimes we have to take the lead with these things. Besides, it’s only temporary. After finding the paper, I realized that I’d need a border of some kind to finish the edges. I could have put a frame around in, but this seemed a bit too much. Instead, I went to the testosterone area of Grumpy’s world and grabbed some 5/8″ electrical tape (1 roll at $1). This is perfect- just like the shelf paper, it can peel off and stick again and again if you need hang it crooked, and comes off easily.
We also have some good sized scraps left over. I’m thinking about decorating a lamp shade to match!