Guest blog post by: Holly Westhoff. This post originally appeared on Holly's blog, Adventures of an Almost 40 Year Old Intern.
am so excited to reveal the Yo Gabba Gabba kids room I created for Wildbrain
and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. The contest winner was
a single mom who has 3 kids - a boy age 11, a girl who is 7 and another who is
2. Up until a few months ago this entire family of 4 was sharing one bed
in one room the mother rented in a house filled with lots of other people.
The mother is a driven gal who worked really hard to get a Habitat for Humanity
home for her family and did it!
wanted to share some of the overall room photos with you in this post and then
in the coming days I will be posting about each of the DIY projects separately
so you can get the full download. And there were lots of
them! Aside from the Yo Gabba Gabba toddler bedding, beds and the toys
and books (available at your local Walmart store!), everything else in the room
was a DIY project anyone can recreate in their own home.
bedroom I made over is being shared by the two young girls. I was told by
their mom that pink is their favorite color. I wanted to be sure to
create something that lasted years for them and didn't feel in any way like a
baby's room. After all, there is a 7 year old living in this room and
she's almost a tween! So, I kept that goal in mind every single step of
the way... from choosing the pattern we painted on the wall, creating the
designs on the re-purposed vintage furniture, picking the fabric for the
curtains and comforter on the twin bed and creating the groovy art adorning the
the last month I have been working on all of the projects packed into this
room. I painted the rug, painted and decoupaged several pieces of vintage
furniture, created custom art, curtains, made throw pillows, pom poms, a
comforter cover... My friend Alison helped with all of the sewn items in the
room and I am so grateful for her as I could never have done it as quickly or
as well on my own! And then this week I had a team of volunteers helping me
paint the room, assemble the beds, and work on a couple of last minute
projects. I couldn't have done it without their help and am so very
grateful that all four of them arrived at the house with a positive attitude
and a can do spirit that stuck with them throughout our 14 hour (yikes!!!)
day! I had never met any of the volunteers before we worked on this
project and just enjoyed every moment of working with them. All 4 of them
work on the Yo Gabba Gabba show... three of them are stars/dancers/characters
(David, Nicole and Anna) and one (Hanh) works in the paint/set department (and
boy, was I grateful for her help during the whole painting
process!!). We were given one day (I thought they were kidding when
they cut my originally promised 2 days down to one!) to pull it all together
and I am happy to say we did it!
was a lot of work and a long day but seeing the big smiles on the kid's faces
and tears of joy in their mom's eyes when we showed them what we did really
made it all worthwhile. Because that is truly what this project was all
about! Oh, and I received the ultimate compliment from her 11 year old
son when he saw the decoupaged shelf unit I created. He said "man,
next morning the mom told me that her girls were so excited to sleep in their
new beds (a first for the 2 year old!) and the 7 year old even made both of
their beds when they woke up! She loves it so much she wants to try to
keep the room as it was and can't wait to invite friends over to see it.
Oh, and their older brother, who once thought he was too cool for Yo Gabba Gabba?
Well, he now has some of the cool gear in his room too!
GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the folks that were so kind to donate their products for
the creation of this room!
Behr Paint - How fab of a color is POETIC PRINCESS?!
The girls love pink and this shade delivered!
Frog Tape - The ultimate tape for any DIYer if
you want great results when painting a cool design on your wall!
Color Services Photo Lab
- See those big Hipstamatic photos above each bed??? I emailed photos
taken on my Iphone and these guys printed them to 30" x 30" and did
an AMAZING job!
Blick Art Materials - The guys at the
Beverly Blvd store were kind enough to dry-mount the wall photos for me! They
rock and if you live in LA, I highly recommend you visit their store on Beverly
The curtains and twin bedding you see in the photos were made using fabric by
Hoffman Fabrics. It is their Gabba pink design. Such a great
pattern for a kid of any age!
Vecco - The makers of the
round painted rug I created for the girls. It's a new painted rug kit.
ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU to those that helped me so much in bringing this
friend Alison was responsible for breaking out her machine and sewing the
curtains, duvet and pillows with me and her daughter Maddy pitched in as
well. Amy at Mod Podge Rocks
was great about giving me technical directions on how to decoupage my furniture
with stickers as I had never done it before! And Hanh, David, Nicole, and Anna,
my new Yo Gabba Gabba family friends, who taped and painted and assembled
furniture on installation day and did so much more working nonstop for hours
and hours (14 to be exact!) with the best attitude and sense of fun!
David provided the music for the day and he was a great deejay with his
eclectic playlist which made time fly! And thank you to Sabrina, Kelly, Allie,
and Erin and the other folks at Wildbrain for asking me to be involved in the
first place and providing me with all the fabulous Yo Gabba Gabba products used
to fill the room! And to Jo-An at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
great big thanks for all your help in coordinating this with the winning
tuned for the first round of Yo Gabba Gabba DIY instructions tomorrow!
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