The Owl Room

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This bedroom idea has been swirling in my mind for well over a year. I bought the paint, and then it sat on my shelf for a long time. A very long time. I finally went and had it professionally mixed (thoroughly shook) again and committed to it. I used Benjamin Moore paint in Milano Red for this project with a high gloss finish.





When using this paint, you do need to sand a little and use a primer. Not a big deal. This paint is so rich and smooth…easy to work with.




I am absolutely in love with this high gloss finish!




I found the bed at Goodwill. Very nice, Jenny Lind, twin bed.







Don’t judge. She actually enjoys sanding. See how happy she is?


The dresser was something I bought when I was 19 years old from a furniture store that sold unfinished furniture . I finished and stained it back then. I later painted it to use in my younger two children’s nursery. It has been in storage since we updated my youngest son’s room.





Again, no judgement. All children are forced to work here. Although, the little blonde one turned in his resignation after …oh…5 minutes on the job. Hey, not everyone is cut out for removing knobs and sanding. It’s a tough world.



I like the contrast of the pale turquoise blue against the bold Milan0 red color.






I found this vintage owl print at vintage fabric outlet that was going out of business. I bought everything they had left in this print. I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store to find coordinating prints.




I made the bed spread to fit a twin bed. I used the coordinating fabric on the edges and added some zig-zag texture over the seams.




I made an owl pillow/doll with extra fabric and a sham to coordinate with the bedspread.





I added blue glass knobs to the dresser to complete my design.




I also painted a watercolor owl and he seemed to fit nicely into this design. I up-cycled an old frame buy removing the country charm art and extra mat. I painted the frame turquoise for fun. I have traditionally been a black or metallic frame kind of gal, but really like the pop of color a bright frame adds. Who knew?





Water color with touches of metallic gold.


What do you think of this room? Would you be willing to give something like this a try?





American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Carissa

    September 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Totes adorbs!

  2. Lindee Katdare

    September 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks Carissa!

  3. Leslie @ House on the Way

    September 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Love the Milani Red! Such a cute room…great room!
    I’m sharing on my FB page.

  4. Leslie Davis

    September 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I just love the colors in the room. But I had to tell you how much I adore the owl painting. When I first looked at the space I was drawn to the “print” and thought how perfect it was for the room. Yes, of course, it’s perfect! You painted it. Fantastic job. You might even consider selling prints of it on Etsy.

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thank you Leslie! Maybe I will. It was fun to paint that. I love the magic of watercolors.

  5. Marina

    September 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Absoulutely Adorable!

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