The ideas started to flow. "I would like to do my room in a steampunk style." (more about that later.) Soon she was saying, "my room would look better if we painted it".
Hmmm. Painting EK's room is not as straight forward as one may think. Why?
Her room is covered entirely with wall paper... PINK with pink roses, stripes and more roses. This pic almost makes it look ok. The photo was taken at night with a flash which tones down the pink-ness of it. It is quite a dark room due to having one only small window on the southern side of the house and it isn't helped by our girl having a black curtain which she often keeps closed.
I have been doing a bit of research into painting wall-papered rooms. The general consensus is that it is best to remove the paper if possible; a labour intensive task to be sure. Apparently it can be painted over IF the paper is in good condition. The catch is that it also requires significant preparation. ... and there is no guarantee that it will be successful.
I think I prefer the 'I don't want to paint my room."
So what can be done to improve a very pink wall papered room?
One very clever person used wrapping paper to cover a glass brick wall.
This got me thinking about a less expensive solution to the dark but over-powering pink floral wall paper. I have been searching out a paper at a reasonable price in bulk. As it turns out there are heaps of nice prints in 50-60m rolls. We worked out that we would need a full roll and would have to leave a few areas with large furniture pieces lank to get it out of just one roll. At around $43 a roll it still isn't 'cheap'. It is still looking like our best option but I will keep doing my research. It you want to see my girls current faves go check them on my pinterest page. The natural with writing and birds is currently the fave.