Master Bedroom Makeover Madness


I have completed my master bedroom makeover - at least for now.  I only have two projects left on my plate - to build a new headboard (can't do it until I can work outside again) and to find a new bedspread, duvet cover and/or quilt.  I had hoped to find a new bedspread right away, but I haven't seen anything that I liked yet.

What to do with a Cloche


I won this gorgeous cloche from Martina at Northern Nesting and ever since then, I've been trying to come up with an idea of what to display...



At Christmas, I bought a whole lot of vase fillers that were on sale at Superstore.  I jammed as many of the grapevine balls into this cloche as I could, but something was still lacking.

Then I came across teeny, tiny battery operated led light strings and I was in love.  I wound the light string around the balls and sat the cage on a square of burlap.  I tied a teensie black lace ribbon around the base of the little bird and VOILA!  I have a little night light that is perfectly lovely.


Cheers!


Latest Painting & an Uplifting Quote

Today I came across a quote being shared on Facebook that really lifted my spirits.  I hope it does the same for you:

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.

It never was between you and them anyway."

-Mother Teresa

In addition to this, I finally finished a piece of art that I started working on before Christmas.  It was another "healing" piece for me.  I am very proud of it and when I read Mother Teresa's words today, this painting instantly came to mind.  I think they belong together.


I am so in love with earth tones right now!  Glorious greens, yellows, grays and browns.
"Wind & Light"
24x24 Acrylic on wrapped canvas
Have a wonderful day!

Fleur de Lis Strikes Again!

OK, so I lied.  This week's post was supposed to be my bedroom makeover room tour, but when I was taking photos, I decided one of my nightstands still needed a little work.  It was just too bland.  I found a picture of a fleur-de-lis design on someone's blog (sorry, can't remember where I saw it now!) and printed a copy of it so I could trace the design onto the nightstand top.  Then I painted it in.




Here is the poor little drab thing before I painted and stencilled it.



Isn't it just so much better now?



I loved the outcome so much that I made a sign out of another Graphics Fairy French street sign.   I am determined to visit France someday soon!!!




Cheers!

A little bit of France

More master bedroom makeover madness...

Still working with my Ikea nesting tables, I moved from the writing desk makeover to the two smaller benches.  I was growing tired of painting everything white, so I took a different approach with the larger of the two benches.  I chose the French postcard graphic from the Graphics Fairy website and enlarged it to an 11x17 size.  Then I traced the image onto the bench top, separating the postmark from the address.  I just used a sharp pen to trace through the paper and then a black Sharpie to darken the images.




Then for the little bench, I painted the top the same creamy white as all the other furniture and hand painted a fleur de lis on it with the words printed out in script underneath.


I added a box around it to frame the painting and then wiped a damp paper towel over the top of the finished drawing that wasn't dry yet.  To finish it off,  I sanded the edges of the bench to antique-fy it.
Then all I had left to do was paint the last two pieces of furniture in the room.  They got the white paint treatment to match all the other pieces.  (The after photos are shown first.)



 I decided the tables needed a little extra dressing up, so I added a fleur-de-lis pattern.



Much better don't you think?

Yay, first major project of 2012 is DONE (even though I did start it right after Christmas...)  To see the full master bedroom makeover click HERE.

May all your projects be huge successes!

Cheers!

A Little Writing Desk


I bought three nesting tables from Ikea several years ago.  I love them, but I was a little tired of the wood stain. The largest of the tables is used as a writing desk in my bedroom and during my master bedroom makeover project, I had to do something to freshen it up.  I was so happy with my dresser makeover, I decided to use the same look on the table and chair.  I also cleaned the stained wood with Murphy's Oil Soap, oiled it with mineral oil and buffed it to get a really nice sheen.

Here are the photos:

BEFORE
AFTER


I love this chair but the wood doesn't go with
anything in my house!

Here it is painted & lightly distressed.
I also made a bulletin board for myself using a frame I bought at a garage sale for $1, two pieces of cork from the dollar store and cardboard backing.


The rosaries (circa 1900) belonged to my grandparents, the photos are my sweet Lucy when she was a pup, the lavender is from my garden, the Otter card was a purchase I made in Sitka, Alaska during a cruise to Alaska and the two silver shells are from my holiday in the Maritimes.  I love looking at this bulletin board - so many lovely memories!

Can you tell I love all things France???

After I finished the job, I went back and changed out the knob.
Looks much better now!

Tune in next week for the next installment of "Master Bedroom Makeover Madness".

Happy decorating!

(Holy crap am I glad that orange paint is finally gone!!!!!!!!!!!!)


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