Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Than a Bedroom Painted Gray . . .

In a thrift shop in Auroraville I found a thick, black and cream toile comforter for $25.  And  later, at Stevens Point Hancock fabrics I saw a bolt of black and cream toile linen fabric--a match to the comforter fabric.  I bought the toile bolt containing 11 yards--enough to make (4) panels if I were careful and made no mistakes. 

With purpose and full of hope, I made a trip to Appleton to find more black and cream toile fabric.  Yes!  Found another 5.5 yards.  Plenty of fabric to make pillow shams, and then some.

Below, a photo of Elizabeth Prinz my great-great grandmother.  Jon and I found the ornate rocker at an auction last summer.  I'm amazed chairs like these go for so little.  We're delighted to give it a home and call it our own.
I admired the bust of "Chatelaine" sitting in a used-books store.  I looked at her for 3 years, made an offer and brought her home to decorate a bedroom.  Busts are either eery or cheery.  I like her.  However, Jon feels differently, telling me he'll not be sleeping in the East bedroom any time soon with two women staring at him and a third snoring in his ear.  Ha. Ha.

How to position the drapes?  Tell me if you like divided (above photo), or like this photo divided?

I'll pick up some smaller rings to pull the drapes upwards another 2 inches.  That ought to take care of the light gap between the top of the drapes.  I chose not to move the drapery rods up higher as they will cover up the flower motiff in the woodwork block.  I'd rather embrace the light gap than purposely cover up the woodwork.

The old radio, a gift from DH Jon last year on Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

East Bedroom - Paint Color

Tuesday April 20 - the new bed arrives!  I'll be dressing the room and posting new photos.  Check back again to see it.
The color for the East Bedroom is Valspar "Split Rock".  I had some fun with DH Jon, when he asked me about the color I told him it's called "Mud Slide". 

It's always difficult to get good read on a photograph showing the actual color.  You'll have to use your imagination It is a warmer dove gray--a gray with a touch of brown.  I repainted the floors--previously they were a butterscotch color and were in tough shape.
I chose an expresso color for the floor enamel by Valspar.  The color chip is "Coal".  This is the long north wall where I'll put the bed. 

I'll let the floor enamel sit for a week, then apply a second coat next weekend. The sleigh bed and mattress are scheduled for delivery mid April.

 Fabrics for the East Bedroom. 

The last project upstairs is the long hallway, 28' long by 5' wide.  I'm counting it as one room.  But that project will have to wait until next fall.

It's time to start on the outside work.  We're building the dormers next on the second story of the garage (art studio).  I have some exterior painting to finish the south gable ends of the house.  Please Lord, send the wasps to someone else's house this summer?  Amen.