Gallery walls are an excellent way to add interest to a room. This is one place in your home where you can tell a story or showcase an interest. In the past I was attracted to gallery walls that were made up of artwork in similar or matching frames. Over time my taste has changed and I really like a more collected look in various frames of gold, white, black, natural/stained wood, or even unframed canvas.
Thank you to everyone who voted for my dining room. Odds are that I will not win, but it doesn't hurt to try - so thank you for your support. Also, thank so much to those who have tweeted and posted about the contest. I really appreciate it more than you know!
It is rainy, snowy, and unseasonably cold here in Greensboro today. The flowers in the garden are shivering, but seem to glow even brighter against the gray day that surrounds them.
This is a vine that grows over our front door. It is Clematis Armandi and is one of the only varieties that is an evergreen. Every March it blooms and the flowers give just a hint of fragrance that tells me spring is here.
Here is a picture of our front porch taken last summer. I get a lot of questions about the paint color on the door. It is Benjamin Moore, wythe blue. To prove what a small it world it is, my neighbor, who had no idea that I had a blog, googled images of blue doors and found my blog. She recognized the door and immediately emailed me. Several people have inquired about the house color too. To be honest, we have lost the paint can. So when the time comes to paint, we will have to pull a chip off the house and have it matched. As you can see, it isn't a true white, but more of a light taupe or putty.
In other news, this is the image I saw Sunday morning when I opened the shade. Apparently we were forked.
After a closer look it turns out that we were forked...and spooned...and knifed. Oh the joys of teenagers! I mean this sincerely. Being a mother of 12 and 15 year old boys is an absolute joy! I'm thinking this was pay back for rolling someone's house the previous night. This might go back and forth a few more times. Really, it is all in good fun - and fun it was.
When I saw how this person transformed her dining room chairs using a sharpie, I simply had to try the same technique on fabric. As I mentioned in an earlier post, all it took was a linen remnant and black sharpies. I used one medium and one small. The medium is best for creating the spot and the smaller is great for the detailing around the edge.
The old frame is one I scored from Mom's basement. By the way, she always has a treasure or three down there. After looking at several stores and contemplating how to proceed with my bulletin board, I found this pack of cork board, 4 for $5 at Walmart.
When taped together front and back, the pieces were slightly larger than the size I needed. To cut them down, I used scissors. This was the part I was most worried about, but it turned out to be super easy.
To secure the fabric to the board, I wrapped and stapled it, but you also use a spray adhesive. (sorry I don't have a picture of this, but you all are visual ;) )
Here it is - my $5 bulletin board. What do you think?
Thanks again for all of the dining room comments! I am always amazed by what a little paint can do.
This image has been in my office inspiration file for a while now. Such a clever way to organize your days. Using a rubber stamp or a stencil, you could also make one for each family member to hang in a central location.
The other day at Walmart, I found these cork boards, $5 for a 4-pack. They also come with adhesive strips making hanging them on the wall a breeze. I love projects like this that are inexpensive and easy.
The dining room is finally finished, well as far as painting is concerned. It took forever to pick a paint color. There must be a million and twelve grays out there and I like just about all of them. Needless to say, this wasn't easy, but I am absolutely thrilled with the color I chose. Also, painting the wall below the chair rail white was probably the best upgrade in the room. For a while now, I have wanted to add picture molding on the lower portion of the wall, but for now a coat of white will buy my husband some time. This is a hint because he reads the blog.
Before I show you the dining room, I thought you might like to see the before.
Not bad, but kind of boring. We got rid of the table and chairs "set", which by the way, I will never buy a set again. I wanted a collected look in here with a fresh vibe so we pulled a table out of storage that was made by a local craftsman. We also scored some old chairs and gave them an update with fabric and paint. The china cabinet is now in another spot and was replaced with the sideboard.
Here is the after. We still need a few things, but overall it is such an improvement.
In an effort to clean up all of the art that is "propped" on the floor in the office, I am taking a hard look at each piece and deciding if I want to use it, store it, or get rid of it.
This piece of original art is one I wanted to keep, but the mat and frame have never been my first choice. I have always loved street scenes and this one looks to be from the 1940's which is very in keeping with our home. Because of the expense involved in making these changes, I decided to see what I could come up with myself.
Going with one of the brighter less prominent colors in the painting, I decided to pull out the orange tones. I picked up a sample bottle of Martha Stewart paint at Home Depot and used my sponge applicator to recolor the mat.
I also gave the frame a coat of gold, but might revisit that because the gold wasn't quite bright enough for me.
Please excuse the paint on the walls. There seems to be a lot of this around here at the moment.
Changes will be made on the blog today, so if you pop in and things look a little weird, please be patient. Hopefully I will have it fixed up in no time.
If you have been following my blog for a while, then you might remember one week last summer when I painted the wood floors in our converted attic. I'm pretty sure this shocked several of you. As I said before, the floors had never been finished and were in bad shape. Painting them seemed easier and more economical at the time than having them refinished which we will do one day. I am happy to report that almost a year later, the floors have held up well and I am still happy with my decision.
The bed you see in the image above was a trundle bed, but our son had outgrown it and wanted something "older". Mom found an old bed for a song and I painted it glossy black.
The contrast of the black bed against the white floor and blue walls was just what the room needed.
I used muslin to make the duvet cover. Muslin is great for this type of project because it comes in various widths and can be used to make shower curtains and duvet covers easily. To add the ribbon detail, I used single fold bias tape in navy. I found the easiest way to get the right placement was to lay the cover on the bed and pin it. Then I ran it through the sewing machine to secure.
The curtains were made from a flat sheet, total cost $12.00. The lamp was already in the room, but I wanted to make it a little more interesting so I added the monogram and ribbon.
While denim isn't my first choice of fabrics when it comes to pillows, adding this red cross to an existing pillow made me like this one a little more. To make the cross, I used masking tape, a sponge applicator, and red fabric paint. It took less than 5 minutes.
The pillow cases on the bed co-ordinate with the flat sheet used to make the curtains. I wasn't about to stress over making pretty shams for this room when I know exactly where they would end up 99% of the time. Also, the other pillow cases are part of a flannel set from CSN that I recently reviewed. Let's just say they are perfect for those cool winter months. The trio of images came from here and here.
Here is the final room. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and so is our tween.