Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My sitting room is almost done

So the study on the main level has become my sitting room.  The hubby decided to use one of the bedrooms upstairs for his office as he said the study was too small.  Now at first I thought about painting all the woodwork white in here to make it bright and cheery.  Then I came to my senses and said why go to all that work.  So I decided to do an old world theme instead.

So here is the study before (with the furniture of the previous owners).  I didn't get a before picture of it empty since it never really was before I painted it.  I had to work around furniture and boxes.

So I like to remove light switch and outlet plates before I paint.  When I removed the light switch plate in this room I got to see what color the study was before the previous owners painted it this pinkish beige color.

I don't think that I could handle this room being teal and brown metallic.  I think that the original owners were into metallic faux painting.  When I took down the cornice board in the dining room and removed the brackets the wall had been faux painted with gold metallic.

I used two colors on my walls.  The one on the right is the base color and then I took some dark brown paint and applied it to create an old world effect.  I don't do anything fancy,  I just use damp paper towels and applied the darker color in a circular motion.  I make it heavier in some areas to make it look like there are more colors.

I am still need to hang some things on the walls and finish decorating the fireplace mantel.

The piece of furniture on the wall by the door is an old sheet music cabinet that I found at Goodwill for $20.  As you can see in the picture below it needs some work.  Yes that is tape on the left side.  The door doesn't stay closed so this is a temporary fix.  I was thinking about painting it but not too sure.

This is the wall that I still need to hang something on.  I was thinking about putting a corner shelf there and I have a metal container that I thought would look nice in between the bookcases that I could fill with greenery or flowers.  I am still working on my desk area on the right so no pictures of that wall yet.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring has sprung in the kitchen

This morning I decided to decorate my kitchen table for Spring.  I thought I would keep with the theme that I used in the dining room using orange and green.  I would have liked to put more on the table but it isn't that big.

I am so ready for Spring.  The weather has been in the 50's and 60's these past few weeks but the forecast towards the end of next week show possible snow/rain mix.  I would rather have the rain since all the snow has finally melted from my yard.  I have that itch to plant flowers but I know better.  The rule of thumb here in Colorado is to what until the end of May.  One year I planted in the beginning of May since the weather had been so nice and then it snowed and killed just about everything I planted.

I love this jumping bunny that I found at Home Goods the other day.  

Here are a few different angles of the table.

I also found the bunny plates at Home Goods the same day.

So here is what the breakfast nook looks like.  Now I just need to get some Spring decorating done on the kitchen island. 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Couple more bookcases done in the study

I have four built in bookcases in the study and I have finished decorating three of them so far.  I still need to finish the other one and get the fireplace mantel decorated.  I still would like to add more things to the walls also.

This side of the room has bookcases above the wainscoting.  The bookcases on the opposite side go to the floor.  I still need to hang something on the wall between the bookcases.  I did do a faux finish on the walls to give it an old world look.

Here is the close up pictures of each bookcase.

Here is one of the full bookcases by the fireplace that I finished a few weeks ago.

Here is what I got done so far on the mantel.  I am still trying to figure out what to put on each side of the clock.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to beef up a wreath

I was wanting a greenery wreath for my front door so I could just add flowers to it for the changing seasons.  I wasn't able to find anything that I liked at the local stores so I was looking in a catalog and found one that looked like it would be perfect.  It looked nice and full in the picture so I ordered it.  Well needless to say that when it arrived and I took it out of the box I was a little disappointed.  It did not look as full as it did in the picture.  Since I didn't want to return it I decided to "beef it up".

The before wreath is on the left and the after on the right.

Here is a full door shot of the before wreath.

Now the after shot.

This looks much better on my door.  It fills up the space much better now.  All I did was add more greenery that I already had.  Of course I know that most people don't have as much as I do.  I used greenery every where in my home plus I have lots of extra in bags and boxes.   My hubby calls me the Queen of Greenery.

So now I just had to add some tulips since it sure has been feeling like Spring here lately.  I even see some bulbs coming out of the ground.

Looks much better with some flowers on it.  Now if I can just get the porch cleaned up so I can try and get it decorated.

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