Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Master Bedroom in the Making

One of my goals this year (and for the last couple of years) has been to make my bedroom the MASTER BEDROOM.  It never has been.  It's has been the center point, the nursery, toddler room, computer central, meeting room.  Everything but a luxurious retreat for my hubby and I.  


After 29 years of marriage I am ready to take this room to the next level.  So by April 2016 I am going to have this done.  It'll be like a 30th Wedding Anniversary gift to myself and my hubby.


Love this room.  It's not mine.  But I could live here.  Linen, chandeliers, burlap.  Can you say Gorgeous?   



I decided this winter, while spending 10 hours sewing TiArra into a gown, that her dress was my inspiration.  She sang "Think of Me" from "The Phantom of the Opera".  How romantic is that?



As I held this dress in my hands it just reminded me of ROMANCE!  Puddles of satin, yards of

 lace, bows, ruffles, champagne colors, broaches and sparkly gems.  I want my bedroom to be all of that.


I created a pinterest board, of course, to keep me on track.  I am torn between this dress and French Country.  So it may wind up being a combo of the two.
Some must have elements include:


This Gustavian Bed  

I love it!  I have never had a headboard and I want one.  I will be making it with my husband. Even more romantic, don't you think?


Side Tables 

Adorable French Country side tables.  Big enough to make a statement.  One for him, one for me.



Lamps 



Mismatched probably, but what color?  I can't decide, but we definitely need some lighting.




















Drapes that Puddle 

Oh how I want drapes that puddle on the floor.  This may wind up being the most expensive part.  Finding luxurious fabric.  Yards and Yards of luxurious fabric.





Side Chair

Some extra seating would be nice
















Ceiling Light Makeover

I NEEEEEEEEEEED  a chandelier!!!!!!  I will somehow make a chandelier that doesn't hang too low.  My husband is tall and it wouldn't be very romantic if he hit his head everytime he walked in the bedroom.










Linens Linens 

I need a new bedspread, shams, pillows, skirt to go with this theme.  Finding it all at an affordable price.























Paint Those Walls!

This should probably be the first step, but. . .  Right now they are about the color of coffee with cream (as is my whole downstairs).  Time for a brighter color.  Maybe a whitewash?


If I could just make my home look like it is off the set of "Pride and Prejudice".  I'd be happy!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Elegant Photo Backdrop

So I told you like over 2 months ago I would show you the finished Elegant Photo Backdrop.  Sorry it took so long.

Here is a finished picture.

Every year to celebrate Mother's Day our Church has a Ladies Brunch. This year I was asked if I would want to create a photo booth.  Of course I said yes.

They didn't have anything particular in mind, but the theme was "Dare to Be Beautiful".  Made me think elegant, damask, pearls.  Then I found out the speaker was handing out pearls, as they went with the message.  So excited!

I started with 3 closet doors.  You can actually find them on craigslist for free all the time.

I cleaned them.  I taped off the edge with wide masking tape. Painted the center white.

That was the easy part. Seriously!  What was I thinking.  

I found a damask stencil on sale at Joann's.  It was $2 something.  It was perfect.  I measured it out (after I got home).  Luckily it worked.  I decided to stagger every other row.



With a big square (the yellow ruler thing in the pic), lots of tape, lots of paper and weights.  I would measure out where it needed to be, tape it down.  Cover everything but the stencil with paper, weight down the paper.  Spray, wait a few minutes, spray.  Dry, remove all of that.  Start over.  A COUPLE HUNDRED TIMES!


Nothing is perfect.  Overspray, etc.  Had to go in with white and a brush and touch up a few.  Twice I actually put it on upside down. Of course I only noticed after I sprayed twice and not before.  I had to let it dry, paint it with white, let it dry, start over.


When all the damask was done, I removed the tape.  Then taped off all the white and damask and painted a black border.

After I took them to the church we used some old hinges to attach them together.

Yes, I needed my husband and boys for this.

We attached a long 2 x 4 across the top and draped the chandelier (we already had) over that.


We added a table with hats, pearls, bracelets, sample lipsticks for the ladies to dress up in.  We also had a free standing mirror for them to use.


It turned out fabulous!



Since I was using spray paint, I had to paint outside. The weather was not cooperating at all.  Then there were all these distractions.

The barn we are building for free.  (I'll post about that when it's done.)


The Spring Fair we were given tickets to.

And, this light I am trying to patina, or destroy is what my husband is thinking.

It was a challenge to create.  I love how it turned out. I might consider wall papering a backdrop with so much detail though.