Look at the pretty I found last night for $35!! Once it stops raining I’m going to paint it Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue. I had thought about painting the hardware, but I like that it’s a bit distressed. I especially wanted it because the bottom two drawers are super deep and we can keep all our game boards and serving bowls in there, and the upper drawers are small; perfect for napkins, and silverware. I’ll probably keep table cloths and serving platters in the middle drawers. Yay me!
This picture is from my bedroom, and I’m finally ready to paint it and that’s where my quandary lies. The white quilt is my magnum opus. It took me a year to quilt that quilt and I will probably never make another one so awesome. Obviously it was done long before I had children, and I quilted the whole thing with a size 10 quilting needle. I don’t think I’ll ever have the eyesight to quilt with a 10 again. This is a closeup of the quilt, yeah, I did all that BY HAND with a needle that’s about a half an inch long. No wonder I’m blind these days.
It goes without saying that I want my masterpiece on my bed where I can see it every day. It was my intention to paint my bedroom a pretty kiwi green and hang green pinch pleat draperies behind my bed to set off my chocolate brown padded headboard.
Then the other day I was going through my quilts and saw the pansy quilt. It belonged to my mama and seeing it again made me so happy. I used to have it on my bed after she passed, but it’s too small for our bed now and since I have boys I can’t really put it on their beds either, so I draped it over my headboard. As you can see they don’t really play well together, but they both make me happy, so yeah, I think they’re both going to stay.
My quandary is, what color should I paint my room? A kiwi green would look really awful with the pansy quilt. Can y’all think of a color that would help these two go together better? I was thinking a purply blue, but I’m not sure. What do y’all think?
Our master bath, which is really tiny, is this color. I think they look pretty together.
I scored big on this one y’all. Here’s the thing, I’ve been looking for nightstands forever. I don’t like to buy new furniture, because unless you go totally high end, most of it is crap. I like high quality, but don’t have those kind of dollars, so I do a lot of thrifting. I was in the thrift store the other day, and even had Kell with me as I was only going to make a quick run-through. I never do serious thrifting with the kids unless I’m punishing my oldest boy. I was actually bummed because I’d just missed out on two awesome pieces that got away before I could buy them, so I wasn’t really paying attention.
Nightstands are really difficult because it’s almost impossible to find two. I was actually looking for something to paint as I like to do small paint projects to sell on Craigslist from time to time. And then there they were. Pure walnut. Dovetailed drawers with wooden gliders. I know. I know. I started jumping up and down and hyperventilating. I couldn’t believe it. After nearly five years of searching I found my nightstands. They’re such high quality I almost feel guilty for painting them, but I know I can easily strip and refinish them if it comes to that. They’re not antiques, so I’m not worried about hurting the finish. And get this, they were only $13 a piece!!!!
I’m going back and forth between two colors. Antibes green and Napoleonic blue, but I can’t decide. I know I will paint my sideboard (the one that got away! Grrr) Napoleonic blue when I find one. What do y’all think?
I’ve re-arranged my living room, and now need a new coffee table. I don’t have a sofa in there. I have two recliners facing a chair and a half. We don’t use the living room as a living room. We rather optimistically refer to it as “the library.” (I always say that with a Martha Stewart plummy accent.) I have my desk in there and it’s where I work. Luke does his homework and we play board games or just sit and talk or read in there too. So which coffee table do you think? The first one is a MCM reproduction and the second is a MCM original. I’m inclined more toward the second because it’s teak and really nice. I think it’s bigger too. The price for either is about the same about $200. Sorry for the crappy picture, but the coffee table would go more or less where the ottoman is now. I’m moving the ottoman to the den. It’s just too heavy when I’ve already got two recliners and a chair and a half.
As you know, I’m a Craigslist devotee. I’m slowly revamping my house, and I came across an awesome light fixture. The previous owner of this house had no respect for its Mediterranean bones. For instance, she put this ugly light fixture in the foyer. I think she was going for a Hollywood Regency look. But the fixture is cheap, and the beads on it are even plastic. And it’s a horrible pewter color. Just no. Well, I was perusing Craigslist the other day and came across this beauty:
The fixture is vintage, and has a definite Spanish Mediterranean feel. It’s very likely that there was a similar fixture in the foyer originally. I plan to put a sunburst medallion on the ceiling, and paint it a pretty yellow gold color, like a sunset.
I love this bookcase like damn and whoa. It’s perfect for Luke’s room. Problem is, I can’t find the darned thing, or even anything similar. His room is really tiny and the bookcase with drawers would be perfect beside his bed. And he really, really needs drawers beside his bed. Otherwise I find Legos and other teeny tiny toys IN his bed. Have you seen anything similar? I don’t care about the color as I can always paint it. Apparently the original is some custom interior design deal that probably cost more than my house. I’ve thought about making them, but I’m not good enough to build drawers, so I need to find something like it. Any ideas?
So last year I had the joy of finally getting my linen closet organized. It was absolutely thrilling. (Yes, I know I need a life). This year I’ve decided to organize my scarf storage. Odd as it might seem for someone who is not into clothes, but I absolutely LOVE scarves. I’ve got a ton of them. I used them hang them on the back of my closet door in my old house. They were like art and made me happy happy. We have those yucky bifold doors in this house, so now they’re crammed in drawers. I forget to use them because I can’t see them anymore.
I’ve been pinning some ideas in Pinterest that I like. As always it has to be relatively easy and most importantly, CHEAP. I really like this one. They used these cheap rods you can get at Ikea and simply tied the scarves to it. I don’t want it out in my room and my closet is too small. So I’ve got to find somewhere to hang them.
I like this one too, but with the scarves all balled up they’ll wrinkle (which is one of the things I hate about having them in drawers). It’s more flexible and I can literally configure the cups around a wall in my closet. So I dunno. Anyone have any ideas?