Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bedroom Makeover Update

This work on this bedroom has been moving at a breakneck pace and feels like it's starting to come together now.  I'll begin sewing the lined drapery panels today and once I get them up I think I'll finally feel like the end is somewhere in sight.

In the past week I have painted one nightstand in Sherwin Williams "Copper Harbor" and finished it with a few layers of finishing paste. The paste leaves a protective coating without adding a thick, glossy finish like poly. I'm digging it!

Here's a sneak peek of it with a lamp I found at HomeGoods. I've got a little something special planned for the shade.

The little brass box was picked up at one of my favorite vintage shops. Can you tell what it's supposed to be?

Here's a closeup:

It's a little turtle! Isn't he cute?!

Next week I'll finish up the second nightstand.  I don't mind it one bit that they're not a matching pair.  Their heights are so close, they'll have identical lamps and once they're painted the same color, all will be right in the world.  Well, at least in this bedroom.

This lovely print came in the mail on Monday, courtesy of Clare's Etsy shop. It's every bit as pretty as I hoped it would be.

Just look at the charming way it was packaged.  I'm such a sucker for a pretty, handmade package. Now to get it in just the right frame.

After seeing this sunburst mirror on Pinterest (all hail Pinterest!!), I headed out to my Home Depot just as soon as I could scrub my face, brush my teeth, pile my hair into a bun of sorts and slap on some shoes.

The whole way there, I'm having a debate with myself.

"There's no way in hell this thing looks good in person.  There's NO WAY!".

"Yeah huh!"

"Nuh uh!"

"Yeah huh!"

I didn't say they were intellectual debates.

So yeah. It looks good in person.  It also looks pretty good in my guest room.

Pay no attention to the haphazardly applied pillows, they won't be staying.

I'm thrilled (because I'm one cheap mother) and slightly bummed (because these things are freaking everywhere and I SO want to be different and completely unique and my own one-woman-wolfpack of trendsetting) but resigned (because seriously, I love these things no matter how many people already have them and it looks good here so quit yer whining Bradburn!).

The mirror is 30 inches in diameter, brass-ish and I have to looks reeeeaaaalll good.  Especially for 35 bucks. That's right, thirty. five. bucks. Now you want one, dontcha?

I think I might give it a little bit of "Rub 'n Buff" treatment to make it a little extra special.

I was telling the checkout woman at Home Depot how I first found the mirror on Pinterest and the following exchange is a perfect illustration of how we in the blogger/design community get obsessed with and tired of trends long before most people ever hear of them.

Check out chick: "This is a nice mirror".

Me: "I know, right? This thing is all OVER Pinterest. So I had to come down here and see it for myself. I can't believe how cheap it is".

Check out chick: ...

Me: "Have you been on Pinterest?"

Check out chick: "..."

Me: "Oh my god, you HAVE to check it out! You'll wonder what you ever did before it"

Check out chick: "mmm hmm, so where are you hanging this?"

Me: "Above a bed.  It's so, so perfect!"

Check out chick:  "Yeah, okay. Have a nice day!"

Her less than enthusiastic reaction aside, I'm still pretty excited about it.

Now I'm off to start sewing. Wish me luck!


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