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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Makeover In Progress ~~ Decisions

 Decisions 
So many ideas, 
like it here, like it there
oh where, of where...
Update on my chippy room makeover
A woman has a right to change her mind, right?
After all that is our nature,
move it here, no wait dear, I like it better over there!!
An update from my last post,
I am replacing the pink Disney Princess border...
I chose bead board to use as a chair rail trim.
After sampling four different techniques
I went back to my old standby:
white paint, sand, and antique with "old english"
I was very pleased with the bead board ,
so pleased in fact I thought maybe...
I should cover the current teal wallpaper
with this chippy white bead board.
Decisions, think girl, think....
stand back take a look, Oh I am really liking this!
Then....
I stood up some trim behind my chippy table
and thought.....
Well... yes, no, maybe...
Is there too much white? 
Is the furniture is getting lost, blending into the wall,
does it have the "wow" factor.
I think all my whites would stand out much better
against a colored background.
What are your thoughts?
As much as I would like to cover up the old teal paper
it does match the ivy border that I decided to keep in tact.
And
There is teal in this lovely picture.
I have some ideas on how I can accent the teal paper.
I will share those with you next time.
I have decided on a light gray wash (1/2 paint with 1/2 water)
applied to the cream walls.
As there is touches of gray in the ivy border, 
this color should pull that together as well.
I have never put a wash on walls before, all I can vision 
is a big mess waiting to happen.  
I will have to practice much patient with this technique.

Fun Flea finds
The exciting part of a make over is searching for sweet flea finds.
I was quite lucky this week....
Heavy iron cherub plaques, they will look fabulous
with a print mounted behind 
Awesome canvas picture...roosters are not awesome
however
this frame is so dreamy with the crackle look.
Listen to me...dreamy is not a "primitive" word
guess it is a "chippy" word. 
Plans are to decoupage silhouette motifs over the roosters.
Metal box inside a white metal holder,
can hang on the wall or sit on a table...love it
2 white metal candle holders 
and
this adorable figurine.
So sweet, so cheap 2.98
so "old" from Germany,
simply love it
Thank you for following along,
your comments are always welcome,
until next time,
                        Connie


Friday, January 20, 2012

Makeover In Progress

January 
a new beginning,
a time for new projects and finishing old ones.
January
has thrown me into a new project,
making something old look new again,
or rather
something old look "older" again.

What once was my Garden Room
then
grand girls Play Room
will now be
a big Girl Room
with fun surprises for everyone.


My days (actually only two but feels like more)
have been spent removing
two layers of wallpaper border.
I have decided to never ...repeat... never do that again.
Now I am back to where I was eight years ago.
The walls are painted a cream color with
a teal wallpaper on the bottom.
An ivy border along the ceiling
transformed this room into a Garden setting.
I still like this border, it was quite expensive,
so have decided it is a keeper and
will have to work around it.
~~Decisions~~
Do I want to cover up the teal wallpaper!
It does match the ceiling border....
If I change it I will then have two color schemes...
wood trim is replacing the border
and a wash of either gray or light tan applied to the walls
to achieve a vintage effect

What am I changing to, you ask?
Primitive Chippy Country White
Since my grand girls ages 6 thru 10 are sharing this room
with grandma I thought something a little brighter
(not the dark primitive look)
would be lots of fun.
I started this project before Thanksgiving
introducing the idea to the girls.
They welcomed the new change,
even though it was a little hard for them to give up
their Little Tykes doll furniture.

Two vintage desks have replaced the baby toys,
an old school  room for the girls
with some of  grandma's treasures in the mix.
Easy chair for reading, table for tea parties
A new place where new memories will be born.
A  special place where little girls will grow into young ladies.

What A Mess

Better Days Are Coming
I will keep you posted on the progess
of my latest adventure.
Under the watchful eyes of my girls
all things will come together.
Makayla, Arwen, Amber, Madyson, Brooke, Ellie and Kami
My sweet girls, this is for you.

                                Connie

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

~~New life to all things old~~

It is so amazing how the
flipping of one calender page
December 2011 to January 2012
refreshes the soul and brings
new life to all things old.

 We were all blessed with another
Christmas Season filled with peace and love.
Reflections of this past year 
in our hearts we will hold dear.
Simply love my small prim red table
 January makes us more than ready 
to move onto a fresh new start.

I resolve this year to
return to a more simple life
Simple displays, less is more
make the old look new again
changes... are good for the soul
mix it up a little, maybe a lot
and will remember
to take time to smell the Roses

Moved around some furniture
made some old displays~~new again
Enjoy the tour 
 150th Anniversary 
Let us never forget their sacrifice 
A Special Gift
Snowman in a mitten stitchery pillow
This adorable handmade pillow was a Christmas gift from
Linda Parker 
Parkers Paradise
so perfectly prim, I am leaving it out till winters end
Thank you Linda for your kindness...
Thank you for thinking of me...awesome
We all follow you and know how sweet you are!

A silhouette of Katie
She thanks you for taking the tour with her today
She really wants that Cardnial
perched outside the window.
Not today Katie.....

Believe in Me,
I will Believe in You.
                                Connie