I shall not lie here when I say that it was one HELL of a week. I have never been so exhausted in my entire life (which may be a slight over exageration. I HAVE had babies afterall). My body hurts in ways I didn't know possible, my hands can barely grip, my feet are throbbing, my eyeballs sting and my low back is whimpering in a corner somewhere. And truth be told, I'm fairly sure CPS could have been called during this week for the neglect my children experienced. They ate a lot of cereal and yogurt and fast food for meals. They also had to entertain themselves A LOT. Because let's face it....I am nothing if not completely obsessive over a project once I start it. Once this show was in motion I HAD to finish it. I may or may not have been up until 3 a.m. on Saturday painting the wainscoting. Just sayin.d
I painted 1 bookstand, 2 nightstands, 2 dressers, 4 walls, countless frames and a mirror. I feel safe in saying...I'm A OK not painting any furniture for a good long time. OY! However, the end result is so GREAT, that I could not be happier.
I'm gonna post the two dresser makeovers first. Because PEOPLE, as it turns out....when glazing the furniture, you should use a WET washcloth. This would have been NICE to know when I did the nightstands. I totally blame Kalli, and she knows it. Anyway, I figured it out and my dressers are so amazing I could die.
Dresser # 1:
I LOVE this dresser. It was handmade by Jeres Grandfather for Jeres Dad. It's nearly 70 years old, and it's got the coolest lines! Speaking of lines...click on the pic, note those little yellow vertical lines up the left side of the drawers? Those are from masking tape that my Jere put on those drawers as a kid, labeling his drawers. Hahahaha. Needless to say, his Mom was NOT pleased.
Note the cool lines on the side, and the curved detail on the front. It just needed a little lovin.
BOO YA! After. I love her in all her distressy glory.
For the record, I sanded it lightly, cleaned it, spray painted primer and then...spray painted the entire dresser with rustoleum heirloom white. It was AWESOME!
Then I glazed it with Ralph Lauren faux glaze.
I chose to keep the top clean and white, and leave the glazing to the fronts. Plus, I kept the original hardware. Talk about VINTAGE. It was/is the coolest hardware, and it excites me that it's got such history.
Dresser # 2:
Well, aside from the utter lack of dusting going on here....
This is the dresser my Mumsy and Daddy bought me when I was 15.
She needed a change.
Full frontal view
And....here is the glorious after:
Sanded, spray primed and then rolled it with Behr Swiss Coffee, followed by the glaze.
And I MUST bare testimony of the amazingness of Better After and the glory it has bestowed on my life. Don't know it? Well get over there NOW! Once you've gone, you can't ever leave. fMNot only is Lindsey ridiculously funny (which is most of the reason I go to the site), BUT, I have totally learned clever projects like my jewelry display.
I woke up the other morning and looked at these frames and thought....THOSE are gonna be my new jewelry holders. So, off to Home Depot (which totally owns my ass these days) I went and got two pieces of ply cut to fit the frames. Then, I hot glued this adorable fabric straight to the ply and hammered in a few nails. Oh, and Kalli whipped up those two fabric flowers in about 4 seconds.
It makes me happy to look over and see my limited bling sparkling at me.
Ok, OK now onto the room. When will i ever learn I should do 3 different posts?
See, the deal is, 9 years ago when I decorated my bedroom in this theme and these colors...it really was pretty. I loved this tapestry.
Clearly I took these pics at Christmas time. Because I promise, I don't usually have garland and balls hanging above my window.
This corner = HOT MESS!
You shall all appreciate me for the 360 degree views.
Are you ready?
Oh this stresses me out.
Picutres just do NOT convey the beauty of the color that is going on.
I am forever indebted to my amazing friends Tim and Chris for making this "wainscoting" happen. Chris in Oklahoma just graphed it out and whipped this design up in 10 minutes and Tim implemented it.
This is just a couple of base boards and some trim moulding. Total cost for materials was about $65.00
Color on the wall is Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray.
Throw....wedding gift from 9 years ago that has been rolled up inside a trunk.
Just missing a wedding pic of my parents.
Look closely, there is a little handprint in plaster on the wall. That is Jeres DADS from when he was three. So COOl!
Far left is a painted plate that his Great Grandma painted.
The history mixed with some funky art elemants makes this wall so cool to me.
All the frames I painted white were either ones I had already in the house, or found at Goodwill for 99 cents.
So, I got tired of painting and didn't finish the big 3 fold mirror that goes on the dresser. Jere has convinced me to just get a big mirror and hang it on the wall. Look out Goodwill....I'm on the prowell.
The "Dream" is a wall decal I found on clearance at Target for $3.50. THREE FIFTY!!!
Something about this little vignette just makes me so HAPPY!
Did I mention that the mirror and nightstand color is called Almost Aqua and is a Glidden color.
Overall, I just really couldn't be more thrilled. Even though I painted the room Gray and it's "darker" than the other color. The entire space just feels SO MUCH BRIGHTER and lighter and relaxing. I'm excited to go in there. And mostly, I'm EXCITED to be done. And perhaps the best thing that happened in this re-do....all the clean up that happened. We threw away so much CRAP and put away and organized. Happy, happy JOY JOY!!!
Now, I'm just on the look out for a mirror, a cool vinyl to go over on my side and a pillow, and whatever else might grab my attention.
I haven't added up everything, but in the running total going in my head...I would say that this room redo was done for around $350.00.
Not to bad.