Monday, August 30, 2010

The Tour..Part Two

Here is a look at the whole table and the window above it. This is the table that I salvaged from a cold death outside my Mom's house. The chairs are also cast offs from my Mom. Originally there were 4 but these 2 are the only ones that are all in one piece. Above the window is the cornice that I made from insulation foam. The fabric is a Ralph Loren fabric called Water Floral. I love the big pink cabbage roses and the touch of blue in the forget-me-nots. This fabric is a retired pattern and is hard to find. The only place I have been able find it is on E-bay and then you have to fight for it There are lots of others out there who want it too. I've gotten up to the last 5 seconds and had someone win it right out from under me. Grrrrrrr! Anyway that accounts for why I had to come up with a window treatment that requires a minimum of fabric. I did score the chair covers recently, but they are actually pillow shams that I converted.

I had purchased the shutters at a garage sale sometime back and though they don't fit exactly they are close enough for me and give some privacy if needed. Under the table is a decorative suitcase that I bought at Home Goods for $10.00 in the clearance aisle. It had fake travel stickers on it but I covered it with wallpaper and removed the leather handle and replaced it with a cream colored ribbon. I could use it for storage but for now it is just there to look pretty.

Here is the single french door that we added to the room when we found that the existing door and frame were rotted out. You can see a small cornice that I added to the top of the door. I put Velcro on the back and using a type that will adhere to smooth surfaces. The lower curtains are left over from a previous house. The rod is magnetic. I don't know if it is kosher to just drape the fabric over the rod but that way it is not sewn and can be used over and over. If you are interested in how to make these cornices you can go to the website and find the instructions. All you need is the insulation, a utility knife, tape measure, hot glue, batting and fabric. I chose to put my fabric on with long pins so that I can change the fabric as needed. I have some beige fabric with the pink roses that I plan to use for the winter season.

Here is the door that originally led from the laundry room (which I made out of part of the original garage) On the backside of the room you can see the door that leads into the dining room. Also the computer armoire that I got at a garage sale, too. I used some of the same wallpaper that I used on the suitcase and in my bedroom. I'm not sure if I like the finish I have on it. I originally made it the plain white and my Mom said she thought it looked like a big white blob so I tried to tame it down some. Do you have any suggestions to improve it??? I would appreciate any feedback that might help me figure out what would look best.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Starting the Tour

As you enter the door you will be greeted by the old fashioned screen door. I have great affection for this door. I personally carried it on the top of my X-Terra all the way from Mobile Alabama a couple of years ago.

When visiting my friend Nancy and her husband Rob in Mobile, they had a couple of them in their house and I just loved them. She had purchased them at Home Depot there in Mobile. Being unsure whether they had the same design at our local store. I purchased three of them to bring back home. When I designed the room I wanted to include the screen door. There were two reasons, one, to keep the dog from bolting out the back door and secondly, to add the vintage flavor that I wanted for the room.

As you can see I put hardware cloth across the lower part of the door instead of returning the screen. This gives the necessary safety factor without closing in the room, the screen is dark and would tend to separate the two areas. At present I just have it attached with wire but I want to staple it on and trim it out to give it a finished look on the back side.

As you open the screen door to your right is an old oak table that I acquired over 30 years ago.
It originally came from the garage of my stepfathers' sisters' house. My Mom had brought it out to her house after his sister passed away. She left it out in the weather when we all lived back in Kansas. When I got it, it had peeling white paint. I spent many hours out in my garage stripping all the old paint off. Who would have thought that years later I would have loved that finish!! I stained in walnut and put it in my kitchen. I have transported that table from Kansas to Arizona and then to Texas. I didn't have any place for it in my last two houses so it had been retired to my Mom's garage where I tried to sell it. Luckily no one bought it and it has returned back to me and got repainted, white.
I love to go to Hobby Lobby to see what is on sale 50% off that week. Back in April I found this little green house there just waiting for me to take home. I have a couple of African Violets in it with some moss and and a little angel to complete the vignette. In front I have an old book with some dried long stem roses. Underneath are some old pages that curled up when I tried to apply them to a slick surface that rejected them. On either side of the table are two small French rush
chairs. The table has drop leaves on both sides so when I want to use this as my work table for sewing or crafts I just need to lift the leaves to expand my working surface.

Here is the slick surface that rejected the book pages. They are inexpensive modular units that I bought at Target about 5 years ago. I primed them and painted them the soft blue of the Forget- me- not in my rose fabric. I then went around my house and pulled things from all over my house to create this display. The good thing about gleaning things from the other parts of the house is that it pared down some areas where I probably had a little too many things, if that is possible! The piece of gingerbead came from a closeout sale at Wimberly, a flea market in the Texas Hill Country.
In these cabinets and drawers I have a lot of my crafting equipment and some of my fabrics. I changed out the hardware as my friend Nancy told me that it wasn't vintage enough. I took Spackle and filled the extra holes where the old hardware had been. I wanted to use these vintage pulls but the price of them was just more than what I wanted to spend. Lowe's had some gold pulls that were marked down to 89 cents. So I bought a can of brushed nickel paint and painted them. An easy solution to my limited budget.
Hope you have enjoyed the first part of the tour.....see ya soon!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome Home!

This a partial view of the entry way to the new room. This area is approximately 4x4 feet. It is on the other side of the screen door that we placed at the entrance to the room. On the right side of this area is the door to the storage area than we incorporated at the very back of the garage area. I love and need a lot of storage!!

I wanted that screen door there to keep the dog from being able to bolt out of the outside door when it is opened. Most of my dogs have been talented escape artists. Molly, thankfully, is not as much prone to this but I still don't want her running out into the alley as most of the cars come down the alley pretty quickly. Also, I think the screen door adds charm and the vintage feel I wanted the room to impart.

I don't like coming home to a totally dark house. I usually have a small night light turned on to correct this problem. In this case, I have a 15 watt bulb in the lamp on the shelf. The shelf, it's self is made from old shutters I bought at a garage sale several years ago. Shutters aren't as popular as
they used to be but I still like them and have them in several places in my house. To me they have more character than blinds. In this case I added two metal brackets to form the shelf and then used the lower edge of the one shutter for hooks to accommodate some old track shoes , a straw hat and a small sign that says "to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

Below the shelf I have a wicker shopping basket that I also bought at a garage sale when I still lived in Arizona more than 12 years ago. To me, it forms a great little vignette and gives a welcoming feeling to the entry. Welcome, we glad to see you ! Come in and stay awhile.!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I wanted my one hundredth post to be special so it took me some time to get to the point that I had the room completed enough to share. It is still a work in progress but I couldn't contain myself any longer.

We are not completely through with the painting but getting close. Probably in a couple of more days it will finally be done. Bead board is not easy to paint. It requires getting into the grooves and that requires a lot more energy than just rolling it on. Those of you who have painted it know what I mean.

As luck would have it, my next door neighbor was having a moving sale a few weeks ago and had a queen size sleeper sofa that he was not taking with him. I purchased it from him for $50.00 and moved into my room. I ordered a slipcover for it . I have loved the slipcovers from Spring Gard'n for a long time and finally had the perfect sofa for one of her wonderful slipcovers. I added some
pink check and pink rose pillows that I had made to complete the look.

I brought my old coffee table and drop leaf table back from my Mom's garage and proceeded to paint them white. The tool tray on the coffee table is from my favorite craft/antique mall. It doesn't look to bad in the red. What do you think??

In the next few posts I'll share other parts of the room with you. I'm still trying to decide on curtains . I am using some pretty sheers that I had in a previous house. I have more of the Ralph Lauren pink rose fabric that I am thinking of making valances for the windows. Any suggestions???