Friday, April 18, 2014

The Office/Guest Room

I haven't shown you much of the office/guest room. 

It only has one tiny window which causes it to be very dark.  I painted it Drizzle by Sherwin Williams back in 2005 when we had the big water leak.  

It was supposed to be gray but wasn't. We had new flooring and repairs to do in almost every room downstairs so this color had to stay for a while.  

Bill wanted to paint the room last year because he'd just inherited a Bluebonnet painting from his Granny Vi.

Bluebonnet paintings are highly prized by Texans. I have no earthly idea what the New York state flower even is. 
Texans learn about the Bluebonnet in infancy. 
(I am not kidding about this.)

 Gorgeous isn't it?

Bill would love to have a dark and moody office but the room is just so small.
We painted it Urban Putty by Sherwin Williams. 
Now, I've used this color in several of my rooms and loved it but it did nothing for me in here. 

We did this last April and I never even did a reveal because I was underwhelmed. 


Most of the other art didn't come back in the room so the painting could take center stage.  
It did look beautiful with the wall color.  

The problem wasn't with the wall color or the furnishings. 
I think we were both a little over creams and golds.
All of our walls were some sort of creamy yellow or olive except our bathrooms.
I've been very attracted to white rooms.
 Not pure white but white. 
Painting the room white would fix the first of a few glaring problems.
The focal point needed to be the bed even though this is an office/guest room the bed in the back corner was just creepy. 
I wouldn't have wanted to sleep with my back to the door. I'm afraid of Zombies. 
Not really. 
It's a design principle that the bed should be seen when you first walk into a room. That literally isn't always possible but the bed is usually the prettiest element and I feel most at home with our beds as the focal point. I don't know why I didn't do that 9 years ago. 

The breakfront was also not getting enough attention. 
I love this piece and it wasn't being shown to its potential. 

Yes, that is another little antique Bluebonnet painting. 

I had intended to wait until I scraped the popcorn off of the ceiling to paint the walls.
 My plan was only to rearrange the room but... as usual I got carried away.

This is only a sneak peak but already it feels so different and more us.

The shelf needs to be arranged and I need art for the back wall. 
The reveal will have to wait until that is finished. 
A collection of bird prints would look good with the Bluebonnet paintings. 
We'll see.
Have a blessed weekend. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Little Secretary

Good Afternoon!

I'm on the hunt for a few little white pitchers for my secretary. I got a new vanity for my bedroom which required moving my little secretary. 

I just love secretaries so I couldn't get rid of it. 

 Instead I moved it to the dining room. It was a perfect fit for the little section of wall by the window but it looked too dark and too big.
Now before anyone freaks out that I painted this antique, 
 let me say this is not an antique - yet.
I believe it to be from the 30s or 40s during a Jacobean Revival.  
The finish on this piece was not good.
It had very gloppy and glossy varnish. 
Some of it was even flecking off in places.

It needed to be redone. It looked like someone had put varnish or polyurethane over an old finish. 
The value here is purely decorative and it was not an expensive piece. I only paid $120.00 for it.
That's a good deal for a secretary but it was an "as is" sort of thing. 
I am trying to fall in love with and unify the various wood tones around here so I painted it.

My "go to" painting technique was not going to work on this.
Usually I prime and then paint with oil based enamel but I didn't think it would stick because of the gloss on it. I didn't want to add any more layers until I took some off.  
I stripped it down with Citrus Stripper. 
The fumes aren't bad so I did this in the house. 
I tried to make a home made chalk paint but it left grit all over the piece. 
I didn't notice the grit until the oil based coat dried.

A light sanding took care of the problem.

 I left the inside dark so it would coordinate with the dish dresser and the dark table and chairs.

 I love the balance of light and dark. 

 I pulled the kitchen table in here and I'll show you that soon.  


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