Who am I writing to? Who is paying attention? I don't know, but maybe, just maybe, someone out there in cyber space is looking desperately as I have, for some clues and how to's and pictures for something they have only seen in their minds eye. This is for you.
This tiny 10 by 11 foot room is amazingly energy consuming. When I have remembered to take pics, not because I want to or intended to blog this nightmare of a process, but when a little voice says ''take a pic'' I do it. I have come to believe these are little Fairy Angels who are looking out for something and are helping to help someone else who benefits from what I'm doing here. I truly hope so, I'm not doing this just for show and tell. I pray someone is helped by this recording of this.
Last post I posted some pictures of the walls. And today I will post some of the painted pieces, and the newly acquired as of today piece, which is a monster! of a hutch/cabinet for my room, and to which I feel I have overwhelmed myself at the end of a long and painful process. I don't know why my body is objecting to everything I'm doing, maybe I've been through too much in life already, but this project is taking its toll but I know I have to finish. When I hear the words ''aren't you excited''....I wonder where any excitement may have gone because I feel none. Every morning I gauge my pain levels, how much aspirin to take and get going early before I crash with too much pain in my heels or neck. It has become unbearable. Yet I must plod on.
I do look at the room and do see the beauty, and I mean Beauty, that will be the end result, and maybe, just maybe, I will say it has been worth it, but never again do I ever want to experience this. If ever there is a next time, I hope I have the means to hire people to do the work...I simply cannot anymore. I'm definitely NOT the labor type anymore.
In any case, I have more pictures for the pieces and the newly acquired monster that will hold the things I had exposed on open shelves, because I no longer want to see ''things'' or to have those precious ''things'' collecting dust which is something I have decided I abhor.
So here they are. This was the green cabinet for the Garden Room which was previously green.
And here it is now. White painted with pink streaking softened and worked into the piece, rose paper lined shelves, stenciled with silver, a pearl finished top, and finished with crystal knobs. Sounds yummy! LOL
Here is a good picture of it against the ''silver'' walls with lace trimming....all sounds like delectables? oui ? LOL
Hinges got the silver rub n buff because they did not like paint.
For the one window where the light comes in most in the morning which I do NOT want, I have tried to figure out how to make it darkened without using dark shades or curtain. I had a batik fabric on it before, just for ease and instant darkening, but never meant to be permanent .....which you can see behind the plant......dark. But I didn't like it......so .......
Now this window is done in three layers. I decided to put back the white blinds, add another fabric for darkening which is a gorgeous Indian scarf in lavenders and blues, and then over that is a square lace tablecloth I picked up from the thrift store for about $3.00 which will not be moved since it lets so much light through anyway.
The Indian lavender scarf is closest to the window and I put it on a tension rod with clip rings so they easily slide back and forth with no trouble. The 2nd layer are the blinds which can be closed down for darkening, and which do not darken alone, but with 2 other layers, do darken. The 3rd layer is a lace table cloth simply draped over another tension rod in front of the blinds, and this won't get moved. This pic is just the 1st layer of the scarf and the pretty light coming through. The blinds are all the way up.
This below is with the lace tablecloth just draped over a 2nd tension rod in front of the blinds, with the lavender scarf pulled to the right.....lots of light filters through. When evening comes, I will simply pull the blinds down, flip them closed with the rod attached to them, pull the lavender scarf closed all the way and it's pretty dark :D
I also painted the bakers rack which was white but dingy and had that ''shabby'' look with some kind of rusted looking glaze on it, and I didn't want that anymore. I painted it flat white and then gave it the Pearl treatment with the Modern Masters White Pearl.
Another piece that got spray painted in Rustoleum's Heirloom White which was the white shade I loved most when matched to an angel I have in my room. My housemate spray painted this one for me. This white is popular in blogland it seems, and now I know why. You can see the before piece to the far left which has a green/gold fabric over it....it was dark brown bamboo and wood.
Here it is painted Heirloom with the ''silver'' pearl walls behind, it is very pretty. The hardware got the silver rub n buff. And I'm very much in love with white pumpkins which also seem to match the Heirloom White LOL !
I'm posting backwards here, but the ceiling fan was the first thing I did actually, just to get ''warmed up''. LOL Here is the typical brass look fixture. The blades were dark wood.
Painted blades in Heirloom White and silver rub n buff on the brass parts. Nothing was perfectly done! :D
And now for the monster piece which is overwhelming me, but I will get started on it tomorrow and I imagine it will take days before I am finished with it. It's being painted in the middle of my bedroom, because there is no way to do it outside, I cannot move it. But here is my inspiration for mine and it seems many have acquired large brown hutches only to transform them into beauties!
And mine cost me $60.00 from Criag's list seeing it just this morning...surreal to find it in my house hours later.
The plus's on this one were the ''alleged'' 13 inch measurement which was the size I needed because I had an allowance of up to 15 inches max, BUT!! turns out to be 16 inch's measured by John AFTER it was put into my room...! ....I'm not going to respond to that........I simply have to make it work.....but other plus's are the pretty legs, the light inside, the glass doors, and the price.
I have another can of grey Moondance and which, by the way, appears to be similar very much so to the famous Annie Sloan's ''Paris Grey''! that French thingy again! I know this because when I googled ''hutch cabinet before after chalk paint'' in google images, there were many pictures of hutches transformed by savvy ladies, and many of them using that '' Paris Grey''....and looking oh so similar to my "Moondance" LOL :D
But here is my ''monster''.....which I am hoping a great deal will be easier to tackle than I think. The entire thing needs painting, inside and out, and chalk paint is the easiest. Even if it didn't work out for the Pink Cabinet, I WILL make it work for this one! :D
And one last pretty was a mirror that was gold in frame, and is now pink with silver accents. I like it :D
This pink was bothering me a bit so I softened it and toned it down a bit......
Well that's enough for now. See you in a few days when all should be done.
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