My children are in school this week after Fall Break. It went by so quickly, yet it seemed to last forever!
Even with them being at home, I completed so many projects, including a makeover for my younger daughter's room. I will post pictures soon.
Anyhow, I have had the above painting for a while now, and I have finally listed it.
I picked up this lamp at the thrift store:
It was bright brass, but I liked the shape. So, I purchased a can of Rustoleum spray paint in Champagne Mist, and spray painted it. I took apart the lamp shade, and used the base to wrap chicken wire around it to make a new "shade". I think I like the new lamp now:
This is my daughter opening presents at her birthday party/sleepover this past weekend.
My Fireplace mantle got a makeover last year. It used to look like this:
I loved the new mantle. However, the rest of that wall looked like this:
It kind of had a split personality with the dark wood moulding at top, and the distressed mantle in the middle. Risking ruining the fireplace crown moulding and built-in bookshelves, and the re-sale value of our house, I went ahead and painted that moulding on top of the brick:
My husband said it was too white compared to the mantle which was aged and distressed. I had to agree, so I went and did a little aging. And, since I can't leave well enough alone, I also went and painted the brick. I never loved it in the first place, I thought when we picked it out, there would be some more variation in the colors. On a whim, I decided to paint. I figured I went this far and there's no going back.....
I'm glad I took the risk and painted the brick and moulding. Next up, the built-in bookcases. Do I dare? I'm still pondering this one. The other end of this room is our kitchen, which is a dark cherry. I would love to paint the bookcases a dark grey, but would I completely ruin them? Would I turn into the dreaded "former homeowner" if we ever sold this house? And, while I'm questioning myself, why did I not tighten those slipcover seats before I took these photos?
If you want to see how I distressed the mantle, click here.
We spent this past weekend in the Vail Valley here in Colorado for my oldest child's soccer tournament. The colors were beautiful. I had my big camera with me. Me, with my camera that I take everywhere-FORGOT to take pictures of the scenery! I was so obsessed with the games, I completely spaced out that I should be taking pictures!
It sorta looked like this up there:
A teammate's grandfather took some awesome pictures:
I think I'm going to turn this into a 16x20 poster for her room: