Friday, July 19, 2013

Finishing Details in a Cottage Bedroom

I like soft lighting in bedrooms.
There are all different ways to accomplish this.
In my buddy, Kris's guest room, we replaced the paper lantern that had been hanging from the ceiling with a vintage fixture that shed an all over warm glow.
I spent days scouring ebay before I found this.
I was very excited!!!!!
Kris, bless her heartless soul, gleefully pointed out, that I must really like this fixture....
because I had found the same style for her bedroom.....
Well, at least the canopies and stems are different.
Actually.....
this is a good thing, because the rooms are side by side, so it won't look like a sample sale at a lighting store.
Between the two iron beds, I had the electrician wire another vintage light made of glass, that is a wall sconce.
I am a sucker for this type of light, and have two similar ones in my master bath....
We didn't have a lamp shade yet for Kris's sconce, so I went shopping in my closet inventory, and found the shade I had used on my sconce in my Watertown home.
I drove it over had it carefully shipped to Kris's house, and we tried it on her old sconce in her new guest room.
I think it is da bomb!!!!!
It is just an old beat up shade from a junk store.
Underneath it.....
we originally were going to hang a framed needlepoint picture.....
that we got at auction.
We Kris bought a pair....
They're really pretty.

It looked nice against the wallpaper....
 under the sconce.
But then.....
I started working on a watercolor from ebay.
When Kris got it, it was matted in a 
screaming white.
But after my eyeopening experience in Flerida,
I assured Kris that I could fix this baby!!!!!
Sooooooo....
I took it out of the frame.....
And found that it was glued to the mat.
So I cut out a piece of paper the same size as the painting, to cover the part I wanted to protect.
and then I dry brushed the mat with some Chalk Paint.
I took off the protective paper, to see how I was doin'.....
I like it!!!!!
Sooooo.....
I taped off part of the mat for a contrasting stripe,
put back the special protective cover, custom made by moi.....
and painted the green stripe around the watercolor.
Then, I crammed it all back together.
Now, it looks like an expensive mat job.
I replaced the needlepoint picture with this watercolor, just to see how it would look.....
Kris and I decided that we liked this better.
True to form.
I didn't take an overall shot of the room with it in it.
But I will for the next post, when I show you the rest of the art work on the walls.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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16 comments:

Late Bloomers said...

I am a wallpaper addict, attracted to paper I could never afford. Care to share what paper this is? Gorgeous!

Kathy Moreland said...

Great job! I have a mat that needs a makeover! Think you could come to NE Gawga and do mine?? :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

who knew? Will have to keep in mind ASCP every time I look at something!

Anonymous said...

This room is so lovely! Can't wait for the next installment! Barbara

Anonymous said...

Is there nothing that the chalk paint doesn't transform? Amazing job.

Penelope Tucker

Anonymous said...

I love how you transformed that picture. Thanks for the idea.

Nutbird said...

You are Too Good.Love the green stripe. I think if I tried that I would get the green paint on the painting. We really need to get the specs. on the wallpaper and chintz. Ann

Rhonda said...

You are so clever! And an absolutely brilliant designer! I love, love, love Kris' guest bedroom!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty, love the needlepoint pictures!
Blessings,
Cindy

Donnamae said...

What a difference a little paint can make! Guess that's why YOU are the designer! ;)

Anonymous said...

I like the matted watercolor much better... Because the solid cream gives some relief between the wallpaper and the painting... Such a lovely room...Teresa

Jayne said...

So pretty, all the attention to detail just make it!

Di said...

This is coming together, I believe your a genius Betsy! LOL.. Still waiting on that bow chair reveal......patience, no I'm talking to myself.

Jan said...

I love what you did to the watercolor mat...and it does look better than the needlepoint pics...although, I do love the needlepoint for somewhere...like...my house! :-)

Rebecca said...

I love the light fixtures and that's amazing what you did with the picture and the matting. I wish I had more time to be creative like that. I have to live vicariously through inventive people like you! :o)

~ Becky

Mary said...

This room is amazing-just like you!

Mary
From Virginia

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