Bedroom Update

Ok, so I mentioned in my last bedroom post that I am planning to do a gallery wall on the wall with my window, which will surround my bed, little dresser, and desk.  However, there was one problem.  I don’t really have much artwork other than my own.  I wouldn’t mind putting a couple of my pieces on the wall, but I didn’t really want to fill it up with all of my artwork, especially since my artwork doesn’t really fit the look I am going for in the space.  And let’s face it, it’s expensive to buy art.  Although I certainly could try to find artwork I love at local antique stores and thrift stores, my area doesn’t really have much of that.  And of the various lawn sales I went to over 4th of July weekend, I didn’t see a single piece of art.  So it appeared that artwork to fill this space might be a bit of an issue.

This afternoon, I went to my grandparents’ after work.  I try to stop by several times each week.  When I was there, I went up to their bedroom to check out some new books my grandpa had gotten at a book sale at our local library.  There was a painting on the wall that I had never noticed before.  I mentioned that I really loved it, and my grandma said she’d put my name on the back of it so I can someday inherit it.  Then she took me into one of the other bedrooms, where she had several other works of art and photographs.  She wasn’t really ready to part with any of that, but she remembered she had a basket full of her mother’s flower paintings under the bed.  She took them out and said I could have any that I wanted.  There ended up being several that I absolutely love.  They are mostly practice paintings, but they are quite amazing for a woman who was never trained as an artist and didn’t start painting until pretty late on in her life.  I was especially drawn to the ones with yellow in them.  Most of them are in excellent condition, but a few are stained.  There was also one embroidered piece, which I also love.  I’ll have to frame them, but I’m so excited to have these for my gallery wall!

In addition to finding the perfect art for the room, I have also made some progress on the painting side of things.  The ceiling has been painted (a moody blue/green/gray), and the tree that I had previously painted on my wall has been primed over.  I have also spackled the many holes in the walls, sanded, and taped off some of the molding in preparation for painting the walls.  My paint has been purchased, and now I just have to find the time to paint!  Hopefully that will occur soon, because all of my furniture is currently crammed into half of the bedroom, and my bed is surrounded, so it isn’t really the most ideal situation for getting into my bed easily.  Patience is a virtue, right?

Life Lately

Wow! I didn’t realize it’d been so long since I’ve done a life lately post.  The past three weeks have been pretty busy.  On June 27th, I painted some trim on a house.  On the 29th, we headed to Green Lakes for a family reunion (my dad’s mother’s side), which was a ton of fun.  We get together for a reunion almost every year, and although most of the people are either quite a bit younger or older than me, it is fun to see everyone.  One of my dad’s cousins had a baby just a couple of months before, and I spent a lot of time holding him.  We camped over there for the night, then the next day, a few of us met up for brunch before heading home.

I worked Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at my regular job (it was extremely hot- over 90 degrees in a couple of the rooms, but otherwise I don’t mind my job).  Wednesday evening we had my dad’s entire family over (two of his sisters were visiting from down south) for dinner at our house, and then we went over to my great-grandmother’s house (which we now own) for a campfire, s’mores, and songs.  We have a couple of very talented guitarists in the family, and we sang a bunch of songs.  I had Thursday off for Fourth of July, and we had a barbecue at my grandparents’.  Although our town didn’t have fireworks, a number of people set off their own, and we enjoyed some of them from my grandparents’ porch.  On Friday, I went to a couple of lawn sales with my mom and just hung out.  We went kayaking on Saturday (my mom, dad, sister, brother, and I), which was gorgeous and a lot of fun.  Our town has an annual antique car show and they drive their cars right past our house, which was cool.  Then, that evening, the town had fireworks, which we went to.

Sunday, July 7th, we went to church.  After church, we started going through our big bookshelf to get rid of some books (which then sat on the living room floor for the next week or more).  I worked Monday through Thursday.  On Monday, our family played some Bananagrams.  On Wednesday I babysat two adorable kids for the afternoon and evening (after my other job).  I house-sat and dog-sat for some friends Thursday through Saturday, which was a lot of fun and actually really relaxing (they live in a gorgeous home out in the country).  I also did some painting for them while there.  All of my grandparents stopped up for a visit, and my sister spent the night there with me on Friday night (we just ate some ice cream and watched a couple of movies).  My sister and I spent all of Saturday night baking for coffee hour at our church (we made a raspberry trifle, molasses cookies, and my sister’s original rhubarb bars).

On Sunday (July 14th) I got some paint samples for my bedroom and spackled all of the holes in my walls (there were a TON!).  I’ve decided on Opal Essence by Benjamin Moore, and will be using a mix of Green Wave and Antiguan Sky (also from Benjamin Moore) on the ceiling.  Those two are actually the samples I got, but were a bit darker than I wanted on the walls.  I think if I combine them I should have enough to cover up the ceiling (I don’t have much of a ceiling).  I worked Monday through Thursday again.  I visited with my grandparents (on my mom’s side) Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  My grandpa started to tell stories of when he was younger, which I really enjoyed.  On Wednesday, we went up to my other grandparents’ to celebrate my aunt’s birthday.  This morning, I got up early to go blueberrying with my grandpa (on my mom’s side), and then he treated me and my grandma to breakfast.  I then painted some farm equipment and stained a gazebo for a couple I know.

So there we go, all back to speed.  Although it’s been busy, it’s also been good.  I’ve enjoyed work and got to visit quite a bit with family which is always nice.  I was hoping to have my room all primed and painted, but it’s been beastly hot and humid, so I haven’t gotten to it quite yet.  Maybe I’ll get it done this weekend, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  I’m painting trim again tomorrow, and hopefully hanging out with one friend Saturday and another friend Sunday.  Enjoy your week!  I should have an update on the bedroom process up in the next few days.

Project: My Bedroom

There are two rooms that I’ve decided to focus on improving and redecorating this summer: my bedroom and our backroom (which is a combination mudroom/laundry room/craft room).  For both of these rooms, the decorating is going to have to happen one step at a time.  The bedroom I am doing to my preferences, but the backroom is shared by the whole family, so I’m working with my mom (and dad and the rest of the family too!) to decide what to do in there.  We’ve already started some stuff in the backroom, but my bedroom has been untouched so far.

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The first step will be to repaint the room.  My bedroom has slanted walls/ceilings, with a narrow strip of a normal, flat ceiling.  It is currently a very bright yellow.  Although it is nice and cheerful, I’m ready for something a little more comfortable on the eyes.  Plus, when I eventually move out, the room will likely be a guest room, so it will be better on our guests’ eyes as well.  I moved into the room three years ago when my brother went off to college and my sister and I kicked him out of his room (he got another room…downstairs…with no doors, so don’t think we’re too terrible of sisters!), and I redid the room at that point.  I have decided to paint the room a soothing light mint/seafoam/sage color.  I want something with a little bit of blue and a little bit of gray in it.  The narrow strip of ceiling will be painted a few shades darker than the rest.  I am also planning to paint the inside of my bedroom door a charcoal color.  It is a faux wooden door (it’s the one on the left in the picture below) and it is right next to the closet door, which is real wood, so I’m hoping painting it will make it seem less obvious that is isn’t real wood.

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The next step will be rearranging and changing up the furniture.  For the most part, I’ll be using the same furniture, but will be rearranging almost everything.  I am replacing a flimsy cabinet with a small wooden dresser (which I am currently refinishing) and I’m hoping to find a simple iron headboard, but otherwise, the furniture will be the same.

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After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to move my bed in front of the window.  It’s the only way I can have a real headboard due to the slanted walls/ceilings, plus it will make things more symmetrical and fill the space better.  The little dresser (which will not be used for clothes, but for storage instead) will be to the left of the bed and my desk (which is quite petite) will be to the right of the bed.

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My dresser is moving to the wall that the door is on. My bookshelf is the only thing not moving.  My brother keeps an old black (family heirloom) chest in my room, since his new room is small, and that will be placed at the foot of the bed as a bench.

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The wall with my main window will become a gallery wall, surrounding the bed, window, desk, and dresser.  I am hoping to fill the entire wall.  I have a tall, thin poster which I think will look great on the back of my door (especially against the charcoal).

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As far as projects, I need to paint the walls, ceilings, and door, I will likely have to paint the headboard once I find one, I would really like to make a clothing rack (my closet is very small and I would rather store more unsightly things in there instead of my clothes), I would like to come up with some cool, CHEAP way to “frame”/mount my posters, I need to make curtains, and I need to finish refinishing the little dresser (the “before” is above).

I am really excited to redo the room! I’m hoping everything works out to look the way I’m imagining in my head!