Here’s what the room looked like before.
I’m stunned! This looked fabulous!!!
In Gwen’s Own Words
“This space has now been called Grandmas Room because when my daughter married three years ago, I got a charcoal drawing of my Grandma circa 1900 in an ornate oak frame.
I’d done a mini makeover of the room seven years ago and when I got the childhood white furniture back that my daughter used growing up, I went dark with silver and gold strait ions. I added many of them with craft paint but the pieces were professionally painted. But last Christmas I “stole” the oval silver painted antique side table and ornate antique mirror for my living room. Now I knew it was time to pull all the pieces together again.
Serena’s group offered us another challenge and I was quick to sign up!!! That first weekend I mixed all my house interior SW paint samples together and the color was perfect to cover the mint green of seven years ago. FREE!! And you know what?? It made the light gold other walls become more like butter than a lime key pie shade. Lighting I guess!!! My daughter and I took all this what was a tasteful collage to what became a messy bunch of stuff on the wall down. Nails galore!!! Hubby repainted the wall and touched up all the rest of the scuffs so the room looked clean.
I’d found my comforter and sham for thirty dollars on a clearance from a high end store.
I’d never seen it done anywhere. Friends said they’d just bump their heads on it. But my neighbor took me to Michael’s still in July as I planned ahead for August. The frames were on a special sale. These big frames were wood and just $8. I used four. =$32. The muslin fabric glued to the MDF backing was $13. The ornate mirrors were two for $40. A can of Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze was $6. The two inner flat frames–wooden–were $4 each=$8 and the mirrors were $14.50 with a coupon. So at about $120 with tax, and $20 for wood stabilizing pieces and the special hanger–it sounds expensive but unusual headboards or simple can run $500-$1000. I like it. It is the piece of my imagination.
I had fun using a few premade flowers that were 6 for 25 cents but the rest I made from my Dad’s top of his socks,(they are white–he darned his socks taught by his Mom whose portrait is hanging) plus I used ribbon that the bedding came tied with, ribbon off of another scrap and one of my favorites, a zipper flower from my other Grandma’s treadle machine’s drawer that is displayed in my room.
So the tails? Black ribbon came off the mirrors for the headboard, and I used leftover gold ribbon to make more flowers and tails. I used two leaf shaped white buttons from my Grandma’s buttons to further embellish the $5 clearanced pillow. The heart pillow came from a friend in Europe as did a crocheted pillow leaning against the antique suitcases. This keeps decor and crafting things easy for me to reach now that I’m disabled. On the dresser is my childhood jewelry box and a handy magnifying glass. One of my first gifts from my husband. I’m older by five years and I was a bit hurt but now I’m older and quite happy for it!!
Above it hangs an antique heavy beveled mirror. It was $40 at our old Woolworth downtown which is an air conditioned antique mall of many venders! My hubby’s choice. I just had to add rub n buff to the outer edges. My lamps were purchased several years ago when I got my childhood furniture from Pottery barn.
I use the light often as I often write letters and make cards here.
It is so special. We had a sales yard in my hometown. They used to sell cattle there when I was little. On Tuesdays you could buy produce and name brand shoes. My Dad once retired went every week but he called it The Lords Warehouse!” He would find these antique folding chairs as he needed one–never ahead of time–for all his grandkids and for all of our neighbor friends kids–Sachi and Ernie’s grandkids. Then when he was through he realized he needed a chair for his 80+ friend so sure enough. Dad went to the Lords Warehouse, and there it was!!! I used it to hold Dads clippers as I cut his hair so when Dad died, I took it home and painted it with craft paint I had.
The frames were from my daughter’s wedding. They had photos of all the grandparents on the tables so we ended up with extras. Here they are holding my Papa Frank and siblings. Under Grandmas portrait I used her cut crystal candy dish. She married well over 100 years ago so I slipped a photo of her and my Papa Frank, their children and grandchildren on their 40th wedding anniversary.
There’s a vignette on the bookcase that will get the books later!! But the angel bowing was from my sister who passed away nine years ago. The first of our six. She was one of the older ones and was 54. Dad’s passed away too so I love having a place for a photo of the two of them and my last gold dollar!
Once again, having to burden another [makeover] was the hardest thing of this challenge.”~Gwen
What a great room to pay tribute to your family!! I love that this room is like a livable museum of family heirlooms! Great job, Gwen!!!
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