Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bedroom Progress Report

I've been doing a lot of work on my bedroom (I have two bedrooms) here at the little cottage, and I thought I'd post an update.

When I first saw the house, this is what the bedroom looked like:

Beautifully refinished floors and good sunlight

Two cedar lined closets

I wasn't thrilled with the paint color, but my landlords are really great people and I was assured I could paint it any color I wished.

This is how the bedroom looked for the first two years I lived here.  The linens were from my former color scheme:








At first, I thought I wanted to use the same color scheme.  But the more blogs I read and the more I thought about things, I decided I really wanted a change.  I wanted something Parisian and elegant.  After many months of plotzing about wall color, I took a sample of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Paris Grey” and had the nice folks at Home Depot dupe it in Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra.

Even though the Premium Plus Ultra has a built in primer, my OCD/paranoid self was concerned about going from a darker color to a lighter one.  I wanted to the Paris Grey to be true, and not adulterated by the existing wall color.  So, I Killz’d the room first.  




Here are the results so far:

That's the same bed; I primed it and then painted it
Paris Grey so it would kind of "float" in the room.  There are
floral motifs on the headboard; these I silver leafed along
with the ball finials on the head and footboard (I can see
the ones on the footboard are missing...lol)

The brocade stencil was purchased at amazon.com.  I mixed
Paris Grey and Valspar's "String of Pearls" 50/50 for the
stencils.  The mirror is the same from the "before" photos; I 
silver leafed it and painted the linen band that runs around 
the inside of the frame with Valspar's "Pale Violet"


The mirror is a $5.00 flea market find.  The rim is made of
metal roses; they were originally brassy gold.  I silver leafed
every other one, then painted the remaining ones in the Pale Violet
The angels are white china; they are from my childhood.


I have an ugly fuse box on the bedroom wall to the left of the bed.  
I picked up this frame, and the one below, at a flea market this summer for
$10.00 each.  I painted them with String of Pearls, Pale Violet, and some silver leaf
detail (this one needs to be finished).  I'm going to have mirror cut for each of them
I like this solution to the fugly fuse box, as it will give some added light to the room.





And because (as usual) my photos stink, it's
hard to tell I painted "Bonne Nuit"..




...and "Beaux Reves" around the mirror frames




There's even a wreath for Christmas


The only remaining things to do are drapes (plain white linen panels on clip rings) and a slipcover for the chair.  I'm going to use these:


So...that's a (not very) brief update on my bedroom


I am linking to:

Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life 
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House 
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursdays The Shabby Creek Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence










31 comments :

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

      I appreciate you stopping by <3

      Pamela

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  2. love the french script on the wall!

    would love to have you stop by if you haven't already and check out my giveaway:
    http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    happy new week to you.

    michele

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    1. Michele:

      Thank you so much for your comment!

      Thanks for stopping in and I will definitely return the favor <3

      Pamela

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  3. I love what you have done. It looks so cozy and inviting. So nice to have found you through Tweak it Tuesday. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Pamela <3

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  4. Such a beautiful transformation to your bedroom--Love the grey walls with the pretty stenciling,and your bed is so lovely with the holiday wreath!

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    1. Athena:

      Thank you so much!

      The wreath was very reasonable (it's a Martha Stewart wreath from Home Depot...only $21 and it comes in gold, too.

      Thanks for stopping by <3

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  5. Such a nice transformation. I love the Paris Grey on the walls. I also used a nice pale grey then used a pearl over it because I wanted a Mother of Pearl effect and the result was quite different...it came out silver! and I absolutely love it! It's the perfect backdrop for all the beautiful things I had that went in....Love the touches you are doing, mine were also very similar, white stenciling, painting ALL the furniture and many smaller items to blend in and "float" :D

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    1. The mother of pearl/silver effect sounds beautiful. I love silver as an accompaniment to grey.

      Thanks so much for stopping by <3

      Pamela

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  6. Coming along beautifully! I'm in the middle of a new house re-do, and purchased curtains and bedding for my bedroom...and DO NOT like it at all, so I'm going to go in the opposite direction. That doesn't happen very often to me, but in my hurry to figure out the new house I bought before I even lived in the space...and the room hadn't told me what it wanted to be when it grew up! It is what it is, so they say! Anyway, your room is turning out gorgeous, love that color and what you did to your bed!

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    1. Pendra:

      I think maybe that's why I waited. I wanted to be sure what I wanted, and this is a change for me. I'm glad I did it...it's like waking up in a cloud every morning <3

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Pamela

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  7. loving your room. at first wasn't sure about painting the bed the same color, but it really is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      It was one of those "dive in" moments, but I'm really pleased with how the bed turned out.

      Pamela

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  8. Such fun....I am looking forward to redoing our bedroom!
    Betsy

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    1. Stop back by and let me know when you do that...I'd love to see the results!

      Pamela

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  9. Oh, you did right by changing your color scheme. Oh how charming and restful it looks now!! I would never have thought to paint the bed, but it really works!! Excellent!

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    1. Pollyanna:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!

      Pamela

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    1. Renee:

      Thank you so much for stopping by <3

      Pamela

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  11. Love the chair slipcover where did u find it. Thx

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    1. Renee:

      Here's the link for the matelasse slipcovers:

      http://www.surefit.net/search/?query=matelasse&ss_submit=

      Pamela

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  12. Hi Pamela! Your bedroom is so pretty. I love the stencils. Thank you kindly for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Brandi:

      Thank you so much!

      Your blog is one of my favorites, and I'm glad you paid *me* a visit...Merry Christmas <3

      Pamela

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  13. Your bedroom is just beautiful! Thankyou for posting the photos. :)Princess Carriage Beds

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