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Are you sitting down? Prepare yourself for something truly horrible. This was my master bedroom when we first moved to our home 3 years ago…yikes. Where to begin? I inherited two-tone mauve walls with a chair height border. From my old house I brought a red, yellow, and green french country sort of theme. I do not recommend these colors all together in one room. I’m surprised the universe as we know it didn’t split apart. And here’s another corner of the room…
Like all of my rooms, this is not the AFTER after, but it’s much better. This has been a tough room to decorate. It’s long, narrow, has 4 doors, and one awkwardly placed window. This is my husband’s dresser that’s in the corner in the before picture. It was $35 from a yard sale. I painted it white and sprayed the brass handles black, then added the blue decorative painting.
A closer view…I bought this pair of glass apothecary jars from a woman getting rid of some stuff before a move. She invited me over to her house to pick through everything (and she didn’t even know me…it’s a wierd story!)
This headboard was $15 at a yard sale. It’s not really what I want, but it’s better than a metal frame and a blank wall. I’d love to find a beautiful french bed frame…for $15.00! Hey, a girl can dream.
This was my grandmother’s vanity and it’s shown in the same spot in the before picture. I removed the mirror, painted it white, and added the glass knobs & decorative painting. The mirrors were $1.00 each at separate yard sales and the silver trivets are hung with black ribbon. I added black & white feathered fringe to the lamps for a fun detail.
This side table was $3.00 at a yard sale. Of course, it got a coat of paint and I sprayed the brass handle black.
This rocker was $15 at…you guessed it, a yard sale. It had this weird quilted fabric on it and was poorly upholstered, so I made it a white cotton twill slipcover. The details are what make a slipcover special. I’m not a great seamstress and I don’t love sewing, but I like that I can find an ugly piece of furniture and make it something that works in my house.
I’ve had this dresser since middle school and I’m not into the Queen Anne thing any longer, but it’s very functional. I couldn’t take the brass handles one more minute, so I painted them black. It was a bit of a gamble, but I really like how it turned out.
And here’s a corner view. I painted all of the doors in the new part of the home black. In the old part of our house (built in the 1940’s) we have wood doors and glass knobs. Someday I’d like to get doors that match the old ones. Until then, the black makes more of a statement then builder grade white.
I love your comments and questions! The lovely table in my furniture striping tutorial is soaking in the stain downstairs right now, so I’m off to work on that.
I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer. READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…
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