Geesh, I really know how to draw things out, don't I? To refresh your memory, I started working on my girls' bedroom back in August with a painted aqua blue bed. I actually bought the bed back in the early spring, but it took me that long to decide on a color and paint it. At the time I purchased the bed frame, I also purchased a buffet to use as their dresser. My original plan was to paint them both the same color, but after painting the bed, I didn't want to use anymore aqua. I ended up falling in love with some fabric then painted the buffet to match. With the new fabric and the neutral buffet, the pepto pink walls had to go, so the walls got painted. I finally gave you a semi-reveal when I made the curtains and pillow shams, but that's where I left it. It's still not completely done, but I have a little more to show.
This installment will cover the artwork and the lamp. After painting the walls I hung two swallowfield prints (previously purchased for my kitchen) next to their bed. I liked the look so much that I decided to hang a collection of prints from etsy artists. If you're looking for some original art, I highly recommend perusing etsy, but I'm sure you knew that already. It took me a little while to collect enough to group, but I couldn't be more thrilled with the result. Along with the two swallowfield prints, there are also prints from LillyBimble CathyNichols and BeautyThatMoves.
I wish I could find a before picture of this lamp, but that's what I get for waiting so long to finish a project. I took a photo, but I have no idea where on my hard drive it is! This lamp was my mother's, circa early 1980's. Originally, it was a dark brown with a raised flowering vine design in ivory. As a kid I remember scratching the points off those leaves (I'm sure my mom loved that!). Anyway, fast forward to the early 90's when I went off to college - the lamp came with me. At some point I sponge painted brown/black/copper it to hide the flowers. What can I say, it was the 90's, sponge painting was in. That ugly lamp went with me to every house.
I finally let go of it this fall when I redecorated my living room. The lamp was tossed aside for the garage sale pile...until I got the idea to put it in the girls' room. I spray painted it lavender, then painted all the flowers and foliage using the throw pillows as my inspiration. Painting that raised design ended up being more tedious than I thought - while I was at it I gave some of those scratched off leaves points again. I then gave it a new ivory shade and trimmed it out with some lavender grosgrain ribbon. Voila, a new lamp! The girls love it.
There's still a slipcover and a quilt to make, and I need to do something with their book case, but we're almost there. By the way, does anybody know where I can find some lavender &white lattice/trellis type wallpaper or fabric that I can use to cover the back of a bookcase? Just wondering. Who knows when the next update will be...don't hold your breath!