It’s done! (I think).
Here is the tiny before, and then what we have been living with for the last few months:
And the after(s).
Just realized that the red from our porch door is showing in the mirror; fantastic! I wanted a pop of red in here…there it is!
I originally was going a completely different direction; this is a little more formal than I intended, but I like it regardless. I had plans for artwork above the mirror, and plans for something below the sconces…but do you think it really needs anything else? I don’t want it to feel to “cluttered”.
I haven’t tallied up the total yet; I’m going to do that right now…
- Behr paint for the stripes; $25 after rebates (and I’m going to continue the colors into the living room; white for wainscotting and the cream above. I have plenty of paint left, so it’s two birds with one stone!) I used Decorator White, and had Martha Stewart’s Glass of Milk mixed as Behr paint so I would have the same sheen/consistency.
- Martha Stewart Paint Samples for the bench/shoe collector. Cornflower Blue for the base and Heavenly Blue for the top; $6. I found the bench (I believe it is from an old bureau) in the attic and immediately fell in love; I knew I could use it somewhere!
- Curtain Rod was $13 at Walmart
- Curtain Panels were $8 a piece at Target.
- Sconces were $16 a piece at Home Depot (Hudson Bay brand)
So…$92 dollars for a completely different look. Not too shabby.
My favorite details are the bench…take a look at the handles. LOVE.
I was stressing as to what to put on top of the bench; I was originally going to keep it white and upholster a cushion in red. But that would have taken time, effort, and money, and the pillows were a last minute inspiration. I’ve had the blue cloth napkins for YEARS, and I had a canvas drop cloth…when I saw the fabric went well, I spent a couple hours sewing them up. Nothing better than “free”!
The rug is a hand-me-down from my parents, and the coat tree was another attic find; I’ve had the little teal box for a few years. I think I’ll put umbrellas in it.
Oh, I have to show you one more thing; while I was scraping the wallpaper I uncovered this artwork and about fell off the ladder I was so excited! (By the way, I used CHOMP to remove the wallpaper, found it at Home Depot…AMAZING stuff!!!)
Although I wouldn’t want to go all the way around and handpaint it again, I wanted to recreate it and put it in some frames, centered in the cream stripe above the mirror. However, our ceilings are 9 ft, and it seemed to me that it would make the wall “top heavy”. What do you think? I have 5 frames (that I’ve had for ages) that are brown and black. If I don’t do it in the entryway, I am going to do it somewhere else; pay some homage to that long ago artist!
There you have it! I feel…cozy walking in from the porch now.
On to the next project!