This is my first post for Show & Tell Friday and thank you for this great idea! We downsized 18 mos ago and I am just now completing, for the most part, our Master Bedroom. Color palette: mint green, silvery grey and pale plum.
The 40 x 40 oil painting above the bed was a real find! Orignially $250; on sale for $139; frame was scratched so I asked if they could drop the price -- they took another 40% off! I white-washed the frame to cover the stratches "just enough." I dipped a rag in paint, covered the frame in sections and wiped off the excess before it dried -- I did this 3 or 4 times in thin coats so the color of the frame still showed through. The scene on the French terrace with flowers & plants show off the colors in the room; even the silver-tones are picked up in the shaded areas of the veranda.
This is a portable wine chest I came across again after seeing it two years ago. It was marked down 75%! and nothing at all wrong with it. I decided to use it as a bedside table. The top is inlayed with silver foil under glass.
One of my main concerns for this room was to bring in lighter-painted pieces since all of our existing furniture is dark.
This chest in front of the bed was dark brown, so I sanded, primed and spray painted it an antique white. I rubbed silver foil over the embossed metal inlays. You didn't notice this beautiful detail before. I love this product and a little goes a long way -- it's called Rub n Buff in silver leaf 7637 OK by Amaco. I got it at a craft store. I used it on the little box on the wine chest above. That box was gold and black and all I did was rub this product on it -- the gold and black showing through the carved areas adds dimension. To protect the surface just use a clear-drying sealer.
We've been wanting a chair in our bedroom and it finally arrived. The area is small but fits beautifully. Since I couldn't put a large piece of furniture on this side of the bed, I scouted around the house and found a fern and umbrella stand and was soon spray painting again. I put some glass squares in the umbrella stand so we could use the piece as a small table. The smaller piece with the cubbies was inside the wine chest -- I hadn't realized it was removable, so we turned it upright -- great for magazines and remote controls and I guess a bottle of bedside wine! Plus extra storage room in the wine chest.
I got those iron plate racks at a flea market months ago -- and yes, great - they were already painted an antique white and distressed -- I left them as is. Even though I am using some plates in them, I want to use these racks as an "art gallery" I know you have seen that idea on HGTV -- so I can rearrange art or swap pieces out whenever I like.
We've had this antique chest for a while -- bought it for $75. I spray painted the baskets "celery" green and used one for books and the other I arranged some dried grasses to add some height.
And our curtains, I actually found a matching pair at Tuesday Morning -- worth the dig -- double lined, 96" and only $50 a pair -- I puddled about two inches on floor. Two things I think we accomplished -- bringing together beddings and linens that were not a "set" and bringing in some lighter colored furniture and artwork to offset the larger dark pieces. Thanks for my hubby hanging all art!
I've enjoyed sharing my finds with you. Thanks for letting me join and please visit Cindy at Show & Tell Friday for more! And maybe next Friday you can come see me again as I'll "move in closer" to feature some accessories in our room. I'd love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.