the weekend of January 4 & 5, Diane, Barb, Candace and I had
a redecorating party to help me reclaim my room.
thing on the list was painting the walls. I wish I had a "before"
picture, but suffice to say that the walls were plain old
concrete block painted white. We painted them a beautiful
shade of lavender, then sponged over with a lighter shade
and a darker shade. I love the result!
I lied. Actually the first thing I did, earlier in the week,
was to paint this lamp and give it a new shade. It used to
be navy blue, and so was the shade. It's much prettier now!
And doesn't it look great against those walls?.
items came next. Diane made the comforter cover, and I painted
the fronts of the drawers of the chest. One of my favorite
things about the room now is the swag over the bed. As you
can see, it has little white Christmas lights in it, and it's
so pretty. (The white lump on the bed is Darcy, one of my
a view of the swag with the lights out. You can get a slightly
better idea of the effect. The fabric on the comforter and
dust ruffle was given to me by my former neighbor,
moved on to upholstery. Ugh. Actually, it wasn't so bad, but
it was very late when we got to this, and all we wanted to
do was finish so we could go to bed! This beautiful fabric
is some that Diane had given me when she moved back to Atlanta.
painted the table teal on Saturday, and the next day I glazed
it with lavender, then pressed a crumpled plastic dropcloth
over it. I like the effect.
is the table with the hanging lantern that we put in to
replace the old table lamp. Much nicer.
out of upholstery fabric before we got to the second couch,
so we just covered it with a comforter. Here you can see most
of the sitting area. Not bad for free, huh?
panel you see in the background was Sheri and Tara's contribution.
Wish I had a picture of that work in progress....it sure was
one of the panels of the room-divider screen. Diane painted
this one. The idea is for all of my friends to paint on the
panels, so that I can have part of them with me all the time.
I'll paint one, too, but I haven't decided yet what mine will
the panels out of a canvas drop cloth, and they are hung over
dowels suspended in o-hooks from the ceiling. Each panel has
two sides, and both can be painted or left plain. Very simple,
very inexpensive, but very effective. This is one of my favorite
parts of the room.
is another one of my favorite things. I have items on it to
represent many of my favorite people and sources of strength,
as well as the elements. Feeling connected to this energy
has gotten me through some very tough times recently.
brings us to my other favorite thing: this dreamcatcher. This
was made by Candace, and was a surprise gift. I had admired
it at their home, and a few hours later, they showed up with
it in hand! I love it, and I love the way it looks over my
(January 27), I finally got the nerve to pick up the brush
and paint my panel of the room divider. Here is the result.
I'm pretty happy with it, considering I'm no artist!
about it so far. There are still some details that need to be
done, but for the most part, I have a brand new room. One great
thing is that almost everything was done with stuff I already
had. Even better is that it's all *mine*, and I love it! Thank
you so much Barb, Candace, and most of all Diane for all the
help in making this happen.
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