Hope you are all well and that by today, 11/5/2020, you feel a bit less stressed by having come to realization that the votes are in and we are no longer in control of what happens. Do not let the news, what is happening with the elections, the pandemic. etc…. steal all of your joy. I know it is hard (believe me I know how hard it is!) not to let anxiety get the better of you. Instead we should focus on what we can control and the positives of our current situations. I know that it is easier for some than for others, especially for those who may have lost their jobs and are in survival mode. Yet, for our wellbeing, it is imperative that we focus on feeling good even if it is just about the tiniest little thing…
I am not an expert at doing this, nor am I good at making it a daily practice, but due to personal circumstances that have been out of my control, I have had to overcome some pretty low, lows. What I learned was that if I focus on feeling good, if I at least try to reach for a good feeling or thought, the negativity loses momentum and joy starts to sprout within. So, on that note, one of the things I can do to spark joy amongst others is to create. Create an attention-grabbing graphic for my marketing, refurbish an old piece of furniture, paint, come up with something unique for our home or for a client. On that note, let me share with you what progress we have made on this TINY BEDROOM MAKEOVER for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE Fall of 2020.
We completed the dresser by patching the old hardware holes, cleaned it both inside and out, took out the 25-year-old drawer liner, drilled the new holes, sanded the drawer fronts, finished applying the woodgrain matt black paper, sprayed painted the drawer fronts a fresh white, installed the new @Schaub_and_Co amazing and quite stunning hardware. @Schaub_and_Co never disappoints with design, quality and overall service. When I specify their hardware for my client projects, I am always confident of the results and client’s reaction when they are introduced to the hardware.
If you would like to see where I started and where we are headed on this project please, check out Week 1 progress, Week #2, Week #3, Week #4, Week #5 on the blog and see how far we have come.
Here are some sneak-peak images of the process for the dresser and the results- I don’t want to give it all away before the reveal.
I completed and finessed the arch painted on the wall; a small snafu had us take a couple of steps backward to move forward. We installed the picture ledge first, and I had initially thought that I could install the necklace holder below it with the old hangers that I sprayed painted the same black as the hooks. WRONG! I should have installed the necklace holder first. Why? It is impossible to get your hand below the picture ledge while hammering the hangers in place so close together. We damaged the already prepped and painted wall, had to pull out the picture ledge, and then attach the necklace hanger to the bottom of the picture ledge- this in turn caused slight damage to the finish on the picture ledge. Wish I would have thought to have had the picture ledge handcrafted as I did with the one in the hallway. This one is a bit deeper than I would have wanted, but it is fine. I may be able to overlap two pieces of art.
My finished Arch Correction to picture ledge install.
INSPIRATION FOR THE ARCH – ARTWORK – PICTURE LEDGE – NECKLACE HOLDER
The install of the shelves above the nightstands also took place. They look good. Now I just need to find an art piece that is long but not very tall to sit above the bed and still be in scale and proportionate to the size of the headboard which already competes with the space on the sides of the bed and the size of the nightstands.
Something like this…
LEFT TO DO
➢ Touch up the arch and put the print on it when the frame finally
➢ Finish the arch wall
➢ Finish the window treatments
➢ Finish the wall where the TV is mounted
➢ Complete the lamp and find additional art and other accessories
➢ Wash new linens, make the bed, and style it
➢ Style the room and schedule photos
This is the part that typically takes the longest- the finishing touches/the punch list- especially when I have something specific in mind. Unless I can translate that vision on to the makeover, in my mind, the project is not complete. Also, because of the details, making sure everything is finessed, polished, and pulled together are the most time consuming. Although we have until November 29th to complete our spaces, I am going to work on completing my Tiny Bedroom a lot sooner. I am glad to have the extra time specifically to get professional pictures taken.
Stay tuned. Come back next week to see where we are at.
UPDATE ON LAMP (Main source of light for the room)
Oh, I almost forgot! I saw some of my favorite Instagram ladies I follow who are working on painting glass, ceramics or old stoneware pieces by mixing paint with baking soda to get a sort of “Stoneware” look in a modern and very organic way. Check out @Cintyhia_harper_, @rebeccaandgenevieve (don’t quote me on the spelling) and the fabulous @kismet_house. They painted some pieces and I loved the look, so much so, that I used this new technique to paint my lamp and one of the ceramic pieces that I have for the bedroom. So far, I am loving it… let us see what else I can come up with for the lamp shade.
Like I said, stay tuned