Monday, February 6, 2012
When I first began thinking of using the entire cottage as my studio, I reached to my bookshelves and pulled out several books and magazines in hopes of inspiration.
I found so many wonderful and amazing things that I became a little overwhelmed!
So, I decided to just see how it unfolded.
Those who know me will tell you...
This is TOTALLY NOT MY USUAL approach to projects!
I am a planner!
I like to know where every little thing will go and even draw to scale floor plans! I did this...but set them aside. I wanted my new cottage studio... to just evolve.
So, I got busy.
I touched up places on the walls... primed and caulked...
And then headed down to the basement of our home to see what I had to work with.
I decided to spend very little in fact, nothing, if possible on this project.
Any money I spend on the cottage takes away from what is spent on our home renovation.
I just don't want to do that.
Besides, I am so much more creative when I have to think outside the box. Using what we already own is just the sort of thing to make me use my noggin!
The basement adventure was quite enlightening. I discovered many treasures...Things that I really didn't have plans for but still love...so I carried them out to the cottage.
I had about a quart of the paint I used on the kitchen cabinets in the cottage so I mixed it with a gallon of plain white paint in a matte finish. This would be my wall color throughout the entire space.
I gave all the walls 2 coats. Both the upper part and the lower which had been wallpapered in August in this faux beaded board paper.
I love this stuff!
It really surprised me at how realistic it is! So easy to hang and about a fourth of the cost of using actual wood so...it was a bargain to boot! All that we had to do was add a chair rail to the top and
A cottage classic.
The crown moulding, baseboards and windows had been painted in August but I still touched them up in a few places.
Then, I located the paint we used on the walls in our utility room and added about a half a cup of grey to it.
This new chalky color will be used to paint the fireplace and bookshelves.( I haven't taken any pictures yet!) Soon though!
We purchased an old cast iron fireplace surround some time ago to use in our homes new master bedroom. I decided it needed to be used in the cottage instead.
In doing so I had to remove the little electric fireplace insert and some of the millwork but that's okay...I plan to use it in our bedroom now! Woo Who!
The last time I went to Texas to see my mom...I picked up a pair of vintage chandelier pieces at a great antique mall in Round Rock. I just loved them but really had no real place to use them...
Until now, I plan to make them into sconces that will flank an old sofa table I have had for years! I was going to put it in the upstairs hall but, I think it can stay here in the cottage!
As you can see, things are moving right along. I have piles everywhere as my sewing stuff is moved into this room!
I love the direction that it has taken.
So unexpected. I had thought I would use a lot of color but it just didn't work out that way!
The cottage is now reminding me of a movie I watched late Saturday afternoon.
The Ghost and Mrs Muir.
I haven't seen it in ages!
Sweet Hubby was at his "real job" and well, I decided to see what was on the old movie channel!
I am so glad I did!
The movie is set in the year 1900 and the little seaside cottage...made me swoon!
So timeless and classic!
I was completely smitten all over again!
Soooo much so...
That I have decided to do a window treatment that I haven't thought about in years!
(I couldn't even remember what they were called...Rebecca had to come up with the name of this wonderful old classic!)
Last year for my birthday, Rebecca gave me an entire bolt of vintage flocked dotted swiss...one of my favorite fabrics! Well, I love almost anything polka-dot!
I plan to use it to make a more modern take on this classic window treatment inspired by this wonderful old movie!
Tomorrow I am painting the walls in the kitchen and finishing my ceiling project.
I will return soon with more updates.
Have a blessed week!