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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tablescape turned Workshop: Inspired to do More

What has happened to my table? Have you noticed I have done more porch settings lately?

Well, it is because my kitchen table looks like this:

Blogging has engaged me in reading far more blogs that I ever have previously. And it is so enriching and fun! What great ideas! I have been inspired to do more than just set my table and play around the edges of the house. And the first room on the re-do list is my daughters' bedroom. I have decided to replace the beds in my girls' room. And while I am at it, it's time to refinish the furniture. Which I have never done before. 

A few weeks ago, during a brief 2 days when Emma was feeling better, it was time. The furniture had been mine as a child and belonged to my parents as newlyweds. I inherited new twin beds for the girls' room and all of the Ralph Lauren and matelasse linens to go with them. The room was painted an off-white in 2009 and decorated with an odd shade of blue.

The new linens are greens, reds, golds, florals, etc. 

So I considered painting the furniture and adding an antique-looking freehand motif. 

Which is exactly what I did. 

I am not done yet, but this is what has happened so far.

I haven't had a chance to refinish the hardware yet. I have decided to hang curtains and valances over the beds. I wanted to hang some art work above the beds as well, so I painted some silhouettes of the girls between coats on the furniture. Excuse the mess in the kitchen while everything was in progress.

We have not figured out the room arrangement yet. It is tough to fit everything into their room without throwing out toys, which include huge American Girl items like Tiki bars and theatre seats. I am still trying to figure out where those things are going to go.

I will keep you posted as I continue to update their room. And I have big plans for my son's new Lego room!


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  1. Very cool! I recently painted an old dresser and keep staring at it because it desperately needs something. I'm impressed with what you did! Am visiting from Flaunt it Friday and am now following you!

  2. Great job on the dresser.. You have some incredible talent. Can't wait to see the rest!

  3. Aww, I love it! I so admire your talent at painting the dresser! The silhouettes of the girls are amazing! Can't wait to see more! Great job.

  4. The room is going to be so pretty! Love the bedding, and you did a fantastic job on the dresser!

  5. I'm your neighbor from The Charm home and I love how you transformed the dresser. You are sooo talented! The new linens are looking very pretty and the silhouettes are looking absolutely wonderful! Drop by and visit if you get a chance.~Poppy

  6. Love the new bedding. Glad you could be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescasper

  7. Love the bedding and the dresser! Thank you for sharing this on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

  8. Very nice job on the bedding and the dresser! Thanks for linking it up!

  9. Awesome painting job with the dresser and bed, loved it!


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