I got it done! I got it done! (Before school starts!) In my acceptance speech I need to thank Worker Bee for being an integral part of my getting this done. I couldn't have done it without you Worker Bee.
What did I get done? Well a lot of little things in Worker Bee's and my bedroom. We didn't paint, we didn't buy new furniture, in fact we didn't buy anything new at all, but oh how sweet and romantic and retreatish (I love making up new words) it looks.
I'll start off with the big project. Back in April (when it was my 20th wedding anniversary) Cathe over at Just Something I Made was having all these fabulous giveaways and I won a vinyl monogram of Worker Bee's and my initials. It was huge and just so especially sweet to win it at that time. I've never done any of these vinyl things before so it was quite a learning experience. We seemed to discover that there was a "sweet" corner to start peeling from. I had rubbed and rubbed and rubbed but when I started peeling it, it stuck to the top layer. Worker Bee tried from a different corner and it came off very smoothly. So we're just saying that there's a "sweet" corner and NOT that I am totally incompetent in applying vinyl, right?
Doesn't it look beautiful? S-I-G-H......I love it!
This is the before.....
And this is the after.....
Yep! Still lovin' it!
Well you know how it goes - one change leads to a bunch more. Where was our "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" sign going to go? And wouldn't it be great to have a better nightstand on my side of the bed? And wouldn't the hankies look better in a pretty apothecary jar? Do you see what I mean? Well let me just show you. (Although, I don't have a lot of before pictures - sorry!)
So.....please enjoy! I'll give you details as we look around.
This chair used to sit at the little desk I used for my nightstand. Not using that desk anymore, so cute black wicker chair gets to go live by the closet.
This dresser used to be honey pine, than I painted everything white and a couple of years ago it all went black. It's dark, I know, but it is so cozy feeling.
As you walk in the door, the bed is to the left.
Keep walking and you get to my side of the bed.
This is the before....
(Yikes! What a mess! I'm just a wee bit embarrassed, but hey - makes the after all the better, right?)
And now the after.....
(could not get a good picture of this spot - this will have to do)
So much more space. You might be able to tell I moved the picture above our bed to over the table.
So here's some more.....
This is our closet. Wall to wall but not walk in. Actually we've got it functioning quite well, but only clothes in season will fit. Winter clothes are under the bed.
One of my favorite things about the closets is how we turned the doors the "wrong" way when we repainted them. The doors were smooth plywood with a little inset handle to slide the doors. When we took them off to paint them I thought the back side was so much more interesting to look at then a wall of blankness. Worker Bee agreed and so this is what we have. I called it architectural details. :)
Another closet shot - built in drawers.
Oooh! Here's the close-up! I used a sliding mug hook to hand my necklaces and a candle hurricane for all my bracelets. So far it's working and it looks pretty!
Worker Bee's side of the bed. (Baby Bee made that sweet little handprint when she was in kindergarten.)
Our curtains are also one of my favorite parts. The Fabulous Phyllis made them for us. We used the red plaid, some of the sheets that came with the linens (Eddie Bauer) and an extra duvet that I ordered for the fabric (much cheaper than the premade valances they were selling). I love the little prairie points. Such a nice detail. Phyllis is so Fabulous because I'll take her a sketch and the measurements and she'll create my vision. She's a Fabulous friend too.
Can you guess what's in here?
(It's full of all my fun reading glasses!)
I put all my vintage hankies in here. They are too pretty to be cooped up in a drawer!
Amy Jo Hill painted that sweet cake. I adore her work. So whimsical and charming! It says "Forever" on the heart. Amy sells on ebay and etsy.
All rightee! Here is one last shot of what inspired all this transformation!
I'm joining all these parties for Monday. Who knew Monday was such a party day? Only in blogland, right?
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
Cindy at Cottage Instincts
Cielo at The House in the Roses
Thank you ladies for being the hostesses with the mostests (had to make that plural to go with hostesses - see? I love making up words)
School starts tomorrow with students arriving on Wednesday. I'll be finishing up preparing my room and materials to welcome my students over the next few days. Have to develop a whole new routine after summer vacation.
Thanks for coming by and visiting this summer. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you as the seasons start to change.
Oh! I'm approaching 200 posts and I have 200 followers so I'm preparing a fun giveaway to celebrate these milestones. Hope you can come back and visit soon!
It's always a treat to welcome you to our little cottage.