Have you ever really wanted a change, but it just wasn’t in the budget? Certainly that was the case with this project in the next room, we called the piano room. I had hung this wallpaper several years back and loved it, however now my colors were changing.
Wow, do you ever look at old pictures and wonder what was I thinking. 🙂 (Also hairstyles if you know what I mean)
I still loved the wallpaper, yet needed it to be a different color. It was a beautiful shade of soft green with purplish flowers; I needed it to be brown and red.
After a little bit of debating, I tried putting a antiquing on a scrap piece of wallpaper and decided it would work. Yes my mind thinks crazy like that. I antiqued the entire wall by just rubbing it on and leaving it. I decided that the flowers needed to be a more pronounced red so I got a little paint brush and some fitting red paint and did a little work. A girls got to do what a girls got to do. Yes, I painted a little on each flower.
It worked wonderful for many years. However when we changed colors again, and knew some people don’t like buying houses with wallpaper(I happen to like a little) we took it down.
We decided to just paint the wall the same as the others. This is why it’s always good to keep the leftover paint or at least the paint strip with the color on it. Choosing to do this, will definitely make the difference in your wanted change, in the future.
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share with you the stories behind the accessories. The fireplace surround we picked up at a garage sale, it was in pieces and the mantel was really rough. We got it very cheap. My husband meticulously created the mantel. Finally after many “yep that’s good enough”, “yep that’s beautiful” we agreed. LOL!! Similarly is the story of the electric insert. We were out of town at a garage sale, that was closing. They said they didn’t know if the fireplace worked, so for $25.00 we took the chance and brought it home. With a little online info, we had a working fireplace.
Curb finds included the old window, two chairs, black storage ottoman, little table sitting beside the chair on the right, green slipper chair(in the top picture) in the corner, and the lamp next to that chair, shade included.
Given to us was the antique humidor stand next to the chair on the left, and the oval table against the wall on the right. They are both cherished items one from my second mom and the other was my grandma’s. Our daughter and son-in-law made the wooden Van Wyk sign for a gift. The clock on the mantel was earned by my husband, for thirty years of service at his employer.
The piano was a love gift from my husband when we were dating. I told him I always wanted to take piano lessons but never got to. Therefore he decided to surprise me with this piano that his brother was throwing away. No you guessed it, it did not look like this. He tore the entire thing apart and refinished it and put it all back together.
We purchased everything else. Doesn’t really leave too much does it? So on the day you find you want a change think outside the box. Try something you have never heard done before. Paint something, cover something, whatever you decide to do make it your own. It’s kind of fun to discover new ways to accomplish that wanted change.