Friday, April 15, 2011

A Happy Place

That's what my sister named this room for me ... 

well it's a closet really.

But it doesn't matter.

It's a space to create.

And it's coming together.

I'm letting myself take risks and have fun.

I chose an aqua blue for the walls.

And tested out Emily Jones' painted wallpaper technique 

on the table top.

I chose a different design though.

I was actually inspired by a generic screensaver option 

found on the iphone.
It went much more quickly than I thought it would.

I've found lately if I just don't think about things too hard, 

they come together.

I traced the design while my kids played during the day

and was able to paint the whole table top in a little over an hour one 


My next labor of love is a decoupage pegboard that will go on the 

inside of one of the doors.

I decided to decoupage copies of vintage hymnal music to it.

They were more yellow so I adjusted the color to make it 

look like newsprint.  And when it was all done I used a dry brush

of a martha stewart paint called newsprint to give it an even softer, 

vintage feel.

My daughters and I went crazy ripping and making a mess.

I really think there's no other way to create is there?

They were so excited to help and took such pride seeing

our progress and the finished product.

I very intentionally chose some of the words and numbers I wanted 

to stand out.  But much of it was like fitting in pieces of a puzzle.

I would place them down with modpodge first and then let my 

daughter's slather the modpodge on top.

Yes, it was messy and yes, more than one of us had glue in our hair.  

But it was fun and really how badly could we mess it up.  

It's supposed to look shabby.

I love the finished effect.  It feels more like a cool frame than a 

pegboard with a bunch of holes.

now that i figured out where i'm using the ikea baskets... i have to head back to buy two more

I kept waiting to get the good camera back in order to show you 

these things.  But it still isn't in my hands so these cell phone

photos will have to do. ;)

The 'room' is still evolving and I don't yet have a proper chair, but

once I'm all set up I just can't wait to start really creating in my 

"happy place."


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curlyQdesign said...

I love it and am SO happy for you! I can't wait to see it in person someday.

Ange said...

Thank you for stopping over and commenting on my cloffice wall the other day! Looks like you have a fun closet and I'm loving the hymnal peg board. How fun to have your girls help! Love this! I'm a new follower of yours.

Sarah said...

I love, love, love the design of your painted table so much that I keep thinking about trying that on an entire living room wall. You did a great job, it's just gorgeous!

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