Trees! Yes, trees. I’ve done them in all of the homes I’ve lived in but this was my ultimate and best Aspen Tree Wall.
I added a piece of wallboard to the bottom of the chimney which made that area as thick as the chimney.
Oh how I hated it! Knotty pine walls and ceiling and I just couldn’t deal AT ALL and couldn’t wait to make it “mine”. So I did!
It started with covering the walls with bead board that I painted cream color. I like the texture of the ceiling with the pine so I painted it the same color as the walls.
A small room just can’t be dark in color so that lovely cream color made it feel much larger and brought light in to the room.
I decided I wanted to wake up to something beautiful so I did a medallion on the ceiling with pre-stamped panels, wood strips, corner molding and a medallion above a large, crystal chandelier.
I used the same beautiful floor molding that I did in the rest of the house and crown molding at the ceiling level.
I outfitted the bed with a luscious silk comforter complete with large raised flowers and fluffy white faux fur pillows and throw.
How I love retiring to this room now. It’s just Princess worthy!
I thought about ripping up all that old, nasty linoleum but that would take months since it was glued down to the original hard woods. It’s not that I wasn’t up for the task, heck I just finished doing a lot of work on the 100 year old hard woods in the living room and my office. It was more that I have a hard time being culinarily creative in a nasty kitchen so I felt a need to “get ‘er done”!
It was high quality vinyl to the rescue! I took the entire week off work and tackled the project.
Oh that kitchen…..it was a poor excuse for a place for friends and family to hang out or to even cook a meal in my humble opinion.
The old linoleum was worn and tired, the back splash around the stove was peel and stick plastic and though the cabinets are solid wood and in really great shape, they lacked any character at all.
I began with paint first, taking the stark white to a rich cream color and yanked down that horrible light fixture.
Once the plaster stenciling was dry, I used my handy air nailer and applied 2″ x 1/4″ poplar strips to the outside edges of each door and drawer. I primed and painted each door and drawer with the same wall color.
New handles came last to create a more modern look.
My small home is taking on a whole new look!
It began with sanding the 100 year old hard wood floors. They had been covered with carpet tiles that hid all the staples and glue from previous carpeting.
Let me tell you, I spent weeks doing this, thinking that I could re-finish the floors myself. NOT! Once I began to stain, every single sanding mark became like a neon sign.
I gave in and hired a pro and he told me that the reasonable cost came from me doing 90% of the sanding and debris removal.
Now the floors are just gorgeous and I love the history they hold!
The soft shine of the Swedish finish was perfect.
It’s not easy living around moving items from here to there, but it was worth the hassle. Now I’ll not have to worry about these floors again in my life time because I take great care of them.
Next came the fireplace hearth. Simply plain concrete, I needed it to be something more beautiful, so it was faux finish to the rescue! But I also hated that red brick! It for sure, had to go.
the faux finish was to crate the look of slab granite and that came out great as well.
Here’s the finished design with the ugly gas heater replaced by a gas stove instead.
I later went back and finished over the new concrete I had to pour to patch a bad place. In this photo, I was still waiting for the new concrete to cure (30 days) before I could paint it.
Create your own brick wall like this with my new Plaster English Brick stencil.