Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Painter's Life

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream... - Van Gogh.

I have dreamed of this room for years.  All my life I have wanted a home library/office.  The office part, I had.  The library, not so much.  This three day weekend, my dreams finally came to fruition.  After many hours of inhaling paint fumes (no, it didn't make me feel anything except headachey), numerous cuts and bruises, the loss of two acrylic nails, and sore muscles from contorting to paint and/or construct the book shelves, my room is complete. 

Here are the "before" shots:

This is the view from the door.  I love my headboard, hated the bed.
The walls were painted "Shade Tree" green - love the color. 
It's currently in my bathroom and kitchen.

This is my closet and first bookcase.

This is my computer armoir and two bookcases.

And, now, the after:

The corner where my bed was! My last item to add is a chair and ottoman,
white, of course, to place where those checked pillows are on the floor. 
Once I get a chair that's comfy, I may never leave the room!

My three new bookcases.  I need some great bookends...and, of course,
MORE BOOKS!  BTW, the bottom shelves are empty.  I'm looking for
some decorative boxes or baskets to use for extra storage.

Closet area, after.  I did paint the lamp on the table - black satin spray paint.

Desk area.  I have a new canvas planned for above the desk - a black
on white of a fabulous quote by Marilyn Monroe.  Maybe this weekend?

How to:

I started out with two coats of red paint.  Before you ask, the trim was white (and taped off)
and the hardwood floor was already there.  I chose "To Die For Red" - a Wal-Mart
color, but I had Sherwin Williams match the color as I like their paint better
and had a 25% off coupon!  A gallon of flat paint was needed (I ended up with a matte
satin, due to my color choice) and a quart of high gloss in the same color. 


I used a transparency and overhead projector to pencil the design on the wall.
I ended up using a white colored pencil.  I could see it against the red and
knew the paint would cover the lines.

I painted the design with the high gloss, let it dry, then, rearranged my room!

I can't take credit for the idea.  I found it on pinterest and traced it back to this website:
There is the entire how-to, including the swirly design.  I used their design because
I couldn't find another I liked better.  You could do stripes, diamonds, any pattern you wanted
to paint.  I will admit to cheating.  I knew where my furniture would go, so I just painted the
"tops" of the walls and the sides that would be seen.  If I hadn't, I'd still be painting!

It was a long, labor intensive project, but well worth my effort. 
BTW, all the furniture came from Wal-Mart except the computer
   desk that was a hand-me-down from my parents - thanks, Mom & Dad. 
I need a few more accessories and lots and lots more books.  But, I finally have my library!

1 comment:

  1. Saw your photo of a vine up on twitter. I was dinking around wasting time; never know where that will lead you. Did you ever get it ID'ed. I'm pretty sure what you've got is: Ampelopsis arborea or pepper vine. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AMAR5