I saw this idea at a local flea market a few weeks ago and was tempted to buy a couple, until I realized I could make them myself. I already had the faux ferns ~ all I needed was the peat pots.
I smudged some dark wax on the peat pots to make them appear older. Then I filled each pot with a chunk of oasis and topped it with moss from the yard. Lastly, I arranged a few fronds of each kind of fern in the pots and ended up with a lovely collection of potted ferns.
I originally made them to sell, but after arranging this table vignette,
I have fallen in love with them and
want to keep them. Isn't that the way it always is?
Rust and green just seem to go together. I found this little tray at Hobby Lobby and added a few touches of green paint and then a layer of dark wax and now it looks old too.
Finally ~ a finished bathroom. I started this project right after Christmas and have been dragging it out ever since. It wasn't even anything major ~ just cosmetic changes.
Here are a couple before pictures. As you can see I was trying out paint colors and it looked like this for months before I finally began.
It is a really small bathroom and the only one in my house. Two in this bathroom is a crowd.
This is a picture of the paneling that was on the wall when I moved in here 23 years ago, but then it was powder blue. It has an embossed look and I painted it white. I always wanted to remove it, but there were areas where the seams didn't lay flat, and I was always afraid of what was hiding behind that paneling.
I covered the paneling with Martha Stewart's paintable bead board wallpaper that can be purchased online from Home Depot. It is wonderful and by carefully aligning the stripes, I could camouflage the uneven paneling seams underneath.
I painted the top of the walls a very pale pink to match the shower curtain and replaced all the trim on the window.
I added a very small piece of decorative trim to the bottom of the crown molding to hide the clumps of paint accumulated from years of painting. It gave me not only a cleaner edge, but a slightly larger crown molding.
Then came the fun of decorating with a few old accessories and a few new.
A new soap dispenser from Target for the sink . . .
and a basket to hold toilet paper.
I've already shown you this wreath that I made from sweaters for the wall.
And I've shown you the fabric of the shower curtain that was the inspiration for the makeover. I bought a second shower curtain and sewed them together to make it fuller. My tub is the original one from when the house was built in the 1940's and it is not a pretty sight. By adding the additional shower curtain, it not only made it fuller, but covered the ends of the ugly tub surround without stretching the curtain
flat like a sheet.
I also covered the inside of the bathroom door with the bead board wallpaper and rehung the towel rack. I can't rave enough about this wallpaper and how wonderful it is to work with and the dimensional finished look it gives you.
Like I said at the beginning, it is a very small bathroom, but then there is only me in the house now, so it's all that I need.
I'm a firm believer in beautifying every space in your life to the best of your ability and affordability ~ and that includes your TV viewing area. I've already shown you what I did with my living room TV area where my TV resides in an armoire neatly tucked away with a collection of
movies and books.
But in my bedroom (where I love watching TV) it is more exposed. So I set out to beautify the space around it and here is how it looks for spring.
I found the vase at Goodwill for $.99 and hustled it home to put in my pink and beige bedroom.
Then I arranged it with my pink mercury glass candle, a small glass dish of pink vintage buttons, and doily I found at a flea market this spring.
Don't they make good companions and look at all those textures. The older I get, the more I love pink in all forms.
Lastly, I splurged on some new faux pink and white ranunculus and a delicate green filler.
I've never really seen real ranunculus, but I love these and they don't wilt and die ~ all the better I think.
So ~ although the trend is to have a big-screen TV that is the center of attention, I prefer to blend mine in so it's not the first thing you notice when you walk in a room. Plus ~ now every time I watch TV in my bedroom, I see my lovely rannuculas and vintage buttons, and that makes me realize that it's the simple things that makes life sweet.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.