Yesterday was a beautiful day for working outside…or so I thought.
I was working at John & Alice’s house, so I got my paint, my brush, and the lower kitchen cabinet doors, dragged everything outside, and got set up for an afternoon of painting.
It really seemed like a great idea. It wasn’t. Why? Because of this monster…
We’ve had some very windy days lately, and yesterday was no exception. With each gust of wind, these little things would fall onto the freshly painted cabinet door.
FRUS..TRA…TING!!! Yeah…the lesson here is don’t paint under a tree in Texas in the spring. You’ll wanna write that one down. 🙂 Picking out tree droppings from oil-based paint is NOT a fun task.
But I did make some headway…
The more I look at it, the more I love this gray color. It’s Elephant Skin by Behr, and it’s just taupe-y enough so that it’s not a really cold gray. Outside in the garage it looks so light, but it looks a bit darker inside. Lighting is everything!!
Anywho…let’s move on to the Great Wall. The last time you saw it, it looked something like this…
From the first time I saw that wall, I knew I wanted to do something special with those panels. Wallpaper? Nope…I did wallpaper in the bedroom. Special paint treatment? That idea didn’t really do anything for me. But FABRIC…now that intrigued me! And then I came across this picture over on Cote de Texas…
Fabric and nailheads…a winning combination! Oh, I knew it would be a huge…major…MASSIVE job, but after getting some nailhead practice on my own headboard, I knew I could do it.
Well now the wall has been painted (mostly), and the upholstery on the panels has begun! I’m using a beautiful chenille fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics (part of the Christopher Lowell collection).
Let me tell you, this fabric has been quite interesting. It has a nap to it, which means that depending on the direction, the appearance changes a bit. When I first brought it into the room, I freaked out a bit because it looked too green. Then I got it on the wall, and it looked really blue. Then I looked at it from a different angle, and it matched the wall color perfectly!!
Anyway, here’s a glimpse of the progress.
See the subtle texture? I love this fabric! But you can see in the photo above that the fabric on the floor looks greener than the wall, while the fabric on the wall looks bluer than the wall. Interesting, huh?!
It’s a bit distracting still seeing the orange wood color, but I think you can probably imagine what it’ll look like, right? And see in the photo above how blue the fabric looks? Now look at it from the other direction…
Isn’t that interesting?! It looks almost identical to the wall color from that direction!
So I mentioned a nailhead trim, and here’s how far I got on that…
As you can see, I also added a gray trim (actually called Pewter) to tie in with the gray kitchen cabinets. That’s gonna be one heckuva job!!! It’ll be about the equivalent of making seven headboards like mine.
By the way…I know if I don’t mention this, then at least one person will ask. I do know that there are nailhead trim strips, and I do know that they’re tons easier and much quicker to use. But the simple fact is that I don’t like the way they look. Yes, I’m a nailhead trim snob. 🙂
When I was trying to decide what to do on my headboard, I did a bit of research online, looking at different headboard shapes and nailhead configurations. I could always tell which ones used the nailhead strips because about every seven nailheads, the color was slightly different. That would absolutely drive me crazy. Soooo…I’ll take the extra time and nail in each individual nailhead by hand. All 3,020 or so.
And just for fun, here’s a peek at both fabrics (the damask is for the draperies) with the wall color. Isn’t that pretty?!
But one thing I DON’T want is for these rooms to end up feeling cold with all of these blues and grays, so the butcherblock countertops, the brown leather sofa, and other natural elements will go a long way towards making the room feel cozy.
Wow…there’s soooooo much to do!! I could so easily get overwhelmed, but I try not to go there. If I just chip away a bit at a time, it’ll get done.