Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cozy Retreat

Our master bedroom is so comfy cozy..when we get home from a road trip..we know we can fall into the most comfy bed ! And wake up to a view of the lake without lifting our heads off the pillow. We sleep with the windows open as many nights as to hear the ducks and geese "talking" on the lake during the night.. tree frogs, the hoot owl, and coyotes yip yipping. Always fun to travel..but so great to go home. I taught myself to texture walls..and in the bedroom I also did a faux fossil effect. The things I learned.. I never thought we would actually do this all our self..but I'm so glad we did..I would do it all over again tomorrow !

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Did you know ??

Just in case you didn't know this.. you can double click on my pictures and they instantly enlarge.. I love that when I go to other sites and want a closer peek!
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recycled window

A few years ago I bought 10 old windows at Goodwill..cheep ..and everywhere you looked people were decorating with them. So I took this one, bought a poster from and decoupaged it on the glass, the inside of the window so it looks like you are looking in at the poster.. The poster did not fit the window perfectly, so I ripped and tore the edges to make it look antique, imperfect. The I added paint in several colors that matched colors in the poster. Get out the mod podge and grab a poster, magazine pictures, calendar pages.. I have used calenders before, the pages can be thick soak it for few seconds..once it is can peel of the heavy backing. A little practice, because some days it's wrinkles, bubbles and tears.. but it doesn't have to be perfect. It gives it character.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Beachy Bathroom

Our half bath was a true experiment.. I was just starting to mosaic, and wanted to do a mosaic for the sink to sit in..then I was thinking how wonderful it would be to have one of the custom painted sinks I had seen ..but not in this lifetime would I pay what they wanted.. so I ran across the porceline/ceramic paint that is baked in the oven..WELL, I we had the plain white sink, we took it home to Colorado, after one of our working trips at the lake..yes..950 miles back to Co. it went.. I found a stained glass book with mermaids.. got my vision.. and got to work.. Who would think you could bake a sink ? I had to try..plain white sinks are inexpensive.. I think it turned out great, and has held up just fine ! The mosaic, well Don cut me the wood at the lake.. we hauled it back to CO. and i did the mosaic there, then back to the lake and installed it and grouted it. Look close to find a star fish, turtle, Koi fish, sea horse..and a little ceramic flip flop I got at Jimmy Buffets "Margaritaville" holds my ring when washing up..the backsplash... look to the right and see a pink hammock between two palms, a sharks fin by the hot water knob, and the sun in the corner..with a stripe umbrella on the far left.. I embedded real shells for some 3-D effect. The bathroom walls have light house mural, with a beach fence and shore birds , this fence goes all around the room. The palm trees I used a stencil for the tops and sheet rock mud I tinted to give it color.. the mud makes a great texture..later I added more color to make it pop..the shelf on the wall holds a cute lighthouse , a gift from Robin at Candy Creek..fits the room just right.the The wood Noah and friends stays in the room year round, a painted gift from dear Michele. Bella the mermaid we picked up in Florida last year...she kept the hurricanes away from us while we were there for 2 months..she travels back and forth to Fl. now to bring us luck. The blue frame with the hand painted mermaid, Maddie did for me..she was 10 at the time, and what a great artist..I love it..perfect ! I laid the floor tiles, they look like sandstone, or beach sand..Don was recuperating from shoulder surgery at the he cut the cement board for me..and a couple odd shape tiles for me..I did the rest.. I LOVE to tile. This room turned out like I hoped.