Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Little Project....


I know I have been promising this for a while but with Halloween, a few family birthdays, parent/teacher conferences, Oh and the FLU!.. have kept me otherwise engaged. It had also been so long I'm ashamed to admit that I had forgotten how to post! But on to the project...

In our dining room, there was this empty corner behind a wingback chair, I tried a palm tree (may he rest in peace), then a tall floor lamp but still this corner kept nagging at me, this HUGE empty space was just calling out for something....and I always welcome a decorating opportunity! Sadly, my husband doesn't share the same enthusiasim....

So I found myself at Lowe's and inspiration struck!!


I purchased two sets of plain bifold doors - think they were around $34 a set. Made my way over to the wood molding section and picked up some trim...


Then I had to sweet talk my husband and promise him the moon (i.e no omelets for dinner for a month!) to get him to "offer" his assistance. I have not yet mastered the miter saw or the nail gun...For those of you who know how, I am impressed! But for me, I had to beg!

So I sprayed the doors flat black, installed some raised, paintable wallpaper and got my handy husband to cut & nail the trim on...




Then onto the fun part! Painting, "golding" and then "antiquing" it to make it look old - this still confuses my husband ....




And....Ta Da!.....



And I never miss an opportunity to display plates!! :)

It was a bit labor intensive but it was just what that corner needed. Well, in my opinion anyway! Hope this will inspire you to try this out, the options are limitless and I am already scoping out the house to see if I can fit another one in.

This room has also had a few mini makeovers recently.....

I changed the rods from black iron to thicker "wood" ones and used rings.

And I recently acquired a new obsession (I have many!) - Majolica!

That's it for now! I'll be posting again real soon...I promise! :)

10 comments:

Glenda said...

Well I had just about given up hope of seeing you posting again and there you were.

So glad to see you back in the living. Your such and inspiration in all your decorating.

Love the projects.

CIao

salmagundi said...

I was so surprised to see your post. Don't leave us for so long next time; we miss you! Love the project; it looks wonderful in that corner. I would never have thought to pair green majolica with silver, but it looks so elegant! Sally

LillyB said...

Everything is so beautiful!!

Picket said...

Has Lazarus risen!!!! lol lolOh girl i am so glad to see a post from you again...and what a post it is...I love those bi-folds as a backdrop like that...you did such a great transformation on those and yes I love hanging plates anywhere also! lol Gorgeous eyecandy in that dining room girl...my eyeballs were bulging out of their sockets trying to take every little detail of your beautiful room in...oh I loved this girl and can't wait til you post again! So good to have you back among the 'living'! lol

Heather said...

I think I am right with you in the posting department.......or lack there-of. Well, not a lack so much as a snail's pace!!! LOL!!
Honey, your talent never ceases to amaze me. You seriously need to do this for a living and be making the big bucks. You have an eye for decorating and come up with the most amazing ideas! And since I obviously can't talk you into flying to Ohio to help me I guess I am just going to have to keep stalking your rooms for inspiration!!! LOL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the screen!!
My husband is usually pretty willing to do projects for me. I don't have to promise him the moon- I just have to promise to shut-up about it!!! See, I have my strategies!
Glad to see ya back-again!
-Heather:)

mishebe said...

Well you r very, very talented. I am impressed with that screen. And glad to see your finally back. Missed your posts. mishelle

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

So happy to see a new post my you this morning. I just discovered you right before you took a leave of absence! :) Love your decorating style and you truly are an inspiration. Please keep posting and come see me on my new blog...just getting it started.

Anonymous said...

I just love your home...loved it on RMS and love it on your blog...when you post:o) Have a great day!

Tiffany
RMS "caniquitmyjobanddecorate"

Twice as Nice said...

Great job Lori and WELCOME BACK!!

You have such a beautiful home.

nikkicrumpet said...

Well lookie here...little miss I've been missing forever!! Glad to see you're back...and WOW what a return! That project turned out FANTABULISTIC!!!! I am majorly impressed I must say. But then...I've always been a fan of your decorating divaness! And I added you into the list!