Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Semi-Extreme Home (Uh, Bedroom) Makeover - DIY - Part II

Did you catch the first episode of our Semi-Extreme Home Bedroom Makeover? It ended in a not-quite-right moment. Ugh! Don't you hate spending time on a project and your heart doesn't flutter when you stand back to admire your genius self? Well, my best advice is to sit with it for a couple of weeks a while, and then CHANGE IT so your heart flies!

Down comes the floating wall hanging and out comes a super long strip of black velvet (ahhh, velvet) picked up from the scrap bin at the fabric store. I vow there will be
no sewing this time! I did bring out my handy-dandy European flip measuring stick (hmmm...I might have to post about some of my favorite tools sometime soon) to make sure that the width of my (now) two strips of fabric were the same after I folded under the edges, and that they were placed the same width from the opposite outer edges of the wall hanging. I pulled them tight, stapled them over the edges, and for some unknown reason actually trimmed the backside - even though it would be sight-unseen when hung on the wall again. That's the wierd thing. For every corner I cut in DIY projects, for no good reason other than lack of patience, I have a polar side that must have things neat and tidy in the end.

Now we are getting somewhere! Ah, my beloved black and white (ok, beige, but close enough)! Now my heart starts to flitter. Now I can see her coming into her own.

I have been so inspired by the use of vintage and costume brooches lately (click on inspiration here and here) that I've subconsciously started a little collection. And while I'm waiting to collect enough to actually do something with, I'm thinking to myself, "Why not use them to embellish a project in the meanwhile?"

Out they come, perfectly suited on their black velvet background. My husband asked, "Where are the pins on my side?" Well...that brooch DIY project may have just shown itself. We'll just have to wait and see!

Until next time...

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  1. Love it Mike!!! What a great idea with the brooches! Vintage and modern!

  2. Hi there

    I think your project looks wonderful - I am in the midst of revamping our house and it is great to see how other people use colour, and I love the headboard. We have three wooden screens behind our bed painted in a distressed sort of finish in deep plum, with pale blue and pink flowers. Sounds a bit garish but it actually looks quite nice. My big challenge now is to find the right colour ie coffee or latte or beigish to go with the dark plum wall that sits behind the screens:):)

    Olga from http://revedoa@blogspot.com

  3. Love it, I love anything that uses jewelry :) going to feature you on Friday at Bacon Time. Thanks for linking up and hope to see you soon.

  4. here it is - so very pretty and a wonderful way to embellish your fabric headboard. love your style!

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