Monday, February 21, 2011

Guest Post!

One of the best parts about having a blog is hearing from my “new friends” and seeing all the projects you have been inspired to tackle!  I met “Little Miss Penny Wenny” (met is a loose term since we really have only met over email :)  ) when she emailed me with some re-upholstery questions.  When she finished her project and sent me pictures, I was blown away!  She did a fantastic job!!  PW just did a complete room makeover and she is guest posting today to share all the details with you!  Look for the beautiful black and white chair in the pictures - -- she re-upholstered it all by herself!!!  Wahoo!

**If you get the chance, please help her out by voting for her in the Ivory Homes Interior Design contest if you can!  All you have to do is go to Ivory Homes Facebook page, "like" them, and then "like" my submission.  Last day to vote is today!

I am thrilled to do a guest post here today.  I feel honored to be amongst the pages of such talented bloggers and DIY-ers!

My very humble and oh-so-small blog, Little Miss Penny Wenny began late last year in attempt to share the joy with others in some of my favorite domestic and creative hobbies- furniture revival and re-upholstery, cooking, sewing, decorating, and thrifting.  The transition for me from a fast paced professional career to a stay at home mom was a difficult one to say the least.  Finding the joy in this chapter of my life has truly changed my perspective.  I feel so blessed and happy to be where I am!  My goal is to help others find that joy as well.

My hubbs and I recently tackled a huge project in remodeling our Master Bedroom.  This space hadn't really been decorated at all since we built the house last year.  I had slowly been collecting pieces that I wanted to refinish or decorate with for the space, when my friend informed me about an interior design contest that he suggested I enter into.  Me?  Interior Design???  HA!  Having had no professional experience or training in my life on the subject I thought it was a laughing matter.  However, I do love a challenge.  So within about a week (and absolutely no sleep) our bedroom went from this:

to this:

Wanna know the best part?  We did this entire bedroom remodel for $539 including chair rail and picture frame molding.
Here's an overview of what went down during our weekend of chaos fun:
We painted the walls a soft calming gray, in an accidental cross between Valspar's "Gravity" and "Silver Leaf" custom mixed by Home Depot in Behr Paint and Primer in One (try and say that five times fast...);

We installed chair rail and picture frame molding;

I painted and glazed these fabulous vintage Henredon night stands;

I painted these Better Homes lamps (on clearance at Wal-Mart) and recovered these thrifted lamp shades,

I (with the help of my amazing and patient mom) sewed these euro shams and standard shams to go along with my gorgeous gifted white coverlet and teal silk duvet, and Target toss pillow;

I sewed this Waverly cross section charcoal fabric into my existing white curtains to extend the height and add some pizazz;

I spray painted and cut to size a 1/2" electrical tube (10' long) from Home Depot for my curtain rod;

I replaced the pictures in these frames from Family Dollar with my own scrapbook paper (and removed the glass for a more vintage feel) and assembled them above our bed;

I painted and glazed the frame to my PoppySeed Salt Lake City Temple print, where my hubbs and I were married;

I hung my $10 Sunburst mirror from Family Dollar above the French Wingback Chair that I painted and reupholstered;

and added some vintage pieces to tie together my theme, including this gold picture frame (thrifted);

and this antique silver kettle (a family heirloom).

After all of that, we ended with this beautiful and tranquil space:

I finished this remodel with literally not one minute to spare just in time to enter it into the interior design contest.  With a bit more time, I would have completed the following:
- hung a new light fixture (I would like a lantern for a unique feel)
- finished reupholstering the ottoman to my French Wingback Chair and staged it at the foot of our bed to serve as a bench and ottoman to the chair
- hung black and white prints in an eclectic assortment of vintage white frames on our longest wall
I will post pictures of the additions when the room is complete to my liking.  Still, our submission was selected as one of the finalists, and 50% of our score is based on votes.  So far we are doing really well!  If you like what we did and would like to vote for us, please go to Ivory Homes Facebook page, "like" them, and then "like" my submission.
I am still so flattered to have been chosen as a finalist.  I hope our crazy efforts will inspire others who don't have any formal experience to step out of their comfort zones and take a stab at remodeling and decorating.  Trust me- if I can do it, so can you!
For more details and tutorials on how the pieces in this room were created, stop by my blog.  Thank you so much for reading, and a special thanks to Amy for hosting me!
~ PW


Felicity said...

This is THE most stunning makeover - you are a true genius!

My favourite part?
The lampstands - I had to look twice at the price!

Congratulations, this is brilliant and must be a wonderful space to enter and spend time.

Felicity x

Felicity said...

PS: I've just voted for you.


Little Miss Penny Wenny said...

Felicity you are so kind. I appreciate your vote so much! So excited to have you following my blog :)

KimMalk said...

What an absolutely beautiful makeover!! I can't decide which element I like best. Your chair is wonderful, and what a great job with the lamps.

Deanna said...

I have to know about the paint and glaze on the nightstands! I'm in love!!

gracely said...

Amazing!! I also want to create something like this at my home. I love white color combination, and it works for me. I like your collection, it’s amazing. Really thinkable!!

Anonymous said...

I love this room!!!! You are so talented! Could you write about how you painted your night stands and what colors you used? Thank you.

Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

Beautiful room and those bedside tables are to die for. Love it.

cheers Fiona

Anonymous said...

This is such a gorgeous makeover, and would be so if you had simply purchased everything...but the fact that you have made, painted, re-covered and reupholstered nearly everything in this room has me giving you a standing ovation!!! I've been a fan for a while now, but this is amazing!

Jen Jensen said...

Love the transformation. Can you come to my house next? ;)

Karen said...

I've just discovered your blog and boy am I glad I did. I lvoe this room. The transformations are fabulous. I'm now a follower.

Design Fixation said...

I really enjoy the chair rail and picture frame molding, it's a beautiful touch. It's amazing how different the room looks because of it!

Maybe I'll have to try it....

The Victorian Times said...

I'm completely inspired. Especially love the way you extended the length of the curtains, will definitely be doing that in future.

(((((( om mazin's crochet ))))))) said...

i really love your work, it's awounderful room.
i hope you enjoying your time in it.
i like the curtains so much.

Anonymous said...

The night stands are wonderful. What brand and colors did you use? I am looking to paint my dresser and headboard.

Suzanne said...

What a gorgeous transformation!

Laura @ The Soulful House said...

I love your transformation! Thanks for the design inspiration. (I stumbled on your site while searching for gray nursery ideas.) This is an incredible makeover and I love that you did everything yourself. You have incredible taste!

April @ Sockets not Working said...

OMG the new room is exquisitely fabulous. I love the relaxing mood you created with the color on the wall, the 2 white lamps, the new curtain and the mouldings you chose are so classy. Everythhing that you chose and made for the new room is totally gorgeous. For sure, you will go places with your talent, I truly admire your beautiful work!

ollympia said...


You are really a fabulous designer.Your room decorations was so great with putting some facilities to look more attractive. No wonder of me coz it looks like you very awesome and beautiful.I really admire you for having that special talents and skills.

Unknown said...

When you say the paint color was an accidental cross between vaspar and gravity and behr silver leaf...what does that mean????

I have tested 4 different grays and like vaspar gravity but it seems light on my test. I love the color of your room and would like to duplicate it the best way I can. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I have that exact same question! Ive been through several greys. Did you ever get an answer? Thanks

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