The Guest Room Gallery
That is our guest room comic book style! I love the way different art "finishes" highlight form and line and how you can really "see" your spaces differently. I have always utilized photography as a way to "see" rooms in order to rearrange furniture, change colors, etc. because they reveal what the naked eye misses, especially when you are living in a space. Prisma does the same thing, but in an even stronger way.
I have about 2/3 of the wall covered and hope to finish out the wall in the next year or so. (Until then, a garden structure/trellis is hanging out in the corner to add height.) I needed to unify the paintings, so I have stuck with a seasonal landscape/floral subject matter and used Dixie Belle Chalk Paint to connect the frames. I left three frames in their original wood, but these photos are making me rethink that decision. I think at least that top left frame might get the Dixie Belle treatment as well because it is sticking out like a sore thumb.
Why chalk mineral paint?A. I did NOT want to sand frames. They have lots of ridges and details and are a pain to sand. Dixie Belle goes on with 1-2 coats and it is finished. (You could probably do 20-30 frames (or more) with one little sample cup. It goes a long way!)
B. I love-love-love the matte finish that only chalk paint can accomplish and the matte finish complemented the art much better than a gloss finish.
Hiding behind that door is a little laundry room and it is in SAD shape aesthetically. I spend a LOT of time in there though, so she is in the midst of a little makeover. New tile will be going down on the floor soon (there is GREEN carpeting right now - IN A LAUNDRY ROOM!) and a little bit of art on the wall will help. The room is *just* large enough for the washer/dryer and a small cabinet (see below). While I had the Dixie Belle paints out for the frames, I went ahead and put a couple coats on the old formica countertop that was previously the worst mustard yellow ever. 3 weeks later and it has held up way better than I expected. I was just experimenting, but it turns out I quite like it!
|A larger mirror is on my "hunt list" for this room!|
One more little plug for Dixie Belle...When the sample products arrived, there were several different gel stains. The table below is the entry table right inside our front door and I literally opened the paint package and couldn't wait to test them out, so I went to town on this water stained table with the tobacco gel stain. 20 minutes and a few coats later, the table looked SO much better!