"In some expectations of your coming...
I had already commenced filling the vases with flowers,
so that you might have an attractive place to rest after your long journey."
April 26, 1843
And for your long journey reading this post. There are lots of pictures.
This painting hung in my grandparent's home since I was a little girl.
We live in what is known as an old miner's cottage, which means that when the property came into our possession there were not a lot of amenities. The man we bought it from made use of two rooms only: the kitchen and one bedroom plus a porta-potty.
We could, however, see the potential that the Cottage possessed, and the writing on the wall, so to speak - signed on the dotted line, never looking back.
This was in June, however, and the weather was nice and warm. So we were relatively comfortable then, but as summer waned, and winter approached, we realized that the behemoth of a heater sitting under the floor boards was not adequate, to say the least, to keep us cozy and comfortable.
We immediately installed two gas stoves and those serviced our bedroom and the public rooms comfortably, but the guest bedroom fell sadly lacking in the warmth department. So when we took on this project of sprucing up the guestroom, we decided to remedy that, and that's how this reveal came to be.
You've seen these heaters before. There is a light bulb in there somewhere, and when turned on, it appears there is a flame burning the faux logs. Fancy, yes? And it really does throw out enough heat for a room this size.
We purchased this little electric heater. Cute, right? But didn't think it did anything for the ambiance of the room, so we came up
You might remember this shelf in the kitchen over the settle bench. The Captain made it awhile back out of door mouldings that were left over from the master bedroom remodel. We replaced it with the Black Kow advertising tin.
Then we took this:
This is the same moulding in the shape we bought it in. Would have loved to use it just like this but we had too many different pieces that didn't match. You understand this project is all made out of bits and pieces that we had on hand left over from other projects.
After that we did this:
Next came this:
One plain old board and a piece of trim off of an old dresser.
And then this:
A bulls-eye trim
That brought us to this:
Most of the pieces laid out together.
Then came this:
These look like old tin ceiling panels but actually they are plastic. We got them at Lowe's and they come in different colors and styles. These happen to be silver.
Which turned into this:
I painted the panels with AS white with touches of pink and finished off with AS dark wax and then sanded them.
That was all well and good, but you know us, more is more, right?
So we added this:
This mirror frame came off of an old dresser that we had for years stored in the garage. The dresser was long gone, but we kept the frame. We thought it might come in handy someday.
I knew I wanted to display these pieces and I thought that they looked like they had been sitting around in the dust for sometime, and that was my inspiration for the look...
This is a tiny lamp. I got it and the shade at two different garage sales but they are a match made in heaven.
This was part of my grandmother's sewing basket.
This is a little silk frame with ribbon embellishments. I've had it for sometime, but it is not old.
This clock case was donated to my daughter's breast cancer sale she has every year. I saw it before anyone else did! The hands are missing and I don't know if it works, but I don't care. It is all crazed and chipped and, if you look closely, you will see lily's of the valley.
Isn't she beautiful!
So, I had in mind what I wanted it to look like when it was all put together..
I wanted an elegant but simple style. I wanted it to appear that it had been sitting in the ol miner's cottage forever and needed a good clean up. And I wanted it to look like the old miner's Mrs. had taken a brush and a bucket of water and lye soap and just gave it a new lease on life.
After all that, this is what we ended up with:
"It is the loveliness of little things that imparts life to a room."
Barbara Milo Ohrbach
"Antiques at Home"
Have a lovely day...
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