Monday, October 7, 2013

FRENCH WRITING





I don't know about you but I have a beef with cleaning.  No matter how often you clean ...it just gets dirty again.

So what I am feeling is that there is no finish line.

And.....I don't like that.  Just saying.
Because I spent the weekend doing it and it's not going to last.

I also worked  pulling crap out of my house for a yard sale at my sisters.  Why do I have more than 7-8 white euro shams in different patterns? 

I know you don't have the answer to that because you have your own collections that are baffling.

While I was over at Maggie's house doing some ORC planning we came across this...
Her trophy for winning "Bunny of the Year" for the Baltimore club.

You might think I am working this "bunny" thing.  
Maybe that's a fact.

On to french writing.  About 20 years ago after the "red ragged" dining room,  Maggie got a friend of hers to do this to her DR walls.


Ignore the curtains...they are going into the yard sale.  The walls are painted BM Linen White I think and she took a french book and just started writing.

Since we are working on her LR for the ORC it started spilling over to some other rooms.  Of course that would happen.  No surprise there.

She painted her Chippendale chairs white.  Her husband freaked out...."you painted your wood chair!".  My reply....yeah so?  What's you point.

Shut up all you men who think wood should not be painted.  The trim is painted.  The wood on the outside of the house is painted....don't make me go on.


Then with some leftover fabric we covered them in white linen.

You can see that the curtains are now blue.
  
Looking at this Jim Thompson fabric for 2 small pillows.
We are going for a "frasian" look.

Another look at the walls.  We are thinking about keeping them....I tried to get a good picture  because they really are pretty.

We keep going back and forth.  Thoughts?

I will let you know soon what we decided.  We have lot of other  fish to fry in this room.

Alrighty then....gotta go.

Monday is rough....I know.  Just do it.

Shazam


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45 comments :

Cathy Wall said...

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater! Use it for sure....if you all get bored with it later something different can happen. And Yeah what is it with men and painting wood, crikey, it makes me crazy!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that trophy needs to grace the mantle or perhaps become the table centerpiece. and LOVE those chairs in white!!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I like the walls and can't believe that was all hand painted on. It would look awful if I did that.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

The chair looks fantastic painted, enough said.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh my gosh I LOOOOOVE the walls. LOVE. And they are so neutral, right? So pretty and different, but still a soft backdrop.

Melissa I. said...

Heck, I want to hit up that yard sale!

I love the walls - so unique! I imagine it took hours to finish!

Dana Frieling said...

What is it with men and their wood?! ;) Okay, yeah, that was bad but, you're so right, it's always the man that has a problem painting it.

Vel Criste said...

I would keep the wall - I think with the painted chairs and that gorgeous fabric, this wall is gonna shine once again in the space!

Anonymous said...

The entire time we've lived in this home, we've never done the non-traditional things we would have preferred simply because we know we'll soon move and need to appeal to buyers. With that said, I'd copy those walls in a heart-beat because I love it. I look forward to the completed room.

Anonymous said...

Love the walls, beautiful.....paint the statue chalk white too.

Anonymous said...

I cracked up at your shut up all you men comment so true and funny what do they know? I have painted a entertainment center,secretary so many tables I cannot count it all looks better! thank you for your fun and awesome blog! K Sunday

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love the fabric! Why do men get freaked out about painted wood...like who cares...its about the look.. not the wood... I don't get it!

Joanne Olin said...

Wow love the beautifully neutral walls! Yes Jerry would FREAK OUT if I painted our chairs....oh wait, I can't, 'cause practically EVERYTHING is in storage while we sit in this apartment looking for our new house here. Might need some Shazaming in our future :)

Kirby Carespodi said...

Love the walls...and what is it about men and wood? (no pun intended.)

Brenda Murphy said...

Ha! Great post as usual. Love the walls, what a lovely addition to a dining room...reminds me of France, Italy. The chairs, yes!!!

Amy Vermillion Interiors said...

Ugh…men and their wood. Yeah. Anyway. I love the new freshening up. I would wait to see how you like all the changes before covering up the French walls. I think they are kind of a neutral back drop…you know…go with anything kind of thing.
Peace girlie..you will figure it out.

JeanneW said...

I have those Jim Thompson pillows!! I bought them on a trip to Bangkok last winter. They are absolutely gorgeous. The photos don't do justice to the variation in colors. Our staircase has a reading nook built into the landing and I placed them there. I love them every time I go up and down.

Cindy said...

Love the walls! The subtle contrast makes them all the better. Now I want walls just like them! The white and blue is looking so gorgeous with it all too.

Cindy

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Keep the writing! Love it!!! As for the bunny trophy, I'll take it :)

Kathleen said...

I'd keep the walls! They have a nice impact while remaining neutral. I'd make all the other changes first and then see if they need to go. If my hand writing was better I'd copy this for my bedroom. Pretty!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

When will husbands learn? Foolish man, the chairs look great! Love the new fabric too.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I adore Chippendale chairs painted white. Carleton Varney did it in one of my favorite dining rooms and I've had a thing for white Chip chairs every since seeing. That Jim Thompson fabric is one of my top top faves.

An Urban Cottage said...

I can't believe she painted those beautiful wood chairs! I mean, those were probably perfectly good mahogany.

I'm kidding. They look awesome white.

Can you hook me up with those drapes?

René said...

The bunny trophy deserves to be properly displayed! Love the chairs painted & the blue curtains look gorgeous.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

hmmm... I like the walls. I know you'll do a fab job with them!!

gina said...

Love the walls!

Kim said...

I love the walls ... they are different, that's what is so fun! And the peak at the blue curtains ... quite yummy!

Anonymous said...

Keep the statuette. Really. One day when she is really old and maybe :) a lot of body parts have "gone south" she will look at it and say, "Damn, I was hot and here is the statue to prove it."
Just sayin' :)

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Um. Frasian. I'll be looking for a way to work that one into a conversation. Carry on with the awesomeness.

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

I'm loving those walls! My husband would have a complete heart attack if I painted those chairs (don't get me started either). They look amazing. Good for her!

My Interior Life said...

Frasian! Classic. Those white chairs are the bomb along with that pretty fabric. So elegant! And I hate to the be the lone dissenter, but I would paint over the writing. If I read it right, she's had that for 20 years so it might be nice to have a little change. And paint is the easiest and least expensive change you can make to a room. Unless she's absolutely in love with it, of course.

Carmel - Our Fifth House said...

I like the walls especially with the frasian thing you're going for.......the chairs look goooood in white!

Beth C. said...

Heh. The bunny trophy--I would pay my sister to keep mentioning it! As for the walls, a big yea. Best, Beth C.

Lisa Gabrielson said...

KEEP the walls! Love the painted chair! Love the blue!! Perfect:))

Pat@BPM said...

Beautiful beginning, Sherry. Yes! Keep the walls!

Rachel said...

I'm with you, I hate cleaning house. The walls look really pretty to me. I might just keep it that way.

Victoria said...

I am for keep the walls as well I just pinned a wall stencil for that
last week and this is amazing!
Cannot wait to see what you come up
with.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

The room already looks like a totally different space! I'm with Kathy (so you're not alone now, Kathy!) about the walls. I do want to come over and read it first though to see what it says! Oh and that bunny statue is the best.

Colleen for Swede Collection said...

Absolutely, positively KEEP the French painted walls!!!!!

therelishedroost said...

That Jim Thompson Dragon fabric is one of my favorites.. this is going to be great!!!
Best,
Karolyn

pam {simple details} said...

What a gorgeous chair, and the the white paint is perfection! I'm on the fence about the walls, too!

Betty said...

I agree - keep the extraordinary walls AND the bunny statue. I'm jealous of both!! Love your blog, and I can't wait to see the end result of all your hard work.

J. Schoenberger Design said...

DO NOT LOSE THOSE WALLS! AND LETS GET THAT LADY ON A RETAINER?!

XOXO

Zoe said...

The walls are too gorgeous to ever change! Absolutely beautiful and so different that I would love to have them in my own home. Is she in Florida and available?

Love the pillow fabric too!

Karol

Leslie Harris said...

You had me at: "shut up all you men who think that wood should not be painted"

Too funny. And I'm not sure about those walls either. They've been there a long time... but I'll stay tuned for your decision.