Just to finish up on the thought of themes from the previous installment...
Below this room downstairs is the master bedroom. It was decided it's theme would be “Farm Pasture.” Knowing this made decisions on paint color, linens and artwork pretty obvious...and fun.
The headboard was inspired by an old hotel sign I saw on the road and photographed. It was created by nailing together rounded boards and using Crackle-it. I painted the artwork with regular housepaint. The reading lights are old park dooms mixed and matched with broken lamps. 25 watt bulbs.
Scrapwood from other projects was used for the baseboards, "crown moulding" and chair rails. The warped boards provide charm and age. A fast, sloppy single coat of cheap white paint for crowns gives it a whitewash look. Color scheme; lightest on top with deepest hues on bottom creates the impression of a larger room while making objects set lower pop.
Pitchforks sit in metal pastry tips that are nailed to the wall. The tops are hot glue-gunned to the wall. A mirror found in dumpster trimmed with random boards from a demolished farm. No finish.
Two items, the painting of the schoolhouse and the wooden drawer, which each cost a quarter at a drive-in theater flea market. Junk in the basement completes the piece.
This oil painting was $6. Sometimes you have to spend a fortune for great art.
This painting is a good example of how an average or bad piece of art may not do much on it's own but in the right context it seems as if it was made for the room. 25¢.
The dresser was bought with two others at an auction. The group went for $10, probably because the two dressers I kept had no knobs and peeling badly. The third with many glass knobs had terrible mold. I took the knobs from that one and placed them on the other two after I sanded them revealing beautiful layers of multi-colors. I burned the other dresser in a campfire.
Fancy corner mouldings? I no need no stinkin' fancy corner mouldings?!? Just a chunk of block and for this theme it looks like a perfect fit.
The walls in this room originally were ('70s) dark paneling. One wall needed to be redone altogether so I could replace the original sash windows and put in installation. I skim-coated over the grooves of the paneling on top half (after degreasing it and priming it with a stain killer) but left the groves on the bottom (using the chair rail to camouflage the point where the two sections meet). The result is the illusion of two different materials used and one of a house older than the 1940s.
This is supposed to be a squirrel. You can't tell from the photo but he's very heavy.