July 24th, 2007 by ariana
We’ll start with the armoire/linen closet.. the first refugee from The Porch of Projects has been painted and relocated to its new home in the upstairs hall!
First the before, with the much too faux navy blue crackle:
Armoire before painting
And now, the after:
Linen Closet Armoire after Painting
Sorry the picture is so blurry.. so of course you can’t tell but in person, there is still a nice distressed look with the navy blue peaking through in places looking almost like blue and white china.
I ended up watering down my BM pearl finish White Heron paint and painting on a couple of layers. This worked really well for two reasons. One is that paint with any level of gloss is pretty hard to work with. If you go over it even just a little bit it gunks up the finish. But watered down its a breeze to work with. Secondly, the opacity of the watered down paint allowed me to have just the right amount of the old faux crackled finish come through.
I’m quite happy with the results, I think it came out looking a bit more elegant and less rustic and “fake faux. ”
On to the curtain hanging…
Things didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.
In the living room, I only have two panels of the blue/gold brocade, but I had solid blueish panels I had bought at target that are a pretty good color match. Originally, I had planned on putting the brocade ones on the bay of windows and the solid ones on the single windows (one of which is behind the couch). That looked terrible, so I switched them. It seems to work better with the brocade on the single panels, probably because the gold in them looks better against the gold colored walls. But I’m still not happy with how the brocade and solids are working together…
Single panel curtain behind couch
Perhaps I need to take down the width of the panel? (Yes, I think that’s part of the problem.. with all those gathers they look frumpy!)
Back right corner of living room
Here you can kind of see the print and the solid curtains together.. not loving it. Suggestions would be appreciated!
Moving on to the guest room..
Here things worked better. Or at least they did once morning came and the light coming through illuminated the curtains and brightened up the whole look. At night its a bit much.. Jeff said it was a little “Welcome to the Falerni Funeral Parlor!” Not exactly the look I had in mind.. but as I said, the daylight did much to improve the situation:
Guest Room Curtains Hung.
I’ll be looking forward to getting my sister’s opinion tonight, particularly on the Living Room situation, but of course I’d love your input as well!