April 09, 2012

Front Room Reveal

The front room that used to be a dining area is now done.  I'm really excited about the fresh, clean look of it now.  I kept everything pretty simple in the room.  Here's a look.


And here's the view as you turn a little.....


...and a little more.


I hung the grass is greener sign above the pew, along with some family photos in black and white.


It's kind of hard to get a good photos of photos with shiny glass over them, but you get the idea.


I originally had a total craft fail with the curtains.  I wanted to paint drop clothes, with stripes that got thinner towards the top.  I've seen people paint drop clothes before, but I don't know how that works out.    For one thing, they got crazy stiff once the paint was on.  Secondly, because they are that dirty color naturally, the paint color ended up looking different on the curtains than on the wall.  Instead of looking turquoise and pale green they looked more like Steve's shirt on Blue's Clues.  I wasn't happy because I spent a whole afternoon on them.  Ugh!


I ended up purchasing some fabric from JoAnn's and making these.  Ah!  Much better.


I painted the whole entry room the same color, but I have some additional plans for the faux-armoire and the wall it's on.  (Top secret plans: I think I'm going to paint it a pale beige-gray and stencil that wall.  We'll see.)


And here's some random info about the room and the stuff in it, so I can tell you before you ask.

Faux armoire is HERE.  Pew is HERE.  "Grass is Greener" sign is HERE.  The lamp post if from Lowes, but rewired so I can plug it in.  The huge mirror (which might get painted) is from Ikea.  The piano is crazy old and was given to our family by my great-grandmother when I was a little girl.  I don't know the line of the fabric from the curtains, but it's currently at JoAnn's.  The rug was purchased several years ago at Costco.  I think that's it!

Thanks for reading.

32 comments:

  1. You must be so happy that it has all come together so beautifully! My fav has to be the family photos!
    What a lovely peaceful, spacious room.

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  2. i LOVE the faux armoire! i have never seen that before its nice because u still get the look without that chunky bulk taking up so much room in a smaller area. :) Re-vamping always feels great! congrats! :)

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  3. Your front room came together beautifully! I esp. love the picture above your guitars :)

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  4. To be honest, from the picture, the color did not look bad from being painted!! But the fabric was a great choice as well!! Really pretty print!!

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  5. It turned out absolutely beautiful, Cheri! I am in love with that piano.

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  6. Beautiful!! I love it!!! Is there a before pic? (I'm behind on my google reader). We have a very very red room and I'm ready to paint it and make it all lighter, so I love inspiration like this!

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  7. The piano makes me swoon more than a little. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm a pianist by first-love and a crafter/sewist second. Beautiful room.

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  8. It looks great! I get what you're saying about the drop-cloth curtains, but I am here to say that in the photograph, they look AWESOME. It was a great idea.

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  9. I love how clean, open and relaxing it feels. Great job! Everything coordinates so well. You are so talented!!!

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  10. It turned out beautifully! I seriously love it. I keep picturing little boys sitting on the pew listening to the piano being played, though it may just be in my mind :)

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  11. lost time crafting. grr. curse you, failed projects!!! Curse You!!!
    You must be pleased with the outcome, though. It's inviting. And while painting the mirror might be great, I think the black ties in to the armoire and the curtain rod and other dark accents and makes your eye move through the room and into the house.

    ...and the lamp in the corner? frikkenawesome.

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  12. You work fast! That room came out great, open and airy, soft colors.

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  13. Completely love it! Especially the lamp post! You are brilliant my dear!

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  14. I love the pop of colour the bench gives to your room!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  15. Gorgeous! Everything looks so great. I need you to come help me finish my rooms. I did the hard work, but I can't seem to finish up the details. Ugh. Help please!

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  16. Looks beautiful! Great job. And I'm kind of in love with the lamp post....

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  17. I love it. I don't think the curtains were a fail, though. I do like the second version better, but I totally don't think the drop cloths look "Blue's Clues".

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  18. Oh i love it! I tried drop cloth curtains too - it was a major fail. I love the pew that might be my favorite part of the room! Great job as always!!

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  19. It looks beautiful - what a lovely first view upon entering your home! =D

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  20. Your room is fabulous! It all came together so nicely. I really, really like your curtains. I think you may have solved my problem. I'm in the process of redoing our living room and curtains are a big hang up for me. Did you just hem up all 4 sides on the curtain panels and the hang them with the clips? I think I could do that. :)

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  21. Cheri everything looks great! I know I saw your "green" sign before but IDK I guess I just got it finally, duh! Really awesome and I love your picture by your guitars. PS made Resurrection Rolls for our church's Easter morning breakfast--big hit and were super yummy! What a great reminder of why we celebrate and new family tradition started!

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  22. Looks lovely and bright and welcoming. Thanks for the 360 view! Love the new curtains, but you could have fooled me with the drop cloth ones, they were fine! Are they calico?? Don't answer that, as it's not likely that I will be spending an afternoon painting some anytime soon. Just curious.

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  23. This is so nice!! I love the pattern on your curtains.. And I looooooooooove your faux armoir! Maybe if I get the courage, I'll do one in our new house!

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  24. Beautiful! I love music & family "theme".
    I adore your blog :-)

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  25. I love how the curtains match the pew, and the combination of the piano, rug, and candles!

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  26. I wish you were my friend & just lived down the street! You are VERY talented, frugal and FUN! What a beautiful, inviting room!

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  27. I love how you used each of the colors in the room, they all work together so beautifully! I'm on a mission now to find your curtain fabric, it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home with us. :)

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  28. Hi Cheri, I just wanted to tell you that today I bought the same fabric that you used on your curtains and I absolutely love it in my home! I've been looking for a fabric that would pull everything together for a very long time now and couldn't find the right one until now.

    I took a second and wrote down the information on the end of the bolt at JoAnn's for anyone else searching for it too.

    45 Home Essentials
    FC Uninhibited Beachglass 100% Cotton
    Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Do not bleach. Line dry. Cool iron.

    Thanks again! Enjoy your weekend. :)

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  29. What color of paint do you have on the walls?
    candice.mcwhorter @ gmail.com

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  30. I love this all! I am looking for the fabric. I did a search in JoAnn's (thank you Janet!) but nothing comes up! Is there an item number somewhere? I love this fabric and would love it in my newly reno'd bathroom!

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