Antique Hardware and a New Mirror

After we repainted the master bedroom the old mirrors above the bureau didn’t seem to fit in or match. The gold I had painted the square target frames I picked up inexpensively wasn’t quite right and honestly I was looking for something a little more sophisticated this time around.  I found a really nice oval mirror on Joss and Main for about $100.  It has a thick silver border and hangs from a brown leather belt that matches width, about 2-3″ wide. I thought the belt was a nice nod to “dressing” which certainly happens to occur in this room.

Mirror

Mirror

The mirror can hang independently, which is great since I wouldn’t want to rely on the belt alone. I wanted to give the impression that the belt was hanging off an antique doorknob, due to it’s thickness, and that’s when I got to do a little craft. I have a couple of antique doors in the basement that I have ideas for and they came with all sorts of antique hardware including one with a white porcelain knob.  Old knobs are traditionally a mortise lock set so are hollow in the back. In order to attach the knob to the wall, I’d have to add a screw of sorts to add it to the drywall and fill the hollow area with resin to hold the screw. It’s hard to describe, but maybe the pictures will show what I mean.

Antique door knob hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I bought a general craft resin off of Amazon and hope I can think of more projects to do with it – I have a ton left over!  To avoid the resin leaking out of the screw holes on the side of the knob,  I wrapped the metal base in scotch tape to cover the openings. Antique door knob hanger

I then followed the instructions on the package and mixed equal parts of both the Resin and the Hardener in a disposable cup.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I filled the hollow portion of the knob, inserted the screw for the anchor and let it set up for 24+ hours making sure the screw was setting up vertically and not angled to the side in any way.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Once it was set up I glued the back plate on with gorilla glue and allowed that to set.  That was a personal preference for sure. I thought the back plate would look nice and add some visual weight behind the knob on the wall.  We worked together to find a comfortable hanging height and up it went.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

The oval shape is a great to accommodate the height differences of Jake and myself. It’s nice that I can choose earrings but Jake and can still take a peek at himself after getting ready. It also really compliments the feel of the room being a bit more sophisticated and understated, but unique enough to feel collected and thoughtful.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

It’s nice making these small updates to our master bedroom slowly now that I finally feel more comfortable with the color and feeling of the space. We’ve added some art pieces from Minted that give us the feeling of some memorable vacations and make our environment feel really personal.

Admittedly we’re moving slowly with the spaces we’re working on now, but more conscientiously if that makes sense at all. I have no regrets about it. Taking our time to fill walls with art, choose paint colors, pick furniture and even lay the flooring in the mudroom is allowing us time to digest each decision and not just rush to completion.  I think the stumbling along the way (like with Drizzle) are good learning experiences and allow us to accept this slow-down with ease.  You have to make some sour lemonade now and again to figure out the perfect balance of sour and sweet. We’re 5 years into this house and still learning along the way…that’s the fun of it, right?

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The Tiniest of Updates

Last weekend, I decided to take advantage of an hour or so of down time and do a quick and VERY small change to the front hallway. When we first moved in Jake and I chose all the paint colors for the house and were quite consistent between the living room and dining room, but for some reason chose a different color to run up the stairs and into the upper hallway. I’ve disliked that choice nearly every day since and regretted the color even more. As I’m sure you know, stairs and super-high ceilings aren’t easy to tackle! Although we have bigger plans for this area (new treads/risers, new balusters and rails, trim along the stairs, etc) I thought I’d put my eyes at ease and paint what I could easily handle without a harness while making the entry view into our home a little nicer.

Here’s a quick before and after that is really very anti-climatic, but in person, you’ll just have to trust me…the colors are so different.

Hall Before

Hall_After

It’s hard to see in photos the slight difference this made. The original color we chose for the stairs was Sherwin Williams Lotus Pod, which isn’t a terrible color at all, but has a yellowish or even peachy undertone that just really doesn’t go with the rest of the greys and cooler tones we have on the walls in our house. So, I took out the last of what I had from the living room, which was just enough to give 2.25 of these walls a quick two coats of our more favorite color, Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

Hall After

The living room is to the left of the entry and the majority of walls are Accessible Beige.  It reads both beige and grey so works really well in our space, furnishings and natural light we get.  We have an accent wall of Utterly Beige between the living/dining which just gives us subtle contrast.

Hall After

That may stay or it may go in time.. who knows?  After all, it’s just paint. But now we still have this area to do (cute dog optional).

Hall ToDo

Hall ToDo

Daunting, am I right? If you follow me on Instagram you saw a sneak peek of the new piece of furniture we got for the hall too and it looks so great with this color!

Have a great weekend!

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Guest Room Updates

We haven’t done much to update the guest room in the last few years, but I thought it was time add a bit more style to this room.  Or at least comfort in the form of some night stands and lighting! Part of what holds me up when trying to move forward is deciding on lamps.  Lamps, of all things hold me up! Ack. What holds you up, if anything on improving your space? Either way, I got past it, am happy with my decision and think the room is looking a bit more cozy and guest-worthy.  I also picked up a simple wide angle lens that attached to my phone so I can use that to photograph rooms, but it didn’t really pan out.  My Nikon is in need of a visit to a photo shop for repair, so I thought I’d give this a whirl.  I’m not all that happy with the results since they’re all a little blurry, but I know you won’t judge me too harshly.  🙂

Probably the last time you saw it, it looked something like this:

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I’ve had a new duvet in there for a while (did I ever tell you I’m addicted to duvets?), but after some new art, side tables, and lamps, it’s still looking cozy and inviting. Guest Room

I knew the wall next to the bed where I had the created crochet art from Jacob’s grandmother needed a bit more and something that was a larger scale. I chose 6 8×10 botanical prints from this shop on Etsy and was so pleased about the quality and color. I picked up (6) 11×13 natural wood frames at Michael’s that were on clearance and spray painted them black and then with a layer of gold by Krylon.  We moved Mary’s crochet piece to the wall over the chair where it’s the perfect scale.

GR Art

Mary Art

The two side tables were from Target, but I did I made some alterations by re-staining the tops and adding height at the base which I’ll show you another time.  They’re in a guest room, so really only needed surface for a book, cell phone or magazines which is why we went with something without storage.  I like how abstract they are as well and combine some modern and rustic elements.

GR Table

This is actually one of the only rooms that has appropriately placed wall outlets and there’s one on each side of the bed (our room lacks this).  I though wall mounted sconces would be different and allow for easy use if you’re up reading (Mom) when you stay over.

GR Lamp

These were pretty affordable options that also came with cord covers making them a neat addition to each side of the bed.

Guest Room 2

So there you have it! A few small updates that help spruce this space up.  I have a few more ideas of things to do in here, but it’s the one room I haven’t wanted to repaint since we choose the stormy blue – I still love it and since this room gets so much morning sun, it’s a color that can hold up really well.

So what do you think about small updates? What holds you up when planning a space?

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