Come see my new white, shabby-chic art room!
This is how it looked back in 2011, after Mary's fairy party.It wasn't much, but it gave me a place to work without costing us anything.
Over the past 2 years we've added more to the room as I accumulated supplies. The dark walls, tons of supplies, and all the colors and patterns squeezed into one room had gotten to be too much.
I knew I needed a change. Something calming, something serene, something...something...
WHITE! (although this picture looks pink!)
That's what I needed - a blank canvas to look at this room with fresh new eyes.
White walls, white cabinets, white flowers and lace.
Newly painted picture frames and lots of open space!
Instead of being visually overwhelmed, it's all very pleasing to the eye.
Supplies are orderly and neat.
I was having too much fun with the spray paint - I even painted the brass clock white!
The tin locker on the right is very practical, but was so old and unattractive. I gave it new life by spray painting it Green Apple.
I've also come to the conclusion that I've been working on too many projects. It's back to basics with the things I love most. Carving is on top of that list.
This part of the room is a reminder of that which is much greater than myself.
This old printer's cabinet makes for excellent storage and the antique typewriter works like a charm..
See all the miniatures and supplies it holds?
We can still use this as a Dining Room when needed, like for Nic's 7th birthday party coming soon.
This was probably the biggest change of all - a horrific old brass chandelier to a shabby chic white one!
Working on a budget, I had to transform this ugly light fixture, but how? A trip to my basement did the trick!
Vintage silver and white beads, garland, flowers, and balls. Never underestimate what you already have in your house! Anything can be repurposed!
Here's an old statue of St. Patrick. After priming him white to repaint him, I discovered I like him this way! And he blends so well with the room. I'll keep him this way, at least for now.
And here's Saint Dymphna, the saint of mental illness! How appropriate I should have her!
And an Infant or Prague that has what appears to be a partially melted face. Another restoration project. But now, I can see what I need to do and can focus on it.
Remember those HGTV shows where they'd redo a room for under $500? They've got nothing on me. The cost of this make-over? $130!
My only problem now? How to get Oreo off my art table!