Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gingham Anyone?

DIY painted gingham

It's a funny thing - I can barely use a thread and needle - really I can't - I can sew a hem ( kind of ) but other than that I'm in unfamiliar territory - this coming from a daughter whose Mother made custom drapes and window coverings for a living .................but give me a paint brush and I can paint a pattern on anything !

I searched high and low for gingham wall paper to no avail - so decided to paint the doors in the little guest room with a gingham pattern instead - this is such a little touch but it makes a big statement!

I started off with taping vertical lines in the insets ( or panels ) of the doors

I then painted the spaces between the tape with ASCP Paris Grey ( it should have been blue but I'd run out of the blue paint from the walls )
Note:  I always remove my painters tape while the paint is wet -

Once it was dry - I started taping horizontally like this

The reason you see three pieces of tape together in the above photo is because the middle one is the one I use to gage my space...................I stick it under the top line - add the bottom line - and then remove the middle one -leaving a perfectly measured space in between - like the below photo shows
( I did the same for the vertical lines - I don't measure so this is the next best thing - the lazy way I suppose )

Here it is ready to paint

I very lightly painted because I was going for a look of faded cotton - not sure if I accomplished that or not
As I painted in between this set of lines - I went a little heavier over the existing grey " squares " and lightly
over the white ones ( although the grey automatically goes darker since this is it's second coat )

When you take the tape off this time, you're left with this

A Gingham bedroom door !
I'm in love with it - it's just what this little " country " style bedroom needed

The 2 panels allows a perfect break in the middle - stopping it from looking too busy
That door handle will be changed out to a glass one -

I'm telling you I haven't worked this hard on a room since my kids were little ones - the Master bedroom was a breeze compared to this one - but hey - it's a guest room - and guests are kind of special, right?
I'm ohsoclose to being able to show the final results of the entire room - although for today - I'm sorry - but
I'm showing you the door.

Painted Gingham on door

or I should say DOOR ( S ) because as soon as this one was finished I did the little Alice in Wonderland closet door too

John's in love with it - he looked at it - and looked at it and came out of the room
John says - You know, I think you should copyright that
Suzan says - What?  Gingham?  Too late
John says - No - don't be ridiculous - painting it on doors 
Suzan says - Sure - I'll run down to the patent office tomorrow morning
John says - I'm serious
Suzan says - I know - that's what scares me
John says - quite irritated - Fine - just give all your ideas away
Suzan says - You're starting to sound like a pimp for crying out loud.................

So I'm just putting it out there - if I see this on anyone's doors - first of all I'll be very flattered - and then
I'll immediately call my lawyer - I'll speak to John about how much I should charge for this idea and get back to you all.

Oh and these are arriving today from Amazon

2 of the above and one of the below

If you missed yesterday's post, you can see why I ordered them HERE

You all have a wonderful weekend - do a little of something - and a lot of nothing - you've earned it!
Much love

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Every lady should be treated like a Princess from time to time

We have a huge Queen sized mattress in the pool.
It's great but it's so big that when I lay on it not a drop of water touches my skin - no no no - I can't do that
So I use a cheap narrow floating mattress that allows me to almost be laying in the water as I float around.
Win - win - float - water - stay cool - 
Until it sprung a leak or 2 or 3 and I was almost completely submerged with basically just my head afloat


John was on his way out - 

Suzan says - Do you think you can pick me up a new pool mattress when you're out?
Suzan says - Nothing like the Queen sized mattress we have - it's too big - just one like the blue one I use.
John says - No problem - I'll pick it up on my way back.
Suzan says - NOT a huge QUEEN one okay?  ( I really do have to emphasize what not to get - I've learned through the years that if I don't do this at least 3 times - than he'll come home with exactly what I asked him not to bring home -  it's just the way it is -  ( some of you may remember when I asked for Flowers HERE )
John says - I HEARD you the first time
Suzan says - Ok - just want to make sure that you don't -
John interrupts - Don't say it again Suzan - I will not get you a Queen sized mattress..................

Later on when he got back home

John says - Listen - this is all they had - it's a blow up mattress and it'll serve the purpose - 
Suzan says - You've got to be freaking kidding me?
Suzan says - A Disney Princess Mattress?
John says - What do you care?  It's 65 inches long so you can float on it

He doesn't even see how ridiculous this is......................
John says - Well it's a pool mattress - what the hell does it matter what's on it?
Suzan says - I'm not getting on that thing - have you lost your mind?
Suzan says - Where would I put my left breast?
John says - WHAT THE HELL?
Suzan says - Well there's certainly not room for all of me on this
John says - I thought it was 65 inches long?
Suzan says - 65 cm's John - centimetres - we live in Canada, remember?

John says - You're always complaining - whatever I get - it's not good enough
Suzan can't even respond - she's on the floor laughing
John says - as he walks away - Oh go jump in the lake
Suzan says - Well I WOULD have jumped in the pool, but............................

Obviously I'm not Cinderella -I'm her ugly step sister - but instead of the shoe being too small.....................

Anyway I'm hitting the town tonight -
We're off to an evening of French dining ( Provencal to be precise ) - and the comedy fest afterward - where Chevy Chase is headlining - not sure who else is on the list.
I need to laugh at something other than the things that go on in this house - at least for 2 hours or so :)

This is where I'll be around 6 p.m ( all below images come from the restaurant's site )
Le Mas des Oliviers

hopefully on the terrace

having some of this

and this

and this

and maybe this

or this

and of course some of this

Because that's what Princesses eat when they dine !
Have a wonderful day all