Friday, February 5, 2010
This is the room I saw when I entered this house for the first time. Paneling in a faux stone pattern covered the walls. It was hideous and one of the first things to go. I thought nothing could look worse, but I was wrong. Under the paneling I found red flocked wallpaper! (I have removed a lot of wallpaper since that day and never have I come across anything harder to remove than that paper.) It came off in the tinest of pieces over a very long period of time. Once some layers were removed it was apparent that a fireplace had been a part of this room.
Same fireplace...different time....different mood. I inherited the chairs from Grandma Riibe. They needed a makeover so I attempted the reupholstery myself but burned out after doing one. So I enlisted a neighbor to do the second one. Slight miscommunication resulted in the fabric running horizontally on one and vertically on the other. It took me awhile to come to terms with that one. I found the lovely swans and painted them pink. The light fixture was gift from a neighbor who found it in her basement when she bought the house katty korner from mine. With a little help on the frame, I constructed the lambriquin for the window. All the painstaking stenciling disappeared under a new coat of paint.
The walls went back to white to refect more light. The tapestry left via Craig's list to be replaced by 30 square mirrors. Another change in light fixtures and some modifications to the console table helped transform this room one again. Somewhere over the years the floor received a little transforming with black paint and lots of painter's tape.