Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Art for the Guest Bedroom

"Children at the Beach"

We did a guest bedroom "redo" recently.  We made the change from a teenage boy's bedroom to a guest bedroom suitable for the long term stay of Jon's mom.  We kept the same furniture (simple pieces that we had bought on Craig's List for Matt, my oldest step-son).  We did, however, change the khaki walls - and one black wall - to a calming pale blue. 

I wanted to go all out and completely redo everything - new furniture, gorgeous toile bedding, you know, the works!!!  But then I thought, stick to a budget, Lisa!!!  So the bedding came from Target.  I think it turned out really well - simple and pretty! 

I have a silhouette of me from when I was a young girl that is framed. It is just such a sweet memory.  My sister, Anita, found these after my Mom passed away and had them framed for each of us.  This little memento - made on simple construction paper - brings me such joy!

The real crowning glory of the bedroom though is the original art that is found above the bed.  My very talented friend, Diane, made this piece for me after I mentioned that I wanted a "beach" picture.  I had seen one at a precious store in Fairhope, AL and while it was beautiful, it was quite expensive!  My sweet friend painted me a picture and brought it to me one day at work!  I was so thrilled!!! 

I set out to find the perfect frame for my new found masterpiece.  This proved harder than I thought.  I finally found the frame I liked, and used my 40 % off coupon at Hobby Lobby to purchase it.  The bad news was that it was dark brown... beautiful, but not the shabby chic look I wanted.  So I sanded it, painted it (Behr Cotton Fluff), sanded again, and then finished with a coat of Minwax Finishing Paste.  I think it turned out so well!!! 

The "before" of the frame.

Painted with Behr Cotton Fluff.

Sanding the frame.

Finish by applying a thin coat of Minwax Finishing Paste. 

The finished frame.
The guest bedroom - calm and peaceful.

Close-up of the little girl on the oil painting. 

Close-up of the frame.
Thank so much to Kim at Savvy Southern Style @  I followed her directions from a recent frame "redo".  Her blog is awesome!!  Check it out if you haven't already seen it! 

Please check back in the next few days.  I plan to show other original art that friends have given to me! 

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  1. That's so pretty, you did such a great job!


  2. It looks so pretty and timeless. Also, thank you so much for the Stylish Blogger Award - I will be doing the post soon! You home is beautiful and I will enjoy following along on your blog :)

  3. What a gorgeous frame redo for that lovely room! :-)
    P.S. THANK YOU soo much for the Stylish blogger award you gave us...too sweet!

  4. Your room looks so pretty with the blue paint and blue patterned linens. I love the painting your friend made for you and the distressed frame is perfect.

  5. The picture is really beautiful. How lucky are you to have a friend who can make that just for you! I also have a cavalier king charles spaniel - a Blenheim named Harry. I'm visiting from Debbie's newbie party and I'm following now!

  6. Your friend is sooo talented! That is a gorgeous picture! I love everything in the room, no need to change it all up, it is perfect. I am visiting from Debbie Doos and and I am your newest follower, hope you will stop by for a visit and follow me back.


  7. Your frame turned out great! I love it! That painting is really beautiful, too (its awesome to have such a talented friend!)! I am from Alabama :-)

  8. That is a precious picture. Great job on the frame redo as well. Thanks so much Lisa for joining the newbie party. Enjoy!

  9. What a wonderful gift. It is perfect for the space. Great frame re-do

  10. Beautiful room and the picture with its (now) lovely frame is the crowning touch!

  11. I LOVE IT!! so pretty, came over from Kim's party. Martina

  12. Your frame is perfect for the painting.This is my first visit to your blog. I'm coming over from SSS today. I'm a newbie, too. I noticed that you are a curriculum coordinator for a school district. I am a recently retired elementary school teacher from South Carolina. I am now a follower. I would love it if you visited me and followed me as well.

  13. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


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  14. Wow..that is beautiful!!! Diane painted that?? I missed that one, the room looks so pretty.


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