This little, very rustic shelf in rescue kitty Buggy Buggerson’s room is such a favorite of mine. When I found a very long, old, window header at our local Chartreuse monthly barn sale to convert into a mantel in the living room, I moved the old mantel into Buggy’s room above the bed. That meant I had this cute extra one and no place to hang it. For months it languished in the closet waiting for the light bulb to go off over my head.
Buggy Buggerson, our feisty 15-year-old tortoiseshell kitty, has claimed our one guest room for her personal feline space. Since we don’t have many overnight visitors, we love having her live there. However, over the weekend I made some changes to accommodate her occasional upset stomach issues. Previously, I had a lovely but delicate antique kantha throw on the bed, and a pure white fuzzy rug on the floor. They were perfect for the look I like, but did not clean up easily. So, I decided to create an ethnic decor guest room for this aging kitty.
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I bought this old church bulletin board ages ago at a favorite antique store. The moment I saw it, I knew it could be for jewelry. Steve added the dowel at the top to hang earrings, and we added cup hooks for my necklaces. I painted a rustic, textured white on the outside, and for this project, I painted Fusion Mineral Paint Homestead Blue on the inside that matches the little cabinet below. This piece is so large I can fit my ever-growing collection no problem. (That may not be a good thing.) When I travel in the US or overseas, a piece of jewelry is my favorite to collect and wear. So many ever-lasting wonderful memories.
Some weekends I find it fun to challenge myself to create something from items crammed into my studio closet that I saved “in case I need it some day.” I bet you have a similar stash of favorite stuff too. Last weekend I decided to frame something in this old gilded piece from a yard sale. It’s been sitting on my dresser, empty, forever. I looked in a drawer full of treasured fabric and found this black mudcloth, and then – hooray – a scrap of white mudcloth.
A new rug and new white wall paint in our living room – what? Wait, I can explain!
Above is our former look. A plush rug I brought back from Marrakech years ago for my former decorative painting studio, and soft grey Benjamin Moore flat wall paint. I have loved this living room décor for years, and honestly there was not a thing wrong with it. It’s like a warm hug in the mornings, drinking coffee and reading my favorite magazines. But I’m willing to bet that you know that decorating itch that just happens. Here’s how a new rug that just happened begat new white paint on the walls.