Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grass Cloth


      The master bedroom has been an ongoing project.  It all began when I pulled a duvet cover out of the linen closet.  Wanting to add more color to the room to break up all of the dark wood furnishings, some of which were my from my childhood bedroom, I painted the night stands green.  I also made curtains and a boudoir pillow for the bed.

    I have always loved grass cloth, and as luck would have it, Mom and D recently finished hanging it in their mountain home and had enough left over for me to line the built ins.

     Some of you have asked about the "how-to" on this project and I apologize for not doing a full tutorial, but I will do my best to tell you what I did.  First I measured the height of the opening with a measuring tape.  Then I used a right angled ruler to mark a straight line on the paper.  Because of the width of the paper and the width of the shelves, I had to hang two pieces of paper per shelf.  I first hung the wider piece.  I tried to use two sided tape, but it didn't hold.  So I resorted to my trusty glue gun and this worked like a charm.  Once the widest strip was in place, I cut a second strip the same height and placed it beside the affixed piece.  I pressed the new piece into the corner until it was creased.  With scissors, I cut the strip along the crease and this became the second piece to glue into place.


    If that explanation makes no sense, please feel free to email me.

    On to the styling...the shelves are filled with books, art made by friends, and photos that we have collected over the years.  A few of the white pieces that you see were spray painted to add contrast.  The lovely starfish that you see, was won on a giveaway sponsored by The White Flower Farmhouse

    You can see where the seam is to the right of this picture.  I tried to position things on the shelves to cover the seam where I could and obviously didn't do too well here.  I love for our home to be filled with meaningful treasures.  This photo is one of a family vacation in Nags Head and the boys were feeding the seagulls. Now that I see this photo, I think the frame would look better white...stop it Rene.  The bowls were made by Dad.
    Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few home and garden books as well as Dad's old furniture making books and tools that have found a home in these shelves.  In the basket you see shells from one of our trips to the beach.


    I have always loved birds and have little signs of them throughout the house.  This pair of birds were bronze and I painted them white.  They look much better now.  The needlework is a blue-jay that Mom made years ago for my grandmother.  When she passed away it was given to me.  Then under the cloche is a hummingbird nest.  Mom found it this spring after a storm blew it out of a tree.  We have always wanted to see one of these little nests, but are sorry that it had to happen this way.

    This light was also given a coat of white.  It used to be ORB.

    If you noticed the window seat, in the second and fourth photos, I am still trying the get up the nerve to make a seat cushion.  I'm thinking navy with white piping or blue and white ticking...what do you think?  And those two little bolsters will need fabric any suggestions designing women and men?  The peach colored lamp on the chest of drawers will be updated too using this tutorial.  Sometimes I wish there was more time in the day...




      26 comments :

      1. Rene, so pretty! You did a wonderful job! To have those bookshelves is a dream come true!! Your styling is so pretty.

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      2. The grass cloth looks great! I also love the way you have arranged the shelves. I need a tutorial on that! Love the hand print impressions on your top shelf....look very familiar! I have Kristina's from 1996...she is 19 now!

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      3. That looks so great! Really adds to the room. Your room is beautiful and I love the duvet cover!

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      4. Wouldn't it be so nice if we could add more time to the day! Sometimes my favorite rooms are the one's that evolve over time. Your bedroom is so beautiful and I love all your attention to detail! The shelves look beautiful!
        Wendy

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      5. I love the grasscloth! My 2 cents worth on the cushion for the window seat...Navy will show every speck of lint or dust. It may also take up a lot of space visually. I love that whole wall though!

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      6. That is an excellent point Ann Marie. Maybe blue and white ticking would be better for the window seat and navy w/ white piping on the bolsters.

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      7. Wow, you did a great job Rene! I really love the picnic basket filled with shells.

        Mary Ellen

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      8. the grass cloth looks really good backing the shelves, great color and texture. The light fixture looks pretty with the white paint too.

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      9. The grasscloth looks amazing lining the back of the shelves, it adds so much warmth and texture to the room! Beautiful!! Janell

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      10. I'm in love with grasscloth! I want to put it on all the walls in my master. It adds so much texture. I love how you have styled your shelves. All your pieces are very pretty!

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      11. I adore this room! You have styled your built-ins perfectly...filled with meaningful treasures! It is the perfect spot to end the day...and start the day;)!

        Just beautiful!

        Enjoy!
        Cathy

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      12. Your grasscloth truly is inspiring, it looks perfect! Love that sweet picture of your boys when they were little.

        Thanks again for the inspiration and encouragement! :)

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      13. I love everything about your shelves and think that idea would be nice in our den. I love natural colors and textures mixed with white. So pretty!

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      14. Those bookshelves would save my life, congrats on a great room. I just love it.

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      15. Oh Rene, I love your master bedroom. I love grasscloth, too and would love to add it somewhere. How lucky that your parents had that leftover. It is perfect in your bookcases. Love all your arrangements. Just perfect!

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      16. super cute. I love built ins - and you've accessorized yours perfectly. Grass cloth - can you believe i ripped this out of my first house? (Banging head on table now). Love it. Looks great (don't go peeling yours off anytime soon LOL)

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      17. I like the idea of blue and white ticking, but then I've always been enamored of ticking! The photo of the boys is adorable. I'm in love with those built-in shelves and what you've just done to the back of them. A very restful and serene place to sleep. Not enough hours in the day, I so agree!
        Brenda

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      18. Rene', YOur bedroom is delightfully lovely. I love the grasscloth treatment to the bookshelves! I am partial to grass cloth. It has such an elegant look and feel. How blessed you are to have the leftovers! ANd you really put them to great use.
        Your bookcases are fresh and interesting and filled with so many wonderful things that I would love to take the time and peruse!
        Lovely look!

        Yvonne

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      19. Rene, it looks so cozy with the grass cloth. And I love how you painted the nightstands green - I love mixing wood stain and paint. Also, I chuckled because we have some of the same decorating books!

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      20. Very pretty! I love book cases in a bedroom. I think a blue/white cushion on your window seat would look wonderful. I vote for stripes.

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      21. This looks so good! Love grasscloth. And a glue gun ;-)

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      22. Gorgeous bedroom, Looks so cozy!!

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      23. I have that same PB duvet cover - I still love it and have had it for several years now. What about pulling a colour from there for your window seat cover - say the grey-blue, or the rasberry red.

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      24. Such pretty bedroom. I love the chandelier and the bookshleves! But I really love the b&w photograph on the beach.

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      25. That looks great! Good job:)

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