Last Fall, while eating breakfast with my husband in our breakfast nook (I only make breakfast during cold months mind you...) I innocently pulled at a corner of wallpaper and the whole sheet miraculously pulled off easily! We all know that NEVER happens. EVER. By 7:30 a.m. the whole kitchen was stripped. *note it is still dark outside in the pictures. Sigh. New project started.
Yeah - the lovely dropped ceiling and old light fixture...I know :(........
I even got the ladder out (no table or counter space left to stand on....).
HA! My best friend Mod Podge!!! I had an 1800's Bible that was in pieces that I wasn't sure how to use. After much prayer and consideration (truly!), I decided to wallpaper the nook with the perfectly aged pages. Now the pages that hadn't been seen in years were there to be seen at every meal. My husband removed the light and tore the ceiling down. Then we had a plasterer come and repair cracks and the ceiling (he has since become a good friend..... go figure.....).
First row done. I generally am a Matte finish girl, but used the gloss Mod Podge so I could still gently wipe the walls down.
My VERY professional application of Mod Podge with my fingers ( I can feel any bubbles and smooth them out better with my hands) and in my good clothes. And my slippers. No time to put on an apron. Sadly, few, if any of my clothes are without some type of paint, glue etc....
The chandelier (from Faded Velvet) was hung by my patient hubby and he put a dimmer switch on it. NOONE wants to eat under a bright light and EVERYONE looks better in dim light:)
I purposefully included the pictures of major Biblical events (crucifiction, resurrection, the flood etc). New Testament on right wall, Old Testament on the left.
Pillows, linens, crystal goblets and, well, pretty things, added to warm up the space. I hung antique corbels to the walls and Voila! Done!
A different view. Is this for everyone? Probably not, but it is PERFECTION for me! I love the warmth of the cozy room now and it has become a favorite space. Do I worry about re-sale? No. I live in my home now and decorate for myself and my family. I did some crazy painting techniques in my previous home and the real estate agent said to leave it. Our home sold the first day we listed it. For me, it's all about the feel you get from a home. I hope this inspires you to overcome fear, what the neighbors may say, tradition and your friends opinions! :) After all; Your home is your CASTLE!
Wife, mother, decorator, shop owner, avid collector of beautiful, old, imperfect things.