Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Decorating Dilemma Wednesday

I love me some lime green paint! It is fun, bright, and cheerful! I especially love SW "Gleeful Green!" I first purchased this gallon to brighten up the downstairs bathroom! These are the window treatments (or as the Nestor says, "mistreatments") that started the whole green theme in our otherwise boring beige home. I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby, bought about a yard or so and discovered the cute little clippies that attach to the curtain rod. Easy peasy, people!

Well, then I had paint leftover. I saw an adorable office nook--that I mentioned in a previous post-from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. Still getting up the nerve to redo the laminate desk! Promise to let you know when I get started!

I painted one of the walls in the study this fun green! It matches the green candle on the other side of the room. See, I can coordinate a little bit!!

Well, then I saw my ugly, boring, beige magazine rack sitting all alone in the corner of this study---which is under decorating construction!! I found this thing years ago at a local auction! Y'all, auctions are so much fun to go to! The one that we go to is in a community called Moonville--no lie! Remember, I do live in South Carolina! Anyway, they serve hot dogs, chips, Pepsi, and homemade chocolate cake for supper while you are busy bidding! For real! It is truly an icon of the upstate of SC!!!!!!

So, I slapped some gleeful green on my $10 wooden magazine rack! But, alas, it is still boring even in green! Here is your decorating dilemma for this week!! How would y'all spice up this puppy? A monogram? A fleur-de-lis? Rubber stamping? I need some fun ideas, people! I will have black accents in this room with some pops of blue. No window treatments yet--just 20 year old ugly mini blinds! But, I have a goal--to beautify this room--a metamorphosis, if you please! It's just going to take some time and money! Mercy me!
New life for old furniture--definitely! How about a new life for an old life that could be full of pain, sorrow, sickness, cruelty, envy, or pride? Most definitely! When we become followers of Christ, we give up that old life that has the yucky stuff in it. In return, we're given a new life! Therefore, is anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. ( 2 Cor. 5:17) I don't have to worry about redecorating my own life--just my home! God took care of redoing my life when I gave my heart to Him. Instead of worry, I have peace. So...I am now ready to have some peace about our study!

I am really looking forward to hearing your fun ideas on this "blah" magazine rack!! Thanks for helping me solve my decorating dilemma!!

Many Blessings,


A Bushel and Peck said...

How about "ragamuffining" (if that's a word) the handle in black and lime green fabrics. That would look great. You could also paint black polka dots...easy and would really make it fun! By the way, Love the curtains!

coco said...

Love that paint color! Your mistreatment looks fabulous...I would do something fun and unexpected on the magazine rack!

Do it yourselfer said...

I would do a monogram on one side and then the fler de lis on the other. Then you'll have the option of flipping it when you get tired of one side. You could always write "magazines" on it also. Love the green.

Kris said...

Came to you from the Nester . . .

I use painter's tape and put black stripes on it. Room looks great and the mistreatments are faboo.

Yolanda said...

I have absolutely no clue on decorating...but I know that Christ Jesus loves to give us do-overs and to me that means a fresh start on some old stuff...if I'll just let Him.


Joyful said...

You've already received some great ideas - I like the 'stripe' idea if you think it would fit with your decor.

Anyway, my sister bought we an adorable white, wooden unit to hold mail. It's really pretty, but it was plain. She purchased some "rub on" words like, "believe", "hope", "miracles" etc...and added these before giving it to me and it looks amazing!!!! Being a "word girl", I love it. Having "words" on a magazine rack would be very fitting.

Trust all is well with you.
Love & hugs,
PS. Your decorating is amazing!

Terri Tiffany said...

Love your color choices! I am not cure about he magazine rack--might leave it as is as it will be filled with stuff. But I like the color black for an accent if needed.

Melanie Dorsey said...

I've enjoyed "back reading" your blog.
Added you to my blogroll.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You are too funny about the green candle and your ability to coordinate.

I can really tell you what to do with the mag rack without going to Hobby Lobby and examining the options...I would say some sort of stencil or stamping, a monogram would be nice too. Predominately in black and maybe a touch of blue. Like if you did a black monogram then maybe a blue swirl in the corners or on the top back. Love the ideas also of polka dots and stripes...two great ideas other mentioned. Words stencils or stamped or rubbed on would be great...random location and size on the front...

Endless possibilities which will probably cause some indecision for you.
Love ya,

On Purpose said...

Just leaving a note to say did you use some of the "gleeful paint" to decorate your blog..the color matches...wow...you are very good at this decorating thing!

Rachel said...

I was thinking that a monogram would look good, and then I read the idea from "Do it yourselfer." I like idea of a monogram on one side and a fler de lis on the other. Having the option to switch things around would be fun.

Kimberly said...

I love the idea of the monogram...maybe in black...and then do the ragamuffin thingy on the handle, too. But I am NOOOOOOO decorator! :)

Blessings, sweet Susan! And I am going to have to find out about Moonville. I am obviously missing out on something!


queenbee said...

Green is my favorite color. I have it in my sons bathroom and my kitchen. To spruce up your magazine holder how about use some mod podge to adhere some black and white print scrapbook paper to the inside. On the outside a nice black monogram would look great.

queenbee said...

Thank you so much for your advice. We do have a few Montessori schools in the area, but the public school ones are lottery based and the private ones are expensive. He does have an IEP so he can get services and his teacher recommended a more structured environment and felt like he would get lost in a Montessori method. We do have him on the lottery just in case. I would love your tips on trying to improve his chances of being ready for kindergarden. Thanks again.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey! Well, I'm so glad you got inspired by my office nook. I love my little space too. And your green is really pretty also, very nice with the new fabric. And I love the magazine rack painted out. You could do stencils & do a fleur, that would be very classic. Of you could even find a wallpaper picture that you like, cut it out & decoupage it. I've done that many times & it really looks handpainted if you find the right wallpaper sample. I used to go in the wallpaper stores & get all the samples I wanted & use them for all sorts of crafty things.

Susan said...

Oh Susan,

You are soooooooooooo creative and very talented.

Just LOVE your new look!!

Please let us know what you decide and keep showing pictures.

Been missing you my friend!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

So many great ideas! I like the idea of words on the side. Like "Place books here" or "magazines". I am a word kind of girl, though. My first thoughts were words or the scrapbook paper embellishment that someone else suggested. You could also attach a picture frame onto the side and add a monogram or picture inside the frame. So many ideas...so little time, (and money). Please show us when you decide!

Chatty Kelly said...

Funny, when I saw the bucket of paint I thought 'Ew, horrible!' Then when I saw the curtains with it - I was like "WOW!" and then the candle with one wall. Yes! I have no decorating skills, so I'm not one to ask on the box.

I'd get an adhesive applique and stick to the middle of it. Maybe your Initial in cursive in a bold black. Monogrammed. :-)

Melanie Dorsey said...

Not planning to go to SheSpeaks this year although I really enjoyed it last year. It is a possibility that I'll show up though!I did the speaker track in '08. What about you?


Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Love the paint...love love the window treatment. I think a monogram on the magazine rack. But I love a Monogram!

Thank you for your kind words, today, on my blog~about my dad. I am so glad I "met" you here in blogworld.

Edie said...

I knew what I would do with this as soon as I saw it and before you asked. :)

You need a large design stencil that you like. Like the fleur or maybe a leaf design, just what ever you like. But you're not going to stencil with paint because texture makes things look so good. Instead, put some spackling in a container and add some paint to color it. I think black would look good. Center the stencil and tape in place on the magazine rack. Then spread the black spackling over the stencil design. Carefully lift the stencil straight up then let the design dry. You can even paint over it when it's dry. It might also look good if you painted a black stripe on either side of the design.

Ok, there's my thoughts. Have a great day!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Aren't you just the crafty queen...so darling, friend. And while nothing in my house is green, I sure love to see it in yours. Makes me smile.

Glad that there is a bit of improvement on the homefront. Keep the lysol handy just in case. And just in case no one has told you lately...

Your kids are blessed to have you as their momma!

Keep to it.


JudyBug said...

Beautiful green color!

You could monogram, add a molded design applique, fleur de lis...you possibility are endless! So much fun!

Thanks for your visit today!

MJ said...

There is a beautiful aqua spray paint by American Accents called Catalina Mist. I don't know what kind of blue accents you're going to do, but that magazine rack would be pretty painted that color! :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I admire you and your journey! I don't often comment, but I am keeping up with you little lady. Go for that race, girl!