We're halfway there - I'm calling it!
The fireplace and curtains were the two "big deal" elements in this design. We decided to plank the fireplace wall, partially because the current wall treatment was tricky to paint over. The previous home owner created a textured wall with paper bag scraps and Mod Podge. Not easy to paint over. The planks easily cover this texture, and I'm really digging the plank look lately.
Finding a contractor on short notice who wants to take on a project this small was the first issue. Maria and I decided we loved the look enough to try a DIY project. I used compressed hardboard from Lowe's, and they cut a full sheet into 6" planks. Total cost, under $10.
The wall was primed so the gold color doesn't show through the tiny spaces. Then I started nailing the planks in place with a brad nailer.
Maria and the jigsaw. So many attempts. So many headaches.
She has the patience of a...very patient thing (?) and she never gave up.
Once the trim goes up, and the holes and spaces are filled with wood filler, the whole thing will get a nice coat or two of crisp, white paint.
How about a side-by-side progress shot?
The room went from 1996 to 2014 like Michael J Fox!
Next, the curtains have been giving me heartburn for a week. But I'm happy to report that I am 100% happy with the direction I took with the curtains, even though they aren't done yet. Making a decision is the hard part. Making it happen is easy.
Maria's basement windows are set higher on the wall, with a ledge below. This eliminates the option of full length panels, because they would hit the ledge rather than falling straight to the floor.
After I settled on this patterned rug and super-cute fabric...
I decided white curtains would look best. I don't want too many competing patterns and colors. I'm not in the business of designing circuses, folks.
I wasn't impressed with white curtains that are too sheer or too solid/heavy. The Nate Berkus line at Target offered the perfect panels (no surprise) with the look of a medium-weight sheer, with a horizontal stripe. I cut one 84" panel in half width-wise, and added two inches of length. But they still didn't look quite right.
I literally woke up at 3:00 a.m. thinking about how to address the curtain issue. A grosgrain ribbon panel...but what color, and how thick? Top or bottom? One or multiple? 3:00 a.m. folks.
This is what I settled on, and yes, it is pinned in place in this photo:
The black ribbon adds a custom look, and they just look more finished to me. I love the repetition of black and white in this room, too. The fireplace wall, the rug, the curtains/rods...all black and white. Add a little turquoise and the whole space will come together beautifully!
So these are the pictures I snapped this afternoon, and I couldn't be more pleased & optimistic with the progress of this room.
6) Source and paint a TV stand/dresser (I think we found a contender tonight on Craig's list!)
7) Slipcovers for the other side of the room
8) End tables
9) Gallery wall
10) Finishing touches