MBR makeover

Last week Mr. Aitch and I went to our daughter’s new-to-her house to help do a makeover in her master bedroom as a surprise to her husband while he was out-of-town.  Was that a run-on sentence?

I don’t have any before pictures and only one after picture but I really like the transformation.

The bedroom was institutional-minty-green with a queen size bed from IKEA.  I’m not knocking IKEA (it is my favorite store) but it was time to grow up.

My daughter has bought old window frames in the past and used them in unique ways.  When she was visiting us in September, she found some great old windows.  We scrubbed them and made sure all the broken glass was removed.  She wanted to transform them into a headboard for a new king-size bed.

She and her husband repainted the minty-green bedroom a nice soft grey the weekend before the great transformation took place.

He went out-of-town for business on that Monday.  Mr. Aitch and I arrived at their house just after he left.  Mr. Aitch kept the twins occupied while we marked the horizontal lines for the feature wall.  The next day we painted three stripes in a lighter grey.

We covered cardboard (saved from moving boxes) that was cut to the window frame measurements with batting and a blue fabric that matched the new bedding (Martha Stewart Chantilly).  We then inserted the covered cardboard into the frames and secured the frames to one another.

Once the new mattress was delivered, we secured the window frames to the wall as the new headboard.

She wants different night stands but the old ones will do for now.

The finished room:

Her husband was very pleasantly surprised with the transformation.  Now he expects something new every time he goes out-of-town.

Weekend wonders and UFOs

I have been doing some redecorating in my house and that’s been taking some time away from my knitting.  I repainted the dining room in September and the living room a couple of weeks ago. The crown molding will go up sometime early next year.  I’m trying to get the rooms back together again for a dinner party in early November.

We have a bay window in the living room and sheer curtains hanging the window.  It just never looked finished in there so I decided to hang dummy panels on either side of the window.  Sounds easy, right?  In theory it is.  Trying to find the right curtains isn’t so easy.

The room is a bluish-green and I think it’s too light but I’m not changing it now.  I have two chairs and matching ottoman in a linen colored fabric with trees.  I tried to find a fabric sample as the description sounds weird.  Anyway, I wanted curtains that combine the blue of the walls and the green in the chairs.

I bought five different pairs of curtains this past week.  The ones I love compete with the chairs too much so I decided to go with some I found at Wal-Mart of all places.  The only problem was that the curtain was discontinued and they only had one panel.

I looked on-line and found a few stores that still had some in stock.  One was a store near my best friend who lives 400 miles away.  I called her and she said she would go right then and see if she could find it for me.  After an hour of searching, she called me and said she found it and was sending the panel to me.  I really owe her big time for this.

She wants me to send her a picture of the window.  That will be hard as I’ve tried to do this before and it just doesn’t turn out that well.

I made a whirlwind trip to have lunch with my aunt, sister and brother on Saturday.  Six hours driving in the car and four hours visiting.  It was so nice to see them all together.  Mr. Aitch had to work so I went by myself.

My sister said she loved the Ms Ida mittens so I took them with me for her to try on.  The thumb is way too long but the rest seems to fit her.  I’ll remove one diamond repeat on the thumbs and send them to her.  She doesn’t want the finger part to flip so I will remove that.

Ms Ida Chain Link mittens size: adult medium

Soon those will be finished and I can concentrate on the soakers I started last month.

The orange slippers are done except for the soles.  Hopefully I can get photos of those two projects posted this week.

They all made fun of the apple cozy.  Guess what they are getting for Christmas?  =)

Swiffer covers, apple cosy, soaker