(Poe Cat refused to let me take the picture without him...)
(This was taken in our old apartment and I just happened to have it around - I never remember to take before shots!)
My first thought was that the slats on our headboard had to go. Since they were kind of inset in the headboard I thought it wouldn't be too difficult to make something to just fit in there to cover them. I painted some designs that looked similar to our duvet cover on gray fabric, used foamcore to make the shape of the space I was filling, and then covered it with batting and my painted fabric. Before attaching it to the headboard I spray painted the headboard black.
Close-ups of my painting
For the nightstands I just sanded them down and used a brush to paint them black, then put a couple coats of clear glossy varnish over the black paint. I'm still looking for knobs and pulls I like for the nightstands, but in the meantime I painted the ones already there silver.
My next task was the lamps. I took everything off the lampshade frames and recovered them with turquoise fabric. I had NO idea what I was doing, but I decided to wing it and somehow it worked out...
Before and After
For a final touch on the bed I bought plain cream colored pillow shams and used fabric paint once again to paint our last initial on them. When I was finished with everything I still felt like it was missing something...art above the bed. I love cameos and thought that would be fun with the vintage feel of our doily printed duvet. I found some pictures with profile views of me and hubs, along with a couple pictures of the Furs and using the pen tool in illustrator traced around our profiles. Then I printed the outlines and used them as a guide to make the actual paintings.
I had a very specific idea in mind for picture frames and had a time trying to find what I was wanted. After a couple weeks of fruitless searching I decided the only option was to figure out a way to make them myself. I headed to Michaels and came up with my plan. I used sheets of black craft foam to cut out the frame and then painted them using a coat of black paint and several glossy coats of varnish to achieve the look I wanted.
They're not perfect, but I have to say I felt like tooting my own horn after finishing this one. I have such an obsession with diy/art projects that all I could think when I was done is...what should I makeover next?
Anyone else love diy? Where do you get inspirations?