The study renovation has finally begun.
We intended to have it completed by the end of last year, but the holidays, and travel, got in the way and everything was delayed until now.
We started with the ceiling by planking over the old popcorn.
This is my favorite way to cover up the hideous popcorn.
If you would like to see the tutorial on planking a popcorn ceiling, you can see it here.
Once the planks were all installed, I pickled the wood using Minwax pickling stain to give it a whitewashed look, allowing the wood grain to show through.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, this room is so hard to photograph.
The French chandelier is original to the house, but unfortunately it will be replaced. Some of the electrical sockets are damaged and aren’t working, so it is coming down and will have to be repaired, and probably rewired. It’s also a bit small for the room, so I’ve purchased another fixture that will be installed in it’s place. Once this one is repaired, I will use it in another room, because it is definitely a beauty.
Now that the ceiling is finished, we will start on the walls next…..so stay tuned.
Several months ago, I shared a list of project furniture that has been sitting in storage, waiting for me to tackle them.
I have finally finished another piece, the Pier Mirror. (You can see my entire “project list” here if you’re interested.)
This is what the Pier Mirror looked like in it’s “before” stage.
I found this antique Pier mirror many years ago in a dirty, cramped antique shop in Alabama.
When I first saw it in the shop, it was behind a bunch of other furniture, and I could only see the top of it peeking out. I climbed over some furniture, moved some aside, wriggled between others, finally reaching the pier mirror all the way in the back corner.
I knew immediately that it was coming home with me.
It’s really heavy and I have always wanted to gild it to give it it’s “fancy” back, and to do that, I used Modern Masters paint in Olympic Gold, giving it two coats.
Once the second coat was dry, I glazed it with my homemade glaze, letting the glaze get down in the nooks and crannies of the beautiful details, giving it a bit of antiquing and definition.
If you are interested in my homemade glaze and how to use it, you can check out this post here for more details.
There’s a piece of the detail at the top of the mirror that was missing when I purchased it.
I thought about trying to add an appliqué to fill in the area, but I ended up leaving it as is. There’s something about imperfections in a piece that I’m drawn to.
Scars and flaws show it’s history and tell it’s story.
I love the way it turned out. Gold is fast becoming my favorite neutral.
Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to put it!