Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wherein I Come To Peace With Split Pea Soup

(An apology in advance for the poor quality of pictures.
There was not one scrap of natural light anywhere in sight!)

Do you remember my guest bathroom walls? The burning red, the lime granita, and finally the split pea soup?

No, of course you don't. You've been busy living your own life. I know. I know.

But I just thought since I left you hanging on the cliff like I did, that I would tell you that the split pea soup walls turned out just lovely once they were all painted. And here are a few "tah-dah!" pictures to show you the final outcome.

The room was inspired by these fabulous photos that I won in a blog giveaway on Rare and Beautiful Treasures. The photos are from the Etsy Shop of Craft Therapea. Aren't they fabulous.

I thought it would be easy to find an 8 x 8 frame in which to put them. Not so. Since I didn't want to pay for custom framing, I did find 12 x 12 frames that are meant to frame scrapbook pages. I found beautiful sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper that look like an old hand-written letter and laid the 8 x 8 pictures on the paper and then in the frame. I love the look.

All the brushed nickel holders, hooks, bars, knobs, and fixtures were sanded primed and painted with Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. You can't tell from the pictures, but instead of it being a flat black, it has a golden shimmer to it . . . really beautiful.

The mirror is an antique mirror passed on to me by my mom and dad. It also got the Oil Rubbed Bronze treatment.

Under your feet is a wooden floor mat with a black fabric binding.

And to finish off, I found these shore-themed nic nacs either in the house or at Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx. Love the serene feeling of the shells.

Love how this turned out. Love how Oldest Daughter stuck with me and repainted . . . twice. Love how I won the giveaway that inspired it all.

Just loving this rarest of moments when everything comes together just like I hoped it would!


  1. beautiful and serene! great job!!

  2. Shelley! This twice-painted project turned out so well. Love how you you showcased those photos and carried that theme throughout the space. You added the perfect and right amount of visual interest to receive top decorating honors. Very inspiring!!! Xo, Sue

  3. Looks fabulous! Nice work! I like the Rare and Beautiful Treasures blog too. I found it through your site. You should get added perks for that!!! :)

  4. Really spiffy spot! I love your clean cut and classic and earthly approach......I just posted to someone else that I find myself trying to mix a (faux and cheaper) Pottery barn look with vintage whimsy......hmmm and a little outdoors thrown in there. That all in one house! My Studio pictures up right now don't really reflect that too much.......or at least I think I am way out there but that is what draws me into it and out of the rest of the house I suppose. Very fun to see your style and how good to have a project complete! Yay for you!! XO

  5. BRAVO!! This is beautiful!
    I was loving the sea-inspired photos from the start, and then continued to read that you had recieved them as a gift, and then did the creative framing yourself! I am impressed~ what a wonderful look!

  6. I need to add that I would be very nervous about painting the fixtures in my home. They turned out beautifully.
    I also see that I've spelled "received" incorrectly in the above! auff.