I was in that twilight zone between sleep and awake this morning when an idea popped into my head: 'Would that gate Sandra sent you last year (and which I suspect you'd forgotten about until I mentioned it) work as a firescreen in the Airbnb place?'
So I got out of bed, rummaged through the stash and tried it out:And gadzooks, my subconscious wins again!
I started the transformation with a light coat of black paint and then realised the copper paint I planned to use as a second coat had run out. So there was only one thing for it: brave the outside world and visit Super Toyworld to buy a new can.
Since I was in the area I figured a quick visit to the Kaisercraft factory outlet just around the corner to see what options the had for my feature wallpaper would be perfectly justifiable.
And so it was I came home with four options for wallpaper (and two for fireplace tiles): but at 40 cents a sheet it seemed like a no-brainer.
Much as I liked number one (and thought it picked up the pattern in the bedhead) I decided it would just end up in a fight, with both pieces screaming 'Look at me!', So number three it was: the right colour, with a gentle pattern that didn't stand out but rather highlighted the rest of the room...
Of course, before I'd started deciding on the wallpaper, I'd done a quick coat of the new paint onto the firescreen. And in a moment of sheer fluke, I wondered if it could stand up by itself if I curved it around the spray can: which lead to deciding to just fold it in three. Which meant it fitted the fireplace perfectly!
It was one of those moments where you step back and think 'Where one earth did that come from?' Which I always find to be a good sign.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I'd also finally hunted down the lightweight cotton fabric I wanted to back the A throw rug with, and worked out a way to squeeze not just the rug, but two cushions into the fabric I had. Then sewn them all up.By now I was on the downhill sprint, with things coming together beautifully, especially as a lot of them were gifts from blogging buddies and friends.
Above the bed: a gramophone from friend Hannah, a temple from Mod Pod Miniatures, and a vintage portable record player from the goodie bag at NZAME convention.
Rug, also from Sandra and furry pouffe from Kitty and Kat Miniatures (as is the whale on the bookcase and the arrow above the dresser). Hermes box from Phillip Nuveen.
See the large vase on the top shelf? It (and its twin) were supposed to be light shades, hanging one on each side of the bed, above the bedside tables, But I could't seem to find working bulbs, or perhaps the battery I had was flat, so I gave up as I just wanted this things done and dusted.
And done and dusted it is. Just don't ask me about the state of my studio, which I'm supposed to be cleaning up, not messing up...)
(Time taken: just don't ask, OK?)