Friday, April 9, 2010


The painting is finished! Whoo hoo. Even thought the house smells like fumes, I am ecstatic. How scary it is to look at a tiny square of color and then see it on the walls of an entire room. I know...paint can be changed, but it is a long and expensive project and in the past I have had to learn to 'live' with things. So this is the family room. I forgot to post the before pictures but you can go back about 2 posts and see the plain beige walls and tiny floral wallpaper. AND...the ugly cherry stained trim that I persuaded The Husband to paint. What a feat that was.

Above the chair rail is a buttery yellow called Flax by Pittsburgh Paints and below is a very pale yellow called Lotus Flower. It's almost white with a hint of yellow. It's hard to tell from the picture, but my furniture is beige and mossy green. The trim was painted a stock white.
Moving on to the bathroom, you will remember that 3/4 of the wall was rough cedar panels (I know, I have a funky house). This was painted Atrium White and the wall above Teardrop, a very pale gray that is hard to make out in the picture. I am looking for a French farmhouse look. look.
How does it look? Our painter did a tremendous job. The Husband called him an artist. He left no detail undone, was timely and pleasant. It's hard to get work like that these days.
My next big project is curtains. These are the pages I marked in my Country Curtains catalog. I ordered fabric swatches as well and stapled them to the page. I am looking for something that I can tie back with a tassel. The sample above is a heavier cotton than most of the samples I chose but I love the floral pattern in it, It has green and yellow in it and a pop of blue.
This is the complete opposite end of the spectrum, a crushed polysatin with a crinkled texture. It's very light and I can just imagine it blowing in the breeze. This has a little red punch to it, but it is a water color inspired floral.
This is another pretty cotton floral, that is a bit on the heavier side. It has a lot of pretty colors in it.
This is not your average toile and I was also thinking about something like this for the little window in the bathroom. The only thing I don't like is it is lined and a little stiff. Not so much the look I am going for.

So there you have the progress in my family room and 2nd bath. It's going to be awhile until the room is finished. I still have to look for art work...everything is going to be dome from scratch (and hopefully in time for summer). Let me know what you think about the fabrics.

I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. Please visit Susan and all the ladies participating. And thanks for stopping by!


Stacey said...

Jane, everything is looking great! You are making progress. I am in love with the toile fabrics you showed. Can't wait to see what you choose. I like the french farmhouse idea.

Rebecca said...

Hi Sweetie
Your coming along... love the farm house theme! Can't wait to see it finished.
Blessings today

Kelli said...

Lovin' it! Can't wait to see the finished product! :) I know it is a long, slow process and patience wears thin, but it will be so worth it!

Pondside said...

Wow, Jane, you have really gone to town on this!! It is looking lovely.
I like the first swatch - you'd be able to work with this for a long time. The thing about something too pale is that the colours will never pop the way one thinks they will - and it would be a shame to get a washed out look instead of the look for which you're striving.

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
So pretty, everything is just coming together so nicely. Love the choices and can't wait to see the finished project. I think I have just been inspired....

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It looks great so far Jane. The French farmhouse theme is going to be so pretty and you're going to be thrilled when it's all completed.
Have a great weekend.

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your progress, it is looking great so far please do keep us posted. Hugs, Diane said...

OOOH I LOVE it!! I can't wait to see how you decorate it:) Have a wonderful weekend.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Lori E said...

The Mille Fleurs crinkly one is my favorite. Not too overpowering. Just a natural look to it.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

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I love the paint. We always do it ourselves (well hubby does) so having someone come in and paint seems like such a luxury to me. As for the fabrics, I like them favorite is the second one, but I tend to go "less country" than many.

I've given up trying to catch up on all I missed, I'm just jumping back in. Thanks for the visit!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl how did you talk hubs into letting you paint the wood trim??? Tell me your secret ha ha!! I don't know what it is about men and wood...Oh girl I love it painted white and the color is it golden yellow?? Love the cedar painted that really makes a HUGE statement now...oh girl your going to have so much fun decorating now...I love Country Curtains glad to know about the Toile being heavy as I was looking at that for my kitchen valances...It looks awesome girl...great choices my friend...Hope you have a GREAT weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Jane,
The paint looks great! I love the rough cedar too....of course any kind of farmhouse look & I'm all over it! ;)

OK...for me, of course I would go with the TOILE!! hee hee :) seriously though, it's timeless and definitely gives it a french feel.

Great job on everything so far!


Pat said...

Hi Jane,
I so wish we could see the wall colors but everything is looking great! Thank you so much for taking the time to post these pics. I just love to see decorating in progress ~ and, by the way, that's what I have here. :-)

The fabric choices are really nice!
The crinkly one appeals to me but I honestly like all of them. I will be so anxious to see what you choose.

Everything is going to look even more beautiful than it does now. I'm excited for you!


stefanie said...

ooo, it is looking great!!! can't wait for more.

Theresa said...

WOWZA! A fresh coat of paint makes it feel all new again! Love it and the bathroom looks great too. Now, on to the curtains. Too many choices and I am not much good with that. Can't wait to see it all finished! Hugs!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT so far!!!! What a change! It looks so light and fresh! Love your plans too, I cannot wait to see it finished!! I love toile :):)
Big Hugs,

Knitty said...

I love the colors you have chosen! Each of the fabric swatches have merit but I understand having something in mind you haven't found yet and I wish you luck.

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hi Jane, what a makeover! I'm sure you'll be very happy once you're done!

Melanie said...

It is coming together. I know that you are really excited and happy. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Lovely Scribbles said...

Ooh, the paint looks great, Jane! AND you get to pick out new curtains, too? So exciting! By the way, I love the cedar panels in the bathroom too - it adds loads of character. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kathleen said...

Oh I like the colors..I love Country Curtains, always look there for ideas..
I looked at fabric for 3 hours yesterday to redo the den furniture..didn't see anything I like! I hate picking things!

Pamela said...

It's looking good Jane!
I love the french farmhouse look.
I really the first fabric love the blue and green. It will go nicely with the yellow. Yellow and blue together is very french.
Can't wait to see the end result.
Have a great weekend!
Pamela xo

Anonymous said...

I love it all, Jane!.. especially the french farm house look, which I am also trying to create in my downstairs bathroom. Great job :-)

My Crafty Little Page said...

Jane - the painting job looks wonderful! So glad you managed to get your woodwork painted white - it's so fresh looking. (Besides - maybe 100 yrs from now some husband who hasn't been born yet will be genetically inclined to strip it back to bare wood! LOL) I love that toile also and the crushed silky fabric just looks scrumptious! This is so much fun picking fabrics with you and you are definitely getting your French farmhouse look in the bath. I love the doggy outfits and not only does the celphone pic look like a looks like a royal Vintage portrait!
Happy weekend, Jane!
xoxo Nancy

My Grama's Soul said... have made lots of progress. I'll be following the results. It looks great.



Le Chateau des fleurs said...

BLONDIE! This is gorgeous and only the beginning! WOW
I would go for the crackle light milles fleurs one and for the toile in blue or green or both. Great French country. The other 2 ones with the heavy flower motif is too hard to pull off. A little too strong for me as i don't want in a room to stand out. With the toile and light one. Everything would go with it and you can change for the seasons if you want like the accessories... pillows...Awesome! So fun! Have fun!
Gros bisous

Kathleen Grace said...

The rooms are so much lighter and brighter! I love the farmhouse theme too, I am kind of playing around with that idea for the kitchen and dining room here. Isn't decorating hard? There are so many pretty choices! I can't wait to see which choice you go with for the curtains, I like them all!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

It is going to be are the best decorator!

Anonymous said...

I really love it. The color looks great! You sound like you're having a great time!

Cate @ A Tree Lined Street said...

I love the idea of the french farmhouse look. My favorite fabric choices are the first one and the last one. Isn't it fun to choose fabric? Its one of my favorite things!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, yay! The painting is all done and it looks fabulous! Now the fun part! Love all of the pretty fabrics. Decisions decisions!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

linda said...

The transformation is great so far. I bet you are sitting back and just lovin' everything! It's all so light and airy!

I like the first fabric and the toile best. The first fabric reminds me of what I have in my kitchen. I've had it for 10 years now and have never tired of it. I love the jewel tone colors.

Liz said...

Hi Jane, How exciting! It is looking great and your fabric is beautiful!!!


Joanne Kennedy said...

Can't wait to see it all finished. I think it's going to be great!


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Progressing!!! Such fun!

Those buttery/pale yellows sound delicious. What a difference this will be, when finished. Or, already of course. :-)

KarenB said...

Hi Jane,
It all looks so great! I love the painted cedar. If you are going for French Farmhouse, then the toile is the best choice. Or a big gingham would be nice. You could also keep it light and just do a white linen/cotton curtain. Does Country Curtains still have them with bobbles across the edges? Can't wait to see what you end up doing. Hugs,

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Wow! What a difference painting the molding made. I love the color you chose and can't wait to see it all completed and what the curtains will look like when they are finished!

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I really love the color you chose for your rooms. I have the color flax in one of my rooms and I love it. Your bathroom is looking really good, love the paneling painted the light color.
The third fabric swatch that you are thinking about is the exact same fabric that I had in a bedspread and shams. Great minds think alike!!!
Isn't it fun decorating all over again. So many choices and so many different directions to go.
You are well on your way to an even lovelier home.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Jane, this is looking so fresh and pretty. I'm no help on the fabrics, because I liked all of them you're considering. I can't wait to see the finished rooms. They are going to be wonderful. laurie

Natasha said...

Jane you are just the MOST stylish decorator. Everything you do is gorgeous. I can't wait to see what those new curtains look like!

Best wishes for a beautiful week,

suzyq said...

Jane, thanks so much for visiting!!
I love your painting - don't you feel so good when a room has been freshly painted. I'll check back on your progress!!

Tina said...

Hi Jane:) Love the paint colours and how excellent you got to paint your trim white!!Yay!! I love the grey colour in the bathroom, farmhouse perfect I would say:) I love all of your fabrics and can't wait to see the end result as any of them will look so lovely! Enjoy getting to do all the fun parts now all of that painting is done. I hope you have a lovely week ~ Tina x

Rettabug said...

Boy, am I glad I'm not trying to chose a fabric...they ALL look nice to me. The walls look TERRIFIC painted, Jane. Your color choices turned out great!

Regarding my apricot tart/cookie recipe: they DON'T melt in your fact they got very hard & crispy by the next day. More work needed on that recipe. LOL

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Looking great, Im sure it will be amazing!

Cozy Little House said...

I like the first and the last fabric, personally. Isn't it a relief to get it painted though? I know it was for me.

OneCraftyFox said...

You have such great taste, I'm sure it will look fantastic once it is all pulled together!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your house so adores being loved by you!

I am peeking out of my turtle shell to thank you for all of your kindness and support. Be blessed dear one.

xinex said...

The paint is beautiful, Janie! I love the cottagey feel of your house, so inviting! I can't wait to see it with your gorgeous window treatment. Come see part of my garden that I have been working my butt of on lately!....Christine

Denise said...

It's looking lovely, I love the fabrics, can't wait to see them in place.

AshTreeCottage said...

Your renovations seem to be moving along very nicely. I personally am very fond of toile.

Susan and Bentley

Nancy said...

Jane, such great colors. We painted our entire home in Florida in butter and I loved it. On the drapes, I love the toile, but if it is too heavy, hmmm. I also like the damask cotton with the print!

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Kacey said...

Wow! What a transformation! Looks like you're making real progress. Love French farmhouse!

Diann said...

Hi Jane!

Everything is looking wonderful! I bet you get so excited as each new thing is finished! I can't wait to see what drapes you come up with!

Dana and Daisy said...

JANE!! I think it is looking so great! I love the flax color on your top half in the family room! ANd your white trim, you need to give that hubby a big ole hug around the neck for that!

I love your bathroom! I love it all!
My favorite cloth swatch is the first one! not that you asked, but hey, free advice is worth what you pay for it, ha ha!

Can't wait to see what you decide on! Love it all!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Jane~I've truly missed my visits, but little by little I'm catching up.
Although last month was difficult with our loses a new month has brought new hope.
I poured myself a cup of tea and read a spell...You've been a busy gal. We too have started a few redo projects in our other home, where my son resides. I though it would be easier since it's a condo,'s work no matter the size, lol.
I've got a passion (addiction) for toile. I've got panels on my bedroom window that are a different color from the traditional, they're still my favorite. I look forward to seeing your final reveal.
Come by for a visit.

Sweet wishes,

Allison Shops said...

Nice selections for both rooms! Dropping by from BNOTP.

Rising Rainbow said...

It's so hard to pick curtains from swatches, I think. You just don't get the real feel of the pattern.

Have fun with your project.

Michelle said...

I like the transformation so far! My favorite fabric is the Mille Fleurs.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. :o)

Aunt Snow said...

Wonderful! I'm glad he let you paint the woodwork! It looks great. I can't wait to see what the toile ends up like.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Jane, love the color of the room, and wow that wood looks so much nicer painted, it does not stand out, love that, everything is coming along beautifully...

Kelee said...

Hi Jane!

Your project is looking good! Really like the watercolor inspired fabric with the red.....would be charming to find a red french check to put with it for pillows or table skirt. The red will really set-off your wall color.

Thank-you so much for visiting!!

love,kelee @

Lou Cinda said...

Jane, everything looks Wonderful!! Don't you love fresh paint? I do! Makes it seems so new! Love the fabrics! I think I like the first one the best! Can't wait to see it as it progresses!!

Lou Cinda :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

I will tell you - your painter IS a miracle worker - that bath would not have been a pretty thing to paint (that wood soaks up so much paint!) But, he did great - bet you love it already, without all of the fun stuff added yet!!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I love sample 1- that fabric is amazing.. I know its gonna be magnificent, even though you're still in the planning stages..
I have no idea how I missed your GREEN scape last week, but I love it. thats a great tray~!


Lady Katherine said...

I had fun reading about your remodel! I love the fabric you picked, so far. For some reason the crinkled fabric blowing in the breeze got me. lol I do love them all. Have fun decorating!