Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rooms, Redo's and Summer Staycation Projects!

Staycation 2009 turned out to be a fun time, and along the way, I accomplished a few fun projects in our cottage. You know the ones that you want to attempt, but never have enough time, unless you just make the time. Well, that's what I decided to do this summer and so glad I did. Here are a few pics of just some of the projects I finished on staycation.

First, I started with the kitchen. In the table area, there is a chair rail going around to the opposite side only in the dining area. I thought it would look accented and stand out if I did a faux sculpted finish on the bottom half. So to start with, I added over sculpted papers that I had added earlier, the wall color of the room and finished with a glaze finish added to a soft brown paint for an old world worn look. After this was complete and dry, DH added new curtains rods with rubbed bronze curtain tie back holders to finish. The long sheers are a mix of old world roses on a mixed and muted background of antique linen. I think this look takes me back to a time growing up and observing my grandmother's decor. She was from Naples Italy and her decorating revolved around vintage, old world, lots of handmade treasures and gorgeous floral and roses. She loved to paint and was always painting something. Her name was Celestina.

The first pics are the before wall, preparing the glaze and adding the finish.

See the wall cabinet off to the side of the table? This was a great find purchased from a shop closing in my town. It is an old piece, but made very well, sturdy and even has the original worm holes which I love. It was used to store and showcase designer candles, so the scent is heavenly!!
Here is the before shelves. Kind of dull and boring right?

I painted the entire shelves and bottom doors 2 caots of black. Added pages from a 1904 Ladies Home Journal for the background on the shelves and accented the bottom doors with two rooster prints. Sealed all with several coats of varnish on the painted areas and decoupaged the papers. The 1904 pages are from the year my grandmother was born. I actually made copies of the pages and kept the yellowed background for age. This way, the originals are in tack and can be used again.

Lastly to finish this room, I decided to paint the wood hood over the cooktop a pretty soft black with carved accent. I distressed the surface for age and wear before sealing with a soft satin varnish. Later I am planning, if all goes as I'd like, to faux Tuscan finish all the cabinets in an antiqued raw cotton. It will be a long and laboring project for after the holidays, but for now, these little additions added to the old world charm I love.

The print over the cooktop is one I found browsing through art work in a shop one day several years ago. I painted over the original colors to reflect my rooms colors and then framed and distressed the edges. It is all under glass and easy to clean in this area over the stove.

When I return, I will share the next project of a small under stairs powder room.
Till next time, Have a great Labor Day Weekend and Blessings Always.
Celestina Marie


Chany said...

Que preciosos tus trabajos, tus proyectos son realmente admirables, me quedo con la boca abierta mirando tanta belleza. Chany.-

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Celeste, Hi.. looks like you did a wonderful job! love the make over! all look beautiful! have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love your makeover's ~ They are simply devine. I think Grams would be quite proud of your work. Very authentic!! Hugs. Tammy

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

How lovely that your Grandmothers name was Celestina too and how neat that she was able to pass on to you, her decorating touches. Such a pretty name.
I love what you have done in your kitchen and dinning area. The wall cabinet with the old newspaper is delightful. You really are the Queen of decorating Celestina.

I hope that your weekend is happy

Anonymous said...

Wow you have been very busy and I can't beleive all the beautiful work you did, but again yes I can. You are one talented Lady.


Bearly Sane said...

How lovely to be named after your grandmother and what a beautiful job you have done. My hubby and I both love the finish on the cabinet ... you have use a lot of imagination and it looks fabulous.
I do enjoy your blog very much and I love the idea of the Tuscan finish. Looking forward to seeing your next post.
Warmest hugs,

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

everything looks wonderful:) glad you had a great time! sometimes i think mini trips are more fun that a full blown long vacation! (maybe thats cause i have 2 lil ones... hahaha!!)

Betzie said...

Hi Celeste,
Oh I bet your grandmom is smiling from heaven at all your wonderful touches and designs in your home. That cabinet with the rooster prints really spoke to me.LOVE how you used the Ladies HOme Journal pages...I adore those old magazines! Plus, I just bought rooster fabric to make a valance with for my kitchen, could you send that over please??? LOL
You are amazing!!! Love to visit because you inspire and give me ideas too, but mostly because I feel a strong connection with you, like I've known you before. :))
Keep having fun!

Jennifer said...

Celeste, Your makeover looks wonderful.Love what u did with that cabinet.I love all the roosters to.Hugs,Jen

Kalyan said...

simply beautiful!

Angela said...

Wonderful..I love the changes...That wood top looks amazing!! I love what you did with that cabinet also..What an awesome idea!!


Wow have you been busy! It all looks wonderful.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That does not even look like the same cabinet! What a huge difference! Now you can really enjoy it! And the paint technique came out wonderful! What a beautiful elegant!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

OH Celestina!!!
How beautiful. More than beautiful. The colors you chose to paint with.I do believe you have the best taste on the net. You did get alot done on your staycation.I'm still in awe. Wonder Woman is what you are dear friend.
I will email you right away.I thought I did email you.But now I would not stake my life on it.My brain is gone bye bye...LOL. Let me go do that right now.XXOO Marie Antionette

A Southern Rose said...

Your kitchen and dining room are so beautiful! You are so talented. You have inspired me once again! I have so much to do. I love your decorating style. I love your name too and to know that it was your grandma's name makes it even more special. I always said that if I ever had another girl that I would name her Celestina. I ended up having 2 boys. LOL
I have a 'Christina' though. Maybe one day she will have another baby and she could name her Celestina. Her first baby is a boy too.

Lee Laurie

Anonymous said...

Hello Celeste! (It's been quite a while since I said that)

WEll, nice to be back to see another makeover. The newly painted walls reminds me of chocolate frosting and I love it! The room is so warm and very inviting too - just like the hostess :-)And have to say, what a great idea it is about the magazine pages. That long too? Wow!

Glad to be back visiting! :-) I am catching up. I saw the tatting shuttle back at tatting chic and even if I haven't read the text just yet, I knew it was you! I really like that feeling, seeing something and knowing who made it, and to actually know that someone - well that's an added bonus too! :-)


Anonymous said...

Blessings to you, Mrs. Busy Fingers! Everything looks so beautiful! I love the textured lower wall with the dark glaze on it - so rich! It warms the room up so much and gives it an Olde World look that I know you like so much! Instant Welcome!

And the cabinet too! You've inspired me again. Today it's into the sewing room to finish an apron I began about 3 weeks ago! Where does the time go! On other projects, that's where! ;-)

Hugs and Blessings, Diane

randi K design said...

Hi Darling! Your creative brain has been working hard this summer, I see..
This girl will never run out of projects! Amazing! You are what I think about when I hear the saying "Busy Bee"! Tell everybody "HI",
hugs and kisses....

Celeste Maia said...

What a tremendous job you did, Celestina! I envy you your magic hands and imagination and taste. Beautiful results indeed. And how interesting that your grandmother's name was also Celestina!

vickie said...

Oh Celeste!!! Beautiful, as always! Love the
cabinet and curtains, so pretty!

blushing rose said...

Celeste ~ You shall never cease to amaze me with your wonderful redos & creations. The heavens are smiling ... beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Have a lovely week. TTFN ~Marydon

Unknown said...

OMGosh! The paint job in the kitchen/dining area is lovely! You are one talented gal! I LOVE the shelves, too! WOW! I wish you and I lived closer I could learn a thing or two from you! :)

~TattingChic ♥

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! I've come to thank you for following my blog and am delighted to see what a beautiful blog you have! I love your makeover! The cabinet turned out beautifully! The shelves looks lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Connie said...

I love what you did with the room and the cabinet, honey! Oooooh my, those were quite the projects though. We're back from camping and I'm trying my best to catch up!

Shirl said...

Hello Celeste, Your kitchen dining area is just beautiful! I love your black pressback chairs! Great paint job on the lower walls and the hutch is just stunning. I'm thinking about painting some of our furniture in our office/family room in black. What kind of paint do you use for that? Just beautiful, thank you for sharing!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

I LOVE what you've done in your breakfast area! It was so lovely before but so gorgeous now! The wall finish is perfect for your home and the little cabinet you did the makeover on... how fabulous is that?? Great fabric too. You can really put things together Celeste! I like the look of the cabinet over the stove, very nice. It brings out the shape of it more. Sorry I haven't been by, I'm training for a new job and I've been collapsing every day after training! Will email you and let you know the great things that have been happening. Still no sale on the house but have had lots of showings of late.

Big hugs & love, Sherry

Tell Larry HI! Also Chris has lost 50 lbs!!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Oh my gosh...that cabinet came out gorgeous. Absolutely stunning my sweet friend. I love your vision. You are amazing and so blessed by God.

Your Gramma would LOVE that you are honoring the year of her birth in such a special way.



Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste,

This has to be the busiest vacation I've ever seen . LOL Your chair rail wall is stunning, love the technique. I also love the new cabinet with roosters. You just wouldn't even know it was the same piece of furniture. GREAT WORK.

Ruth said...

Celeste, I adore what you did there, the walls, the cabinet, the curtains, the stove hood, the entire room looks so warm and welcoming! Rachaelxo

Barb said...

Your stacation kept you very busy. It was well worth it. Your makeover is stunning.
It definitely has that olde world feel.


Unknown said...

OH CELESTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The projects you did are amazing!!! You have the most beautiful, warm, inviting dining room/kitchen I have ever seen! It looks like an elegant Tuscan restaurant! In fact, it makes me hungry! I could just sit there and have a delicious cozy meal on a cold day. I love the warmth you have created! You are so amzing and talented, your vision is perfect! I love you home!!!
And YOU!

Just Between Us Girls said...

OOOh your projects are spectacular. Absolutely love love love the shelf with the altered art work. You always do the best work ever.
I miss talking with you...just overwhelmed here by a large yard sale...completed and a very big auction in October.
Love and hugs,


A Hint of Home said...

Hey friend,

You have been very busy, I see. Wow, I love the faux finish on the walls and your new curtains are very pretty. I like the fact you can have privacy when needed.
Your stove hood looks great in black.
I have thought about changing cabinet color but what a job it would be and I'm not sure how it would turn out. I guess you could call me chicken. lol
The change in the cabinet is dramatic to say the least. What a clever idea. It turned out great!!
I hope you're finding some time for fun in your life. You deserve it--talented friend!

Melissa Miller said...

~GORGEOUS paint and technique Celestina! You
are so creative and very talented. ~Lovely.

Do I spy a Thomas Kincade nightlight? He's one of my favorite artists.

Thank you for your sweet visit this evening. I just added a new Fall post if you want to take a peek if you have a moment.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

gin said...

lovely makeovers.

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for coming back by and your sweet comments. I always apopreciate your visits Celestina.

I set up the Fall vignette on a sideboard in our formal dining room. I have many pictures of the entire room on previous posts if you are interested to take a look back you're always welcome.

Your music is so pretty that you have playing.
It makes me smile everytime.

~Blessings, Melissa :)

Ronda said...

Oh my goodness,
Everything looks just lovely. You really do have an eye for such things. I wish I had your talent.

Love & Prayers,

Affordable homes said...

All stuff are in place... if my house is clean and organize as that then what more could I wish for.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..