Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Under The Staircase

Just under the stairs,
in my library/family room~
is a tiny little powder room.
Keeping it neutral in color helps to give
this space a larger look.
I painted the walls
bordered the chair rail~
Cut out old books (keeping with the library look) for the back of the la-toilet shelf,
found this old shelf in my stash just waiting for a redo.
This shelf had three hooks at the bottom that would not work,
so I removed those along with three nail heads in the 3 areas above the hooks.
Painted the shelf in a pecan sandie shade of off white,'
added a french graphic from THE GRAPHICS FAIRY
using the Colorless Chartpak blender pen method.

Steps to Transfer
1. Print your design mirrored and print on a Laserjet printer only.
it will not work with inject to transfer.
2. Position the graphic or design printed on your paper
to the surface like wood in this case.
3. Run the pen over the graphic to transfer to the surface.
That's it!
I have tried other brand colorless blenders but I like Chartpak the best.

This is the new look and fit perfect above the petite  pedestal sink.
It's hard to take pics in this small space
so I hope you get the idea.

Notice the painted border paper that goes around the room.
I painted this the same color as the walls.
It gives some interest without making the room look even smaller.
Above the towel hook
I placed a sweet bird pic.
Found at the Goodwill,
I painted the frame cottage white
and distressed the high areas and edges.
On the largest wall,
I accented this area with a wall canvas I designed some time ago
and posted Here.
Above La-toilet
I have added a book border of vintage old books.
I found this roll of border paper some time ago
at the hardware.
Next, I cut out the books away from the background.
This makes them look like they are real and sitting on the shelf.
This goes with the library look this powder room is in.


The next pic are real school books of my mother's
from the 40's placed on the shelf.
They go wonderful with the vintage border.

                      The tissue box was a paper mache box,
Again I used the border paper as a cover,
just wrap and glue in place.
It sits on a tall corner cabinet
my father make for me many years ago.
Great to hold a few hand towels and tissue.
Faux candles with auto timers
top the shelf.
I have added a few shells
and tiny stones topping
two larger stones with inspirational words.
This next pic shares a sweet vintage figurine
of a man shaving as the little boy watches.
I found this in the 90's and it reminded me of my hubby as
our son watched his dad shave when he was a little boy. 
Sweet Memories!
Because I love clocks~
and every room needs one,
I have added this darling seat clock my mother
created so many years ago.
So that's it~
Another project crossed off the list.
I am still working on that sewing room/laundry.
Lots going on there and it is a challenge, but hope to be finished soon.
Thank you for stopping by.
See  you soon!
~Happy Creating~
Celestina Marie



Bente said...

Love what you did with the shelf. Turned out so pretty. (whish I had a laserprinter)


Old Time Cindy said...

Sweet little powder room. My faves...the shelf you did above the sink and your painted border that adds some interest and texture. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Farmhouse hugs,

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Good Morning Celeste!

I love every single thing in this darling powder room! It turned out perfect. The only problem is your guests will be MIA because they don't want to come out of the Cool Loo!
I have my clear Copic marker to try the transfer method you've taught us about. Just trying to find time to try it!

Much love to you & Larry! Sherry

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a darling little powder room you created, Celeste! I love the shelf!
Happy May Day!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hi Celeste,
I love what you have done with this powder room! It is full of charm and beautiful details! The book border is very unique. I love that little sculpture of the boy watching his dad. My mom has a collection of Normal Rockwells which this reminds me of!
Have a great day! ~Val

1CardCreator said...

Wow! Love all the stunning details in there! The trick with the books is remarkable! I love every nook and cranny you have here! You are such a creative soul! ~Diane

izary said...

Celestina, piękna łazienka, a ta póleczka z francuską fabryką biżuterii najpiękniejsza :) pozdrawiam cieplutko iza

Kathy said...

I love what you did with the shelf and cutting out the wallpaper border was inspired. They really do fool the eye. Well done!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE your bathrom!! Love the neutral colors and the old book border!! Great idea with the tissue box holder!! That gives me ideas.....
And the Anaglypta wall paper border is true Victorian you know????
Great job!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina, your powder room is so pretty. So many very creative ideas in this small room. Love the decorative border paintd the same color as the walls, and your shelf turned out so pretty. Genius to cut the books out of the wallpaper to put them on the wall. I see you come by your creativity naturally, since your mother's clock is so creative. I also love your sink fixtures. laurie

Kadee Willow said...

Now, Celeste... what are you going to do when everything is finished? At the rate you're going that will be in no time at all! Such a sweet powder room! Love all the touches but my favorite is the book wallpaper border you cut out mixed with real books. Great idea!!

Krystal Kats said...

Oh so pretty, I just redecorated our bathroom, powder room (he he) I love what you did to the place.........very beautiful. I have a bowl of sea glass and sea shells as well. I think everyone here has them since we live so close to the sea! have a great day and month of May. Hugs

Createology said...

With your special touches this room lives large. It is a sanctuary and peaceful place to refresh oneself. Sunshine Smiles Dear...

Denise said...

Very awesome.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Love that little shelf and the book motif!

Donna said...

What a pretty transformation, Celestina! Wow, you sure have been busy! I love the shelf, thanks for the great tips on the blender pen. I've tried several times (unsuccessfully!) to use the Mod Podge image transfer method. So I will have to try the blender pen for sure! I had that same exact framed birdie print, that I sold in my shop. Seeing yours makes me wish that I had kept it! Oh, your book border is so fun, love it!

DeeDee said...

Celeste.. I know if I ever come to visit I will certainly need a full lovin your style

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great little powder room...I love everything about it!! Love how you cut around the wallpaper made them look so real.

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous transfer Celeste. I love your powder room and the details are so lovely. I have never done a transfer before, so I will try your tip when I do. That is so wonderful how you put an actual shelf with books above the book wallpaper. You are so clever.

Have a beautiful day.


A Southern Rose said...

It all looks wonderful. I love the border that you painted and the book border is neat too. Looks like real books. Love that you used the border to cover your tissue holder too.

Lee Laurie

Ginny said...

You must stay up all night thinking of all these fab ideas! I so wish I had that talent!! Lovely, as usual, Celeste!

Unknown said...

This is absolutely LOVELY!!! Im stunned how nice this looks! And the cream colours are brilliant!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

How beautiful your powder room is and I love your sweet shelf with the French script and the the books on the wallpaper looks fabulous.


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the shelf transformation! I've never used that method before, but I like the aged look of the lettering. I love your wallpaper border, too!

Tina said...

fantastic bathroom

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Celestina Marie
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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..