I was given AS a Mother's Day gift! A friend's children, all young adults, asked if I would paint a tree on the wall in their game-room as a gift for their Mother on her special day. They had collected family photos, both old and new, and wanted to create a wall similar to one she had seen on-line, and admired. Here's the inspiration shared with me. Painter's tape helped plan where the main branches would go. And then I began to paint... until the wall was filled.
All the photos were framed in black, which helped unify their various sizes and shapes. We decided where the frames would go by holding them up to the wall, moving them a little to the left here -- or a bit higher there. Satisfied, the empty frame was nailed to the wall.
One by one the frames were filled with family photos, and here's the happy result.
The tree spills across the entire wall and wraps around the corner, so as the family grows, there's room for more photos.
A hope chest. Perhaps your grandmother had one. There was a time when young ladies would stitch lace trimmed linens, quilts, towels, and gather dishes and silver in anticipation of starting their own home. They'd save them in their hope chest. Today brides merely register at Bed Bath and Beyond!
This is how the chest looked at first. Well almost. Originally, the chest sat on the ground. But adding new legs gives it a lift.
BEFORE Then step by step it got a face lift! It started with an inspiration clipped from a magazine.
And grew from there. First with paint. And some glazing. Some sanding.
Followed by gold highlights.
I dabbed the brush here and there, back and forth, and all around. Finally, I was satisfied. And the chest was ready to go to its new home.
Yes, this is a sneak peek at my friend Sherry's master bedroom re-design. I can't show you more, until she's ready! Enjoy!