We finally have my little office almost finished. It is painted, the carpeting has been replaced, and my desk is all set up. For now, I really can’t replace the other furniture in here, but that’s OK. I’ll paint a couple of things, and I’m going to TRY to recover the chair. I love this little chair! It is really still solid and in very good shape . . . but it is old and the upholstery is a bit threadbare. There is a smudge of paint on the back from when we were working in this room last autumn that I didn’t notice until it was too late to get it out. It is just a sweet, comfy little chair, just the perfect size for my little corner of the world. I’m just tired of it!
We actually have had this chair since the girls were little, and there was originally a footstool that matched it. But after a few years of toddlers jumping on it, rocking it back and forth, tipping it over, and playing on it, well, it simply was worn out. The legs broke off of it finally after all those childhood shenanigans, but the chair is still solid as ever. I have a few pretty things to hang on the walls, and I have double window doors off of this room out to the deck. Which is also a work in progress, but it is still rather charming to have a view outside, right beside my desk, so I can look out and see my beautiful flowers and hanging baskets.
I would like a few more inspirational quotes to hang on the walls but when I checked what was available at Hobby Lobby the other day, I realized that one or two would be all I could afford. I did have the 40% off coupon so I got one set of two canvases that have my favorite inspirational quote: “She believed she could, so she did.” And another smaller one was on sale at 50% off so I got that one, too. It has pretty watercolor flowers around the saying, “There is sunshine in my soul.”
They both have the perfect color combination for this room! The walls are light gray with soft white trim and ceiling, so I wanted to go with light colors but not completely boring with just the white and gray in the accessories. The color combination in the wall hangings is soft pink and navy blue on a white background. Perfect for bringing together some soft pastels and a deep vibrant color to compliment the light gray.
As I was wandering around Hobby Lobby I noticed that there were lots of wall hangings that were mounted on simple canvas backgrounds. More than just the sayings written on canvas, but actual paintings and other designs on that very simple foundation. No frames, just the plain white art canvas. That got me thinking . . . . why can’t I make my own printable with digital designs, add my own quotes (which is something I already do and have great fun creating them) and then have them printed out as a poster or on a photo board, and mount them on my own plain white art canvas?
So that’s what I am going to do! It will be less expensive to finish up this project and it will be quicker than if I wait until I can save up a bit for a few more ready-made wall hanging. Here’s the first one I created. It has the right color combination, and it has a quote that I think is a great reminder to get up and get going, even if the project sometimes feels overwhelming. I’m going to get this one ready to hang in my little office, and I’ll show you pictures of it all, just as soon as it is totally finished.
Eventually, I hope to have pictures of my amateur attempt at recovering my favorite little chair. Of course, in a soft watercolor fabric with an off white or gray background with pink and dark blue flowers. That’s the next project on the To Do list now that we have the big outside projects completed. Summer days are for creating, don’t you think? What are you creating on these beautiful days? I would love to see YOUR creations. In the meantime, be sure to join us for this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. See you there!
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