Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling medallions are part of old house character. Our old house was missing some of that old world charm. Painting a Sunburst Medallion was just what was needed. This post was sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

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Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

This is week 2 of the six weeks One Room Challenge. If you aren’t sure what the ORC is you can read more about it here on Callingithome.com.

My original design plan for the dining room renovation called for stenciled walls, which was scheduled to be the project this week. After much consideration I decided to let go of this idea. The walls are really too small for any type of stencil. We have two large windows, several doorways and a huge built-in hutch that take up most of the wall space in this room. Hang a picture or two on the walls and we see even less of them. It just wouldn’t make much sense to stencil it.

The other thing that I changed my mind was the fabrics I am using in this room. The stencil idea no longer worked with the new fabrics that I purchased, but I will tell you all about that next week. IT WILL BE FABULOUS. Be sure to stop back!

To see the original design plan, check out this post. 

Last week we painted the walls and trim, you can read about that here.

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Designing the Medallion

I briefly thought about purchasing a plaster medallion for the ceiling, but after searching the internet I couldn’t find one that I liked. Here we are with another DIY opportunity!

My idea began with a Sunburst/floral motif and some lovely Soft Gold Paint from Deco Art. I have been dying to try out this new paint color and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

After sketching out my idea on cardboard and cutting it to size, I made my own petal shape stencil. The cardboard template was a good idea, it’s easy to hold it up to the ceiling and trace around it where a traditional stencil made from thin plastic would be much more difficult.

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The first step was to trace around my template with a pencil in multiple positions around the base of the light fixture. This creates a layered look for the petals. Then it was easy to fill it in with the gold paint. Easy peasy, right? Well, there was a bit more to it. I decided to put into video for your viewing pleasure. You can see more if it on my Facebook page.

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Painting the ceiling is not easy. My back hurt, my arms got tired. I painted, rested, then painted some more.

My family gave me comments like: “You are ruining the ceiling! Why can’t we just have white?” Sigh.

The Finished Medallion

I used two different sized ladders and multiple types of paint brushes to finish the medallion.I had to scale the ladder a million times to see how the design looked from the floor.

I had crooks in my neck and got dizzy at times. Being close to the ceiling it’s hard to see what the design really looks like from a distance. I can’t imagine how Michelangelo ever painted the Cystine Chapel for three years on his back!

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However, I like how it turned out. My family even decided that they liked it. Not like they had a choice or anything. I would keep it no matter what they said.

Of course the best view, is from beneath the medallion.

Still not sure if the light fixture is a keeper or not. Time will tell! See you next week for Window Treatments!

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

I am linking up to Calling It Home, be sure to stop by and see the other beautiful projects in the ORC! 

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Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

Tile floors have always been a popular choice for the bathroom.  However, just because you bought the house with boring white tile doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Here are a few beautiful bathroom tile choices for any taste and budget.

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Style by Emily Henderson transformed her dark, outdated guest bathroom into a beautiful and bright space. This colorful tile adds just the right amount of interest in an otherwise neutral room.

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Herringbone and marble, is there a more classic combination? Shine Your Light Blog shares some great DIY advice on how to replace your tile for less.

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This bathroom is always so fun to look at.  Christinas Adventures chose to combine three different styles of tile in her shower alone! You’ll definitely want check out all the other fun details she decided to include in her bathroom makeover.

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If the thought of laying tiny tiles is intimidating to you, maybe larger tiles is the way to go! By Brittany Goldwyn explains her decision making process in this informative post.

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Leslie’s daughter was the recipient of this fun bathroom makeover.  The vertical subway tiles are such a unique touch.  Check out the entire process over on Deeply Southern Home.

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Wood flooring is always a favorite choice, although it’s not the best decision for a bathroom. My Life From Home decided to use this wood tile to achieve the same look but with easier upkeep.

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Although you may have purchase a home with boring (or ugly) tile, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Domestic Blonde shares some great tips on how to paint the tile you have to save both money and hopefully time.

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These small hexagon tiles are always a favorite.  Refashionably Late decided to use the same tiles for an interest wall to create a beautiful flow and the appearance of a larger bathroom.

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comShark Tails shares an excellent option for a quick bathroom makeover. Although she admits that the project was tedious, the results were completely worth it.

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This bathroom is another favorite.  Centsational Style combines multiple patterns of tile to create this beautiful and welcoming room.

What’s your favorite bathroom tile option? We’d love to hear about it!

 

Still looking for more inspiration?  Check out these other great roundups:

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathroom Remodels to Inspire You

 

 

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Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

For many of us, the bathroom is the room that gets neglected the most.  But why? Most of our house guests use it, we use it, shouldn’t it make you just as happy as the rest of your home? Here are some of our favorite bathroom transformations ranging from a full remodel to some simple tips on revamping the space you already have.  Enjoy!
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Tara of Lehman Lane transformed this worn out bathroom into a bright and clean looking space for her boys! She did a great job displaying how farmhouse style doesn’t have to be overly feminine.  We love how she maximized the space in this room to make it a very functional room.Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThere’s nothing quite like a good before and after.  It’s always amazing to see how a few simple design choices can completely transform a room. Head over to Lovely etc. to see the rest of the photos of this bathroom. If you can believe it, the “before” photo above isn’t even what it looked like originally (hint: wallpaper was involved)!

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I love this transformation because it shows what can be done on a budget.  This makeover only cost $100! Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry did a great job reusing this builder-grade vanity and giving us hope for the boring features of our homes that just have to stay.  Sometimes, working with what you already have yields great results!

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comIf you think your bathroom is bad, you need to check out the “before” photos of this one over on Designers Sweet Spot.  I didn’t have much of a budget to spend on this project, but this is probably one of my greatest transformations yet! Let’s be honest, anything would’ve been an improvement over what we had going on in there before.

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Remodels like this one always astonish me.  At first look, you’d guess that the bathroom was built like this. Love Create Celebrate didn’t leave anything out in this transformation, it’s beautiful!

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com Average Inspired did a great job demonstrating how sometimes all you need is a bit of paint and some new accessories to transform you bathroom! Now that’s something anyone can accomplish.

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This is one of my favorite transformations.  I always like the idea of bold colors, but especially in a small room, white is usually the best choice. Little House of Four chose to replace the bright red wall with white to open the space up, but use the floor tiles as the focal point.  This is a bathroom you’d want to show off to your guests.Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Art is Beauty has lived in her home for over 20 years, and decided it was finally time to give the bathroom a face lift.  She kept all the fixtures, but used paint and even a bit of wall paper to add a different feel to the space. Yet another example of why paint is the most important tool in a transformation.

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Natalie from A Turtles Life for Me added a lot of character to her kid’s bathroom for just $100.  I’m sure many of you have bathrooms in your home that look almost identical to what this one looked like before its transformation.

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Something about this bathroom reminds me of a 5-star hotel, it must be all the marble! Who wouldn’t want to feel that level of luxury while getting ready each morning? Head over to Tidbits to see the full transformation.

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My Fabuless Life brought this bathroom back to life using items found at yard sales and the Target clearance isle! They also retiled their floor which made a big difference for this small room.

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Wallpaper is becoming more and more popular, but it’s so expensive! Paper Daisy Design shares a genius way to make one roll of wallpaper cover your entire bathroom, plus save time & money.  Why haven’t I thought of this before?!

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This bathroom definitely wasn’t a budget project, but WOW! What a transformation. You don’t want to miss the before photos on Run to Radiance , I’m impressed.

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In My Own Style shares some of the great DIY projects she used for this bathroom makeover, including how to create crown molding and your own valances.  If a bathroom remodel is in your future, you’re going to want to check this one out.  Top 20 Bathroom Transformations|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

What do you do if you really can’t stand your space, but there’s no money in the budget? Re-Fabbed simply added some colorful decor to spice up this room.  You may even have some decorations around your home that you could repurpose for the bathroom!

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This transformation was based off a photo that Lost and Found Decor had seen. However, she knew she didn’t have the budget or time to pull the original off – I know the feeling. She admits that this remodel took some time, but it was so worth it!

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This is definition of a Pinterest bathroom. Wow! Twelve on Main and her husband did an incredible job with this transformation.  I wish I could hire them to come to my home!

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Small bathrooms are the most fun to work with sometimes.  Choosing the right colors and storage options can completely transform a space.  The before of this bathroom is pretty scary, but that just makes the after that much more incredible! Head over to Addicted 2 Decorating if you want a greater appreciation for this room.

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One of the reasons I had to include this transformation is because it’s just so different than most you see. The Heather Nest created such a fun bathroom for her children, while still making it easy to change out the decor for a new feel once her kids are a bit older.

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This bathroom truly screams farmhouse! I wish I could include more photos from this transformation because it’s beautiful.  You’re going to want to head over to Christinas Adventures to see the rest of the room.  The colors and textures she chose are perfect.

There you have it! Some of our favorite bathroom transformations! 

 

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Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

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12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

 

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Dining Room: The Simple Reason Before the Decorating Storm

The One Room Challenge is the cream of the crop for interior design remodels. This month we are working on renovating our own dining room for the design challenge!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge has been around for about 12 years. It originated with the Calling It Home blog, and is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and other fabulous brands. This is a very popular contest among bloggers and interior designers. I have wanted to try this competition but something always seems to get in my way. This year, I have decided to join the crowd and see what happens!

Here’s how it works: There are a number of chosen designers for this competition that work with major sponsors for the event. Trust me they are rock stars! Bloggers like myself can link up our own version of the ORC each week showing the progress in our rooms. If the project is popular enough, any blogger has a chance to be a major designer the next time around and may be featured in magazines or attract major corporate sponsors. I am not working with any sponsors for this event, just winging it this time around! The competition is held twice each year in October and April and lasts for 6 weeks.

Our dining room will be the subject of my posts which I will post each Wednesday through October and early November. This week is the introduction and “game plan” of the event. You see see the other participants in this challenge here.

ORC Blog Schedule

Here is my schedule for the renovations throughout the month:

Week 1: Painting

Week 2: Stenciling

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

Here we go! This is my for this room includes lightning up the space, and adding some color and pattern. Our home is an old urban farmhouse. Most of the rooms are painted beige. However, I am not a beige kind of girl. I know the world is full of beige rooms that are beautiful, but I am ready to move away from the plain neutral decor in this room. I am craving color and pattern!

 

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Mood Board for Dining room renovation by Designers Sweet Spot

My favorite decorating style is probably farmhouse but I am smitten with English style antique furnishings, fine art and eclectic accessories. Does that make me English, Farmhouse, Transitional or just confused? Guess we will find out! Ha, ha!

Interior designer Tricia Guild has been at the forefront of cutting edge interiors for many years. I have follower her for as long as I can remember and she never fails to inspire me. Our dining room renovation is inspired by her classic furniture mixed with modern colors and fabrics. This inspirational video from www.DesignersGuild.com is full of ideas for our dining room.  I have included it because you really can’t get the full idea of what I want to create without seeing these incredible rooms in all their glory.

Looking forward to the challenge! You can see last year’s final One Room Challenge posts here!  

Be sure to stop back to see the progress each week! Sign up here for updates! 

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