Library Re-Do

"It is the things we read and learn and then put into practice that count."    Heber J. Grant
Welcome to one of my favorite rooms....the cozy library.  In the quiet and often dark early morning hours it's just me cuddled in a plush throw nestled in my loveseat...no sound but quiet breezes or soft patter of rain outside the window.  My day always starts better when I do some inspirational reading, scriptures, and good books.  Also, a welcome retreat in the evening when the TV is too loudly repeating the chaos of the day.  I love to plan my week in this quiet solitude.
As I've said in another post it's hard for me to sit in a room without dreaming up a new look.  So, true to my word this has been one of the latest projects.  All the beautiful blues; peacock, indigo, and navy, that are popular right now were my inspiration.  The first thing on the to-do list was to paint the wallpapered walls a peacock blue.  I painted on top of the existing textured wallpaper.  No bubbles or problems with the paper, which I was a little nervous about.  Now I love how the peacock blue shows off the texture.
I painted the mahogany wood on the loveseat with a soft white flat finish then distressed it and polished it with dark Old English furniture polish especially working it into the carvings.
  It took awhile before I was inspired to do anymore to the room until I was in JoAnne's fabric store one day looking for some material for a costume project.  I turned the corner and there was the blue of my dreams,  next to it a stylized bird print which would add a fun modern twist  to the room.  I didn't have to think about it.  I just bought it!
I painted the chair before it was reupholstered.  It took a couple of tries to get the yellow right on this chair.  Yellow is a tricky color to work with.  One screams schoolbus, another is too daffodil.  I wanted to accentuate the detail on the legs so I handpainted the carving with a very small brush and acrylic paints using a clear finish on top.
For accent colors throughout the room I used the bird print as a guide.
Pillow is from Pier I
A couple more furniture pieces painted in the same white.  My cedar chest was given an update with a french burlap seat cover.  The chest is a great storage solution for journals and special momentoes.
The drop leaf table I found at Urban Country Boutique (where I have a space myself).  It was a maple stain which got a redo. 

It started out as a coffee table but the height wasn't right and it made the room seem heavy, so it found it's place as the end table and I found a nice airy glass/metal table at Pier I.

After the furniture is in place the fun begins with accessorizing.  On the bookcases I focused on red, black.  The leather book covers add just the right amount of soft color.  I removed the 'too' colorful dust jackets.  Situated on the center shelves are decorative frames which eventually will have cute little faces in them.

 Other memorabilia includes vintage cars my dad collected, and my parents first 35 mm camera. I remember staring into that camera many times and later enjoying family nights watching slide shows.

The mirror is from a french provincial dresser.  It was handpainted with the same acrylic paints used on the chair.  Layers of paint, sanding, adding gold leaf, sanding and then polishing with Old English.
 The mirror reflects the opposite wall with the white painted frames, a print from my daughter, Ashley Beal Photography, and a Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge plate we bought as a souvenier on a trip to Figi.

Whew, that was an extra long post.  Hope you enjoyed the tour. Now take some time for a good book.  I think that's what I'll do.

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