Guest Sleeping Car, Temporarily Derailed.

Ooh, that sounds grisly, doesn’t it?  No, no, nothing of that sort, its more that my inspiration has run aground.  In order to really proceed in my guest room, I need bedding, or more fabric I’m emotionally attached to for me to craft bedding from… something like that.  I have my color scheme set, and I’m vacillating wildly on which color I will choose for the wall paint, and I suspect that if I had a comforter, or bedspread, or fabric I loved enough to sew some bedding, I could choose something in the paint department and proceed.  Until then, I keep fretting over little stuff like whether or not my drapes are too short (I’m pretty sure they are) and where I can find a tiny, cute evergreen tree for my vintage milk glass pot.

Shawty Drapes

Shawty Drapes

Anyway, I’m still *technically* working on it, looking at thrift stores and discounty outlets like Home Goods and Tuesday Morning for the things on my list, but my progress isn’t happening so rapidly that I really have to do much to keep you caught up.   I *should* be working to remedy and add a few inches to my goofy drapes.  But with what fabric?  I DID find some cool stuff while unpacking  that may work well into the decor mix.  One such thing is a very fifties throw pillow, one of those that’s all stitched, and tucked, and pleated all crazy with a big fat covered button in the middle.   Its peach and white gingham, absolutely perfect for what I’ve got going on in there.  I soooo wish I could find some of that same peach gingham check in a fabric-by-the-yard!

I also discovered a vintage printed tablecloth that I’d forgotten about completely, its making a pretty compelling argument for inclusion….  Its a rectangle, and a few small stains and frayed holes, so it could easily be sacrificed for a sewing project.  Its pattern is of clustered roses, and the tones are cocoas, pale oranges, and buttery yellow.  The problem is, this cloth has a *lot* of yellow in it, and while I’m including some yellow touches, I really don’t want it to become a prominent color… so its not inspiring enough to propel me forward, really.  Don’t get me wrong, if I end up making the bedspread I’ll probably use it, I’m just sort of ambivalent about it right now.  I need one fabric to jump forward and sort of tell me where I’m going at this point.

Wall w/ Unappealing Too-Blue Paper

Wall w/ Unappealing Too-Blue Paper

Sooo, while all of this has me pondering the direction of the guest room, another room springs forward, practically *itching* to be chosen for a little tiny renovation.  I’m cleaning the master bathroom– as you do– and I notice some fluffy, black, grubby stuff is sticking out from behind the outlets, like super icky and nasty.  Its the kind of thing that is hidden just enough to be hard to wipe away, but once you start looking for it, ew.  So I take the switchplates off, like all of them, and I start taking my dry cloth and trying to flick this gunk away, but that’s the thing, its pretty hardcore, composed of like eons of fuzz and dirt and grime and mold and it wants to stay put.  Its as if there is the *perfect* amount of grease in there helping it adhere to the little grooves in the switches.

Some of the Gross Fuzz Stuff

Some of the Gross Fuzz Stuff

Fifteen minutes later– I realize I’m in the act of playing some game of freaky operation with a pair of tweezers, where if I happen to accidentally pull the wooly bully out wrong, it’s going to be a little more than a flickering light and an abrasive beeping sound.  Eeek.  Sometimes I get so caught up in cleaning these last renters germy biz out of my new home that I forget to be safe and junk.  (By the way, the image you see to the right, of our heater dial thing, is AFTER I had worked for a while to clean it out, but before I had the bright idea of using a good old fashioned, non-reactive, plastic vacuum cleaner.)  But anyway, while I’m doing all of this trying to clean it out stuff, I accidentally peel away some of the master bathroom wallpaper, and instead of it tearing this little itty bitty piece away like in the rest of the rooms of the house, it tears off the whole panel.  The whole thing, one fell swoop.  The person that last papered that bath, in nineteen-eightywhat, reeeeeally did me a solid by priming the walls and knowing their crap.  I had no intention of peeling the paper in that room, because it *was* pretty tight, I had thought I’d be papering over it.  I’d even bought some retro-looking paper, it was a mix of green botanical vines that I liked okay, the reason I’d chosen it was because it was cheap and it had the minty green color of the tile in it.  Well, that and it looked pretty good with this gorgeous floral vintage fabric I’d been saving for forever.  Truth be told though, I’d much rather keep the fabric for a skirt for ME, rather than encircling my sink….  (Wallpaper is the green on green at the top, and the fabric is the awesome 60’s flowers.  Pistachio green was a ‘filler fabric.’)

Previous Wallpaper Choice

Previous Wallpaper Choice

All of a sudden, I have blank, clean bathroom walls in there, walls that I could sooo easily paint, and I’d prefer to do that over the option of papering…  I’d even promised the landlord that I wouldn’t wallpaper over any walls that didn’t already have it, so I’m sure eradicating the paper entirely in a room would be a preference for him.  But now I’m a little stuck– I thought I knew for sure what I had going on in there, and now it has completely changed.  So I’m back to square one, but I got to thinking about it, and I really don’t have that may squares to hit anyway.

All I really need to ‘complete’ that room is a few things…

  • Change the walls (halfway there!), but what color?
  • create a window covering–something that blocks view and replaces the current grotty blinds
  • create a coordinating sink skirt, allowing for more storage underneath and making it cuter!
  • take down that *awful* rusty metal thing that I always bump my head on when I’m half asleep (and just get rid of it).
  • come up with some sort of space-saving storage for towels and toiletries– I think I have just the thing!  It needs a little tweak.
  • coordinating towels and bath mat– likely in that mystery wall color, trimmed with fabric from the window treatment?
  • art of some sort, it needs to be smallish
  • and this thing which tells time  (Sorry,  ‘A Christmas Story’ gets stuck on rotation up there sometimes, I just need a clock.)
... Five Minutes Later

… Five Minutes Later

That really is not much, it seems like I could knock it out, if I could pick a paint color.  I must use the mint green color somehow, because I love it, and its a rental and, you know, tiled onto the walls, so I’m locked in to having it there.  (Not sarcasm on the ‘love’ by the way,  I really do dig that retro-tile-wainscot thing and the mint green makes me a little squealy.)

I’d also like for it to coordinate with the bedroom its connected to, which is tricky, but completely within my power.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.  Again I feel like if I could only find the right fabric, a wall color would emerge as my obvious choice….  Eek!  It looks like I may need to head to my beloved JoAnn in the next few days, see if I can figure this out and move forward on at least one of these spaces!  I’d love to get crackin’ on some more wall paint.

 

 

 


 


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