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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Boudoir (part 1)

Well my mom aka GG (her newly adopted moniker since becoming a Great Gramma) is helping me get my bedroom painted.  Yesterday we were supposed to start and because my schedule has been sort of crazy this week I had to run out to a job I"m working on in the morning and when I got back shortly before noon she had the 3/4's done!  What a girl!!
However, when I walked in I was a little surprised at how the color looked up on the walls.  I loved the sample but over the whole surface my "Gray Beige" took on a sort of pinky, lavender look.  Ick.  I really didin't know if it was going to work or not. 

Well by this morning I knew it wasn't going to work.  So when my mom got here this moring we talked about what to do.  We really needed to finish it today.  I remembered I had bought a gallon of a deep gray "Shaken Not Stirred" for the pantry so I grabbed it and added a 1/3 of a gallon of pure white to it to tone it down.  
Away we went covering over all her hard work, but so worth it.  It's now a beautiful soft gray.

I love it!!
It looks really blue in the photo, (I am sooooo not a photographer) but it's not it's really a nice gray. I taped off the panels where I'm going to apply a metallic plaster with a french panel design.  You can see the one over the bathtub is ready to go. 

Here's my first sample for the panels.  The blue area will definitely be toned down with a glaze.  I want it more "dirty" looking.   And I think I might alter the pattern a little.  This is the wall color over the metallic plaster with a gray glaze on the second layer of the stencil.  I love the Damask look, it sort of fades in and out as you walk around the room but I'm just not sure I love it.  I may make it a little more pronounced with a solid color.

I'm putting several panels around the room.  One behind the scale.

and 3 around the bed.  Boy it looks blue in this picture.  I've got to get better at pictures.
I'll start the panels this weekend.
More to come next week.


  1. It looks beautiful! Can't wait to see the French plaster motif. It sounds amazing.

  2. Oh I love this and looking forward to see the final picture.thank you for sharing. XO Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

  3. Hey Ms. "T" lady "T" queen "T"
    it looks fabulous, I am in love and what a brave girl you are to mix paints with what you had on hand, I so do this all the time and friends of mine freak when I tell them mix there own paint to bump it up in color or knock down the color, you pulled it off and Oh so worth the the challenge of painting a new coat!!

    Thank you for bring up the psycho guy who is "BOYCOTTING AMERICAN WOMEN" I hope all who visit me won't think it is my EX-Husband :) ugh!!
    What is a perfect american women to do! he has not had the pleasure of meeting all us blogging women who do it all has he ?? LOL!!

    thank you for supporting me in LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT THIS GUY!!! your comment was the BEST!


    PS. I should do a post about this guy still LOL!!

  4. Loving all the play by play -- the panels look awesome! I'm sure the panel behind the scale will look gorgeous and better than mine as I would prob put something like "Don't Believe the Scale!" or something like that. ;) Can't wait to see the progress pics!

  5. Hi Tamra,

    I wanted to come by and thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find your beautiful blog!
    I see some of my friends know you, I'm so glad we connected! I look forward to getting to know you!
    If you are ever in my neck of the woods, I'll take you to the Restoration Hardware Oulet :)
    Happy 4th of July!!

  6. That bed is absolutely incredible! I would feel like a princess sleeping in it.

    Andrea x

  7. I am so looking forward to seeing your beautiful panels all finished!


  8. Tamra, wow I am amazed and just love what you are creating. The panels, I think the design is perfect!

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  9. I think it looks great Tamra! I know, grays can be so difficult to show right in photos. I'm a Queen at mixing my little paints for projects, but have never mixed wall paint- that seems scary!! good for you and so glad it worked out so perfectly!

    here's to more work and getting your laundry room finished!!
    happy July!!

  10. Tamra, Your room is wonderful and I know the panels will be too! Love your bed and the dresser and tub are fabulous.

  11. the scale front and center cracked me up ...

    love love love your high style!

  12. The color is beautiful and what a nice Mother to be such a help!! Love the panels - can't wait to see them finished. Thrilled to find and follow your blog!!

  13. Your boudoir is coming along beautifully. How sweet of your mother to help you! And the open claw foot tub?! That is glamorous in and of itself-Lots of possibilities! I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.


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