Last week I (RE) painted the Dining Room Farrow and Ball PINK GROUND
BUT before I do the FULL REVEAL..I have a few adjustments I wanted to make to the room and show you…..
FIRST – the SIDEBOARD MAKEOVER
MY FIRST change was to (RE) paint the aqua sideboard a more neutral color….
…and to FINALLY I completed a DIY “Lithographs”project , the makings of which I have had for over a year…and installed it!!!! TA DA!
The framed Bird’s Nest “lithographs” are from a book …entitled
“America’s Other Audubon” by Joy M. Kiser.
(from Amazon) “America’s Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth-century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. At the age of twenty-nine, Genevieve Jones, an amateur naturalist/artist and daughter of a country doctor, visited the 1876 Centennial World’s Fair in Philadelphia, where she saw Audubon’s paintings in “Birds of America” on display. His artwork inspired her to undertake the production of a book illustrating the birds nests and eggs that Audubon neglected to include in his work.”
The story continues….. her family, at first is reluctant for her to take on a project of such magnitude BUT after a broken engagement and Genevieve’s subsequent depression and despondency …they encouraged and supported her endeavors. Then only a small way into the production of the book…Genevieve died tragically young of typhoid fever. Her family dedicated the rest of their lives to finishing the book and the meticulous illustrations. There is so much more depth to the story than I am going into here… but the book, which was initially bought as a pretty coffee table book...has mesmerized me…the story is so touching and beautiful and the illustrations are each works of art in their own right. The author, Joy Kiser’s story and how she came to find these lithographs in the first place is in itself an incredible story of perseverance and love. What it took to complete this book is beyond our imaginations and such an inspiration to me.
I knew I wanted to frame a few of these lithographs and found some great frames at Target…on sale for under $20 with the mats included.
I invested in the Art hanging hardware a few months ago for installations of my artwork, and have also used them extensively in our home as we have fragile plaster walls and picture rail in every room. I got the hardware at Walker Display
I use these hooks…you can see in this photo the grass cloth wallpaper which has been painted over in the dining room. We tried to remove it when we first moved in and the walls behind were too fragile and decided to leave it alone.
I love how this piece looks now!
NEXT MONDAY MAKEOVER – THE NEW DINING ROOM REVEALED!
8 thoughts on “MONDAY MAKEOVER – REPAINTED SIDEBOARD……………………………. AND THE LOST LITHOGRAPHS”
I usually would be sad to see that fresh blue go… but i LOVE the gray! I also especially love the story of the vase that came from your dear Grandmother. So sweet! I had to speak up because again I see the rug that I adore. Sadly I had the same one too, but after a very sick dog soiled it I made the mistake of trying to spray it off in our tub. NOT a good idea. I still miss that rug! You always inspire me to simplify and refresh my home in a way that speaks to me so personally. Thank you!
ps – I passed your link to a friend who immediately replied that she must get one of your paintings. Your talent is amazing!
Thank you Leslie! Sorry about your rug…and thank you for the props…I hope I hear from your friend!! xo
I LOVE the grey but especially love the middle drawer! Lamps are great with the knobs! LOVE IT!
Thanks Em… hope you can see it in person soon and that your knitting weekend was the break you so richly deserved. xo
WOW! I thought I loved the aqua, but I love love love the gray! And how cleaver of you to spray paint the handles. You da bomb. I got a little misty-eyed when I read the story of the vase (possibly in part because I just lost my mother a couple of months ago). What a lovely story. It’s so great that you have it to cherish.
The gray is beautiful!! Love the center drawer and the gold hardware. The lamps are perfect too!
The sideboard is a lovely piece and compliments the new wall color beautifully
Thank you Deb!
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