Transforming a Boring Corner in the Guest Room

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say "This would be perfect to redo and sell" that it really means "I love this, and I am gong to keep it" *smile*

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say “This would be perfect to redo and sell” that it really means “I love this, and I am gong to keep it” *smile* P.S. Ziva was determined to photo bomb. I am pretty sure she wanted me to play instead of working.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about boring, awkward corners. We all have at least one in our homes. My new place, Hathorn Hall, has more than I care to count. It will take time and creativity to conquer the walls in this 1920 gem, but I am up to the challenge *smile* Now let us grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell!

Normally, I would stick to one room until it was 100% complete and perfect. Staying up late…shopping for decor until I dropped…building…painting…exhausting the hubby and myself until all items could be checked off the project list. But not this go-round. I want to have fun. Jump around from room to room. Find something that sparks an idea. Not have a detailed list of things that must be done by a set time or the world will cease to exist. Nope, I am winging it. Wandering from room to room. I am kinda liking this new freedom that I have given myself…and the hubby.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall...perhaps 10 feet...or taller.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall…perhaps 10 feet…or taller. And I love the design that was on the bottom, but it is now on the top. Why hide it!

Guest Room Number One is inspired by Ernest Hemingway. At first, I was going to paint the walls…but I am thinking that I like the soft khaki with the rich cream trim. I will know more after I get everything else for the space. If I do paint, it will be a cigar inspired color…bourbon…leather….Oh, my!

This room has a wall of windows, and y’all know I love windows + bright spaces. But my favorite thing about the space left me with an awkward corner. No need to fret because I had the perfect pieces…I bet the hubby is glad that I keep so many of my projects now *wink*

Panel + Chair = Still Boring Corner...it needed more, but there was barely any room...I had to walk away and ponder.

Screen + Chair = Still Boring Corner…it needed more, but there was barely any room…I had to walk away and ponder.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one...or hunt for one...so I played around with some old Reader's Digest books until I created the look I wanted...just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one…or hunt for one…so I played around with some old Reader’s Digest books until I created the look I wanted…just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

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The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold one that I had painted several years back. I totally forgot that I had it...and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even made it...or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold footstool that I had made several years back. I totally forgot that I had it…and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even built it…or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

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The awkward corner is located between the wall of windows and the closet.

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I am really excited about how this corner went from boring to dapper. Good news is this little design project cost me ZERO dollars because I already had everything! Better news is y’all can create this look without having to spend a lot. Check out your local antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets for similar or exact items. The footstool was made from a wooden top + legs that I got at Home Depot. Now, I just need to locate some old maps…

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a boring corner with items that I already owned. I encourage y’all to go shopping in your basements and garages to see what you can find to transform boring spaces in your homes *smile* Now I am off to play with Ziva and Mattie because they have been worrying me to death! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with their adventures and my randomness *smile*

Ziva doing what she does best...photo bombing *wink*

Ziva doing what she does best…photo bombing *wink*

Transformation Tuesday: It’s All About Fireplaces

 

Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell around the fireplace and chat about the Victorian era fireplace in my new home, which was built in 1920, and the transformation of the 1980 fireplace in the last house that the hubby and I renovated. Thank goodness, we do not have to renovate or restore in our current home like we did in our last one! That monster project took a toll on my nerves and my wallet *smile*

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I fell in love with the fireplace in the parlor as soon as I saw this late 19th or early 20th century Victorian era ornamental cast iron, deep relief summer cover with matching surround. Its days of burning coal are long gone, but its beauty still remains.

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One of my favorite types of molding is the Egg-and-Dart. I love sitting in the parlor imagining all the stories that were told around this fireplace. No interruptions from text messages, emails, or Facebook notifications.

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Before the hubby cleaned the tiles with baking soda and a razor blade–along with several other concoctions–the tiny ceramic pieces were dull black from many years of coal dust and neglect. Now, they are dazzling shades of greens.

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The parlor is coming along nicely. The hubby painted the walls a couple of weeks after we moved into our renovated 1920 home. Y’all know I love color so I had to punch up the room with “Aloe” in Satin by Sherwin Williams. We decided to use the “SuperPaint” Paint and Primer in One because the tall walls combined with the rough texture needed a superior one-coat coverage. Normally, I am a Behr or Valspar girl; however, I have to admit that Sherwin Williams impressed the hubby and me with this paint and its excellent coverage with little spatter. Two Thumbs Up and Five Stars, Sherwin Williams!

Now, let’s take a look at a transformation Tuesday fireplace from the last house the hubby and I renovated.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square feet renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we lived to tell the tale.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square foot renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we finished the monster project and lived to tell the tale.

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new--well, better than new *smile*

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new–well, better than new *smile*

The finished product--the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

The finished product–the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News--my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace--so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News–my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace–so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

Don’t y’all just love fireplaces–where stockings are hung, tales are told, and buns are toasted! I know I do because they remind me of days gone by…sitting in a rocking chair inside my Grandmother and Granddaddy Fulcher’s house, eating homemade cookies (my Grandmother made the best tea cake and molasses cookies), and listening to stories about cousin so-and-so….I can only hope that I will tell stories as well as my grandparents and Uncle Mackie did!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about fireplaces. Be sure to connect with me on all my social media for all kinds of randomness and happenings.