10.24.2013

One Room Challenge - WK 4 Updates



Holy schnickes, Batman.  WK4 of the One Room Challenge link up is here and I have zoomed WAY past panic town and landed squarely in whacko jacko territory.  For serious, I am pleading temporary insanity as an excuse for agreeing to do this on a deadline, under a tight (read non-existent) budget with only myself and the mr. for labor.  Only a nutso would foolishly agree to such chicanery.  I mean, I might even have gone backwards this week.  But more on that in a minute.

Meanwhile in Pleasantville, the pros continue to knock it out over the white picket fences.  Check their WK4 progress here.  Awesome stuff happening.

As for me, WK1 is here, WK2 is here, and WK3 is here.  And for those of you just tuning in to Chez V, I dubbed this master bedroom makeover Project Chinoisy Safari Chic because I am going for a cocooning European colonial vibe with a heavy dose of chinoiserie because, much like bacon and animal prints, every thing is better with chinoiserie.  Not to mention chinoiserie accents are timeless and fit in with nearly every décor style.  But I digress.





If you recall from last week, I was not entirely satisfied with my block printed and hand-painted dragon fabric.  I just didn’t like the weight of the fabric and I couldn’t even buy the damn down inserts from my local place to turn the fabric into pillows.  GrrrrI was all ready to order some inserts from Lewis & Sheron and make do until I came across the Ektorp lumbar pillows at IKEA.  Right size, right fabric weight, right price.  Upside, down inserts are included and I wouldn’t have to sew pillow covers.  I have a hate hate relationship with my sewing machine.  Downside, re-printing and painting the dragon fabric.  And I am still cha cha-ing backward…



So I spent the weekend re-printing.  Fabric is a more appropriate upholstery weight but a little more textured so the print is not as clean but I am ok with that.  Last night, I scrambled to hand paint the gold detailing after my little went to sleep.  I got all the way to the last few dragons and succeeded in spilling gold paint on the printed fabric.  Triple feckety feckI am not doing it over a 3rd time.  I am rolling with the punches and hoping that my accent pillow will cover the little oops.  All in all, I am loving how these pillows are turning out.  I am referring to them as my ghetto version of the gorgeous Dana Gibson pillows that I wanted so badly for the space but for which I did not have the budget.

oops


And in true freak a khan fashion, where procrastination reigns supreme in the face of a looming deadline, I decided to make tassels for the pillows.  After a trial run, I decided I could swing it but it is reminding me a lot of that time I made a ginormous pom pom pillow for my daughter’s nursery and swore to never do that sillyness again.  Except that I am, with even smaller thread.  What’s wrong with me?








For all of you who cheered along on my search for the world’s perfect solution to my sconce problem – the Ranarp - well, I have an update on the search which involves a lot of who’s on first, don’t we know anyone on second, and random acts of kindness from friends of friends, in laws once removed, and social media connections, all of which may or may not end in victory due to some last minute intel gleaned from another interested party.  But you will have to tune in on Monday for that detailed account which involves a two part story from myself and Elizabeth over at Little Black Door.





As for the neverending paint story, still unfinished.  The mr. is out of town this week.  Rude. But he did bust his ass on Sunday and we are one wall away from slapping some paint on the walls. With the mr. gone, a 5 yr old in tow and a 4 day school week, that means this bizzo ain’t getting shizzo done this week.  Clearly it’s time for wine.

shit is just piling up and I have resorted to using Hello Kitty as labor - help!



Now let’s go check out those other busy bloggers and see what real progress looks like b/c sadly there isn't much here!

kisses,  mrs. V

23 comments:

Traci Hutton said...

Your projects are so intricate...and I love the dragon print! Looking forward to seeing your reveal!

Kelly said...

Paint spill or not your dragon pillows are fab! I like them better than the DG.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Take a breath. It's OK, whatever becomes of the space will be fine. You will be 'finished for now' and that's great. Your walls will be done and how happy will that make you? Thrilled I hope. Your pillow is fantastic and you know you can dab some white paint on the gold spill.

Amy said...

If you do not mind sharing, what is the fabric on the red pillow seen in some of your photographs? Thanks!

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Amy - it is actually more of a fuschia. It is reading red in some of the photos because it was low light yesterday. I found the pillow at my local Home Goods made by Newport.

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

Don't worry, everyone else is in the same panicked place too! {at least i am :) } The tassels are super cute on the pillows and I am crossing my fingers for you that you got that lamp!!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

If it makes you feel any better I'd take your ghetto print pillow over the Dana Gibson any day, no lie. It'll be fabulous.

Kimber McGallagher said...

You knock my socks off every week. And crack me up to boot. Smooches!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Sorry the fabric project has been so difficult, but it looks am-az-ing! "everthing is better with chinoiserie" -- so true! ;)

Barclay @ Gracious Home said...

LOVE your homemade tassels! I think the pillow looks great. I'm in my own mess and haven't even remotely blogged about it yet! Better get on the horse or I'll be out! Lookin' good over there! (a wee bit jealous down here in Hotlanta)!

Carol said...

Oh, please don't think you are alone in the panic room! I still have to paint and install chair rail, paint bead board, make and paint a headboard, paint shelving, make a sign - plus do all the decorative stuff. YIKES!!! Yep, I'm sorta in a panic too!

Renee Stephens said...

OH My! This is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see it all put together. I LOVE that fabric.
And for the record, I highly doubt I will make the deadline so let's not beat ourselves up =)

Kim said...

Listen missy ... you are amazing and I know you will turn out something that will leave me wondering how you did it all! Just be happy you are working toward something and that your husband will help you paint!! xo

Kate Decorates said...

You crack me up! And I'm obsessed with your pillows. So much talent. Keep it up!

SHERRY HART said...

Nothing like a deadline to light the fire....or in your case send you running to the fridge for wine:) Love the little tassels but of course if that little project was up to me I might have made 2 of them and then said screw this....where is that wine again....

Vel Criste said...

I do see some your mishaps on close-up but I think, overall, with those cute tassels, you've done a great job!

Andrea said...

You are being waaaayy to hard on yourself, you have done amazing work!! Your master bedroom is going to be an amazing sanctuary, and I cannot wait to see it in its final glory!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I literally gasped when you said you spilled the gold paint! They are really looking great despite the spill. Love the tassels!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Say what you will - this is going to be amazing. Love that block print fabric and homemade tassels. Color me impressed!

Tricia said...

oh, I love those little tassels - they are adorable! And gotta say I'm kinda of jealous of the progress you made & that you have a husband that will paint!

MFAMB said...

if i came around here once in a while i'd know you were participating in this blogger special. i am most impressed with homemade tassels.

looking forward to the finished product.

x

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I'm about as behind as crazed as you are at this point. And on top of all of that I'm now super pissed cuz i want your fab pillows. They are way better than anything Dana Gibson could make. I think I will have to attempt some tassels ASAP.

Jessica said...

Those tassels are awesome; I really love the blue detail against the pink. I say put a little dab of white paint over the gold. You'll never look close enough to notice it after that, plus the pillow will cover it up.