When I first started this blog, a little more than a month ago, I named it Delusions of Grandeur. The reason for that is because I had just attempted (and failed miserably) to stencil a 14ft tall wall that is at the base of the landing on our staircase. I bought this super-cool bamboo stencil that was in two parts: canes and leaves. I liked it because I wanted to use unconventional colors to bring this wall to life (and to match my curtains). I was going to paint the cane part of the bamboo a deep chocolate color and the leaves were going to be a silver blue....it would have looked fabulous. But alas, just like many of my projects, it did not come to fruition. I started at the top of the wall and with each stencil, the paint was bleeding more and more through. It looked like a sloppy mess that perhaps a kindergartner had done....UGH...I was not a happy camper (especially since this stencil was labeled for beginners).
I have stenciled in the past--without any problems I might add--so I couldn't figure out what was wrong until it hit me...the paint I was using was regular latex paint and not the dry stencil paint I had used in the 90's. Well anyway, I couldn't leave this mess on my walls, so my sweet Hubby painted over the wall in the chocolate colored paint I was using until I could formulate a new plan. And while he was painting, I did formulate a new plan: I was going to buy REAL stencil paint and just invert my original cane color with the wall color (tan) and keep the leaves silver blue. Well, once he finished I sort of liked the chocolate brown wall...and the more I looked at it, the more I liked it, so I changed my mind once again and decided to leave it as-is....I will find somewhere else to use that stencil....and no, it will not be the office.
Anyway, that whole tangent was to say that very often I have delusions of grandeur, my ideas are bigger than my reality. And now that I have begun the office project, this has happened to me once again. It's actually comical at this point but at least I have an outlet (this blog) to show you my original idea...the one that will never materialize...just so you know what I was thinking.
Check out these beautiful yet masculine looking corbels used for the window treatments.
This picture was taken from http://www.hgtv.com/
I love the look of them and I think they would be nice for Hubby's office and of course look Fab with the sheers that I picked out...here is a reminder of what my sheers look like:
Now remember, these sheers are for a punch of color on the walls only...pure decorative...the blinds serve the purpose of solving privacy and light issues. Anyway, the HGTV website said that these corbels were custom made so I decided to get a few quotes of my own figuring I would have to pay a pretty penny for these fine specimens. A pretty penny to me is 50 to 75 bucks....imagine the shock when I was told that they would be about $200 a piece...and I need 6 of them! Hmmm....$1200 on six corbels for the office? I don't think so. Hubby never really says no (as long as I don't start bouncing checks) but in this case I needed to sensor myself because that is just ridiculous. I guess I will just hold on to this picture and when I become a millionaire I will again reconsider them :-).
Meanwhile, I hadn't given up on the whole concept of using some type of corbel to hold my sheers. I scoured Lowe's and Home Depot and I came up with what I felt was a viable option:
This little guy is actually a pre-mitered piece for an outside corner of crown moulding. The price was right at about $23 a piece, so I brought one home and held it up to the wall....it looked okay...not great...but do-able. So unfortunately, I decided to test out a few stains that we had laying around to see how it would look stained....FYI..this pine did not take a stain very well...I probably needed to sand it lightly or something boring like that...in the end I decided I would just paint it brown and save me some trouble.
The reason I said "unfortunately" in the previous paragraph, is because after I destroyed it with my paint and stain...and thereby not able to return it to the store and get my $23 back... I decided I didn't like the look after all. So there you have it, not only do I dream bigger than I should, I am a fickle mess as well.
So...I am moving on and the new plan will be to use cornice boards over the windows with the sheers underneath. I will be happy with that...I think. ;-)
Oh and p.s. I still haven't found any wallpaper I like....geez...this should not be a complicated process.