First Thing in the Morning

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My husband and I decided that anything we do on the second floor (which includes all the quirky bedrooms and one scary bath) will have to be super quick and super cheap so we can focus our time and funds on the bigger priorities.  Once the downstairs and exterior of the house are complete, we’ll begin ripping apart the upstairs, uncovering the wood walls, ceilings and floors. 

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Once again, the teensiest bedroom in the house has become our “master”… the smallest to date!  But we’ve determined to make it work.  More on that organizational challenge in a later post.

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The first crazy week we were here, I painted over the sunshine yellow walls until all was well and neutral again.  But then the following morning I woke up staring up at this:

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I’m into the whole texture thing but not of the popcorn variety.  Our ceilings are only 7 ft. high which means our top mattress lies just a few feet below, which means we lie even closer.  Mixed with the charming florescent light fixture and rusted air vent, it all made for the most unpleasant view first thing in the morning. 

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Since we couldn’t take the time or the money to rewire a new light, re-vent the heating and air, and scrape off the popcorn, I decided to veil the uglies with a canopy instead.  I found inexpensive sheer cotton curtains from World Market and cheapo curtain rods from Lowes. 

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We screwed the rod hooks to the ceiling in four places, and I sewed the ends of the curtains together to drape over the rods.  It turned out like a dreamy tent which brings back memories

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I can’t tell you the difference it makes to the whole mood of the room… 

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and to the mood of its inhabitants.

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Although, Bailey’s mood is rarely altered.

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Unlike me, he keeps a sweet disposition… 

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no matter what he sleeps under

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or wakes up to.

59 comments:

  1. What a simple, effective solution. I must check out world market!

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  2. Oh why, oh why were these popcorn ceilings ever "invented?" We have them too in our little place and plan to cover every inch of them with tongue and groove planks. I love your solution! It's looks so peaceful and calming.

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  3. This is one of the coziest looking bedrooms I've ever seen. It just beckons someone to curl up and take a nap.

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  4. It looks really cozy and so much better! :) Rachel

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  5. Such a creative idea. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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  6. It reminds me of Karen's bedroom in Out Of Africa. I can't believe all the restoration you have already done in such short time. It would be all tears for me...too much work! And my hubby is a carpenter. What a lovely suprise to be so embraced by your new neighborhood.

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  7. Your bedroom is beautiful. I love the bedside lamps. Bailey is adorable too!
    MaryAnn

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  8. I love Bailey!

    We had those wretched ceilings, too. We had a company come out and remove them all in one day and retexture the ceilings. We still had to paint all those ceilings, though! Huge improvement, though.

    Love the canope-it all looks lovely!

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  9. Looks so welcoming and light. I am so excited to see every change you make. Your energy and ideas are boundless.
    xoxo Dianne

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  10. Thank you! Thank you!
    I'm totally stealing this idea!
    :) - Cindi

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  11. So much very hard work and such wonderful solutions and results. I love your posts. What a great way to hide the popcorn ceiling.
    -Joy

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  12. I've just found your blog - I'm hooked! What a fabulous job you've done at disguising your ceiling! You've got a real flair for interior design :-) I love your style.

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  13. The room looks so much better now...complete with the cream colored dachshund. She is the perfect accessory...isn't she?

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  14. That's an awesomely creative solution. I usually just get frustrated, throw the responsible plan out the window and petulantly attack the problem that bugs me the most.

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  15. Gorgeous, I think I would keep it there even after you fix the room up!

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  16. Your bedroom couldn't be any cozier. What a clever and creative trick to do the canopy like that, it looks wonderful. I love it that you came up with something that barely cost anything and transformed the whole room. The lamps are so perfect with the mirror and the throw, and add that little touch of silvery gray/brown in with the whites. Even Baily is color coordinated with the room!

    Cindy

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  17. I have to agree with Kerrie! It does look like Karen's room in "Out of Africa". Just so dreamy! What a wonderful idea, Rie! May I ask what breed of dog Bailey is? He is soooo cute! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  18. Oh, and where did you find those awesome lamps? Sooooo cool! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  19. Rie, I always look forward to your posts and really love how you have made your bedroom into such a warm and welcoming room. Somehow, in all my times of reading your blog, I never before saw the verse at the bottom until today. One of my favorite verses. My family and I are also in the throes of fixing up an old farmhouse, although we are much nearer to the finish line as we have been at it for 2 1/2 years. That verse is so wonderful to remember in the midst of all the chaos! I hope it will be a wonderful journey for you and your family.

    Mandy

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  20. I love it and Bailey is too cute..Have a great rest of the weekend..
    Janet

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  21. Beautiful. So glad part of your new fixer upper is starting to feel like home. Loved your post, too, on your neighbors reaching out to you. It is only a matter of time until they all realize how very blessed THEY are to have YOU GUYS as neighbors.

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  22. I've been reading your blog for several months now. I love your simple, lovely style and have enjoyed reading about your adventures in decorating and raising your beautiful family. This temporary fix in your bedroom is brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

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  23. wonderful! i am curious about the light fixture. did you just leave it as is?

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  24. Gorgeous idea! What a difference some cloth and imagination can make! You may never want to scrape that popcorn off with that cover! xo Diana

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  25. I love it so much! So simple and so beautiful! I'm just as excited as you are about your new house so that I can see all you can do! (Have you caved and gotten your kids a horse yet?)

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  26. Catherine- we just took the lightbulb out and decided to use our nightable lights. I think otherwise it would be a fire hazard.

    Lauren-nope! No horse. If they want one, they have to pay for it.

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  27. What a great idea!! It looks very peaceful now. :)

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  28. Awesome idea.....stunning room!! Love it all!

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  29. Love the canopy - so pretty and romantic looking!

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  30. How ingenious...it looks wonderful. You must be thrilled with the result!!

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  31. What a great idea and a quick fix! Can't wait to see what all you do.

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  32. That is the best idea I've seen in blogland yet! You are so creative and resourceful. I hope you will post often of your journey of making your new house a lovely home.

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  33. What a great idea & a beautiful way to make a little change to the room for big impact. Aww & your pup is darling :)

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  34. This is a really great solution! Too often we get hung up with what we DON'T have rather than being creative with what we DO have. Thanks for encouraging readers to look beyond the "popcorn ceiling"!

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  35. Good for you, sweetheart. I'm certainly in for a concrete ceiling (concrete E.VER.Y.thing-- welcome to Manila, Philippines!), so I too will go with the flow. *sigh* Whatever that's going to require, that is definitely what I will do.

    That's what we do, right? What we can?

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  36. What a differnt! WOW! Your bedroom looks so cosy and beautiful. There you must have only wonderful dreams :-))) Love Yvonne

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  37. You are brilliant! I too have 7' ceilings upstairs w/the popcorn plaster ceilings! I just might have to try this! It looks great!

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  38. how clever!!i love it.
    it's so dreamy. and clean. and pure.
    i totally dig what you've done with your space
    &
    that sweet puppy...oh my word

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  39. Fantastic idea & it looks so beautiful!

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  40. Lovely beyond words! Has a charming "Out of Africa" look to it.

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  41. I love your blog and have followed for ages but have never commented. I wanted to be sure you know that there is likely asbestos in those popcorn ceilings - we have them, too. If you decide to get rid of them, have it done professionally and clear out of the house for a while!

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  42. Oh that pup of yours is too cute! I also love your canopy idea. It looks nice! I always wanted a canopy bed when I was a girl. Now I can do it cheap if I wanted to thanks to your ideea. Have a great day

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  43. Sooo, I love your bed skirt haha. What's it made of? It looks so soft and billowy. And by the way, that canopy is GORGEOUS!

    PS
    I'm totally in LOVE with your blog

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  44. Ellie,
    The skirt came from Target (Rachel Ashwell-Shabby Chic). We've had it a long time but I know they still carry it!

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  45. The curtain idea is genius!! And beautiful. I just love Bailey - how old is he now? And he an unusual color for a dachshund?

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  46. Hi Rie,

    I love this; how brilliant. Does it drape down to the footboard as it does the headboard?

    Thanks,
    Kaye

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  47. What a smart, economical solution to your problem. It looks beautiful.

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  48. Found you from Cindys Fractured Fairy Tale and am glad I did! love the canopy, great popcorn ceiling solution! Love the old farmhouse and the new one is nice too.

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  49. Of course you would come up with a fabulous fix! Your room looks so cozy and clean. Bravo my friend.
    xo~
    T

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  50. Looks so nice! What a great fix. What paint color did you use on the wall? It is very calming.

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  51. Such a cute dog! I don't have a dog but I do have a fox... http://digitalcraftfactory.blogspot.com/2011/07/foxs-peaceful-nap-in-my-back-garden.html

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  52. Sheer genius! Isn't wonderful when things about the existing decor make us rethink and invent schemes we would probably never have thought of previously? This truly is a magical room now - hurrah for popcorn ceilings and air vents! Warmest wishes - Glenda

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  53. Looks very nice and romantic.. at this time of crisis we need to be frugal.

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  54. Hey Rie, have you done work with loft beds in general? I'm trying to follow some build out plans and I am going to destroy my house unintentionally now...I am a cluts...

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