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Here I started pretty much with a blank canvas. The desire was to come up with something simple but at the same time create a feeling of a medieval castle. Little bit of paint and some additional touches achieved this nicely.

Here is the room before:

I decided to use the original painted walls as backdrop and add squares in slightly different hue. I used large squares – 2′X2′ for making this project easier and faster to implement, but also to make the room seem larger than it is.  After the room was painted, I made a mock-up with the bedding and window treatments I was going to use, to see if all these elements would work together.

Tip – notice how the squares flow inside the corners. First of it looks better this way but also this allows to adjust the sizes of the squares to pleasing proportions, as your room width most likely does not divide exactly to your room height.

and here is the room done:

If you have any specific questions about this project that has not been answered yet, I am happy to provide the information.


Another ceiling…

   Posted by: Lilianne in Interior Projects

As I mentioned before, I love decorated ceilings. I am glad that there is a trend now to use this additional canvas to add interest and debth to the room. For this project, my inspiration came from a book “Dream Palaces” by Marc Walter and Jérôme Coignard. I was drawn to two different ceilings.

This one:

and this one:

The darker ceiling won out, as the walls of the room were already painted dark blue and I thought it will look better to keep the color schema simple. Here is the ceiling before, boring:

Once I had decided on the color, I did something little different. I had learned about full spectrum paints and wanted to try out this concept. As I already had the blue in the room, the stencils on the walls and there was no reason to paint the whole room again, I contacted Ellen Kennon, a very gracious lady and great full spectrum paint provider, to color match my blue and make me a custom full spectrum paint for my ceiling. You can learn more about her and her paints here: I can tell you that the use of full spectrum paint was a success. Depending on the light, the color changes ever so slightly, giving it more life than regular paint.

After the background was painted, I created templates for my design out of file folders. Then I just used regular tape to tape them up on the ceiling to see how it looks:

Once I was happy with the position, I traced the design with pencil on the ceiling and then used gold paint and a little artist’s brush to fill in the design:

When one section was dry, I repeated the steps for the next section. The reason I did the design in sections was my laziness and frugality – I did not want make too many templates, I just wanted to reuse them. The step of taping the templates on the ceiling was one of the most critical ones, it allowed me to get down and see how it would look like and make sure it was pleasing looking before I had made any marks on the ceiling.

Here is the completed design:

Originally I had planned to add stars to the sun as well, but once the sun was done, the ceiling looked complete to me, so I left it like that. Also, I had stars already in the great room, all rooms did not need stars. I figured, I could always add the stars later, if I felt it necessery.


No more boring ceilings

   Posted by: Lilianne in Interior Projects

Since designing and building our current house, decorated ceilings have been one of my passions and past-times. With this project I learned so much. It was the first time I did crown molding, my first attempt with stains to make it look like inlayed wood, my first decorated ceiling. As you will see, sometimes I take a really large first bite. Luckily it has all worked out for me this far.

Here is what I started with:

I chose the stars theme – constellations, as I was working with the ceiling. Here is one of the panel designs:

Each  square is made of 4′X4′ piece of thin plywood. First I traced the design on the plywood and then used dark wood stain to draw in the design like this:

After the design was completely dry, I stained the panel with the lighter, background, stain.  The design showed nicely through:

Once all 18 panels were done, the truly fun part started – installation. I do not know about you, but it was pretty scary to be up 16 feet from the ground, up on the ladder. You do get used to it eventually, especially if you have 18 squares to finish.

Initially we tried to clue the first panel to the ceiling:

This ideas did not work out too well. No-one was willing to be high, holding the panel until the clue tried enough to keep it up. It would have taken too long to do all 18 squares like that anyway. So we came up with idea of using wooden blocks. These same blocks came handy for installing the crown molding as well:

Over all I did as many steps as possible on the ground, to make this project a little bit easier to complete. For example, I stained the crown before installations:

Here is the first square all done:

Here I am finishing up another one. Looks like almost half are done:

Through this whole ordeal, I had our faithful dog, Tigger, guarding me. Not sure what he could have done, had I fallen from the ladder?

and finally, here it is… all done:


Custom niches on budget :)

   Posted by: Lilianne in Interior Projects, Small Projects

These three little niches were a headache for me for some time.  When the house was built, this was one of the little details that were not completely drawn out on paper for the builder. No wonder then once they were built, they were truly custom size. Finding something to put there off the self was impossible. The shape and size of the niches called for custom artwork and I was just not ready to part with $$$ to fill the void… until I ran across King Architectural Metals catalog. From there I got an idea to try to assemble my own ornaments out of forged steel baluster components.

It was not that difficult to find pieces that would fit to my niches. I ordered them and once I had them, used one set to try out different combinations, to see what looked the best.

First I mocked up one version:

Then I used photo editing software to copy and paste to fill in the other two niches to see how the whole thing would look. The forged steel is heavy, so it was easier to play on computer than to mock up all three in real life.

and 2nd version in real life mock-up:

and in computer mock-up:

I shared those two versions with my friends and fellow decorating enthusiast on Garden Web Home Decorating Forum and the overwhelming vote went to version “2″. I also got a good suggestion to paint these niches a little darker to get more depth into them, which I followed as well.

And here is the result:

I must say that I am still very happy with the final resutl. With little work and less than $ 100.00 for materials, the result is well worht it.