I’m probably committing Bloggy Suicide by posting these pictures. Seriously.
Here’s proof positive that not only were the 80’s a decade riff with fashion disasters, (think mullets, neon colors and BIG hair) if my questionable choice of decor is any indication, home fashions were not far behind in the ‘what were we thinking?‘ category.
I was looking through some photo albums the other day and came across one dedicated to some of the projects I did back then. Looks to me like I had a penchant for florals.
These pictures are beyond TERRIBLE. But because I luv ya’, and I wanted to give you a good laugh, I’m posting them anyway.
Remember floor cloths? Well, I made a few. Here’s one near our entryway.
And another in our bedroom.
And here’s a fireplace screen Fisherman put together and I painted. I remember this well. It was lots of fun to make and I was pretty proud of it at the time.
See the rocking chair? It’s one of the few pieces we still have after all these years. It started out in the nursery, and now sits happily in our living room at the cabin. It’s hard to see, but the ‘upholstery’ pieces were very long pieces of fabric that were sewn together then had to be turned right side out and braided on the chair. It was one of the most frustrating and time consuming sewing projects I’ve ever done. They’ve long since been removed. Lesson learned.
Another fireplace screen, but this time instead of painting freehand, I used a stencil. I was BIG on stencils back then.
Remember big bows? You’ve seen them on clothing from the 80’s, hats and even handbags, but remember them used like this? Although we don’t have this painting any longer, I still would love to live inside of it. Such a pretty setting!!
Here’s our bedroom, all decked out with flowers, flowers, and more flowers. Do you see that valence? That was dryer venting covered in fabric. Come to think of it, I was pretty inventive in my youth ;).
Another piece we still have is this bed. When we moved in December, we brought it over to the cabin and now it’s in the downstairs bedroom. It provides tons of storage and I would never want to give it up. In total, there are 14 drawers. Six on each side of the bed which we use for out of season clothing or sheets, and two at the foot of the bed that are the full length of the bed which is perfect for items like shoes, bags, even skis!
A couple of more pieces I hand painted. If you look closely on the top left, you can see the floral border near the ceiling. Remember those?
OMG! Is this room busy or what? I remember making those slipcovers. Took a while to make but they helped to cover up the bland, ugly chairs underneath nicely.
Here’s a view into the kitchen from the dining area. Notice the lattice wallpaper? Fisherman built a pot storage rack and I used it to display some copper pieces among other things. In later years, this half wall was removed and we had a peninsula installed which gave us much needed counter space and storage. See the swag at the top of the doorway? They were super popular back then. The picket fence window box was purchased in Quebec while celebrating our 5th Anniversary. Hard to tell but it had a floral stencil on it too. Big surprise.
This was a custom made piece that took me DAYS to paint. I used oil based paint and had to wait a full day in between coats, and I used around 5 coats including the glaze. This piece functioned as Fisherman’s closet, my vanity and a space for a small TV. Years later we added on an addition of a master bedroom and master bath. It’s one of the few areas I truly miss about our home of 26 years.
Here are a couple of nightstands I picked up at a local antique place. We used these for many years before selling them at a garage sale. I prefer nightstands that have storage, because if you know me you know I don’t like things on counters or tables unless there is no other place to put them.
I remember painting the knobs at first using a bright peach color, and Fisherman said they looked like Bozo The Clown. He was right, so I toned it down.
Now I’m gonna go ahead and do something really brave. I’m gonna hit that ‘publish’ button.
(If you thought I had any semblance of style whatsoever, has that thought gone completely out the window? Go ahead. I can take it.)