Where's the fun in decorating if you stick to the rules all the time? . . . .None. . . .I'm so very glad the rules have relaxed since the days when Mom and her lady friends kept house. . . .They never would have placed a chandelier in a plain farmhouse bathroom.
Nor would they have painted the ceiling sky blue with clouds floating by. . . .
Eight years ago when we renovated the manager's home--our farmhouse--I wish you could have seen the look on the contractor's face when I brought in a chandelier for the bath. . . .We had installed a 1927 tub, a sink in a vintage dresser, a 1930s cabinet for toiletries--all elements that he was able to accept for a vintage farmhouse bath. . . .but, 'a chandelier?' . . . .I could hear his mind questioning my decision.
I had to giggle. . . .
I waited a few days before I broke the news to him that I wanted the ceiling painted light blue. . . .figured I'd let him get comfortable with the chandelier idea first. . . .
My purpose was selfish. . . .I wanted a touch of elegance and whimsy as I relaxed in the tub. . . .I wanted to lean back and pretend I was out under the clear blue skies. . . .without the bugs. . . .living in luxury. . . .
I shocked a few more people along the way, too. . . .Clouds and chandeliers were not what they expected in this plain and simple farmhouse at all. . . .Across the country Shabby Chic was popular. . . .Not so much here in the Delta. . . .not eight years ago.
I loved watching people's faces when I'd show off our new home. . . .priceless.
You might think I went out and bought a vintage chandelier specifically for the bath. . . .I didn't. . . .It was the result of my Pack Rat tendencies. . . .I had purchased it years and years ago at a yard sale. . . .had no place to hang it in the house I lived in then. . . .but, couldn't resist a bargain. . . .I knew somewhere along the way, I'd use it. . . .So, the chandelier began to travel with me, making every move--from Texas to Arkansas to Virginia and back to Arkansas--boxed and waiting.
It was an ugly antique brass. . . .That had to go. . . .I dry brushed it an off-white. . . .There were a few crystal prisms that came with the fixture. . . .not as many as you see here. . . .I only recently added lots of extras. . . .and will probably add more as I find them at a reasonable price. . . .This past year or so, I left off the crystal, thinking it really might be too much for a Delta farmhouse. . . .I missed them--the sparkle, the warm glow they cast on the ceiling. . . .When I found the extra prisms at a local flea market, I knew I was ready for a little elegance again--as a contrast to the simple bath.
With Shabby Chic and French Country influence accepted these days, I don't think anyone is as shocked about the chandelier. . . .What they smile about now are the clouds. . . .Don't you feel as if you're looking up at the sky?
Painting the clouds on the ceiling was a piece of cake. . . .I did them myself because the contractor was having such a hard time wrapping his head around it. . . .All I did was grab a sponge and some white paint. . . .easy on the paint. . . .making a dabbing and swirling motion. . . .so easy. . . .
Doesn't it make you smile? , , , ,Maybe just a little?
Life can get a bit boring if I don't spice up my days with the unexpected. . . .I've found through blogging that it's true for many of you, too. . . .Isn't it wonderful that we no longer have to abide by the rules. . . .except for Rule #1. . . .
'There are no rules' . . . .(grin)
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .