Monday, July 6, 2009

Oh What a Bit Of Paper Can Do!

For today's met Monday I thought I would revisit my first Met Monday. Over the course of my blog, which is still relatively new, I have been asked repeatedly about the harlequin pattern on the back of my bookshelves. Is it painted? Is it Wallpaper? Is it distressed? Since this post was originally done way back when and way before many of you had joined me on a regular basis I had shared the story of my bookcases. Today I am re posting the post that explains how these came to be as well as my powder room ceiling. So to answer your enquires......IT IS WALLPAPER!
One double roll did it all. What impact for thirty or so dollars.



The powder room ceiling after and below before.




I thought I would start my first Met Monday with a project I did a couple years back when we bought this home. I am one that definitely believes in the saying "it is all in the details". I especially think this is true when you are decorating your home. The detail can be large or it can be small and subtle, whichever it is, it is the one thing that can make a room "sing". I think usually it is something a bit unexpected. This particular project really began with a double roll of distressed harlequin wallpaper. I had bought it for my powder room ceiling. Upon returning home with it I quickly realized I needed it and HAD to have it in my bookshelves as well. It is one detail I have been very happy with! The before bath picture already has the walls painted red. But you can see the white ceiling. Kinda blah. That powder room just needed some bling. So I added the harlequin paper. Ever try to get a picture of a 3' X 8' powder room ceiling? Not the easiest but you get the idea! The picture of the built in book case is a bit more obvious on the before and after! Enjoy! To See more wonderful Metamorphosis Monday projects visit Susan at betweennapsontheporch.

43 comments:

  1. I am LOVING that paper on the bathroom ceiling. My small guest bath is painted red too. I might need to go shopping tomorrow to see if I can find that paper. LOVE IT!!

    Wendy

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  2. KD, this is so amazing the change you made with just paper. It really does make such a great impact! I totally agree that it's the details that make a room truly special...love this! Susan

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  3. Wonderful Monday Metamorphosis post. I love the harlequin paper in the cabinet and on the ceiling.

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  4. Hi KD, I just read your comment and I had to laugh. No, noone has ever accused me of dreaming "small." LOL :-) My next big renovation will be the 3 bathrooms in this house...but that will not be anytime soon. Gotta get my son through law school first! I may just let the next owner of this house worry with the baths. :-) Susan

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  5. I've always loved your harlequin! SO GORGEOUS!!!


    Robin

    http://alabamaslackermama.blogspot.com/

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  6. You have given me something to think about! Great metamorphosis!

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  7. Beautiful! The paper makes a HUGE difference...you are very talented!

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  8. I especially like the paper on the ceiling!

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  9. Hi...I'm coming over from Susan's...what a knockout this harlequin paper is...looks fantastic on the ceiling! ;-) Bo

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  10. I LOVE IT! OH especially the ceiling. mishelle

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  11. Really nice! Love that paper. It makes such a dramatic difference in the cabinet, but the ceiling is especially nice. Great job. Kathy

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  12. Oh.........some great,quick and easy ideas for a fun re-do! Will definitely copy!

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  13. Hi Dear One - missed you over the weekend. Will catch up over at our coffee group. You know I have ALAYS been a HUGE fan of your wallpaper. You are what inspired me to try the harlequin in my own kitchen. Sigh! I think we should have done a combo met Monday titled "When to Use Wallpaper..and When Not To." LOL Just think what a Met Monday post you will have with your DR!!! YOOHOO! Luv ya, Barb

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  14. I love the paper, it adds such a custom touch! Great job.
    ~Michelle

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  15. I am loving the idea here too;) Something to ponder as I think about doing our half bath;) French

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  16. Hi, KD. Oh, I do believe you have inspired lots of the country to paper their ceilings or backs of shelves! I know I've been pondering the thought for my powder room ceiling for a while (since seeing yours before) and just picked up some really wide crown molding today from my cabinet maker! Hmmm...now what kind of paper to shop for? Maybe a metallic of some kind? :-)

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  17. Wallpaper. What can I say... I love it. Sounds like you love it to. Please visit my blog purdywallcoverings.blogspot.com
    great post. Wallpaper is a great addition to any room. gina

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  18. Love, love, love that ceiling!

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  19. Wow, I LOVE that ceiling! I'm currently re-doing my kitchen and breakfast room and will be adding a lot of black-and-white in other rooms to tie in with the little-french-or-italian bistro theme in the redone kitchen. Wallpaper is not very popular where I live (southern central valley in California, very desert-like weather), and I laugh every time someone gapes at me when I talk about wallpaper and how great it is ... and how easy to use!

    Victoria :o)
    http://auctiongirlvintage.typepad.com

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  20. Just love that celing, and the cabinet! My ceilings were all wallpaper, I just might have to go back to some after seeing your lovely celing!

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  21. Love that paper! I had the some wallpaper in my laundry room in my previous house. The before and after of the bookcase is just amazing!

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  22. It's so funny! My friend Teresa Jane sent me an e-mail yesterday (she reads all the blogs on my blogroll) about your harlequin treatment. She loves it and wants to try it in her office. It looks so good! Thank you again for your sweet post about her!

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  23. I absolutely love the black and white paper. I was going to paint my hall bathroom Sweet Georgia Brown but, after seeing yours, I think I'll paint it red. What is the name of your red? How do you think a black/white toile shower curtain would look with it?

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  24. Oh I love it! What a difference the paper makes! Loooove that paper...I am going to try and find me some of it! Thanks for sharing this, and boy am I glad I found this post! Blessings,Nancy

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  25. Wallpaper on the ceiling, how creative! Looks great!

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  26. I love the pattern of the wallpaper.

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  27. Really like the paper the ceiling.
    Glenda

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  28. I love the bold colors! I'm a detail person too!
    Great Met Monday for sure! I hope you have a fabulous week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  29. I love it all KD! The bookshelf looks fabulous and dressed up.

    ~Happy MM! :)

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  30. What a great idea! Wallpaper on the ceiling. Thanks for sharing.

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  31. What a great looks! Wallpaper, paint and fabrics can give you a lot of bang for your buck!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherri:)

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  32. Hello KD - I love what you did with the wallpaper in your bookcase! I have an entertainment center and a hutch that needed some help, and this is just the inspiration for them! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  33. I've done this before. But I like your choice of wallpaper much, much better!
    Brenda

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  34. Love IT!!!! It just really looks great!

    ~Liz

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  35. You made the absolute most with that roll of wallpaper!! What a wonderful idea for both places. I have been playing with the idea of a tin ceiling in my powder room--you inspire me!

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  36. Wow! Like the paper in the hutch...Love it on the ceiling!

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  37. LOVE the wallpapered ceiling.. it's fantastic! In our former house, we wallpapered the little eating nook in our kitchen -- I loved it!

    Hmm.. maybe my red powder room needs a wallpapered ceiling, too!
    Cass

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  38. I love that idea of the wallpaper in the powder room. Neat walpaper too!

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  39. I love your idea of using wallpaper. Thank you for the inspiration!

    I have built-ins that I've been wanting to cover in some way but wasn't sure what would work best...I think you just solved my problem. Thanks again.

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  40. It looks fabulous! Did you do the ceiling yourself? I have wallpaper I purchased for my entry hall ceiling and have been afraid to tackle hanging it. Was it hard? Your bookshelves look fabulous. laurie

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