We found a damaged screen at World Market in Atlanta and Gordon decided we should use it as a headboard. P.S. Keep your eye on this lamp from Flora Dora. It will become a one-of-a-kind sconce.
Here is the screen against the old paint. We tried fabric behind it and it looked great. Then Gordon suggested we try a mirror behind it and Wow. But real mirrors are heavy and expensive, particularly if cut to fit. How to do it?
By coincidence I happened to see a "Painted House" episode using "Mirrored foil." I started searching the Internet and finally found "Reflective mylar" which was readily available from our local hydroponics store. It was cheap. It's the stuff they make those shiny balloons from. It's like a giant roll of aluminum foil but it not so wrinkly.
At Home Depot I had them cut 1/4" oak plywood into six panels to back each section of the scroll work. I got some spray glue and a 99 cent squeegee and I was good to go.
Here are the backing panels and the roll of mylar:
I cut the mylar into sheets bigger than the panels and glued them on. It was very easy. The mylar is sturdy and not wrinkly like kitchen foil.
I trimmed the excess mylar with a utility knife.
I temporarily taped the panels into place to see how they looked.
The mirror foil adds a luminosity that changes as you walk around the room. This picture doesn't do it justice! It sparkles. If we get tired of it, we can always remove the panels or cover them with fabric.
I used a "cleat" to hang the headboard after many look-sees by Gordon for the right height:
Note: The cleat on the screen also keeps the screen flat. There is another 1x2 board on the bottom of the screen to keep the screen plumb with the wall.
Then we redid the room big time. We painted the wood floor and
|Benjamin MooreReady mixed "White" enamel floor paint, glossy|
|Benjamin Moore OC-19 "Seapearl" Latex eggshell|
|Benjamin Moore Ready mixed "White" Latex semi-gloss|
Sash - Benjamin Moore 2063-20 "Down Pour Blue" Latex semi-gloss
Here we are partway through. We picked out a rug that pulls everything together. It was soon appropriated by daughter #1 for her apartments. Easy come, easy go NOT.
The sash was very controversial but kicks ... I painted the chair red, it's just about my favorite chair of all times.
Remember the lamp? Gordon said to hang it on the wall as a sconce.
Here goes, sorry about the card table.
In ancient mode:
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