Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some of my favorite things – Top Ten List

I’d like to share with you a list of my very favorite decorating items. I have a top ten list that already has eleven items on it. So instead of giving you the list up front, I’ll just add items as I go. Maybe I’ll make it a dozen
. . . or a baker’s dozen.
We’ll see.

Anyway, my very favorite, favorite decorating item is bead board!

(this is from a magazine but I don't remember which one)

My Dad installed my first bead board in my house in Colorado Springs. It was on the bottom half of the walls in my entryway and painted white. The picture is below but the detail on the beadboard doesn't show up well.  I painted the top half of the wall a beautiful, soft yellow.

(Bad photo taken with an early digital camera)

My husband installed the bead board in my last house in Lewisville Texas as a birthday present to me. It was also white and was about 6 feet tall so only about 2 feet of wall was exposed above it. It was in my breakfast room and included a shelf on top for my vintage roosters and chicks and my red plates. That was one birthday present I had to leave with the house.

My husband even used bead board for the back splash in our kitchen. Ladies, if you like bead board, you’ll find that it’s probably one of the least expensive materials you can use for a back splash. I can’t believe that I didn’t take any close up pictures of my kitchen showing it! 
We’re in a rental now and don’t know when we’ll be able to buy another house so I decided I need portable bead board. I have a four-section room divider that my Dad made when I was very small.
I remember that he did a weave of natural material and slid it down in each section; it vas very nice and added lots of texture to the room. There is still some of the natural fiber in the frame all these many years later.  My Dad is an Engineer but always wished he could be an artist and is very artistically talented.

Anyway, I have the room divider frame now and have been storing it for years. It will take some work, but I hope to cut sections of bead board and slide it into the frame, paint it and then I’ll have portable bead board that I can take wherever we live!

Here are some pictures showing how bead board can be very beautifully used:

Love the blue wall over the white bead board and I love the roosters

Beautiful green on the bead board and how about that galvanized counter top?

Did I mention that I also like tongue and groove and board and batten walls?:



Once again, the blue wall.  Love it!

So pretty painted crisp white!
So how do you use bead board in your house?

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