Before you see what I did, I have to tell you . . do you really think Chad doesn’t know how to do laundry? He also cooks better than I do because he’s more creative and he just thinks up things that are really good. But, I’m one of those OCD type people or whatever you might want to call me (nothing bad, please!). I don’t like anyone in my kitchen and I don’t like anyone messing around in my laundry room. When I’m out of town, Chad cooks all kinds of stuff and does all the laundry. He would be perfectly happy to do his own but . . it’s my laundry room and I don’t share! 🙂 Besides that . . I’ve never thought laundry was a big deal. Stick the stuff in the washer; do what I normally do; stick it in the dryer; continue doing what I normally do.
OK. Back to those nails! Almost 2 years of looking at them (January 2, 2009 it will be 2 years but again . . who’s counting??). I went down to Interior Motives. I may say I don’t like decorating but I do love that store! I could come home with one of everything! Then I’d surely be running for cover when the Discover Card bill arrives. Poor Vince!
I explained to them what I thought I wanted. The lady who lived here before we did seems to have spent way too much time at that shop because the lady who owns the store knows every square inch of my house! It was definitely decorated beautifully when we came through when it was for sale. Anyway, I described what I thought I wanted. Some kind of metal shape with a hook on which I could hang candles; or maybe a wall sconce on which I could put candles. We searched and nothing was really jumping out at me. It had to be narrow and it needed to be long but I didn’t want something real heavy looking.
We narrowed it down to two different metal wall vases in which they could put greenery or whatever, and one set of candle holders. I brought all that home to see how it looked. The candle holders each had 2 spots for nails (one on the top left and one on the top right) so they wouldn’t work because I only had one nail on each side. Yes . . I could easily have added one more nail on each side but I didn’t want to do that.
This is the picture I took of the two vases. We decided we liked the one on the left better but then Bobbi (the real decorating guru) said . . those just aren’t right! They’re too high! Sorry .. that’s where the nails are! She thought maybe if we put something over the top of the picture, that might make it work but again . . don’t want to put more nails in the wall! So we continued searching.
Here’s what we came up with and I’m giving you a bigger picture so you can see the whole setting.
I love it! The vases look like they’re peppermint stripe but they’re not. They’re kinda like a light tree bark with a vine wrapped around them. They put in magnolia leaves, moss, some feathers . . they go great with the picture!
You won’t believe this but when I first hung them, even with the rope thing they hang from, they were too high and I had to take out those blasted nails (which were actually big honking screws!), putty in the holes, then I used heavy duty straight pins instead of a nail. The holes are now painted, as are some nail holes that were in the hallway (which is a lighter tan and I had to get out two cans of paint!) and a scratch up the stairs.
Vince called and I told him about them. Of course, his only question was “How much did that cost?” He assured me that he would have removed those nails and painted over them for way less $$ than I spent! Men!!