Can you believe that it has been almost one full year since I revamped my study (now fondly referred to as the Q Branch)?
Well, I’m one of those people who do a lot of tweaking at home (not to be confused with twerking, I’m pretty sure I don’t ever do that). Very few things in my home are static. I’m always swapping out this for that, or changing things up somehow.
So after posting about my new ‘Q’ on Monday, I thought it would be fun to re-visit the Q Branch in its entirety and show you a couple of tweaks I’ve made in the past year. If you’d like to first refresh your memory about how this room started out, check it out here.
OK, now let’s start with my wall quote. Believe it or not I found this at a garage sale for a quarter!
I pretty much had to buy it, right?
After all, sometimes I do literally dream about painting. And in some ways, I day dream about how to paint particular pieces of furniture and then I really do paint my dream!
If you’ve never tried one of these rub-on wall quotes, I’d encourage you to try one. You can find them at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, JoAnn Etc, even Target has some I think. They are fairly easy to apply, you just have to have some patience, go slowly and make sure the letters are sticking to the wall as you pull off the backing paper. I had a different wall quote on this same wall before I made over the room, so I can tell you from experience that they are very easy to remove when you want to change up your room.
I’ve refined the display on top of my bureau under the wall quote a little bit too. The vintage cameras went out to the front porch, the ironstone went out to the Welsh cupboard in the dining room. I limited the pieces here to vintage items in blues or greens. I filled my little Eulalie’s Sky hutch with my collection of old flower frogs.
I moved some toy phones around.
I also put this sweet vintage plate out to remind me that spring is just around the corner. OK, maybe that’s a little optimistic, but it really will be here before we know it.
Remember the old paint brushes I bought at a garage sale last summer?
Well, I found a few more at the thrift store last weekend and I finally got around to doing something with my favorites.
I used my favorite decorating trick, when all else fails hang it on the wall! There is just something about all of the old bits of paint on these that really appeals to me.
The ‘sign’ hanging above the paint brushes is an old drawer front.
It came off the re-styled sideboard I painted back in May 2014. Here’s the ‘b & a’ of that piece …
Yep, see that skinny top drawer in the before photo? I painted it in Miss Mustard’s French Enamel, added a stencil, and then hung it on my wall.
I didn’t hang all of the old crusty paint brushes though, some hopped into the back of my blue truck …
Which is currently parked on my rooster cupboard. I still have my pal Lula hanging out in the corner (just out of view to the right in the above photo), but I’ve changed out the design on the chalkboard chair that hangs on the wall over her head (well, she doesn’t technically have a head, does she?).
To draw my logo on the chalkboard I simply printed it out on paper, rubbed chalk all over the back of the paper, and then placed the paper over my chalkboard and traced the design. Once that was done, I took the paper away and just went back in with sharpened chalk and darkened (lightened?) up the design. Easy peasy.
I haven’t changed up the desk and chair, or my chalkboard door behind the desk, but this photo gives you a better idea of how the Q looks hanging on the wall.
I have to laugh, that photo makes the room look positively expansive. And trust me, it is not. It’s really only about 9′ square! Still, it’s the perfect size for a little room of my own where I write my blog. And you’ll notice that my chair is right next to the radiator, so this time of year I am quite cozy sitting there tapping away on the computer.
Well, there you have it. The Q Branch one year later.
Before I leave you for today, I want to ask for your opinion.
You’re all familiar with this style of antique brass drawer pulls, right?
So, my questions is, do they stay or do they go? I have a dresser to work on this weekend (not pictured) and I can’t decide. Do I keep this style of drawer pull, or do I change them out?
Do I replace them with glass knobs?
Or do I paint them?
What is your preference? Original brass drawer pulls, painted pulls or some sort of replacements?