Wednesday, February 20, 2013


When we connected the garage apartment to the existing house
(about 15 feet)
we wanted to do something a little fantastic
our fantastic is pretty normal for most city people

but even our sheetrock crew said they'd never done this before
which kind of scared me
Have you ever gone to the prom and had the same dress as someone else?
That kind of stuff happens in small towns
so we weren't surprised when the same contractor sent the same sheetrock crew and they did the same barrel ceiling in our good friend's new custom home

Interestingly enough
their entire home was completed and they were moved in before our addition was even close to done
and the treatment they did on their barrel ceiling was EXACTLY what I wanted to do to ours
(paint it gold metallic)

I did not want to do the same thing as my good friend for 2 reasons
1.  She's my good friend and I wanted hers to be unique
2.  She's my good friend and I wanted mine to be unique
(*note the old school house light fixture we purchased at an auction for...ONE DOLLAR)

So I say to Mr. P.V.
"I'm thinking I'm going to hire a mural artist to come paint our ceiling"
he kind of looks at me funny and says...
"you're kidding..right?"

Yesterday I spent about 2 hours experimenting on my ceiling...I can always repaint it...
I've gotten pretty good at painting walls...just plain old painting...I charge Mr. P.V. about $30 per hour
so I guess I hired myself

You can't really tell, but this is gold metallic
and the rope light is tucked into the molding 
 then I coated it with high gloss varnish
to give it just the nicest little glow

do you remember that I painted some soft trees in the front entry?

with just a whisper of a bird here and there?

I thought I'd add a few here too?
the word is 
for those who go in and out of our home on the side of the house

well...the jury
is still out

if there are two things I have learned
1.  I don't have to decide TODAY
2.  I'm a pretty good painter so maybe by this time next week...this barrel ceiling will be 


or clouds

but for today
it will just be



Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
This is absolutely splendid. We love both the barrel vaulted ceiling and that it should be painted in this way. We have long considered something similar for our front entrance hall, and this post has certainly inspired us to explore possibilities.

Marissa said...

I love the barrel ceiling!! I have seen them painted in BOLD colors down here just to add some interest and it looks so neat! I know whatever you will do will look just fine!!

carolyn bradford said...

Gina, you did a wonderful job! I can't even imagine doing that! I love barrel ceilings like crazy! I'm very impressed! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Oh my gosh, Gina! You are so talented and creative. Looks awesome! Definitely original and no one else in town will have it ;)

NanaDiana said...

WOW and WOW and WOW! That is absolutely amazing! You did a wonderful job....I am so glad you hired yourself!;>) xo Diana

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

You impressed the heck out of me, wow!! Great job painting; I really am impressed.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Why would you ever pay money to have someone paint for you when you can do this? A M A Z I N G !!!! And the thought and ingenuity in creating something so unique is awe inspiring. We're not worthy!!!

HolleyGarden said...

Oh! It's gorgeous! And unique. I imagine your friend will be quite jealous that she doesn't have the same mural artist as you!

Maureen said...

This is absolutely beautiful! With your talent, I agree with your husband. Why would you hire someone else?

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Looks beautiful, Gina! How in the world can you do that without your neck killing you??? My ceiling painting days are over. I love how soft it is, likes it's been there a long time.

Marina said...

I like it, it looks really great! :) Nice blog!

Nancy said...

Lovely! Your touches all around the house are so special and beautiful Gina!
xo Nancy