Monday, June 14, 2010

A Big Surprise...

My mom turned 85 this past April.
She had a trip planned to California
to visit her granddaughter, grandson
& some old friends.
She ended up ill and was hospitalized
for close to a week.
Which shut down our plans for a
BIG surprise!

Happy to say...
after several weeks she
is on the mend and was able to take her
trip to California after all!

We took the opportunity of her being
on vacation to do a surprise make over
in her quilting room!
She lives to quilt!
She makes small quilts & table
runners for the shop.

The goal was to spend very little money.


we emptied the room, tore down the
old wallpaper boarder & painted the walls.
I had no jumping off point for a paint color
so I just headed to Lowes and browsed
paint chips. Pulled up one and it said...
"Cloth" ... Perfect!

We went on a hunt for an old dresser to rescue.
We found a monster of a piece that my
husband transformed. I so wish I would of
remembered to take a before picture!
He removed doors & drawer panels and
added wainscot. He painted it a funky
blue & gave it his famous worn finish.
It has 6 drawers & 3 pull out tray
for all her fabric.


He built a shelf unit for the wall above
the dresser. It has a row of little chicken nest
like boxes. Handy to nest fabric strips &
started project. He painted it Linen with the
same distressed finish.

Finally the fun begins...

... putting all the decorative touches
in the room. I found some shams I had
bought a couple of years ago and never used.
They were a quilt pattern with many
colors to pull from. I chose a khaki color
quilt for the bed and dressed it like a day bed.

I had bought a Wall Word decal of flowers
that I had stashed in a closet for a year or so.
I took three pine boards, painted them
with layers of green, blue & linen paint.
Distressed, stained & lacquered them
and applied the decal. It hangs over the bed for
an inexpensive piece of simple art.

We had enough done to make it a surprise by
the time she got home! Although, there
is still more to do... curtains, sorting of the
piles & boxes of fabric, a cutting table &
a few more decorations.
She is enjoying it and has made several little
quilts since she's been home!


  1. How beautiful! I am sure she loved coming home to such a wonderful surprise!

  2. This looks so great! I am glad she is feeling better! Both pieces are fantastic! Love the blue!!!!

  3. This room looks so great, Your husband does awesome work. So, glad your mom is doing well. My mom will be 85 in August. Lezlee

  4. That is so neat! I'm sure she was thrilled. Very, very, nice of you.

  5. It looks great! a great surprise too!!