Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Shower Curtain and A Movie

First, the movie....I watched the HBO movie Temple Grandin last week and want to recommend it to anyone and everyone.  Temple is a doctor of animal science, a professor at Colorado State University, a best selling author and she is autistic. She is a remarkable woman and Claire Dane plays the part to perfection. Watch it. You'll be glad you did.

Second, I thought I'd give you a look at the shower curtain it took me a couple of years and a party to make.

I put grommets, for the curtain rings to go through, along the top of the curtain....my buttonhole attachment is broken....I thought I would pound my kitchen table to death before I could get them set correctly. But now that they are done and hung, they look pretty good. 

This bathroom has always been a problem because whatever is in there has got to match this gold tile.  Way back, I painted the room nail polish magenta....ugh!!!! Let's talk decorating emergency! You can see the primer I painted over that before giving up and wall papering.

And in this photo you can see the wall paper. My girlfriend helped me one morning and we pulled it down everywhere else,  but had to quit with only a small bit left over the tub.  

My son came last Christmas and took down the toilet paper holder and soap and toothbrush holders that had been glued to the sheet rock.  He patched the holes ( he is the expert sheet rock finisher in the family) and got the room ready for me to finish the wallpaper demolition and paint....last Christmas.....ever since then I've been procrastinating.  

Yesterday, Rachel suggested that I just go buy the paint and paint everything except the papered area. (she knows how much I despise the idea of pulling...scraping...the rest of that paper down).  I kind of like her idea. If I paint the part of the wall that shows, then the bathroom will look pretty good....even if it takes me another year or two to get the paper over the shower down. 

And after all isn't that what the shower curtain is for....to hide the wallpaper I don't want you to see??

32 comments:

  1. The Temple Grandin movie is amazing.

    Love the shower curtain. I've painted right over wallpaper in many areas of the manor. You can see the seams, but who cares?

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  2. When we moved into our apartment upteen years ago we had to paint the walls with several coats of paint because the previous tenant had someone paint a design on the wall using 4 different shades of beige/cocoa/medium brown/dark chocolate brown .. in this swirl ... GAH .. in the bedroom where we painted the walls blue you can still - if the light is right - see the swirls under the blue paint ... in the livingroom we managed to cover it better .. we put bookcases in front of the area we couldnt get the swirl to disappear

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  3. I never would have considered wallpaper in the shower area.. it doesn't react badly to the steam?

    What colour do you figure you'll paint thew walls?

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  4. I have to rent that movie! My brother and sister-in-law have met Temple Grandin at conferences on autism (they have an autistic adult son) She's brilliant!

    Beautiful curtain! When I first saw your bathroom walls I thought they were marble..lol..because of the white/grey streaks. I think it's a good idea to paint what you can see and leave the back as is until you can tackle it. In the future you might get a "bath fitter" plastic mold tub surround which will cover most of that. We had one before we were able to remodel our bathroom. It covered a lot of flaws and was very durable. It had lots of nice shelves in it for shampoos, etc, that I now miss after we had the walls covered in ceramic tiles.

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  5. Just rip that stuff down and don't worry about it. I love your shower curtain. Heck, buy a box of wine and invite your friends over for a wallpaper ripping party. Sounds like fun to me.

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  6. i've heard that movie is great. love the curtain...have you ever papered with brown supermarket bags? it would be a cheap alternative to cover that paper and you can make it look like leather.

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  7. 1-That movie sounds great.
    2-Maybe my Christmas present to you needs to be stripping that wallpaper...
    3-The photo of Rachel is really good :-)
    4-The shower curtain looks great.

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  8. Though I do it I hate internal decorating, though it looks OK on comletion. Your curtain looks good to my untrained eye Steviwren - and I don't mean that as a back-handed complement! :-) Dave

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  9. Did you make that shower curtain? Wow, I have never heard of a homemade shower curtain but it is beuatiful.;))
    In Denmark no bathrooms are ever having wall paper, due to a possibility of mold. They are either painted or tiled; mine is a mix of those two.;))
    xoxo

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  10. Hello Steviewren...I look forward to exploring your blog...the recent quilt and the past table and chair sets you created are lovely.

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  11. I love Lisa's idea of having a wine party in honor of tearing down the remainder of the wall paper:) I would surely come if I didn't live so darned far away....love the shower curtain!

    This reminds me of the first apartment I rented on my own...the owner painted the outside of the large, old building...but didn't paint behind any of the shrubs...well you couldn't notice from the road:)

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  12. Well, you know I'd recommend that movie! I've met Temple Grandin...she spoke at an autism workshop the hubs and I attended a few years ago.

    Love the shower curtain...gorgeous!

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  13. I'm amazed at how good the floor looks with such lovely fabric complimenting it. I had a hard time tearing off wallpaper in my kitchen; I just left it hanging behind the refrigerator. Six years later, still there. I have heard of using wall compound and a trowel to give walls that tuscan feel to it....that stuff convers everything; then you can just rub a glaze over it and it looks old world. Sounds like a lot of steps, I know....sorry about that (we're trying to make things EASIER for you, right?) It will get done when you're ready.

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  14. You have done a pretty good job of making that shower curtain...
    Very lovely!
    Have a great day:)

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  15. I really love the fabric! I love all shades of gold. Another sewing project completed, you have been very busy lately. I have made a few shower curtains. I cheat and just make a rod pocket on top.
    Have a great day!
    denise

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  16. So, it takes you awhile to get things finished but you are a busy woman...and everything looks pretty great to me. Your bathroom is so much nicer than mine - but I rent and I just have it full of strawberry things to cheer me always.

    Got home from the hospital on Tuesday...still not great and on an incredible restrictive diet for two weeks, then slightly less for an additional two weeks. That puts a real damper on Thanksgiving for me.

    I wrote a poem for today's post about hospitals which I shall be sending on to the good nurses at Seton.

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  17. I thought for sure this post was going to be about the movie 'Psycho'.

    Stevie, I am ever admiring of your artistic talents. Of which I have none.

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  18. Stevie you have me sold on the movie...sounds amazing...and i love Claire Dane....good luck with the painting...i am sure it will turn out wonderful you are so artisticly incline. Hope you have a great evening! :-)

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  19. Lovely shower curtain - and you made it? I'm impressed - never heard of anyone making a shower curtain before ...

    I would definitely paint and tile the shower room, wallpaper is not to be recommended in such a moist area. Bit of a pain getting it off but really worth it, so I say no more procrastinating Steviewren and out with the steamer and scrapers - *wink* !!

    Jeanne
    x

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  20. Great choice of fabric for the shower curtain...

    Wallpaper? Booo Hisss. I've torn down enough wallpaper for 5 lifetimes and resent it when we buy a house where the previous owner has used it. It's just way too personal a choice to put in your home and then expect the next owner to live with it. I really dislike it.

    Di

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