Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mr. Bluebird' s Christmas Challenge

Hi everyone!

Christmas preps are moving along here - can you believe the big day is a mere 12 days in the future? I have held pretty true to my vow to do a more simplified Christmas than I have in the past. I am enjoying the uncluttered look! Of course, that's uncluttered for me - I still have a lot of decor by most standards.

I am sharing our master today, including a little project by Mr. Bluebird.  Let's start there...

As you know, we recently replaced Baby Bluebird' s headboard with an upholstered model. This left us with her old (and cheap) headboard - which sat, leaning against the desk in our den.

One day, I came up with the idea of turning it into a mantel for the fireplace in our bedroom. Mr. Bluebird, on the other hand, didn't think it was within his skill set. My response was a sullen, "Well, if you don't think you can...."

You can even see his cloud of doubt!

Of course, my agreeing that he may not have the ability to complete this task was a challenge to his manhood. The next thing I know, out came the tape measure, paper, pencil. To quote Dr. Seuss, "And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before."

And with his faithful dog, Max (aka Palmer!), at his side, the, Mr. Bluebird, got to work and turned an old headboard into a super cute fireplace mantel!

I used Waverly chalk paint in Plaster to wash away the faux oak finish. 

I found the cute sled pillow at TJ Maxx. They have had some fabulous holiday pillows this year and at great prices. Down filled, this was only $16.99! 

Yes, the wing chair used to be burgandy - I painted it with chalk paint awhile back. Watch for a post on that transformation and how to next month. I love it!

I kept the holiday decor to a minimum in the master. Just a few accents and seasonal greens.

I used to be a huge collector of Boyds Bears back in the 90's - they were everywhere! Of course, styles come and go, and my herd of bears is long gone.

I did hang onto these two for some reason, and I think they add a sweet touch on our chest of drawers.

Just a few seasonal touches in the master - just enough to say, "welcome Christmas!"

Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores
Welcome Christmas Come this way
Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores
Welcome Christmas, Christmas day
Welcome, welcome fahoo ramus
Welcome, welcome dahoo damus
Christmas day is in our grasp,
So long as we have hands to clasp
Fahoo fores dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas bring your cheer
Fahoo fores dahoo dores
Welcome all Whos far and near
Welcome Christmas fahoo ramus
Welcome Christmas dahoo damus
Christmas time will always be,
just so long as we have we
Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores
Welcome Christmas bring your light
Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores
Welcome in the cold dark night
Welcome Christmas fahoo ramus
Welcome Christmas dahoo damus
Welcome Christmas while we stand,
Heart to Heart and Hand in Hand
Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores
Welcome Christmas,
Christmas Day!
-Dr. Seuss

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  1. It all looks lovely and what a wonderful way to use that old headboard!! Now about painting that wing chair......I need to hear more......

  2. Jane, Mr. Bluebird did a fantastic job. We have a very similar stove in our guest room and a mantle is just what it needs. My Mr. put one together also. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful, handy men all to ourselves!. I love you collection of dog paintings also. And, of course, Dr. Seuss is always needed around Christmas..Merry days to you..Judy.. I've got to hear more about that wing chair. Looks gorgeous!!

  3. Looks great. Mr. Bluebird did a great job. Love little Palmer helping out too. Happy New Week.

  4. What a fantastic idea and turned out perfectly! Looks cozy over there!

  5. I chuckled whilst reading that Mr Bluebird was called the I am watching it on tv right now. He did a marvelous job of it though. Janice

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  7. He did a great job! That was a great idea too! I like the 2 bears you kept and love that sleigh pillow, what a deal! Your master looks very cozy now for Christmas!