Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sorry for keeping you guys in suspense for so long! I'll post the curtain tutorial soon - for now, here are some shots of our still-evolving-but-mostly-done steampunk dining room.
First, a (badly) spliced together night shot of the whole room:
Better view of the top half:
[Tip: the metal label holders are actually for scrapbooking, and cost less than $3 for a set of five right now at JoAnn's. They don't come with screws, though; we had to paint these to match.]
We just bought that bottle at Ross on Monday. It's hanging on a wreath stand I've had since Christmas. Don't you love bottle green?!? It's so vibrant. I hope to use more of it in the ray guns we're planning on making. We'll hang those on the other side of the window:
The artwork there now is a (reproduction) illuminated Haggadah I got in Israel as a teenager. We recently re-framed that, too, using burlap, a $12 frame, and a brass plaque from a trophy shop. [Tip: trophy shops are awesome. This engraved plaque was only $7.]
The clock is an antique my dad gave me, and it's sitting under the glass vase from this post. I recently added a round wooden plaque under it as a base, too, to make it look more like a display dome. I'm not wild about how it all looks, though, so it will probably be changed out for something better in the future.
Going back to the other side of the room...
Next to the apothecary cabinet is this stand:
The bottle is actually glass covered with leather, and was a $2 antique flea market find. I've had the gumball machine since college. This is its 3rd paint job: bronze and aged copper. The porcelain balls inside it are from TJ Maxx - although since everyone who sees them says, "Look! Lotto balls!" I now wish I'd purchased the alphabet ones instead of the numbers. Hah!
I already had the gold bottle, so I'm going with it for now for the seahorse dangle. Below that is the first thing John ever gave me: Agnes, the 15-pound gargoyle. She's solid cast iron! Under her is leather-bound "parchment" - a super fun project I made from an old textbook and leather belt. (I used the cover of the book to make a purse last year, so the paper was left over.) Tucked inside the leather strap is a wooden level that belonged to my great grandfather, who was a carpenter.
Oh, and there's also a Lord of the Rings sketch book under there. (Thanks, Tim!)
So far, I'm kind of partial to this design:
Of course, when the bulbs alone cost over $150, and the chandelier is another $700-$950, that's a hefty incentive to DIY. (Not that we can fake the bulbs, of course.) I'll let you know what we come up with.
And lastly, I have to give a shout-out and huge "thank you!!" to The Steampunk Home for being such a great inspiration. It's the only blog of its kind that I know of, and I've spent many, many happy hours poring through every single post in the archives. If you've read this far, then you'll probably love it, too, so go check it out!
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