The Gilded Lady {a diy}

This bust has traveled with my for quite a while, but was orignially a dark brown color. I sculpted her in a college art class. {My majors were totally different–molecular biology and philosophy–but oh, how I remember LOVING my hours in the windowed art studio, logged enough time there for a minor.} The nose, alas, broke off when I carted her down on the long drive to Charleston, SC for medical school. I tried to repair the nose, but the repairs I tried just wouldn’t take, so I decided to finally embrace the imperfection.

The formerly brown bust was on my list to gild for a while. I’ve been gilding like crazy–all the rooms in my house that Darlene has helped me design have golden and brass accents.  I also recently finished a couple DIY trunk tables as a stand in for a console, which have gold legs, and I replaced the castors on these antique chairs with little gold feet. I even completed my TV cabinet redo with gold hoop pulls Darlene found me, as well as a lot of gold accents.

I also hit up this old floorlamp from target. I think I originally got it for $25, and it was shiny nickel. The new gold finish and the black trim I added on the shade help it pop in my Great Room, though I think I’m going to change out the trim for a thicker grosgrain. You can see the gilded lady behind the settee in the background in this pic.

I love the Ditto DIY series link-up that Darlene and a bunch of other bloggers are doing–helped me check these items off my “to-do” list. I can’t wait to go check out what everyone else did.

One last glimpse of gold in my Great Room–the stairwell gallery wall:

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • {darlene weir} @ fieldstonehilldesign.com June 3, 2013, 12:06 PM

    LOVE all these glimpses of your home. Makes me drool for pics for my portfolio!

    Love your lady, and LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with the lamp. SO gorg!

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    • Sarah June 3, 2013, 1:09 PM

      Thanks Darlene! I still have some things to check off in each room before its officially “done”, And ready for photos for you. I want to get curtains up, for instance. But my need to get things ready for baby has slowed me somewhat in these rooms–a good and bad thing, I guess.: )

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  • Kelly @ View Along the Way June 5, 2013, 11:55 PM

    I LOVE your style! The bust just belongs in gold, doesn’t it? And the lamp is a total stunner now. Love it! Thanks for linking up to Ditto DIY!

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    • Tawny April 28, 2016, 10:22 AM

      It’s imvaietrpe that more people make this exact point.

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