Renovating our darling cottage is such a wonderous, artistic endeavor! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are so very grateful for the opportunity to do so!
Many visitors ask about the wall finishes in various rooms upstairs. In particular the lovely room stenciled in French script by Royal Design Studio called "Springtime in Paris Letter Stencil".
Sold online at www.royaldesignstudio.com, this large, two-part stencil took several days and several pairs of hands to apply. Below we have a few tips for the adventurous!
* blue tape
* small piece of cardboard
* bucket of water
* several old hand towels
* small plastic tarp
* small container of chalk paint (we used Martha Stewart umber brown)
... optional... :-)
* good music!
* margaritas or bottle of wine
Now let's get to it!!
Get your 3 person team together! One to wash stencil and 2 others to work the wall.
Step 1: Start in a top corner that you would not readily see.
Step 2: Place stencil on wall and secure with blue tape. Be sure it's straight on the wall
Step 3: Load stencil brush with paint. Then dap excess on cardboard.
Step 4: Move brush gently over each open letter of stencil in a circular motion.
Step 5: Wash stencil with a damp towel.
Step 6: Match up the other half of the stencil and repeat steps 2 and 3.
Step 7: Complete all 4 walls with the whole stencil.
Step 8: Lastly, cut stencil to fit windows, corners etc.
Step 9: Marvel at the result!!
Monday, May 15, 2017
We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are very excited to announce we have a YouTube channel! There you'll find all kinds of fun, fabulous design ideas.
Check it out!
Effortless Design! Arrange your favorite petite succulents together with one of our rustic lath wood boxes and a chicken wire lantern.
12" reclaimed tobacco barnwood lath box (available in our shop!)
5" square, glass lined, chicken wire lantern (available in our shop!)
4 or 5 succulents
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Whether you've a century old or a newly
constructed home, consider this fun, easy
way to personalize your space!
The renovations at Beekeeper's Cottage are
rolling on! Both of our staircases have
kick plates that are adorned with vintage
sheet music and art papers.
This project was completed two years-ago.
We're thrilled to say they've worn very well,
needing only minor repairs, despite heavy
Here's a step by step "how to" create and maintain gorgeous kickplates!
Step 1: Use a mild solution to throughly clean kickplate surface.
Step 2: Prepare your papers by trimming to desired size. And the best part, CREATE your COLLAGES!! We did one step at a time starting with the bottom kickplate. Our papers for the back staircase are scrapbook papers from Michaels and one of our favorite paper designers, Tim Holtz. The front staircase is vintage sheet music.
Step 3: With a paint brush, generously butter one or two pieces at a time with wallpaper paste. Press pieces into place with a plastic trowel or our favorite, an old credit card! Press hard! Then quickly move the plastic tool back and forth to insure adhesion.
Step 4: Keep going! :-) When you've done all your kickplates, allow to dry 24 hours.
Step 5: Brush on a clear matte sealer. Repeat with one more coat.
Step 6: Take a picture to be featured on our Instagram!
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Reclaimed stair pickets $19 each for a total of $76
Tin panel 24" x 24" $11 each (add your own paint finish) $22
Wood molding $2.89 a foot, 20' for this project = $60
Picture frame brackets $2.29 for 20 pieces (8 per frame)
Help from a husband, friend or neighbor... priceless!!
Note: The curtain panel is from Bella Notte Linens, Linen Whisper Embellished
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Wishing you and your loved ones a VERY MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Friday, December 23, 2016
What's your favorite hot drink in a vintage china cup?
Note: We used Google as our recipe resource going with the one published in the New York Times by Erin McCann, December 19, 2016. It brought a smile to our faces. (See below)
The basic idea is not new. Most versions follow the same formula as the one posted in 2014 on Imma Eat That, a food blog that has frequently been cited as the recipe has rocked around the internet in the past few years. It’s pretty easy to follow:
1) Make some hot chocolate.2) Put some red wine in it.
3) Add whipped cream on top.5) Drink.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Our lath, which means thin wood, is reclaimed from tobacco barns and fashioned into various sized boxes from 12" to 32". Standing just 5" tall and 7" wide, they provide the perfect foundation for all kinds of rustic elegance! Here we've added votive candles tucked in hobnail jars with epsom salt bottoms. Then to bring out the season, we've dressed the box with sprigs of holiday greenery. So festive!