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|photos of medieval home decor projects with templates and instructions for medieval and gothic home decor projects you can make|
heavy textured fabrics
plaster, concrete, or gypsum columns for table bases
Make it yourself-it's easier than you think! I did it...me, a single woman.
Refinish pieces found at yard sales, thrift stores, or junk shops.
Use metal hardware on wood furniture to give it a medieval feel. Studs, brackets hinges and handles can be bought in a variety of gothic styles.
Add wood molding onto edges of bookcases tables and the like. Home Depot sells a variety of intricate wood moldings in 6 and 8 foot lengths fairly inexpensively.
Have a welder or metal fab shop frame up some tables or chairs that you can finish off with brocade or tapestry cushions.
Use bronzing, silver leafing, stencils, and other finishes to add medieval feel to more modern pieces. Add gothic arches, quatrefoils, fluer di lis, and other shapes to your wood furniture by applying pre-cut wood designs, using a wood burner, or paint.
Keep modern items, especially electronics, tucked away from sight in cabinets, chests, and armoires. You can even build rough wooden "chests" for stereo speakers.
I saw on a television program a couple months ago where one medieval enthusiast turned an old door into a throne chair. You would have never known its origins, it looked great!
Medieval times are not known for their comfortable furniture. Perhaps that is why mead flowed so freely in the great halls. But your comfortable modern sofa need not be replaced for a palette as I have done. Well chosen heavy fabric draped loosely and plentifully over a sofa can keep that gothic feeling alive in your room.
Yard sales, garage sales
Thrift stores, junk shops
Swap meets, clearance sales
Hardware stores, lumber yards
if you have more money than time or artistic talent, try:
|Simple welded frame-just add cushions|
|Simple pleated fabric panels on a metal frame a fab shop can weld up for you inexpensively||A chest that can serve as a table, easily constructed of 6" or 8" X 1"s, with some stain, iron hinges & wood burning, voila! an authentic medieval piece...|
|A thrift store cabinet refinished and with a stained plywood Gothic Arch topper in place-a collectable piece with charm||Add some heavy hinging and black stenciled knotwork and a great medieval feeling comes from an old chest|
|Loosely drape heavy luxurious fabrics over sofas to soften the modern style and lend an old world feeling|
|A pattern for this simple to make 12 slat X Chair can be found on the SCA linked site|
|Remember that a pint of stain and a few feet of pine, with some heavy metal studs and hinges, can create a great medieval piece you can be proud of|
|There are two ways to go in a motif of this type-authentic simple items that compliment your medieval room. These would be iron and candelabra, weapons, shields, boxes, and chain, with some tapestry for good measure. As I have been making and collecting ceramics and metal figures for many years, I went the other way, adding inauthentic but enjoyable fairies, brownies, gnomes, knights, dragons, castles, wizards and elves to my motif. I have them spread out around the room to avoid clutter and I like to think they add to the flavor, though I admit they water down its authenticity. If you are a collector or into fantasy, you'll want to set up some chunky dark wood shelving to display your art.
There are so many sites selling medieval and fantasy accessories that I will only list here a few of my absolute fav pieces. For ideas on items you can make yourself, or buy similar ones at thrift shops, see My Choices and my links.
|Pieces like these are fairly easy to make with sheet metal and metal shears.|
|Buy that yard sale broken down piece with the great iron hardware and put them on something nicer!|
|Dragons Dragons Dragons!|
|If you can't afford $150-400 for an authentic woven tapestry like those above, get a large piece of machine made tapestry fabric from a good fabric store and hang it on nice rods with finials. There are plenty of quality selections of tapestry fabric in any home decor section of larger fabric outlets. Adding a length of chain can look great too.|
|Got the green eyed dragon yet? Well I don't sell anything on my site but look below for links to retailers of great fantasy and medieval home decor items.|
|At the time these photos were taken the living room was nearly complete. You may get some good ideas and inspiration here, and more importantly, you will realize that if I, a singularly untalented wannabe artist on a starving artist's budget, can pull off a medieval room, so can YOU.
You'll observe that I did not choose traditionally medieval colors-opting instead for royal blue and plum purple, with silver leaf, pewter, and wrought iron. I made my drapes, a console cover for a long wood table (thrift store find), and sofa bolster pillows and cushions out of a plum satin damask in the lovely scroll design you see below and two chairs and more pillows out of plum ultrasuede fabric.
|I picked up the solid wood gothic armoire for a song and barely had to do anything to it. It is perfect for stashing my modern electronics out of sight, and the games, tapes and dvds too. To the right, a lion head candle holder...you can't go wrong with lots of black chain.|
| I made the gypsum gryphon table myself, and did the verdigris bronze finish in an hour or two. The
gothic trestle table cost me a whopping $15 at a yard sale. I sold my modern black leather reclining
sofa and chose a flat, futon-style leather framed palette with the mattress in blue leather. I bought a
metal shelf that I sprayed flat black to look like wrought iron. I made a bookcase and painted it royal
blue then stencilled celtic knotwork on it, which I then silver leafed.
|Habitat for Humanity in my area always has some wonderful finds for donated items. I refinished this chair in three hours. Some sanding, a dark stain instead of pine, wool-filled cushions recovered in plum ultrasuede on sale at Joann's and voila, a semi medieval-looking chair that is actually comfortable. Please excuse the poor quality of the photo from my old $100 digital (saving for a new camera).|
|The carving in the front adds to the medieval feel, I thought, along with the peg and pin construction.|
|This chair also was refinished in an afternoon with sandpaper, dark stain, and a new plum ultrasuede seat. To this one I added high density (designed for comfort to handle weight under your backside) foam, 8 inches thick, so that one could comfortably sit on this chair a couple hours or more.
Along the top there was a lovely piece of teak inlay I was careful not to stain dark and the turned wood legs had the same at the bottom. Nearly all the wood on the chair is stylized with carving and turning which made it a special find for $5 at a yard sale!
For some reason my camera sometimes gropes for the color and misses the interpretation. The seat is the same plum purple as my curtains, sofa cushions, console table, and the larger chair.
|I dressed up my plain palette of a "sofa" with a crown canopy. Silver-leafed...of course...|
|The mattress cover is royal blue leather over a plain black futon mattress and the frame is wood box construction covered in silver leather. The many cushions are either the same plum ultrasuede as the two chairs or the plum satin damask brocade of the curtains and console table. One is the blue velvet scroll pattern of the hanging "tapestries" you'll see shortly.|
|My 2 daughters enjoy making fun of my childlike enthusiasm and overactive imagination. It's all in good fun and since I don't take life or myself too seriously, I laugh with them as they laugh at me.
This is my Magical Instrument of Power and Light which they always call my Stick. I made this wizard staff using a nice piece of branch found on a Rocky Mountain hike. I painted that black and the bottom 6 inches I painted with a grainy purple sandstone paint you can buy a jar of at ceramics stores. To add to the fantasy effect I bought one with flecks of sparkle in it.
I wrapped the top of my Stick in strips of blue leather, about where you would hold it as walking (shalele style). I wanted the staff to be Earth Elemental, so from it, using strips of blue leather, I hung 2 peacock feathers (turned backwards in pic-sorry) a pendant of mother of pearl in silver, a large mother of pearl teardrop shell and one of abalone, a pewter rune stone of my Celtic sign, and a crystal. Along the five hanging leather strips are black fur, bone beads, and celtic knotwork engraved beads. The staff is topped with a cracked glass ball firmly attached with epoxy.
The idea was feathers for the air; fur, bone, and stone for the earth; shells for the sea. To me at least what it represents is magic, power, and light.
|The unicorn I made that sits on this shelf is one of my favs. See below for a better shot against a dark background. With the dragon on the mirror and the unicorn below, it is a bit like angel and devil, good and evil, the masks of comedy and drama, in this corner of the room.|
|More of the ceramics I have made & the silver leafing I do often|
|My green man needs more green eh?|
|There are dashes of leather, gold, and wood in the collectables around the room, to offset the silver all over.|
|To separate an open space along one wall I made two "tapestry" hangings of royal blue velvet scroll fabric on sale CHEAP at JoAnn's and made a large blue canvas banner with silver leaf, upon which I painted the lion using the template on page one.|
|A few feet of chain and a nice votive holder
a simple gothic candle, incense or oil lamp.
|Scratched metal gothic shaped lamp - $3
Flat black spray paint - $3
Austrian crystal from Home Depot - $15
Fairies handpainted with my daughter $12
Fantasy gothic ceiling light - Priceless....
|I just discovered gel candle kits (Delta). You can take any lovely glass or ceramic piece (heat resistant) melt the gel candle solution, which can be scented and comes in colors, and pour it into the piece with a wick, and you have a lovely candle cheaper, much, than you could buy it. The light shines through the gel candle making it especially lovely hanging or with cracked glass items.|
|I promised to show you how my 1st try at stone walls turned out...|
|Close Up View|
|Mask off your blocks in desired size with masking tape in the width you want the lines. I made big blocks with big lines.
Select your colors ( I recommend at least three) and splotchy dab them on each block. On mine I made moldy/mossy corners and veins using two shades of gray, then dabbed on two shades of tan.
Lastly, colorwash, preferably with a sponge roller, a lighter shade over top to mute the colors and give it a more subtle stony look.
I was lucky, my walls are heavily textured and that improved the look.
|Take an old electric lamp apart and make it a candlelier, spray it flat black|
|I made myself a personal Coat of Arms.
I chose a griffin for courage, a crown for noble behavior, a castle for home and family,
and a cross for my spiritual side.
Templates for all were found on heraldry
pages on the web.
|I used the template from the first page of Medieval Home Decor to apply adhesive leading strips in gothic arch and circle patterns.
I used royal blue glass paint for the larger spaces, and purple for the circles and bars.
This window is as lovely with the moonlight coming through at night as it is with the sunlight in the day time.
|A few more pieces of my ceramics and /or painting projects. Not shown are another wizard, a dragon candlestick, a unicorn box, a dragon oil warmer, a dragon oil lamp, and a large maiden with a unicorn statue, which I have decided will be the LAST of my collection.|
|Good Luck with Your castle...I know you will love it as I love mine...|
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