Monday, September 17, 2012

Wall Art Change Up

In my living room, I have had a picture that I purchased at Kirklands. I like it, but it was more the colors, than the theme. The girl in the dress didn't really have much to do with the rest of the decor. Here is what it looked like:

I found a tin tile that I really liked from Home at Five

But when the tile arrived, the color was just a little too green for my room, and I didn't like the paint treatment, which had a "faux" rust on it. So, I primed it, and repainted it with a Robin's Egg Blue, and then I sanded it.

I really liked the fabric-like backdrop of the original art, so I pulled the top canvas off, and replaced it with the newly painted tin tile. I simply put nails into the canvas where the canvas had originally been, and then glued the tin all the way around the piece down to the larger canvas.

Here is the canvas in place. What do you think? I'm still looking for two matching pieces for the top of each tower to put on either side of the canvas.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Fast & Cute Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

This wreath is the easiest project you could possible undertake! It can be done in all one color ribbon, or multi-color. I chose a black / white theme.

You will need a 12" wreath, which you can purchase, or make out of a pool noodle. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.

I usually do these type wreaths with grossgrain ribbon, which I prefer, but this one was made with a basic satin-style ribbon from Hobby Lobby. It was $4.99 for 30 feet of ribbon. It took two rolls of the black, and two rolls of the white to complete.

Simply cut your ribbon into 14" strips and begin tying. I tied my ribbon right over left, and then left over right - staying with the same technique throughout so the knots would appear the same size.

I chose to do four ribbons of black, then four of white, and repeat, all the way around the wreath.

The completed wreath is very simple - and it is a great base for other designs. For example, I can easily add clip on flowers to this, or a "boo" sign for Halloween, etc. The entire project took about 20 minutes, and cost under $15.00 (the ribbon and the noodle were both on sale the day I purchased them at Hobby Lobby.) 

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Breakfast Nook Reveal

My kitchen is still "in progress", but I finally to the chairs, and the art hung, in my breakfast nook. (please ignore the tin sitting on the floor - that is for a backsplash project - to come!)

I am currently living in my sister's guest house, so it was originally decorated with her "extra" furniture, and art. I wish this photo showed the light - think standard apartment dining chandelier, brass and unimaginative.  So here is the before:

The first thing I did was to change out the chandelier, and add a dresser to the room for additional storage. The red shades (which don't look great in this photo, but are actually quite lovely in person) add warmth, but I didn't use any crystals on the lamp, except the ball at the bottom, as it would have been too fussy for the space. 

The story of this table, which I painted, is found here

I found these "diner" style chairs for under $90.00 (for both!) on, here: Set of 2 Retro Nostalgic Style Black Finish Dining Chairs

As you can see, I added a cabinet on top of the dresser for more space, it is the Elegant Home Fashions Neal Collection Shelved Double-Door Floor Cabinet with Latticed Window Panels, White which sells for under $100. I painted the backing for the cabinet red to help tie in the other colors in the kitchen. 

I really liked the original wall art, but it was just too orange for the reds in the room, and I wanted to do a small wall gallery to take advantage of the raised ceiling on that side of the room. The wall art is all my own computer designs, with a couple of Etsy purchases. The frames are all inexpensive finds from Dollar General.  I also added red cord covers for the chandelier chains. These are easy to make, I show how here.

The only thing I would like to add is a rug under the table, but I've yet to find one I really like. I have a problem because my Great Dane doesn't like to walk on linoleum so I have several throw rugs between the rug in the main part of the kitchen and the back door. I really need to purchase a rug that is wide enough to go under the table, and across the room (to the right) where the dog can walk on it to get to the door. Oh, the things we do for our dogs!

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Shabby Chic Client Room Update - Projects

This is an update on a in-progress room I am doing with a client. My client is actually my manicurist, and she uses this room as her nail studio, but it is also used for TV watching for the family, so we needed to make the room bi-functional. Also, we were doing this on a budget, so we did most of the work, and we we bought very little - choosing to reuse furniture from the existing room, and from other rooms of the house.

Our favorite piece so far is this chandelier, which we painted, and I added swag crystals. Below is the armoire. It was a traditional heavy oak piece. We removed all the doors; and I added some wood embellishments to the upper corners above the TV niche. 

Here are the "before" shots. As you can see, we painted all of the wood in this room, as well as the the adjoining hallway. This room is the first room you see when you enter her house.

The chandelier came with the house, and we both loved it, but new it needed updating. It was an unusual design, and I felt that it needed both a pop of color, and some sway crystals added to it. The TV armoire, and the chandelier, along with the table she used for manicures, are the only pieces we kept.

You can see the TV cabinet in the photos above and below. As I mentioned, we removed the doors. All of the wood in the room, including the armoire, were primed, and then painted with a cream paint. The furniture was painted white. 

This photo was taken after the room and furniture had been painted. This rocking chair was a family piece that we painted for the room. 

The love seat below came from her living room. It wasn't the size or color we wanted, but we bought a slip cover from to, at least, handle the color issue.

There were a lot of small projects in the room - like painting this lamp, which was the client's grandmother's. 

Here you can see the "after"

You can see it here, in front of the slip-covered love seat. The ottoman, and the drapes, are still in progress.

I don't have a front door "before" photo, but this is what it looked like after all the dark wood paneling had been primed. It gives you an idea of the change.

For the hallway, we painted the walls, painted the chandelier, and changed out some of the green crystals (see photo below) with icicle crystals. 

The decor for the walls are window frames with mirrors in them. The client bought them about 15 years ago, but had never used them. We added matching wreaths, held in place by ribbons. The clock in the center was a custom mosaic piece, made by my sister, several years ago.

The client has a lovely stain glass panel, that we plan to frame on the inside of the front door to give her privacy.

Here is a close up of the chandelier "after". Painting an old chandelier is easy. Simply take it down; remove all the crystals, and clean them, and the lamp, well. I used vinegar, and then a window cleaner to be sure to remove all oil and dirt. Then spray paint the piece.. I hung it from the chain so I could spray all sides. Once the chandelier is back up, replace the crystals. 

Here is a look at the pink chandelier with the lights on.

Another feature of the room is the purple painted rocking chair. The client saw a painted chair on Pinterest:

Source: via Gayle on Pinterest

After cleaning the chair, we painted it with primer, and then spray painted it the lavender color.

I freehand painted the flower design on the back and the seat. Here are some close up photos of that:

Another project for the room was a shadow box with the client's grandmother's vanity set. I purchased the box at Hobby Lobby. After painting the box white, I added white felt to the back of the box, and then I placed the pieces where I wanted them. With a pencil, I marked spots on each side of the pieces to drill holes, as I would be using zip ties to hold the pieces in place. After drilling the holes, I laid the doilies on the back, placed the vanity pieces, and secured with the zip ties. Then I put the box together, and hung it. 

It is a great conversation piece, and perfect for a shabby chic room used to do nails!

The white painted piece (this was pre-sanding, and doesn't reflect the finished piece) was the client's. It was brown, and we painted it white outside, and Robin's Egg blue inside. It houses all the client's nail supplies for her business, keeping them safe and out of the way when she isn't using them.

After painting the armoire, we added pink striped wrapping paper (purchased on to the back of the upper sections. The client has a large collection of milk glass, and we needed some color so that the white pieces would show up in the space.

That is the room, so far . . . we are still working on drapes, the ottoman, a chair, and some additional storage for the client's nail tools (dryer, lamp, etc.) I also need to get photos of her nail table, which was painted, and collaged, with floral papers.  I can't wait to show you the completed space!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bookshelves - easy customization.

I wanted the look of a hutch in my office (actually, two hutches) but I didn't want to buy all new furniture. So, I rearranged my office - and added inexpensive bookcases (South Shore Axess Collection 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black). I didn't want the back wall of my office to look like a black hole, so I added a simple designed paper to the back of the bookcase.

Here are a couple of "before" shots for you. The corner desk is in the same place, and the shelves to the right of my computer is now on the other side of the window.

After I put together the frame of the bookcase, I used 3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive and a black and white damask roll of wrapping paper to add the design to the back of the bookcase. Being able to do this at once is easier than putting the design on the back of each individual shelf. 

After the adhesive set (with spray adhesive, after a certain amount of time, it becomes permanent), I affixed it to the back of the bookcase with small tack nails. It is easy to remove, and change out the design later.

The photo above is from the second piece of furniture I added the bookcase, the photo below is the bookcase on the corner desk piece. As you can see, as long as you choose a bookcase with the same, or slightly smaller dimension as your bottom piece, the pieces will look seamless.

Here you can see it in the room.