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Spray Painted Vinyl Chair

21 Mar

Way back in September when I wrapped up my entryway tree, I plunged into a little DIY project that went along with that update – I spray painted a vinyl chair.  Yep.  You heard read that right. I would have never thought of giving a chair a facelift with spray paint (a dresser or end table, yes…) until I stumbled upon this blog post on Little Green Notebook that completely opened my eyes to a whole new world of spray painting options!

I’ve had these two blue, vinyl club chairs for a few years now.  I love them.  They are well made and comfortable to sit in, but I’ve always thought that I’d reupholster them – they are a shade of blue that’s neither modern nor funky enough to really look as good as they could otherwise, they’re just kind of dull and blah.  So I dove in without a second thought and gave one of them a cool new hue… green… sea-foam green… Krylon’s “Catalina Mist” to be exact:

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I went on ahead and bought a can of clear spray enamel to use as a finishing coat as well since the Catalina Mist did not come in a spray that indicated it would bond to plastic (as per the DIY instructions I was going by on Little Green Notebook) which is key in making this project work – IF YOU WANT TO SPRAY PAINT VINYL AND HAVE IT STICK, YOU MUST USE SPRAY PAINT THAT BONDS TO PLASTIC.

The process was pretty simple. I just gave the chair a good cleaning with a degreaser, wrapped the legs in trash bags and taped them off, and then just went to town spray painting:

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It feels completely smooth to the touch as if the vinyl itself was sea foam green all along 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Master Bedroom Painted!

11 Mar

Well it only took me three weeks (working at it a few weeknights a week) but it’s finally all done! This was my first attempt at painting a ceiling, aside from the teeny tiny one in the master bathroom, and also my first time to paint all the trim in a room, which for this room included baseboards, crown moulding, two door surrounds, three window sills and also the closet trim.  Whew, glad it’s all done!!! And I am very, very pleased with the results 🙂

I wanted the walls a shade of greige, something earthy and clay-like, so with the following inspiration colors in mind…

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… I narrowed it down to these three options:

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Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter,” “Baby Fawn,” and ” Dove Wing.”

After slapping a sampling of each color on a variety of walls in my bedroom, right away it was clear that “Dove Wing” was much too light and “Revere Pewter” was too cool for my liking.  I really liked “Baby Fawn,” but didn’t find the hue saturated just quite enough, so I tried a fourth sample – “Baby Fawn” mixed at 100% darker, and BAM! I found my color:

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I decided to paint the trim semi-gloss ultra white first, that way I didn’t have to be too precise in my efforts, and boy, what a difference it made:

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It’s so clean-looking and really makes everything pop!

After getting through that phase, I tackled the ceiling next, mainly because I really wanted it painted and I knew the likelihood of me ever getting around to doing it after the walls were complete would be drastically decreased if I didn’t do it first! My first thought on ceiling color was to go lighter.  I thought I would just mix all the paint samples along with some of the wall paint and go with that, but after a little deliberation, I decided that I wanted to paint the doors in there black, so I thought making the ceiling a little darker and moodier would tie everything together real nice (we’ll see how that all works out at a later time).  So in addition to all the samples getting mixed together, I added a little black to the mix, which resulted in this:

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Then finally, the following week, Olive and I got busy painting the walls, which you can see a peek of in the above photo:

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The final outcome:

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I really like it! The wall color leans toward a warmer beige tone at well-lighted times, and toward a cooler gray tone in low-key lighting. I’m currently working on getting the curtains back up and I’m already liking how the darker accent colors pop against the more neutral wall color.  So hopefully the addition of a dark headboard and black doors will all work out in the end, we shall see…

Thanks for looking!

Dresser Drawers Turned Wall Shelves Phase 1- Installation

3 Nov

As a continuation of my self-imposed Pinterest challenge (more on that here) I have gotten the installation phase of my drawer shelves complete:

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This is one of those projects that I would file under “upcycling” or “restyling” as they are known in DIY blogland – where you take something that you found or have lying around the house that you don’t use or don’t LOVE in its current state, and upcycle it into something awesome that you do love. These projects also tend to be budget friendly – I snatched these drawers for free from an old retired dresser of my little cousin’s that was getting tossed.

The process was fairly simple.  After spotting a blank area on one of the walls in the den that could house a little project like this, I first put a quick couple coats of paint on the drawer fronts (paint color left over from the blue room – Behr’s “Caribe”) :

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Then I cut out paper templates to the size of each drawer and arranged them on the wall several times until I came up with a configuration that I  liked:

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After that, it was basically just predrilling and drilling holes into the drawers and into the wall (using wall anchors) and getting them up one at a time until they were all mounted:

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And that was pretty much it!

Below are some inspiration photos for this project that I have pinned here:

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Pretty inventive and lovely, don’t you think?

In phase 2, I plan on decking out the shelf backings (technically the drawer bottoms) with some pretty fabric or decorative paper, and then decorating and styling the shelves with some lovely tchotchkes aka thrift store finds, so stay tuned for that 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Den Progress – Furniture Arrangement

8 Dec

Considering how large this space is, it really did take quite a bit of brainstorming on my part before finally coming up with a floor plan that felt right, was multi-functional, intentional and well thoughtout, and of course that I liked.  As I mentioned in this post, I really hadn’t given the den much attention at all in the way of design, or even functionability for that matter, until just a couple of months ago.  I knew that I wanted the room to function as both the designated tv room and as a guest bedroom space (with tv viewing possible from the bed), similar to the setup in the following inspiration photo:

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But before I show-and-tell where we ended up after this big ol’ transformation, I’ll share some of the how-we-got-there moments first.  As part of the aforementioned brainstorming process, the furniture went through a series of configurations (both on paper and actually) to see what felt and looked best.  It went from this:

which I nixed because I couldn’t make that little window and the tv look balanced and it was driving me nuts (sorry, no pic with the tv actually on the dresser).  I even scooted the dresser closer and further away from the back wall and also switched the tv from the right side of the dresser to the left.  Still no dice.  So then I shifted things around yet again and this side of the room sat looking like this for a couple of weeks:

While the other side remained like this:

I actually kind of liked the L-shaped configuration of the couch and tv stand in this set-up.  It left plenty of space for getting our wii gaming on and boasting our own interpretation of any given DWTS dance routine (dude, that Rikki and Derek Psycho tango was off the chain AWESOME!) we felt a likening to.  But I wasn’t so pleased with the placement of the bed.  Even if I swapped it over to the back wall (with the head of the bed against the same wall that the tv/dresser are against) it still just didn’t seem right, and you wouldn’t get a good view of the tv from the bed with the room set-up that way either.  I was in a bit of a floor-plan rut.  Also, the vision of a day bed kept coming to my mind and I was trying to work through how I could have a day bed look with the use of a queen-sized bed. So where do we go when we need some super, get-me-thinking-in-the-right-direction insperado? Yes, onto Pinterest I went and lo and behold I ran into many an inspiring photo of queen-sized beds as day beds.  Here are some of my favorites:

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And that’s when it hit me… put the long side of the bed against the wall that the couch was currently against, place the sofa back-side to the bed and put the tv/dresser in front of the couch. BAM!  I came up with a floor-plan!  But seeing it is a whole lot easier to grasp than reading about it, so here you go:

I love it!  (Oh and just a little side-note, Olive made the bed all by herself to help out mama get the room picture ready – what a sweet little helper she is).  I actually considered flanking the bed with the two Billy bookcases and putting a wholelotta pillows against the wall between the bookcases to create the whole day-bed look I really liked, but I couldn’t get over the fact that there wouldn’t be a wall behind your head if/when you slept on the bed if I did that, and that’s just weird.  So I created a little bed-alcove of sorts instead by placing a bookcase at the side and foot of the bed.  I think it works.  I also really like how the sofa creates separation, yet you still have an excellent view of the tv from the bed.  And as an added bonus, the bed serves as a perfectly convenient dropping/folding post for the laundry (the laundry room is just a few steps away from the foot of the bed, behind those gray curtains in the picture above).  Still though, I haven’t quite figured out what I’m gonna do with the corner of the room where the Christmas tree currently resides.  I am playing around with the idea of putting the computer there, but I really like the computer centrally located within the house (in the kitchen), so that probably won’t happen.  I don’t know, we’ll see where things end up after the holidays.  But as for now, I am, to say the least, very pleased with the way things are coming along in the den.

Now, just to see how far this room really has come, here is what it looked like in all of it’s bachelor-pad glory before any den-redesigning ever took place:

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Yeah, I think it’s a major improvement.  Now onto the details – curtains, decking up the walls, and maybe even a diy diamond tufting project or two in there as well.  I’ll keep ya posted 😉

Thanks for looking!

Closet Painting (With the Kids)

26 Sep

Last week I made some headway painting the den, (two walls got painted to be exact) which might make you think that the next logical thing for me to paint would be the remaining walls in the den, but nope, not the story here.  I opted to first paint the closet in my bedroom instead.  Why, you ask?  Well because, like I explained in the previous post, we were very eager to get the television set up in the den, (we were having tv withdrawals, seriously, Olive watched nearly 2 hours of SpongeBob on Sunday – should I be admitting to allowing her to do that?) and in order to get that done I would need to move the long dresser from my bedroom into the den for use as a media console.  But even before doing this I would need to make ready the closet for all it’s newly incoming garb formerly housed within the confines of the dresser.  See how this is all starting to tie in together?

So just like any other normal person would decide to do, I went on ahead and threw some paint on the interior closet walls before moving all the new stuff in, not without the help of my two children assistants of course – it was actually their idea of a good time on a Saturday night… and admittedly mine too:

I just used some previously mixed peachy-pink paint (more on the here) mixed with some additional pink and some white paint to try to get it as closely matched to the paint swatch that I liked.  I really liked the “Peach A La Mode” color, but ended up with something closer to the “Peach Crayon” color swatch below:

Note: the colors shown here are not true to life, pretty much at all, but they do show the closeness of the mixed paint to the color of the paint swatches, both of which are Glidden.

I am pleased with the results, and there’s always something extra rewarding about using supplies you already have on hand.  The color is sort of iridescent too, which you can see a little better in this pic below:

So we chugged away for about an hour or so and got it to near completion:

Then on Sunday, I finished up painting the top and touched things up.  You may have noticed in the picture above that the back wall inside the built-in cubbies was left unpainted.  That’s because I had the grand idea of painting those areas coral (Valspar’s “Tropical Pomegranate” to be exact) with leftover paint from the entryway credenza that I painted back in June.  Which left things looking like this:

As for the shelf that sits just above the clothing rod… that got a little facelift as well:

I wrapped it with wrapping paper that I bought specifically to line the drawers of the entryway credenza (the coral paint color ties in well with the coral flowers on the paper) with the use of spray adhesive to keep it in place:

After putting the shelf back in place, we ended up with a beautifully painted, peachy-pink, clothing-ready closet:

Ahh, just peachy isn’t it? It puts a smile on my face and gives me the warm-and-fuzzies every time I walk past it 🙂

But then I look over at the big ol’ mess on my bed and that brings me back down to realty:

Now I’ve got some organizing to do!!

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Den Progress – Painting

22 Sep

Just a real quick update post – I’m finally getting around to painting the den, woo hoo!  Since I could not/cannot bring myself to set the television up without first getting all the painting in this room done (well at least the tv side of the room) I have consequently been without television for going on 3 weeks now!  Yeah.  So, needless to say, I’m bound and determined to get this done once and for all – can’t miss another episode of DWTS now can we!?!

I got started on Tuesday of this week with prepping the two walls I decided to tackle first.  I moved everything to the middle of the room, dusted and wiped down the walls and moulding, sanded, caulked and spackled the rough, bubbled up spot under the little window (we had a leak there that caused some damage to the existing paint, but it’s since been fixed) and taped the lower moulding off with painter’s tape:

On Wednesday, I “edged-in” on the lower parts of the wall and tonight I came home from work with the intention of just edging-in on the upper parts of the wall, but got all gung-ho and whipped out the roller to slap on a coat of paint all over the two walls instead:

I absolutely love it!  It’s gray, it’s blue, it’s green.  Exactly what I was wanting – recall this inspiration photo from this post:

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The exact paint color is Behr’s “Pensive Sky.”  Here’s a scanned image of the paint swatch:

I left Home Depot thinking that I was going to go with “Rhino,” but after getting home I realized it was a tad too dark, so “Pensive Sky” it was, although there were several other colors in the running:

Sorry for the poor image quality, also these all read slightly more blue than they actually are in real life.

So hopefully the entire room gets painted by the end of the weekend, but at the very least I’ll definitely get around to setting up the television that’s for sure 🙂

Olive’s Bedroom Progress – Shelfy Business

27 Jul

Upon taking the tall bookcase from the corner of Olive’s room to being centered between two windows (more on that here), I became so much more aware of how simply adding balance to a space can bring everything together in a room in a very visually pleasing way.   So in an attempt to further balance things in my Little Bittle’s room, I decided to flank the large picture window that is centered on the southern facing wall (the wall on the right hand side in the first picture below) with shelves that I snatched up from the entry

This is how things were looking in there before adding the shelves:

Just in case you’re wondering what in the heck that green thing is that’s draped over Olive’s bed, that is an interim make-shift canopy that I whipped up real quick after removing the hula hoop canopy that I made for her last year.  (New canopy idea is in the works!)

And this is how it looks with the lovely shelves hanging on either side of the window:

Ahh, balance.

I’m glad I was able to streamline things in there with the use of items that we already had lying around the house yet again  (see how three different rooms in the house got mini-makeovers just by moving around tables that we already owned right here and how I made use of two shelves from different rooms in the house to spiffen up the laundry room right here). 

So after taking the below shelves out of the entryway:

And painting them with two coats of peachy-pink self-mixed paint with assistance from my little-helper of course: 

We ended up with this:

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I love them.

The shelves closest to the side window (pictured just above) are styled up pretty much perfectly to mine and Olive’s liking.  The shelves on the other side (the one’s above her bed) still need some attention in the decorating department – I just threw some things on them for picture taking’s sake.  But all in all, I really feel like they add not only balance but also length to the room surprisingly enough. 

Let’s take another gander from a wide view angle once again (so you don’t have to scroll back up):

I’m definitely pleased with the results of adding these shelves, and also with how her room is coming together in general.  And more importantly, Olive likes it too, so that makes me very happy 🙂

Stay tuned for even more Olive’s Room Progress to come!

Thanks for looking!

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