Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chalk Painted Chair

I am super excited to be sharing this project with y'all.  I have wanted to try this for sooooooo long.  I've had these two chairs for a couple of years and I'm so over the brown stripe thing.  Last year I ordered some fabric to recover the chairs with. Love this fabric.

But every time I thought about tackling the recovering of these chairs, I just flaked. When I finally went to get started on the recovering business a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get the dad gum legs off the chair! And then I couldn't find the wrench. Then I found some wine and got back on Pinterest and decided I would live with the stupid brown stripes awhile longer until I could get some handy man help.

A couple of weeks later I was gazing lovingly at my media center and thinking how much I love Paris Gray when I wondered if Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would work on fabric. More Pinterest searching and I found these fantastic painted chair makeovers. Seriously swoon worthy.

Robyn Story Designs

Artsy Chicks Rule

Fresh Idea Studio

Feeling inspired, I plopped  dragged my chair up on top of the dining table to keep it away from little hands while I painted. I used my favorite ASCP in Paris Gray.

I sort of mixed all the instructions I read on-line until I came up with what seemed to be working for me.  For the first two coats, I cut the paint with water (about half and half).  I used a spray bottle to wet the fabric in sections before painting and then applied the paint in thin coats.  It was painfully slow going.  By the third coat I started using about three quarters paint to one quarter water and still wet the fabric as I went.

Here's where I started to lose faith.....Three dang coats later and I could still see the brown.

I think at this point I gave up and poured some wine. (Hmmm....sensing a theme here). Then I went to bed in a big ol' sulk. But when I woke up and came down stairs, I noticed something.  Once the chairs had fully dried, the stripes weren't so visible. Then I got back on the internet and re-read the instructions. So apparently most people waited 24 hours between coats but I only waited a few hours. About that. I'm not really known for my ability to delay gratification. Truth.

The chair was looking way better so I watered down a bit more paint and got a fourth coat.  I figured by now, if it needed more than four coats, I'd be considering this a project fail and actually went so far as to pull the fabric out of the garage (handyman was coming over later that day!).  But. I liked it. In fact, I may love it.

Yup, I slopped on the chair legs but I was able to wipe the paint right off with some rubbing alcohol and water. Cheap, crappy furniture lesson learned when I re-did my bedroom furniture.

Some wax and an instant buff and we have a pretty little chair.

Not going to minimize the amount of work and paint this took. It took several days and over half a can of paint which is not cheap by any means.  But I'm loving it.  As an FYI, the color is a few shades lighter than how Paris Gray shows up on wood furniture (see desk in background for contrast) but it's pretty darn awesome nonetheless.

Let's hope it durable. Apologies for the blurry photo but I can't ever take pictures of the boys that aren't a blur. And, yes, that's a paint brush in his hands. Copycat!

That pillow is just wrapped in the fabric I intended to use for the chairs....making pillow covers asap.

Before and after anyone?

I'll keep you posted on how it holds up to the amount of abuse it's going to get in this house.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Going Gray

We've been living in our new house for nine months now and the house was professionally painted before we moved in. So I swore I would learn to like warm colors and wouldn't re-paint. Because that's just dumb, right? I mean, I did re-do the master bedroom because brown was not ok. And I did the Bubs room so his bedding would match. But seriously, the last thing I need to be doing is painting over something that just doesn't need it.

So anyway....I'm painting. Because I've tried to live with the warm wheat color in here but I can't do it. Every time I sit down (which is most of the time when I'm home...I'm just tired, y'all), I'm fixated on how much I hate the wall color. Which is kind of a big deal since it covers both floors top to bottom. Including the two storey living room and landing. But seriously, I hate it.

If it looked this cool in real life, I'd probably leave it alone.

But in reality, it's more like this....

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This warm gold beige was all the rage five to ten years ago but, in my humble opinion it just makes everything look so dated.  Particularly since all my furniture and accessories are in soft blues and grays. Now don't send me hate mail if you're loving the wheat thing.  Everyone should have what they love regardless of trends. But I've never felt the love of this color tone at any level.

So last weekend, after spending most of it on the couch gazing at the walls, I finally caved and picked up a bunch of sample pots from Home Depot. In Benjamin Moore colors, of course. I'll eventually buy the paint from BM but the HD samples are half the cost, y'all.

These are the colors that I loved from the paint chips.

Oh, how I love gray!  Actually Revere Pewter didn't make the first cut but more about that in a minute.

Wow! Gray is a fickle color and it never looks the same on the wall in your own home as it does anywhere else. Take a look at how the samples look on the wall in full daylight and you'll see what I mean. I started with Stonington Gray, Sidewalk Gray, and Cement Gray in that order.

Since I wasn't sure about any of them, I went back for Coventry Gray.  Here they are all neatly labelled.

The Sidewalk Gray looks almost blue and while the Coventry Gray is a gorgeous true gray, (at least on my wall), it's definitely going to be too dark for the entire house.  And to make things a bit more complicated the tiles in the kitchen and hall are a warm yellow beige.

The kitchen counters are.....yup, you guessed it....more warm beige.  Again, the colors look cooler and more neutral here than they really are.

So none of the grays were working. You can kind of see what I mean right here.

Now about this Revere Pewter issue of mine.....When I started picking colors I swore I would not pick Revere Pewter since it's more on the beige side. And I really, really want gray. So. Very. Much. But the fact of the matter is, the first four grays I picked were fails. Which is why I went back for a tester pot of Revere Pewter.

Everyone who's written about Revere Pewter talks about how it's a great neutral, it goes with everything. I was seriously convinced it was going to be too beige. My other issues is that I like to change things up. I actually had Revere Pewter in my old condo (pre-baby boy days) and I wanted something new and different.

These pictures were taken at night but you can see what I mean.  I really did love this color when I was living here.   As an aside, that sofa was new then....it's only four years old now and doesn't remotely look like this any more.  Sigh

Since nothing I had chosen was working at this house, I went back for a sample pot of Revere Pewter and slapped it up next to the others.

I owe Revere Pewter an apology. I was wrong. So very wrong.  It's definitely neutral but with a lovely gray undertone that isn't too blue or too beige.  Exactly what I'm going for.  Who knew?

I think we have a winner.

 Now, if I can just find the time and energy to paint two entire floors, that would be great.  Oh, and conquer my fear of heights.  I have no idea how to paint the two storey landing and the 12 foot walls in the living room.  But I guarantee it will not involve me on any sort of ladder or scaffolding contraption.  Painting party anyone? Tall people will be provided with free food and drink and a pony.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

New House Tour

I can't believe we've been living in the new house for eight months and I haven't shared the details!  Talk about a total brain malfunction on my part.  For those of you that are new here, we moved at the end of June last year from a tiny 2+1 bedroom (yup, I slept in the basement!) to an open concept 3 bedroom (with all the bedrooms on the second floor!).  So without further ado, here are the deets and house tour. I didn't stage anything (obviously!) but have just collected these snaps over the past eight months....Please excuse the clutter but we definitely live here.

When you come in the front door, there's an open entry leading to the main floor.  The garage door is on the right and next to it is the hall closet.  I tried to leave through that closet door for the first few weeks.

To the left of the entry is a small powder room and further on is the door to the unfinished basement.

Here's a couple of shots of the powder room.  Love the fixtures, hate the color.  We're changing that for sure!

It looks gray but it's really poop brown.

Looking down the hall towards the front door.  Disregard my fancy gate....I never did get around to installing it and I just slide it through whenever the boys are up and roaming.

Another shot looking towards the front door.  The house is all beige/gold.  I don't love that part.

From the hall you come right into the living and dining area with the kitchen to the right.

That big lovely pantry door has since been painted.  Still struggling with my color choice.

Another view of the living area.  We literally moved in two days earlier in this pic....no pics on the walls or anything yet.

Looking back towards the front door from the living area.

The stairway to the second level.

First thing I did, even before we fully moved in was install the baby gate.  So far they haven't figured out how to get around it.

We only have one bathroom on the second level..  It is kind of weirdly laid out and covered in brown (ugh!) tiles.  Have I mentioned how much I dislike brown?

Can you spot the Bubble Guppies?

The master bedroom has a walk in closet! Huge improvement from my last basement bedroom that didn't really have a closet.

I love this window but I'm going to have to figure out some kind of treatment for the top.  It's really bright in the morning and the sun blasts in all afternoon.  Pretty but not practical.  The sun is going to fade the bedding in no time.

The Bubs' room...Still loving the color on the walls.... Benjamin Moore's Seahaze.

And Liam's room....I haven't painted or made any changes since he'll be heading into a bed some time this year.  Honestly, I can't believe I'm even writing that!  But once he makes the transition, we'll be re-doing his room so that he can have a big boy room to grow with him.

We also have a fully fenced and completely un-landscaped yard and a garage stuffed full of my junky furniture finds.  The basement is unfinished and is holding all my paints and craft room supplies from the last house along with the laundry area.

There we go....eight months later and we're still loving the place.  Stay tuned for some exciting updates in the next few weeks.

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