Sunday, April 17, 2011

French Grain Sack Chair Before and After

I bought this little chair at a yard sale, it was part of the typical 60's little girls French Provincial knockoff furniture that I think almost every girl had a piece of at one time or another. It was sturdy enough but the boring cream & gold paint was chipping off & tweed & metallic thread fabric on the seat was in bad shape.

I sanded it down then did a dry brush treatment with two different shades of gray paint I had on hand. I started with an uneven coat of the dark gray, again, dry brushing so that the coverage was pretty good but not solid (you could still see the original paint showing through in some spots). Next I did the same thing with the lighter gray, focusing on the areas where the original cream still showed through. After both these dried I did a final dry brush with Valspar's Asphaltum glaze & just worked it in unevenly. All of it was sealed with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic

The seat fabric was replaced with solid ticking in a unbleached natural color that I hand painted a "French grain sack" style design on with some black fabric paint I picked up at Micheal's for a couple bucks. I washed it after it dried so it had that old faded look to it like an actual grain sack would. It also softens the paint up a little. This chair is available at the Revamped Boutique inside Reminisce in downtown Paso Robles.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dream Closet Makeover Ingredients


Lately I've really been wanting to use grays & whites somewhere in my house, I love the combination of these two classic colors when they're mixed with deep rich wood tones & a little sparkle (think mirrors or chandelier crystals). However that said, this style goes with nothing in the Mediterranean design scheme were working towards throughout the rest of the house. So where could I use this without it looking out of place? Somewhere that wouldn't necessarily matter if it didn't hold hands with the rest of the color schemes in our home? It would have to be a room all to itself.........I do need to redo my closet organization system......and If I'm going to repaint the best time to do it would be when everything is already taken out, like you would need to if you were putting in a new closet system, hmm....

These bold vertical stripes are a great design trick for making a space appear to have higher ceilings, which would be great in my "walk in" closet which is really more of a squeeze in closet. For some reason the ceilings in my closet are lower than they are in my bedroom. So this paint treatment might be a good option for me.
I'm also loving this stencil design, it's a nice graphic print without being too overpowering (which is good because going to bold could end up making my cluttered little closet look even smaller. Simple to do too.

Every closet needs ample room for stiletto storage, right? When we bought our house the previous owners had some built in shelves installed but they're not very efficient, for me at least. The spaces between each self are at least a foot & a half, probably good for what they were intended for - folded clothes. That's what dressers are for. I'm planning on adding a few so that they can be re-spaced appropriately for heels, and a couple for boots too. What I love about this set up is the back lighting on each shelf, it's like a shoe gallery.

What I love about this organization system is that it looks so nice & neat but look at how much is packed in there! This is what I need, and there's even additional shoe storage at the bottom!

Nieman Marcus

Of course, if Im going to make all these cool changes to my closet then I'll need to make sure there's enough lighting to notice them all. In my mini space one of these mini chandeliers would work perfectly! If you can't have a grand scale you should at least have grand style.

And lastly, what good is a closet with no mirror? This awesome gold carve frame would really stand out against a cool gray paint treatment. It would also give my boyfriend a chance to try out the new router table his mom just got! He has been anxious to use it.......It would be so cute with a little tufted footstool with curved legs sitting in front of it.

So what do you think of this color scheme? Cool gray with white accents and gold leaf finishes on the huge mirror & mini chandelier, all anchored by dark rich wood shelving? I think I need to get to work!

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