Out with the old, in with the new...Part 2

Friday, November 4, 2011

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you on my before and after's of my Cabinet Transformation product review.  If you can remember back to my original post, this product promises to transform your cabinets in 4 easy steps. NO SANDING, STRIPING, OR PRIMING! True to its word, we took our old, 1970's cabinet to a WHOLE new level with this amazing product! 
Here are a couple "before" pictures:

AND...Here is the "after!"

I eliminated step 4, which is to add the glaze to the top coat. However, you wouldn't be able to see it on this dark of finish, so I didn't waste my time. If you have a weekend, and some tired cabinets OR furniture..why not give it a try? It is a piece of cake to apply, and the results...well, you be the judge!
Oh, and one more thing...I FINISHED my daughters homemade artwork! And YES, in case you are wondering...she IS a teenager and STILL wants pictures of her family in her room!

Old World Charm

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sorry I have been MIA for awhile... I PROMISE you all, that I will get back to part two of the "Out with the old, in with the new project." If you recall, I was going to try the rustoleum product on my bathroom vanity. Well, I finished it and it looks AMAZING! You will have to wait for the results though. I am unveiling the before and after pictures to a woman's group on Friday and don't want to spoil the surprise =)

Meanwhile, here is a peak at a project I've been busy working on. These clients wanted all new custom furniture. They requested a sort of "castle" feel.
These chairs here were from Drexel Heritage Furniture.
The simple stripe pattern with velvet texture was simple, yet GORGEOUS.
The Dining Room Chairs already existed. We simply had them recovered in this rich textured velvet from Pollack & Associates.
The seats of the chairs were recovered in a 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester from Maharam Fabrics. The leather chairs served as the two captain chairs and are from Lee Furniture.
The Top and Bottom sofa you see here coordinated, but DID NOT match. We did this to add variety to the space and create the look of an old world space...They are also from Lee Furniture

These chairs can be found in the office right off the great room
Last, but not least, we had a mural artist come in. I will post pictures of the other walls at a later time, but I thought you should see this ceiling medallion he created using Venetian plaster.
Stay tuned. I'm beginning to accessorize this space....

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Not your Grandmothers Wallpaper

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Have you paid attention to wallpaper lately? 


It Can be more formal....


more fun and colorful...

There are so many great textures, shapes and colors!

A lot of people tend to shy away from wallcoverings because they believe it is too difficult to remove should they tire of it. The truth is, it is easy to remove if the wallpaper was prepped properly.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering wallpaper:

  • Prep! I can not emphasize this enough. If your walls aren't prepped properly, your wallpaper will not strip off when you don't love it anymore AND they are more likely to show imperfections under the paper if your walls are not sanded/filled correctly as well. 
  • Look at the scale of the print. Make sure it is not too large for your space. Think about where you are putting it. You can go large and bold if you are looking to cover an accent wall. 
  • Think about the seams. The busier the pattern, the more it hides seams. Grasscloths will tend to show more. The darker the color of grasscloth, the more it will show seams. Speaking of grasscloth, this can be a delicate paper to hang. I suggest enlisting the help of a professional to hang such a paper. 
  • How durable is your selected wallpaper? Think about your space. Is it prone to moisture? Is it a heavy traffic area? There are many different thicknesses of paper. Don't put a thin paper in a heavy traffic area. It will be sure to tear. 
  • Make sure you order enough paper. There are plenty of wallpaper calculators on the web. If you need to order more, it is likely you will get a different dye lot and they may not match up exactly. 
Last, but not least. Have FUN with it! Be bold. Be creative. Be...YOU! 

coming soon...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Stay tuned for updates and fun design posts!