April 30, 2012

Client Project... Living Room

This weekend just flew by!  I was able to spend most of the weekend kid free with the hubs... sushi bar, shopping, and drinks out was just what we needed.  But on Sunday I got some work done, and installed some window treatments for one of my clients.  

Remember this set of fabrics...

and these chairs?

I have had this project on my schedule for a long time!  The room has 4 LARGE windows that are 10' high.  I have made window panels before, but nothing quite this big and at this amount.  

I was a little afraid I would mess them up some how... but they worked out perfectly!  They all are the same length, and they all hang very well!  Right now they have pins in them to train the folds a little, but I had to share the progress!

We had our professional installers our husbands up on the ladders!  What is it about ladders that men just insist on climbing them and doing the work?  My clients hubs was happy to help... mine was over it after two panels!

Originally we had talked about putting a smaller sofa on the large wall in between the windows, but they just recently purchased a new sectional for their family room so this was available.  After a new white slipcover... this turned out to be exactly what the client was looking for.  They are not formal people, and have large family gatherings, so this will accommodate a lot more!  I pulled it out from the wall for two reasons: 1. so it doesn't looked smushed into the corner in a very large room and B. because I didn't want it to flatten the panels, and they still wanted to be able to open and shut them.  Personally if at all possible, I like furniture sort of floating in the room.  It gives it the appearance of a cozy conversational area instead of it just filling up the room.

Their dog Westly loved the fabric selection for pillows!  He laid there the entire time!

They are in debate about the coffee table.  Her hubs built it, and I personally like it.  I would tweak it a little bit, but I love the top.  My client would like to move it else where.  I think she will win! 

The chairs are a perfect fit in the space.  Now if we could just get their cat to not claw the fabric! 

I love it when I can feel a space start to come together!


Don't forget tomorrow is the Link Party for the Color My World Challenge!

All the participants are hosting... it is a blog hop party!  Be sure to include how you have incorporated a new color into your home!

April 27, 2012

Spray Painters Anonymous.... Cre8tive Motives

My name is Mandy and I'm a spray-paint-aholic. I'm so happy to be here today and be a part of Tiffany's fun series. Since I started blogging I have been spray painting anything and everything I see in sight nowadays. If I see something in a store that is not my choice of color I still purchase it because I know I can spraypaint it into any color I want. That's the beauty of paint in a can.
Like this picture frame I came across at Target. I loved the whimsy details the frame had but I was not set on the lime green color. I still bought it because I knew it would be an easy color fix.

So I picked up a can of Rust-oleum Semi Gloss and Primer. Yes that's metal primer you see there, hubby actually bought me the wrong one. I suppose that's what I get for sending him to the store,ha. I still used it, although I wouldn't recommend it unless your actually painting "metal."

I gave it one 1 light coat of primer and 2 light coats of semi gloss front and back.

And that's it, simple yet fresh. If I ever get tired of this color I know can always spray paint it again!

Thanks for confirming my addiction Tiffany, and letting me share my project with your fabulous readers!

Thank you Mandy!  I love taking the simplest things and making them personal!  Have you seen Mandy's blog? It has recently become a daily read for me and I love it!!!

Cre8ive Motives

She just recently finished remodeling her kitchen and we are all waiting patiently for the reveal!!!

And now let us all repeat the Spray Painters Mantra:
Friends, help me source all the items I am searching for but can not find.
Give me the vision to think outside of the box and remember the can of spray paint,
and bless me with the patience to let each of the coats dry before I move on to the next step!

Cookies and coffee are in the back! =)

If you need support for your spray painting addiction and would like to "attended" a meeting 
please contact me!

We always love to know other addicts, and can always use more inspiration for our projects!

April 26, 2012

Mid Century Modern Makeover

It is finally reveal time!  Did I keep you waiting long enough?  I am so very, very please with the finished product!  

I turned the dresser into a media credenza.  I knew that my 5 year old Ikea cabinet was on its way out, but I thought I would wait till we were in our new house to start searching.  Until I stumbled on this MCM dresser at a thrift store last week.  

We keep a lot of stuff in our TV cabinet.  It holds all of our DVD's {that we never watch} our computer printer, all the internet stuff, and a few random other things.  I wanted to be able to keep the printer there so a small structural makeover was necessary.

The hubs was very excited about this cabinet {though he wasn't so excited when I said I wanted to buy it} but when I told him my plans to make it over he jumped right on board.  After measuring all of our media components we determined that we would need one big open space for all of them to fit.  I am not typically a fan of seeing my cable box, but there was really no other way.  So we decided to remove the entire drawer bank on top.  With a reciprocating saw he removed the two stile supports.

Then to make room for our printer he made the two large center drawers one large opening.  He used 1/4 birch ply wood to make a floor.  I didn't want to lose the look of the drawers in the front so he took the two drawer fronts and faced them on another piece of ply wood.  He then attached hinges and chain so the fake drawers fold down.

Since he had pretty much removed all of the important structural pieces, he used some of the scrap wood that he removed to add additional supports.  In our new house the tv will be mounted on the wall, but until then it has to support our very heavy tv.  

To make the top component shelf, he used 1/4 birch ply wood and attached it to the frame.  Then I sanded the whole piece down with my electric sander.  The wood was so dry I did not have to take hardly any of the remaining finish off.  I think it probably just had a clear coat of poly on it.  We choose a walnut stain.  I wanted it to match the moulded wood from my Eames chair.  I have never stained anything before.  I am more of the paint it girl.  But the stain was super easy to apply.  Brush on with foam brush, wait 5 minutes, then remove with a cloth.  Apply 2 coats of poly.  We bought the fast drying formula for both... because we all know how I am not a patience person!

All the components fit well and the printer and drop down door are perfect!

There were a few scratches on the top that I couldn't sand out, but they are so small you would have to look really hard to find them.

After I cleaned the hardware with soap and water, I used some Rub and Buff to give the hardware a new bright finish.  I love how it pops off of the dark brown.

I could not be happier with the way it looks in the space.  Every time I look at it I feel like I have graduated from Ikea, and now I have grown up furniture!