Saturday, March 28, 2015

Before and After : Vintage Four Poster Bed

My daughter wants EVERY color in her room (but still managed to pick a sophisticated neutral for her walls! It's a Behr color called Gourmet Mushroom.) So how to incorporate fun, bold accents? We found this great vintage French Provincial four poster and it occurred to me that it would be PERFECT for a certain someone's space. I used one of my favorite colors, which is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence, for a (long) one-day project to surprise her!

Feeling inspired? The next home project is a Murphy Bed for our guest room, so stay tuned! We also have several client requests coming in the next month - some stunning highboy chests of drawers :) never a dull moment! I'm so excited to see the end results!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Before and After : Vintage Rolltop Desk

This rolltop desk is near and dear to my heart, since my Dad stained it originally when I was a child, and I lugged it to Austin with me and around various apartments. But now it has a forever home in my son's baseball-Americana-meets-dinosaur-and-car themed room! I left the original stain, but did a solid clean and shine on the drawers/interior with polish, and painted the body Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Aubusson Blue, with clear and dark waxes.

Here's the before and after - what a facelift! I love the modern / classic juxtaposition :) as always.

Here's a photo with great sunlight so you can really see the Aubusson Blue gorgeousness!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Before and After : Vintage Hand-Carved Writing Desk

So technically this isn't the true "Before" on this desk, since in all actuality, I'd already refinished it with Annie Sloan Old White. But it just didn't *feel* right. So it sat. And things sat on top of it. It actually lived for a while under my work cabinet and housed various sandpaper sheets and drawer pulls, waiting for inspiration to strike. Then one day, inspiration hit in the form of some blue glass knobs I found on Etsy.

If you haven't shopped on Etsy, you're in for a whirlwind. You can find anything on Etsy - and I mean anything. This weekend I found unicorn-rainbow-robotic-tyrannosaurus-rex yoga pants. They were labeled as, among other things, Christmas leggings. I want to drink the egg nog at that family's Christmas reunion! But I digress. As it turned out, the white desk and blue knobs still wasn't working for me. Then along came a friend of mine who envisioned a shabby chic, distressed look with Florence chalk paint. She decided she wanted to really accent the hand-carved details, so I used Aubusson Blue in the recessed area. We started to distress one of the legs, and she decided she preferred this graphic, bold look instead. This totally doesn't sound like me at all (just 100%), so we changed plans and repainted the leg!

Since she really loved the color this way, I didn't wax finish the piece (this step intensifies and deepens the color). Instead, I ordered some matte polyurethane that gave a soft look and feel, but preserved the brightness of the hue. I'm loving the bold update! And we made a super cute coordinated chair cushion with some fabric that just-so-happened to match exactly.. it was clearly meant to be!