Tag: Furniture

What do Sitting and Smoking Have in Common?

What do Sitting and Smoking Have in Common?

As a blogger… I am sitting and working for long periods of time. Too long, in fact. I try to get up and make sure I move around, find reasons to go up and down the stairs throughout the day, pay attention to my posture,…

A Belated Reveal: Golf Course Staff Area

A Belated Reveal: Golf Course Staff Area

Way back in December I wrote about volunteering some of my time/services for the Ladysmith Golf Course clubhouse renovation (here). The project is now complete, and I’m able to share the before/after photos specific to one area in particular where I was able to assist.…

Side Table Redo… What to Do?

Side Table Redo… What to Do?

I picked up a great little side table the other day, and plan to give it a makeover.

SZInteriors Photo

But what to do?

Love this vintage 1920s table.

Source: 1st Dibs

The distressing you see is actually the original paint starting to chip and peel. No faux in this look, but it can be done!

Or I could go with a dark distressed top…

Source: Lilyfield Life Blog

And a fun colour on the bottom. I have been thinking about maybe a grayish-blue.

I like what Kate from Centsational Girl did here.

Source: Centsational Girl

Classic country chic, a look that never tires.

I could swap out the white for black…

Source: Remodelaholic / Choose to Thrive Blog

Black works well in our space, but I’m not sure.

Maybe a distressed black would be a better fit.

Source: Three Mango Seeds Blog

And in the end, I’m not even sure I want a stained top.

Maybe a distressed gray top and another colour on the bottom.

 

Source: Perfectly Imperfect Blog

I’m thinking I would paint the bottom in a darker colour though. Or maybe I’ll just paint the whole table out in one solid colour.

It’s fun trying to decide what to do. That’s what I love about DIY makeovers – you can do anything you want, and the possibilities are endless!

How about you? Got any projects brewing that are waiting on a direction, too?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Inspiration for a Bookcase Makeover…

Inspiration for a Bookcase Makeover…

Do you remember the bookcase I was painting a week ago? Well, it all began here. A boring pine bookcase caught up in yesterday’s look. And so I decided to give it a makeover. I used paint that was on hand, which you might remember…

Affordable, Colourful, Creative Mid-Century Modern

Affordable, Colourful, Creative Mid-Century Modern

I went searching for some affordable Mid-Century Modern and came across a little extra colourful twist. It started with this MCM furniture clipart… Source: Lushpad Blog Isn’t it great? If you’re into Vector graphics, there are 4 different packages of furniture icons you can purchase for…

Mid-Century Modern Challenge – Answers Revealed!

Mid-Century Modern Challenge – Answers Revealed!

On Friday I posted a fun little challenge to see if you could name the pieces in this photograph along with their designers.

Source: A Note on Design

Wouldn’t you love to be on the receiving end of a shipment like this?

Anyway, not to keep you in suspense any longer, here are the answers…

1.  Eames Walnut Stool designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1960

Source: SZInteriors via Hive Modern

2.  Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson, 1955

Source: Herman Miller

3.  Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair (LCW – Lounge Chair with Legs), 1946

Source: Herman Miller

4.  Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair, 1958

Source: Herman Miller

5.  Eames Eiffel DSW Dining Chair (Molded Plastic with Wooden Legs), 1948

 

Source: Herman Miller

6.  Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Side Chair, 1955

Source: Hive Modern

7.  Eames Lounge Chair, 1956

Source: Herman Miller

8.  Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool, 1954

Source: Hive Modern

When you see the dates of these designs, it just goes to show that great design is never out of style… no matter where the next trend takes us! I hope you find this a useful resource.

And a special congratulations to Tracey Ayton of Tracey Ayton Photography for naming 6 of the 8!

Thank you all for playing along 🙂

It’s about coming home… and home is a remarkable space that tells your story. Contact me if you need a little help!

THANKS FOR READING!

 

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Mid-Century Modern Challenge

Mid-Century Modern Challenge

I thought it would be fun to end this week with a little Mid-Century Modern challenge. Are you up for it? If I showed you this photo… Source: A Note on Design How many pieces can you identify? Do you know their names and designers?…

A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

When you hear the name George Mulhauser, there’s probably one or two very distinct chairs, maybe even three that come to mind. But I bet this chair I’m about to show you isn’t one of them! When I saw this reference to a mystery chair…

Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?

Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!

Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I  have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding,  no priming, and getting by with one coat?

And look at all the colours we got to play with.

So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?

These are the colours I chose to work with…

Paint Colours: Source 

There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.

Soft Wax Brush & Can: Source / Wax Images: Source

We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.

Here is what I did.

Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?

This one is my favorite.

Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?

I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.

Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.

The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.

We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!

So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!

So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!

Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Illustrated Mid-Century Pieces at a Glance

Illustrated Mid-Century Pieces at a Glance

When I came across James Provost’s illustrated collection of iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture I couldn’t wait to share it with you. After all, what MCM lover wouldn’t want to see Eames, Cherner, Bertoia, Jacobsen – to name a few – all at a glance? These…