Sunday, June 15, 2014

Crusty and Rusty Tailgate


Ian Britton @ freefoto.com
My husband likes old stuff,
especially rusty mechanical oddities
that leave us puzzled about their original use.

Every now and again we spend a day rummaging
barn sales, flea markets and vintage shops.

He's a car-guy, so the CHEVROLET tailgate
immediately got his attention.
I knew he'd enjoy having this,
but WHOA! the price was more than I'd hoped.

4th Street Antiques
  
So on the way home, we stopped by a junk yard
and found just what we'd hoped for---

a tailgate from a 1963 Chevrolet step-side pickup truck.

And what luck, it was crusty, rusty and RED!


I'm sure the junk yard guys laughed themselves silly
when I told them what we'd do with the tailgate.

With a little clean-up, sanding, welding and varnish,
 this little beauty was ready to bring inside.




What pleases my husband more?

Having this hanging on the wall,
or knowing he paid so little for it.

Oh, you know it was the bargain price!



 Enjoy!





Sunday, June 8, 2014

A 1970's Family Room Update

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite designers
as she completed a make-over for a client's family room.
 
The home was built in the 1970's, and like many homes of that age,
the family room had a fireplace plunked in the middle of a long wall. 

You know the look. 
Something like this. 


 
Besides updating the overall look of the room with new paint and fabric,
the project's goal was three-fold:
Provide storage.
Make room for a new "manly" television.
Integrate the fireplace into the room.  
  
By the time I arrived the fireplace had been redesigned with dry-stacked stone,
and the carpenter had built nearly 16 feet of cabinets and shelves. 
Lots of storage here!

TIP:  Want to update your 1970's family room?
Look up.
Paint the ceiling beams to match the ceiling. 

And if removing the dated paneling isn't feasible,
paint it....oh please, do! You'll love the instant change.
 

Every room has a focal point. 
Here it definitely is the fireplace wall.

Using the right color ties the elements together,
 making it seem as though the stone and shelves always have been there.

 Benjamin Moore HC 103 - a dirty, grey with a green undertone does the job nicely.
It's one of the colors found in the stone.

And because the client wanted the paint to be distressed a bit,
  the cabinets were antiqued with a dark brown glaze.

I always do a sample for my clients before beginning their project.
It's as much for my benefit as theirs because neither of us wants any "paint surprises!"

You can see my sample door below.
Adding the glaze gives the paint some character.
 
 
Within a few days, the painting was complete.
Just in time for the giant TV to arrive!
 
While I didn't get to see the room completely finished,
I did get a glimpse of the newly upholstered chairs.
 
Love that persimmon ottoman! 
(and why didn't I pick up my drop cloth before snapping a picture!!!) 

 
 
Enjoy!
 
 

 
 
 






Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Black and White - so right!

There's been a little paintin' and fixin' at the house recently
starting with a face lift
 for my decades-old Ethan Allan bookcases,
one of which I keep in the kitchen.
Changing the dark wood to black and white,
brought new life into these faithful stand-bys.
Now the furniture looks much better in the room.
It's not as bulky looking as before.






The colors are:
Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black and Panda White.
You can see the edges of the shelves were sanded back
and the white paint was antiqued with a brown glaze,
 then "fly specked".

I'm always thrilled with how paint magically changes things!
There's two more bookcases to do,
so it's back to work.
Enjoy!



             





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