March 31, 2011

Take the Plunge?

Distressed Pine Dresser - Grey Patina
Danish Industrial - Salvage Wood Coffee Table
Grey Washed Wood
Living Room/Coffee Table Current

Lots of Crevices and Bad Knobs
Coffee Rings Everywhere - Thanks Daughter!
I have been contemplating this coffee table project for months. It involves taking the plunge which might literally have me also taking a a bridge, into some icy waters where I would be saved from stripping/sanding. 

The good: 
  • solidly constructed
  • giant and utilitarian
  • drawers to hold games, knick knacks
  • perfect size for our living room
  • we own it
The bad and the ugly:
  • the color
  • the knobs
  • the coffee rings
The inspiration:

I have been obsessed with the grey washed patinas seen in recent months in catalogs (restoration, room and board) and shown in above photographs.  This is a classic wash that can looked weathered yet clean. Light but not white.

The problem:

Stripping and sanding. Need I say more. Once I start, I have to finish. There are details, crevices and mouldings all over this piece. It won't be easy.

Shall I take the plunge?  Any thoughts on this distressed grey washed patina?

March 30, 2011

White Denim is Always In

2 Ugly & Armless Club Chairs

After White Denim SlipCover Treatment

Yes, this is bad. The frequency of my posts have matched the frequency of the appearance of sunshine in the NW.  It's been a brutal start to spring with more on its way. Yikes!

Slipcovering is a great rainy day project. I actually wish it took me longer than it does to finish slipcovering chairs because the rain is still here.  Anyway, my husband and I came across these "cute in and ugly way" chairs at an antique auction. They were roughly $60 for the pair.  I invested another $60 in white cotton denim and piping.  I love the way the crisp white denim looks. These 2 smaller chairs replaced the larger similar one:

Now in Upstairs Guest Room

Can you spot the partridges in the after photos?
 I am now itching to recover my large sofa now too.  The California gal in me is ready for a  summer beach look to compete with the gray rain outside.

What do you think? And also, thanks for visiting even though I haven't posted in so long!

March 9, 2011

Rainy Days and the Anthropologie Catalog

Anthro Inspired Peacock
Pavo Bedding - Anthropologie
Rainy days and the always artistically inspiring Anthropologie catalog have transformed my dining room chalkboard. 

I love getting the Anthro catalog in my mailbox. Their artistic direction always reminds me to think outside of the box.

I guess the peacock is here to stay until further inspired or until urgent to dos need to take center stage.

Just thought I would share, thanks for checking it out.

March 7, 2011

Mini Guest Room

Mini Guest Room
Notice "Lola Van Gogh" by Grammy Brookes
Office Area in Mini Guest Room
White Faux Leather Chair - $130 at Marshalls

White Faux Leather Chair - $249 ZGallerie
The Mini Guest Room (twin bed only):  good for teenage sleep overs, nights when your husband is coughing too much, and for Zoe, the cat, to lounge in the sunny window.  We do have another regular guest room downstairs that can be used while son is away at college. 

A little background on this room that used to be my daughters':  picture 500 tiny tack and nail holes everywhere, tape, stickers and nail polish on the windows and window sills as well as dinged and damaged baseboards.  (There are no before pictures because it was too hideous).  She has since moved to her brothers old room, which is now undergoing similar treatment.  For the new mini guest room, my husband and I cleared out, patched, repainted and installed new trim.

We used the twin bed we already had although it would be more practical to have a full.  On the opposite side of this long, narrow room is the computer desk/chair.  I have tried to keep this room very clean, streamlined and simple, in furniture and color choices.

What do you think? Any thoughts on the "accent" wall. (Not my favorite but I had the paint).