If you've been a follower of mine for any length of time, you know that I LOVE any and all Animal Prints. It all started with my mother, who always had an animal print of some sort in our home. My most vivid memory is our leopard print pillows on our long white silk sofa in our living room when I was a little girl. Those pillows still adorn her living room sofa and I still LOVE them!!!
So today I had to share with you an AMAZING makeover by Jenny of her fabulous Craigslist find, Eames Management Chairs in Scalamandre Leopardo Velvet.
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Now, this story is not so much about a fabulous DIY but about her great deal on a pair of Eames Soft Pad chairs from the Management line, the deal she scored on 4 yards of Scalamandre Leopardo Silk Velvet on Ebay and the difficult but fabulous upholstery job completed by a professional.
As I continue on my quest to update our daughters' bathroom, I was looking for ideas on how to update a wicker and metal tower of baskets. This small piece of furniture has served its purpose over time and I wanted to keep it because it is just the right size for the space.
My first thought was to spray paint it and then it dawned on me while perusing Pinterest to create a Grey Wash finish. So, I set out to find the easiest DIY to achieve this 'french willow' look.
Debbie of Confessions Of A Plate Addict shared her instructions for achieving the desired grey washed look in her post, DIY Grey Willow French Laundry Basket and I love it. However, I did not have any Rustoleum Camouflage spray paint on hand and I was anxious to get this project started so I needed to find another tutorial or create one of my own which I ultimately did and share below.
My first step was to apply a mix of ASCP Paris Grey color and I used a Behr color substitute, Sparrow. I combined 1/2 Behr Sparrow paint with 1/2 water to create a wash.
Using a foam brush, I generously painted the wicker leaving some of the original wicker color exposed.
My next step was to bring in a beige color. I chose to incorporate a Behr color substitute, Pecan Sandie for ASCP Old Ochre paint color.
I applied it as a wash of 1/3 paint and 2/3 water as shown below.
Finally, I completed my newly refinished 'willow wicker' tower with hand painted tags. I did my best to achieve an iron finish to match the iron on the tower. I first painted the oval discs with a graphite paint and then applied a coat of Min Wax Classic Gray Stain. I let it sit for approximately 5 minutes and then wiped it off.
I then traced the perfect "No.s" for the tags utilizing a 'Jelllyka Delicious Cake' font and then copied over them with my Metallic Silver Sharpie pen.
Many of us have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the past. Some of us have created our own.
And now, there's an American Made brand on the market, Hudson Paint!!! Founded by New York based decorative painter and color consultant, Arno Cornillion. Hudson Paint has been featured in Oprah Magazine, House Beautiful and This Old House.
"Hudson Paint 100% acrylic color chalkboard is a beautiful,washable finish for creating erasable color panels. Lowodor and easy application over wallboard, wood, plaster, masonite, MDF (Medium density fiberboard), primed metal, and wood."
And don't you just love the whimsical, colorful packaging!!!
Their color palette includes 30 vibrant and often surprising selections which reflect Anro's decorative painting experiences.
Hudson Paint has 3 additional specialty paints including Floor Paint, Door Paint and Lime Paint.
See what inspires Anro and company on their inspiration page. You can find this fabulous paint company on Facebook at Hudson Paint and at numerous retailers across the country, in Canada and online. Better yet, they offer a smaller 8oz size @ $9.99, plus quart size @ $24.99 and gallon size @ $74.99. I love the variety of sizes and the pricing too!!!
I've been working feverishly at completing our daughters' bathroom. I've refinished the cabinets, replaced lighting, painted walls, sewn curtains and changed out the shower curtain and rod but the cabinet hardware just wasn't working for me. I purchased this chrome hardware a couple of years ago and still really like the style and size but not the shiny finish.
So, I set out to find the best way to change the finish. The only option I found online was to use Fine Steel Wool but I didn't have much success.
I figured I had nothing to lose and took out my Extra Fine sanding block and started sanding. With a little bit of grit and grind, I'm thrilled with the outcome. Voila!!!
Restoration Hardware's French Library Shelving is a reproduction of the mid-Eastern library bookcase. It is a perfect combination of aged iron and distressed natural hardwood and is priced @ $1695 - $1995.