Monday, July 7, 2014

Dining Room Reveal

 Our house is not a very formal house, but we do have a formal dining room. I think we have used our dining room only a handful of times in the past two years. Sadly, the holidays are the only time anyone sits in there. It seems so secluded, like your stuck in a room. We love the layout of the house, how the kitchen, and breakfast area,  is open all the way through to the living room, it feels so big and open. 
But you can't just neglect the dining room.  So we had to do something to it.
I wanted to give it a bit of a heavier feel than the rest of the house. Since it is so separated from everything, it works. In a big open room, I wouldn't do a finish quite this busy or heavy.

This room became kind-of an eclectic mix of things I found, and loved, but I think it all works well together. 
We found the table, teal chairs, and bench at World Market. The chairs weren't the color I was really going for, but I figured the room was getting its own personality anyways. 

The mirror was originally attached to a dresser in our master, I moved it in here, and gave it a foil treatment (which I'll show you soon). The cabinet was a piece from my grandmother, that I was given when she passed. I gave it a pretty involved, and layered finish, ending up in a navy tone. The botanical curtains, I found at Target. I loved the charcoal, and all the bits of color in them.

I decorated both sides of the buffet, since it doesn't get much use.

The table decorations have been the death of me. I first had it all stacked with books, but it made it hard to have a nice dinner at the table.  I found this strange greenery piece at Micheal's, and it seemed to go with the flow. Though, it seemed like it should fit inside of something, but it is finished all the way around. It was just the right amount of texture and greenery.

Some of the books eneded up on the buffet. I folded the pages on a few, to give them more character. The used book store, always has a good selection of nostalgic books on clearance. 

In the corner, I added a little vignette to the floor. A large lantern from Ikea, seemed to big for any space I could find. But filled with old book pages, and set on the floor, it was a good space filler for the corner. 

An old wooden step ladder, was the perfect spot to stack more books. Obviously I was going with a whole book theme here. 

I added a couple of shells, to carry the beach theme through. 

The light for this room, I found in Round Top last year, and I LOVE it!  It is an industrial shade, like from a warehouse, mixed with an antique chandelier inside. It had a chain, but no base to mount it with. I found a large jar lid, and my husband mounted it to that. 

The wall treatment was a time consuming one, but I love the old world feel of it. 
The how-to is below.
The base is book pages, and a crackled plaster is on top.

 I also painted the crown  molding in a driftwood finish, similar to the dining room table.

When I decided I wanted to do this finish on the wall, I just grabbed some books I had in a box. I knew you wouldn't be able to see much of the words.....But it turns out, my friends like to read parts of the walls, and possibly my kids in time out. So I guess using a book about pregnancy, and Ernest Hemingway's letters (who is a major potty mouth by the way) was not a good idea. 
Lesson learned.....Choose your books carefully!

Old World Book Finish

So here is what the room looked like before. 
White crown molding, and a chair rail, boring tan, and no character. I wasn't worried about the wall being ruined when I removed the chair rail, since a plaster finish was going on top. I knew it would cover any imperfections.

To start I took a razor blade to the biding of the book, to separate the pages.

 Then using wallpaper paste, and a wide brush, I brushed paste on the wall, put the page on the wall, and brushed more paste on top of the page.

I overlapped pages here and there, and tried to get them somewhat level. It isn't super important since the plaster will cover most of it.  If your not doing a finish over the pages, be sure it's all straight, and pleasing to the eye. If you are using several books, mix up the pages, above you can see how each area looks different in the color and sizes of the pages. Again, if you are covering it up, it's not as important.

Don't worry to much about wrinkles. You can take your time, and smooth them out as you go, but the paper will seize up like this, not matter what. Smoothing the page with your hand, to get any air bubbles out, after applying will help. 

Once the paper dried overnight, I applied a crackle to the pages. I used a weather crackle by Valspar, but any kind will do.  It may change the color of some of the pages, older books will yellow more. 
 The heavier you apply the crackle, the more the plaster will pull and crackle. 
You could brush it on only in certain areas, to have less crackle. 
I used a small roller, so it didn't apply a very thick coat to the wall, but so it was even, throughout. 

Next I used a tub of smooth texture paint, which is like a thinned plaster. Most home improvement stores have their own version of this. It comes in a two gallon container, and sometimes can be tinted. Make sure NOT to use the sand version of this. 
On a wall with such an aged look to the plaster,  I went with the cheapest plaster. I would't use my good faux finish plasters here. 
Make sure to mix it really well, the heavy stuff sticks to the bottom. 

Using a trowel I applied it to the wall. Starting at the top, and pulling it straight down. 

If you applied crackle on the wall, it will start to make the plaster sag and crack. So once it's applied, don't touch it, otherwise it will start to pull the plaster back off the wall. You can always add more in areas later, if you need to fill it in.  

From there, I added a glaze to the whole wall. Most paint stores carry some kind of clear glaze. I added some tint to change the color, to a light white/grey tone. 
You can usually buy the tint form a specialty paint store by the ounce. You don't need alot of color here, just enough to blend the plaster to the pages. The plaster must be completely dry to do this step, or it will smear. 
 I brushed it on using a 4" chip brush. I use a cheap chip brush ($1-$4) since the plaster is a bit rough, and may chew up the brush, so don't use the expensive kind. Brush in small areas at a time, to control the amount of color. After I brushed it on, I wiped it down with a rag. The longer you leave it on the wall, and the wetter your rag is, the more likely the plaster is to smear. So work quickly.

Once the glaze was finished, I added some water to a bit of lime slag. It is like a super white, chalky material. I soaked a brush, and pushed it, just under the crown molding. This dripped it down the wall in lines. You could omit this step, to make it less busy, or aged looking. 

If you can't find lime slag. Use white tint, and add water to it, enough to make it run down the wall. 
Make sure to prep your area well, both of these methods are messy, and both are equally hard to clean up.

Also I splattered a bit of blue paint to give it a bit of color. If you water it down a bit, stick it on a chip brush and flick it over your fingers, it creates an even splatter.

 There you have it, my dining room makeover, pieced together for an old world, collected feel.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Teen's Mod Bedroom

Summer fun is bringing on all sorts of fun decorating ideas here in our house.
 It's hard not to hit a decor store, without seeing a whole palette of color.  Since some of my friends are spending summer days painting and decorating there homes while they have time, I thought Id throw out a few fun ideas. 
I wanted to show you some inspiration for teen's rooms, since they can be so hard to decorate. 
Girls at that age can be so finicky, my daughter is teeter-tottering on the teenage years herself, and she comes up with some new design or decor scheme everyday (she's definitely got my blood). 
At this age, color seems to be a big part in the overall feel of the room, it cant be bland, or boring. Whenever we hit the paint store, my eldest is immediately drawn to the Pantone paint chips, picking every bright color she can. 

First thing I would keep in mind, is the color on the walls, keep it simple, but still  in a color. Soft, warm, blues, pinks, and greens are good in spaces like these. If your teen has some trouble waking up in the morning, maybe consider a super sunny yellow tone.
The things that are easily changeable in a room, like bedding, art, and curtains, are better in the punches of color. 

Here at this model home, the ladies at Dy Lynne Decor made this room into a colorful, mod, teen's room.  The bedding was the main focal point in the room, and I painted these custom art pieces, to match the colors in the bedding. 

Picking art pieces, can be just a daunting as picking the theme of a room. 
These fun pieces are bright, colorful, and obviously speak straight to a girls heart.
What girl doesn't love makeup, shoes, and perfume???

Keeping the big pieces, like the bed, and dresser in white, and with clean lines, helps keep the bedroom modern. Fun glass knobs, glam up the dresser, and simple beveled mirror is the perfect finishing touch to this area. 

Simple pops of color, like in the frames, and in the jewelry case, help pull the color to this side of the room. It's important to carry the color all the way around the room, and not just on something like the bedding. Otherwise the bedding stands alone and can look to busy, and loud in a room like this.

The third mod-painting, the high heel. What every young girl begs to wear....and the when forced to wear them at an older age, curse the day they were ever invented. 
Ahhhhh, life's circles!

This is definitely a theme that will last for many years, from middle school through high school. 
Well that is if you don't have one of those girls who loves change!!

This room was designed and decorated by the ever-fabulous ladies at Dy Lynne Decor.