Jul 29, 2014

Finding the perfect white...


There is plenty of information available to help you find the perfect paint color for your space. Whether you are painting anything from a front door to a bedroom you can find that color which evokes a feeling or a style, replicates a color in a fabric or even recreates a memory. A certain shade of purple and I’m a little girl all over again at Chadwicks getting my ice cream sundae. 

While every color in the rainbow can usually be accounted for, what about white? How do you find the perfect white? I just went through the process since after building by banquette bench I decided the whole kitchen now has to change. It started with some paint. 

To tell you a bit more about selecting the perfect white you can find me on the Hooker Furniture blog. 

Jul 14, 2014

instagram anyone?

I’ll be taking some time off for family vacation but thanks to Instagram, I’m not too far away...


Jul 10, 2014

Now everything needs to change...

Since I added my banquette bench I started some work on changing the look of my kitchen. I’ll be painting, ripping out some cabinets and adding a cool feature or two. I’m looking to brighten and lighten up my kitchen and create more of a rustic industrial space. Warm wood, lots of white and some industrial accents are coming your way. For some ideas on how to create this look in your own space you can read more about it here...

via House Beautiful

Jul 8, 2014

Indoor summer decorating with an outdoor rug...



homeware
In many homes across the country summer is the time of flips flops, picnics, days at the beach or pool, and lots of outdoor fun. Realistically this means dirt, sand, random puddles and lots of little messes. One of the best ways to combat that while still keeping your home looking like it did at the beginning of the summer is to invest in an outdoor rug for the indoors. I’m over at the Homeware blog today giving you some ideas to make that happen. Come stop by!

Jul 2, 2014

from tv armoire to banquette bench...



banquette bench


Once upon a time I had a tv armoire. It was getting old and showing its’ age. Lot of bumps, knicks and other unprettiness. It was 10 years old and not the greatest piece. Probably 70% particleboard and veneer, 30% wood. I had tried to sell it twice on Craigslist with no bites. It was too heavy to even take to the curb in the hopes that someone would have pity on it (or me) and take it away. It was totally controlling the layout of my living room and I wanted it gone. Yesterday.

banquette bench

I was in the beginning stages of building a banquette for my kitchen, tossing around how I would get this project done. I planned on buying some cabinetry to build a bench with a back. Then one night I sat on my sofa sketching out some ideas and I happened to look across the living room at my tv armoire. The width was perfect, the depth was perfect and with some careful cutting the height would be too. I double checked my measurements and then called up my brother just to make sure this was feasible and to make sure he had the tools to make it happen. I got the go-ahead and we got to work cutting the cabinet into two pieces. 

banquette bench

banquette bench

filled all the holes and sanded the entire piece to get it ready to paint. One coat of primer and three coats of glossy white paint and I had a bright and shiny new bench.

banquette bench

I replaced the hardware with some that matched the rest of my kitchen and then it was on to the fun part, fabric!

banquette bench

I decided on a geometric pattern with a lively color to brighten up my slightly dark kitchen. A Target Threshold tablecloth ended up being my fabric of choice.

With some help from my father I built the back of the bench. I wanted a tall comfortable back to add plenty of color and comfort to my kitchen table.

banquette bench

With some foam and my new fabric I upholstered the back and then attached the back to the wall.

banquette bench

banquette bench

The very last step was adding a cushion. I ordered some high density foam cut to size and created a no sew bench cushion. There were a lot of steps involved but very worth it! Follow the links to see how each individual step was completed.

banquette bench

banquette bench

banquette bench

banquette bench



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