Blogoversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Cathy Green Interiors blog! birthday cake

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Over the past year, I have shared ideas, inspiration, crafts, DIY projects, and much more.  To celebrate the blogoversary, I wanted to recap my 10 favorite posts from the past year.

1.  My first post ~ Sweet Frog Mood Board

Dessert was the inspiration for my first blog post!  I created a mood board for a welcoming blue and yellow foyer.  With a giveaway to Sweet Frog, I hoped to bribe readers into following my blog ;)!

2.  Merry Mantel

I participated in my first link party with our red and silver mantel.  Leading up to this post, I also gave tutorials for the three wreaths (here, here, and here) and for the Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

3.  Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Another mood board and another giveaway!  I had so much fun searching for all of the Moroccan themed items for this bedroom.

cous cous inspired bedroom4.  Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, and I worked hard to reupholster her antique store find.  I have received numerous comments on this post asking me about her fabric and where to find it (we purchased at Williams & Sherrill); we must have made a good choice!

reupholstered chair

5. My First Guest Post ~ for Saffron Marigold

I was excited to write a guest post for another blog!  Saffron Marigold has so many beautiful hand printed linens, and their Chasing Butterflies bedspread was the jumping off point for this bohemian girl’s chic bedroom.

Bohemian Butteflies Bedroom mood board6.  Dining Room Reveal

Andrew and I spent about 12 hours stenciling our dining room.  Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love how it turned out!

Blue stenciled dining room7.  Style Trend ~ Neon

Neon isn’t just for the 1980s!  It is back in fashion and in home décor.  From pillows and lighting to artwork and accessories, there are so many ways to bring a fun pop of color into your home.

neon pillows

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8.  Filing Cabinet Makeover

I made organizing fun by turning a regular filing cabinet into an attractive accent piece of furniture.  This project was also featured on the blog Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod Podged filing cabinet

9.  Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray is the new beige, and it is a wonderfully versatile neutral.  It was fun to search for pictures of gray rooms paired with mint green, purple, coral, and yellow.

gray and purple living room

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10.  Chippenham Playroom Project ~ Voting & Dedication Ceremony

Working with A Small Comfort to redo the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center was an honor.   There were so many dedicated people that helped make the room transform into a special place for the children and their families.

playroom art wall

Thank you to everyone who has read, and continues to read my blog.  My transition from teaching high school into the design world has been exciting and I am thankful for all of the support that I have received along the way.

Here’s to another great year!

º  Which was your favorite post? º  Any requests for year two of the blog?

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Patchwork Welcome Sign

This week, I decided that it was time to put away our spring/summer ‘Welcome’ sign and make a new one for the fall.  I planned to make a patchwork ‘Welcome’ sign this time, and here are the supplies that I started with for the project: mod podge patchwork supplies

Clockwise, starting at the top:

-craft paint -Mod Podge -ribbon -8”x8” canvas -letter stickers -paint brushes -8 coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper

For the first step, I tackled the sides of the canvas.  I thought it would be tricky to wrap and Mod Podge the paper around the edges of the canvas.  Instead, I decided paint the edges and picked a color (Folk Art Basil Green) that complimented the papers.

painted sides

Step two was to cut out two 2” x 2” squares for each of the eight pieces of scrapbook paper.

patchwork paper squares

Once they were all cut out, I played with the arrangement and found a pattern that I liked.

patchwork paper squares template

Next, I taped together four squares at a time to form strips of the paper.  I then taped the four strips together to connect all of the ‘patches’.

taping the patchwork squares

With the papers taped together, I was ready to Mod Podge!  I find that giving the paper (or fabric) a top coat of Mod Podge before adhering it to a surface makes the paper easier to work with.  It does not take long to apply the Mod Podge – a few minutes – but always be sure to allow for ample drying time – about 1 hour.  Adding coats of Mod Podge to a surface that is not completely dry can lead to a finished product that feels sticky.

mod podge prep layer

Once my top coat was dry, I was ready to adhere the paper to the canvas.  I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the canvas and a layer to the back of the paper.

mod podge bottom layers

For the next step, it is important to work quickly.  I placed the paper on the canvas and worked to smooth out the paper.  I used my hands and a drug store rewards card I had on hand to smooth any bubbles and wrinkles out of the paper.

mod podge smoothed out

After smoothing out the wrinkles, the sign was ready for a top coat of Mod Podge.

mod podge top layer1

When the first top coat was completely dry, I put the stickers in place and then added two more coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to fully dry).  The last step was to staple the ribbon to the back of the canvas, tie it in a bow, and hang it on the door!

stapled ribbon

patchwork door sign2

I also added a little owl that I picked up at Michael’s for $1.99. (Funny – if you buy the fall décor items when it’s actually fall, they’re on sale!)

patchwork door sign3

owl

patchwork welcome sign

What fall projects have you been working on?

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Nontraditional Headboards

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In a bedroom, the bed and the headboard are always the main focal point.  While there are many beautiful traditional headboard options available, there are also many nontraditional, DIY, and creative options.  If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your master bedroom, a guest room, or a kid’s room, check out these ideas for inspiration. Have you ever thought of painting a headboard directly on the wall?  Pick up the sample size from any paint store and this is probably the least expensive headboard you will ever create.  Choose a fun, bright color for a kid’s room, or a more subdued tone for a guest room and accessorize with fun pillows to complete the look.

painted headboard

painted headboard

If you don’t want to paint, but need to stay economical with your selection, consider a wall decal headboard.   These are also available in several colors and styles, and they can easily be changed or switched when you’re ready for a new look.

wall decal headboards

pink decal / gray decal

Folding screens are a great item to repurpose as a headboard.  They can often be found at antique and consignment stores, or even garden centers.  Be sure to think creatively when selecting a screen – they can be used ‘as is’, but don’t be afraid to paint it or use it horizontally for an unexpected effect.

folding screen headboard

wooden folding screen headboard

folding screen headboard

yellow vines folding screen headboard

folding screen headboard

turquoise horizontal folding screen headboard

If you can’t find a folding screen check a local home décor store like Pier 1, Home Goods, or Hobby Lobby for other decorative features that could be hung in a similar way.

metal scroll headboard

metal vines headboard

Another way to create a big impact with your headboard is to find a fun wallpaper or fabric and frame it out with molding.  If you choose a bright or busy pattern, keep the pillows and bedding simple so that they don’t compete with the headboard.

wallpaper headboard

wallpaper headboard

Using a mantel not only gives you the look of a headboard, but it also provides a functional shelf for frames or other décor.  To bring more interest and softness to the piece, add a custom tufted cushion.

mantel headboards

mantel & cushion / rustic mantel

Mantels aren’t the only things that can be repurposed as headboards.  Old windows or shutters can be used to create a rustic look.  You can also customize them with paint or by filling the panes or panels with fabric.

shutter & window headboards

windowpane headboard / shutters headboard

If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can build your own headboard with wood.  Use a ‘x’ detail to give the piece a barn door feeling, or paint it to coordinate with pillows and fabric already in the room.

wood headboards

rustic wood headboard / turquoise headboard

If you’re looking for or are planning to make a nontraditional headboard, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1.  Know the width of your mattress.  You do not want to purchase a headboard that is too wide or not wide enough for your space.  The headboard should be at least as wide as the mattress.
  2. Keep the style of your room in mind.  If your bedroom is elegant and feminine, a pair of rustic shutters is probably not the best choice for that space.
  3. Be creative.  If you find a piece you love there is always a way to make it work!

º Do you have a traditional or non-traditional headboard in your bedroom?

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Guest Post ~ DIY inspiration

Today, I am excited to have a guest post from the very talented Heidi from Saffron Marigold! Heidi & Saffron Marigold

Heidi Muller is an enthusiast for all things creative. A mom by day and artist by night, she currently blogs for Saffron Marigold - a boutique maker of high quality, hand printed Indian textiles.  She delights in unique, eclectic decor that is eye-catching and not bank-breaking.

Heidi found my blog when I posted the Cous Cous inspired bedroom, and we have become blog pen pals since then.  Heidi and I share a love of beautiful textiles, colors, and DIY projects.  I am so happy to have her with us!

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Hi everyone! My name is Heidi, and I am visiting today from Saffron Marigold. I'm so honored that I have the opportunity to guest blog on Cathy Green Interiors! Cathy has a wealth of (amazing!) DIY inspiration that she shares with you regularly, so I thought I'd join in the fun with a bit of my own.

My design inspirations and ideas:

  • I LOVE textiles- I find that they add instant color, texture, warmth and personality to my space.
  • I have 5 (yes, 5 :)) kids, so fun, functional, simple and thrifty decor is a must.
  • I have always loved a good "find", and tag sales, thrift stores and antique shops are favorite resources.

Room 1: Color Blocked Living Room

This room is convergence of inherited antiques, Craig's List finds and DIY art. Interestingly, they all hang together as independent blocks of color - primarily purple, red, yellow and green. As long as colors are equally bold, and are given equitable visual space, they will all play together nicely.

Easy (thrifty) DIY's:

  • Painted Chargers - I found a set of bamboo chargers at Target several years back. They have a wonderful natural texture, were quite solid and perfectly priced - $6 for all! The chargers did, however, beg to be painted. The bamboo surface responded beautifully to several layers of rubbed acrylic paints. (Somehow, I didn't notice that these were "stop light" colors until I hung the pieces in a column!) I do love to hang pieces in groups...same-size/shape objects create wonderful graphic impact.
  • Framed Fabric - I have a problem with frames. More specifically, I love to collect them second hand, rip out dated artwork, and fill them with paintings, collages and fabric. This huge yard-square black frame needed to be filled with a suzani print, so when the fabric store had a 1/2 price upholstery sale, I knew my moment had come! The print has 3 of my 4 primary colors, and adds a new one: turquoise. Even in a color blocked space, one can use an accent color... I pulled out an antique planter to tease out a bit more turquoise (but not too much!)

Room 2: Global Glam Office

My small office is part library, part art studio, and part "blogger work space". Ultimately, it needs to work hard, but be very welcoming and inspiring. (You know us creative types - we have to be inspired! :)) So while this room contains a desk, book shelves and art-supply storage, I'm sharing my favorite part with you - a cozy window seating space where I plop down with a book or laptop to read and work.

As a Saffron Marigold blogger, I have at my disposal 30 or so gorgeous, global, hand-printed cotton swatches which I keep on hand in my office. I love to move them around and use these large pieces in my decor, changing them seasonally or as the mood strikes.

In this scenario, I am using elegant Vanilla Glacé atop a sweet little mid-century table (with a rotating top) which I found at the thrift store. Over another unique thrifty find, dubbed "the princess chair" by my kids, I have draped one of my favorite prints: Dance O Peacock. I can't believe what a perfect match the gold-ochre is for the gold velvet in the chair!

Finally, India Rose is embellishing one of my favorite objects, an original sunburst clock frame which I literally found in a closet when we moved into our home. I removed the clock face from the piece and have replaced it with a bit of fabric. I like the result - part opulent, part eclectic and perfectly inspiring.

Now for a Pop-Quiz...

Just kidding, but I do have a couple questions for you...

  • What special finds (thrifty or otherwise) have inspired design in your home?
  • How have you used fabric to change the feel of a room? Have you used it in any "non-traditional" ways?
  • What colors are you drawn to again and again? Do you use different palettes to evoke different moods?

If you have a minute, share your thoughts in the comments! I know both Cathy and I would love to hear from you.

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Thanks so much Heidi for sharing your ideas and inspiration with us!

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Filing Cabinet Makeover

Today, I’m going to show you how to transform a plain old filing cabinet from this: filing cabinet before

To this!

mod podged filing cabinet

I needed a filing cabinet for my office and found this silver one at Staples.  It was feeling a little too boring for me though, so I decided to spruce it up.

The first step of the project was to spray paint the filing cabinet.  I used Rust-Oleum’s metal primer, and Valspar’s ‘Purple Fury’.

spray painting supplies

Before I began painting though, I wanted to block the four holes for the handles so that spray paint would not clog the holes or get inside of the filing cabinet.  To do this, I rolled up a small piece of aluminum foil and placed one inside each hole.  I also taped over the lock to protect that as well.

filing cabinet before

To paint the filing cabinet, I applied one coat of primer and three thin and even coats of the purple.  (For more spray painting tips, see here or here.)

filing cabinet painting steps

Once I was done painting the filing cabinet, I thought long and hard if I should do a next step, and if so, what would the next step be?  Should I leave it alone, stencil it, or Mod Podge it?

I felt that the plain purple was a little too plain for me, and I was still recovering from our dining room stencil project ;), so I decided that Mod Podging (a glue and sealer in one product) was the way to go.

I already had this fabric that I originally bought a few months ago to make a runner for our dining room, but with the new color scheme it no longer coordinates with the room.  It was, however, perfect for this project.

Braemore Radiance fabric

To start the Mod Podging process, I measured the drawers and found a piece of paper to use as a template that was almost the same size as the drawers.

measuring fabric

I picked the two flowers I liked the best and used the paper as a guide to cut around them.  The drawers on the filing cabinet are 13” x 10 ½”, and I knew I would need at least an inch of extra fabric to wrap around the drawers.  I cut the fabric about 18” x 15” just to be sure I would have enough.

fabric squares

Once the squares were cut, it was time to start Mod Podging.  Since I’ve only done one other Mod Podge project (here), I checked out a few websites for tips and tutorials.  I found these two sites to be the most helpful:  Mod Podge Rocks & Cottage at the Crossroads.

My first step was to paint a thin and even layer of Mod Podge onto the fabric.

mod podging fabric

Once that layer of Mod Podge was completely dry, I was ready to apply it to the filing cabinet.  I propped open the doors of the filing cabinet with pieces of wood and positioned the fabric on the drawers.

fabric placement

Next, I folded back half of the fabric and applied Mod Podge to that side of the drawer.  For this step, I was sure to use plenty of Mod Podge to provide a strong and even seal of the fabric to the drawer.  It is important not to let the Mod Podge dry before you adhere the fabric to it.  In order to ensure that the Mod Podge did not dry, I worked on half of each drawer at a time.  Here you can see how I folded back the fabric and how much Mod Podge I applied to part of this drawer.

mod podging filing cabinet

Once I applied the Mod Podge to half of the drawer, I folded back the fabric and pressed it firmly to the drawer.  In order to avoid having bubbles in a Mod Podge project, it is important to completely and firmly smooth out the fabric during this step.

The next step was to trim the fabric.  I also cut a slit in each corner so that the fabric would easily wrap around the corners

slit fabric corners

The last step of the process was to apply the top coats of Mod Podge.  I applied three thin and even coats to the top of the fabric to provide a strong seal and protective coating.  For the sides, I wrapped the fabric around the drawer and followed the same steps – one coat under to glue it down and three coats over to protect it.

When the last coat was dry, I was excited to see the finished product.  I removed the wood from the drawers, flipped it upright, and wow!

mod podged filing cabinet

With a spruced up finished, I thought the filing cabinet needed prettier drawer pulls than the ones that came with it.  I found these online and am waiting for them to arrive.

polished nickle drawer pull

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I am so happy with how the filing cabinet turned out.  The layers of Mod Podge make the fabric feel durable and protected.  I actually look forward to filing papers now!

mod podged filing cabinet***Update, the handles have arrived!

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º How do you make organizing and filing fun?

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Style Trend ~ Neon

Clothing and decorating trends usually echo each other – whatever is hot in fashion, is hot in home décor.  This year we have seen a return to the 80’s with neon colors leading the way. neon inspiration board

neon color board

When using neon colors in your home’s décor, you want to be sure to use it in moderation.  Using too much neon would probably give you a headache:

neon bedroom

I’ve found some great neon pieces that you could easily add to your home.  If chosen wisely, and mixed and matched appropriately, your neon accents would look chic for quite some time.

One easy way to freshen a room is to change out the pillows.  With their modern patterns and fun color combinations, these pillows would brighten any living room or bedroom.

neon pillows

neon pillows

Ceramic animals are everywhere right now.  Choose one or two of these brightly colored birds to add a fun pop on a bookshelf or mantel.

neon ceramic birds

ceramic birds

Pick a piece of furniture – a coffee table, side tables, the back of bookshelves, etc. – and paint it to add a bright color in an unexpected way.

table with yellow legs

yellow table

These hot pink chairs would be adorable paired with a white tulip table in a breakfast nook.

hot pink chair

hot pink chairs

For a unique centerpiece that would coordinate with the white table and pink chairs in the breakfast nook, add a few DIY vases and fill them with beautiful blooms .

neon vases

twine wrapped vases; paint swirl vases & instructions

Another DIY project is to take old frames and spray paint them whatever color you choose.  They can be used to hold artwork or photos, or keep them empty and group them together to serve as the artwork.

turquoise frames

turquoise frames

A brightly colored piece of artwork would surely be the centerpiece of any room.  You can find neon art in any style - traditional, modern, abstract - and in any medium – photos, paintings, prints – so choose one that fits with the rest of your décor.

neon art

green spider mum photobirds photo collage; blue rose; hot pink ampersand; ‘Jardim’ graphic print

Here are two good options for neon light fixtures.  I love the texture on both the lamp and the pendant light.  (Do you recognize the orange pendant light?  I used it in a mood board for a chic girl’s bedroom.)

neon light fixtures

green lamp; orange pendant light

Another way to bring the neon trend into your home is through an area rug.  In both of these rooms, the rug adds a punch of color to the space.  Alternating the floor tiles between bright and neutral colors allows you to switch out the bright ones when you are ready for a change.

neon rugs

purple and tan area rug; multi-colored runner

A few tips for using neon colors in your home:

  1. Moderation is the key!  Find a few fun pieces that will coordinate with the rest of your home.
  2. Neon colors pair well with soft neutrals – greys and tans.  They can also work with black and white.  Depending on the space though, that could be too harsh of a contrast.
  3. Choose pieces that can easily be switched out when you are ready for a change.
  4. Moderation is the key!

º Which neon piece is your favorite? º How would you bring neon into your home?

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Spray Painted Lamps

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As part of our family room make-over, I’ve been on the hunt for new lamps.  I was particularly searching for these lamps from Target: blue & green Target lamps

They are not sold online however, and after calling several stores in the area with no luck finding either color, I was feeling discouraged.

I decided I needed backup and sent an email to my mom and sister requesting a quick check for me any time they happened to be driving by a Target.

My mom’s response was just as good as if she had found them:  “If you spray painted the brass lamps I have in the living room, they would be almost identical.  You may have them if you like.”

Yes, please!

brass lamps - beforeivory lamp shade

Andrew and I picked them up this weekend, and went in search of the perfect color of spray paint.  We eventually found exactly what we were looking for at Wal-Mart: Rust-Oleum’s ‘Nite Tide’.

rustoleum nite tide

To start the project, I removed the lamp shades, covered the sockets for the light bulbs, and covered part of the cord.  My plan was to: 1. Prime   2. Spray paint   3. Cover with a Lacquer for an extra-glossy finish.

brass lamps prepped for painting

After two coats of primer, the lamps were already looking more modern.

brass lamps primed

Once the primer was dry, I was ready to start adding the ‘Nite Tide’.  The key to spray painting is to use several light and even coats.

First coat:

brass lamps with 1 coat of paint

Second coat:

brass lamps with 2 coats of paint

Third coat:

brass lamps with 3 coats of paint

After three coats, the lamps were looking fantastic!  I gave them a few hours to dry and then attempted to add the lacquer.  I say ‘attempted’ because we did not have much luck with this step of the process.  Once I had added two coats of the lacquer finish, the lamps were not glossy at all; in fact they were rough and looked dusty.  I’m not sure if the Richmond humidity did not agree with the product, or if I had applied it incorrectly, either way, it was not a pretty appearance.

We were lucky that with a wet washcloth, the rough and dusty finish wiped away – without taking away any of the color.

Even without the extra-glossy finish, they are still beautiful, so we were ready to bring them inside.

Just to refresh your memories of these brass beauties from the 80’s:

brass lamps - before

And the after:

spray painted lamp

It really is amazing how different they look with a new paint color and an updated shade!

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share where we’ve put the lamps and other updates to the family room!

º What pieces have found a new life in your home recently?

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Spring Décor & Crafts

With Easter just a few days away I’ve been feeling encouraged to do a spring craft project.  While searching for inspiration, I found so many cute ideas. A mantel decorated with pastel colors, shimmery thread, and flowers is elegant and classy.

easter mantel

Martha Stewart

Here is a mantel that uses natural elements and bright colors to create a shabby / chic feel.

easter mantel

52mantels.com

If you need a simple project, one that could be done with your children, check out this Easter egg garland made from paint chips.  Any patterned or colorful paper would work for this project.

easter egg garland

Modern Parents Messy Kids

If you’re looking for a unique centerpiece idea, use this tutorial to design your own custom vases.  Mix and match colors and flowers to create the feel you desire.

DIY spring flowers and vases

A Little Lavish

For my spring décor project, I decided we needed a door decoration for our front door.  Since I made so many wreaths at Christmas time (here, here, & here), I went in search of other ways to embellish the front door.

The first one I found was this umbrella overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.

umbrella door decor

Better Homes & Gardens

Next, I found this adorable watering can that is also overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.  (Can you tell what I’m drawn to?)

watering can door decor

Better Homes & Gardens

While I loved both of these, I was worried about how wide they would be.  We have a glass door in front of our main door, and I was not sure that something like one these would fit.

I decided to make a trip to Michael’s to see what I could find.

Combined with a few things I already had and a few items I found at Michael’s, here are the supplies I started with for the project:

Mod Podge door plaque supplies

Clockwise, starting with the stickers and circling in:

Alphabet stickers Paint brush ‘Tangerine’ craft paint Mod Podge Colorful paper Ribbon Wooden bird Sponge brushes Wooden plaque

My plan was to create a ‘Welcome’ plaque for the front door.  I have wanted to try Mod Podge, so I figured this was the perfect project to give it a shot.

Mod Podge is a glue, sealer, and finish all in one product that allows you to create and decoupage crafty projects.  Mod Podge can be used with paper, wood, fabric, furniture, and many other items.  They even make a glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge! Check out Mod Podge Rocks for more details and inspiration.

My first step was to paint the outer edge of the wood plaque.  I did not want to try to wrap the paper over the lip of the plaque, so I decided to paint it a coordinating color.

Mod Podge door plaque step1

From there, I followed these instructions from An Altered Obsession for Mod Podging.  Jenna is very thorough in her explanation, and she gives detailed step-by-step instructions and some very helpful tips.

After the last layer was dry, I glued on the bird (which I also Mod Podged), threaded the ribbon through 2 holes that Andrew drilled for me, and tied it to the front door:

Mod Podge door plaque

I love how it turned out and look forward to being ‘welcomed’ every time I come home!

Mod Podge door plaque

I've decided that Mod Podge is my new favorite crafting item, and I cannot believe that I’ve waited this long to discover it!  I will certainly be using it for future projects.

º What spring / Easter craft items have you created this year? º Have you Mod Podged?

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A New Couch & Peacock Blue

Andrew and I have been brainstorming about making over our family room and dining room for almost a year now.  We are full of ideas, and have engaged in many conversations about what we want to keep and what we want to change.  This weekend we made our first major purchase to start the process: a new couch!

We decided on the Davis sectional from Crate & Barrel, color: Almond.  (They’re having a 15% off sectional through April 1!)

While we wait for the new couch to arrive, we are going to start working on the dining room.  Our first step is to repaint the walls.  Right now, our walls are a sage green color, with tone on tone stripes above the chair rail.  We’ve enjoyed the stripes, but want to go with something a little more dramatic.

For color inspiration, we turned to this chair that is in our family room (which adjoins the dining room).

Here is a close-up of the fabric:

Tree of Life fabric, peacock blue

To achieve the dramatic effect we want, we are going to use the peacock blue color that is in the fabric on the dining room walls. I found a few inspiration photos of rooms that use a similar color, to give us an idea of the end result.

Peacock blue dining room contemporary dining room
(Peacock Blue Dining Room from Houzz.com)
(Peacock Blue Dining Room from Apartment Therapy)
YHL guest room, peacock blue
(Peacock Blue Bedroom from Young House Love)

In our dining room we have a chair rail, so we’re planning on using a dark, rich peacock blue below the chair rail, and a lighter blue above it.  To add even more drama and impact, we are also planning on doing a stencil above the chair rail.  My inspiration for the stencil came a few weeks ago, after helping my sister stencil her downstairs hall bathroom.  She chose a Moroccan stencil for a feature wall, and the result was stunning!

Here is her bathroom before the stencil (don't mind the green painter's tape, it was just part of the prep for the stencil):

And here is her bathroom after the stencil!

A close-up:

When you open the door to the bathroom, you feel like you've stepped inside a beautiful jewel box.  I just love the shimmer of the pearl stencil color, and how it makes a statement without being overpowering.

There are many great options for stencils right now, ranging in styles from traditional to modern.  After looking through many choices, we’ve narrowed it down to these two stencils (try to visualize them in shades of peacock blue):

Both stencils are from Royal Design Studio.  Stencil #1 is the Chez Ali stencil (and we would only use 2 colors instead of 4), and stencil #2 is the Small Acanthus Trellis stencil.

We are excited and anxious to get started!  I’ll keep you updated as we make progress.

º Which stencil do you prefer ~ #1 or #2? º What makeover projects are you starting this spring?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, found this unique chair at an antique store in Clarksville, VA for $95. antique side chair

She immediately called me and asked me if I thought we could give it a makeover.  I could see from the picture she sent me that the chair had great character and that the wood was in good shape.  Her main concern was the fabric – a little worn out and not very exciting.

antique side chair

 Up for any furniture revamp, I told her “Yes, bring it home!”

She planned to put it in their bedroom, so we found the perfect fabric to match their colors: a quatrefoil design in sage and cream (from Williams & Sherrill).  Over the holidays, we were finally able to find time to work on the redo together.

green & cream quatrefoil fabric

We started with the back rest of the chair.  It had an old trim that we easily ripped off.  From there, we had to remove about 30-40 nails that were (very securely!) keeping the fabric in place.  For this step, we used a flat head screwdriver to pry underneath each nail.

antique chair upholstery nails

Here is the chair with the back rest fabric removed:

antique chair redo

We weren’t exactly sure how we were going to reattach the new fabric to the back of the chair, so we decided to take some time and think about it while turning our attention to the seat of the chair.  The seat itself needed a little support, so we asked my husband, Andrew, to cut a few boards to attach underneath.

chair seat with support

We used the seat as a pattern for the new fabric and cut around it, leaving a few extra inches on each side.

reupholstering a chair seat

We decided the old seat fabric didn’t need to be removed, so we simply nailed the new fabric over the old, using ½” wire nails.  We made sure to line up the pattern in the middle of the seat, and we pulled each side taut as we were nailing.

reupholstering a chair seat

Here is the underneath side of the recovered seat:

reupholstered chair seat

And on the chair:

reupholstered chair seat

(Yes, our husbands were watching football helping us with the project ;)!)

Once the seat was complete, we returned to the back rest.  We first used the old piece of fabric to make a pattern with the new fabric, leaving a few extra inches on each side.

We decided to use the original filling from the chair, but we added a new piece of batting for an extra layer.  After discussing whether nails or staples would be better for this step, we found the staple gun to be the easier method.  First, we stapled the batting over the filling to the back rest of the chair.

chair reupholstering with batting

Once the batting was secure, we started stapling the fabric.  For this step, we lined up the fabric and made sure to keep it tight and even throughout the process.

reupholstering a seat back

reupholstered seat back

When the fabric was stapled all the way around, we were able to slip scissors into the groove of the chair and trim the fabric to the exact size.

reupholstering a seat back

The last step was to add a piece of trim in order to hide the staples.  We found the perfect trim at U-Fab and used a hot glue gun to attach it to the chair.

gluing trim to a reupholstered chair

It was finally finished and ready for its new home!

reupholstered chair

Beth and I had a great time working on this project together!  The modern fabric ties in with their other décor, while the antique details of the chair add an unexpected touch to the room.  She even had enough fabric left over for her mother-in-law to make a few pillows for their bed.

quatrefoil pillows

reupholstered chair

Pin It º What have you reupholstered lately? º Have you ever stumbled upon any great antique store finds?