• Jul
    24

    New Possibilities for an Old Table


    by Lila HOME
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    We have a client that has an older and quite large coffee table that they love because their kids use it all of the time.  They play on it, color on it, and drive their trucks on it — a true family piece of furniture.   Lauren Nicole Designs has just added new upholstered chairs and pillows on the sofa to help tie the room together, so the restored coffee table needs to be updated to fit into the cooler grey tones instead of the traditional browns that they have had for so long. But the table must be finished in a way that will still hold up to all of the lego building, truck racing and other toddler activities that all go down on this table.

     

    The Coffee Table in Need of an Update

    The Coffee Table in Need of an Update

     

    To achieve this rustic/old barn look we’ve selected a beautiful technique using Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint over Amy Howard’s One-Step Paint.   I did a sample board to show the client what the finished product could look like and of course to make sure we were achieving the desired look.  Here’s the process step by step:

    I used a sample piece of wood that was finished in the same dark tones as the coffee table.

    I used a sample piece of wood that was finished in the same dark tones as the coffee table.

     

    I first painted the sample in Amy Howard's One Step paint - color Atelier (one of my favorite greys).

    I first painted the sample in Amy Howard’s One Step paint – color Atelier (one of my favorite greys). In this photo you can also see the start of putting Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint – color Strasbourg White over the grey one-step.

    This shows Amy Howard's Toscana Milk Paint Strasbourg White completely covering the One-Step Chalk Paint in Atelier.

    This shows Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint Strasbourg White completely covering the One-Step Chalk Paint in Atelier.

     

    Once the milk paint has dried apply Amy Howard's Antique Glaze with a sea sponge.  As I applied the glaze, I rubbed it to remove portions of the milk paint to reveal the undercoat of grey and to give it the "old barn rustic" look we were going for.

    Once the milk paint has dried apply Amy Howard’s Antique Glaze with a sea sponge. As I applied the glaze, I rubbed it to remove portions of the milk paint to reveal the undercoat of grey and to give it the “old barn rustic” look we were going for.

    Once the antiquing glaze dried I applied a layer of clear wax, let it dry about 30 minutes and then buffed it to get a finished shine.

    Once the antiquing glaze dried I applied a layer of clear wax, let it dry about 30 minutes and then buffed it to get a finished shine.

     

    And TA DA - here's the finished sample piece with the inspiration fabric that Lauren Nicole Designs used on the client's club chairs in this room.  LOVING THIS LOOK!!

    And TA DA – here’s the finished sample piece with the inspiration fabric that Lauren Nicole Designs used on the client’s club chairs in this room. LOVING THIS LOOK!!

     

    One more up close and look at the finished sample.

    One more close up of the finished sample.

     

    The finished sample is now off to the client for their approval before we start on the table itself.

    Stay tuned to see another completed restoration from the collaboration of the Client, Designer Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Designs and Linda Riddiough of Lila Home.

     

     

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  • Jun
    30

    Mirror Makeover


    by Lila HOME
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    During the design process there are always those pieces that are special to you but might not fit into the new scheme in their present state.  That’s exactly the situation for a client at Lauren Nicole Designs.  Their new beautiful master bathroom required large mirrors, which came with the house, but the mirrors were definitely not in line with the taste of my clients.  So we decided to give them a brand new look! Because the vanities are on separate sides of the bathroom, Lauren could do totally different colors – truly his and hers.

     

    His Before

    His Before

     

    As you can see his before was very gold and brown.  The goal was to give his mirror a more masculine color – so we went with Amy Howard One-Step Graphite.

    First Coat of Paint

    First Coat of Paint

     

     

     

    His Fabulous After

    His Fabulous After

     

    Two coats of the one-step and we finished it off with Amy Howard’s Bright Idea – A High Gloss Clear Spray.   The graphite was the perfect color for HIS space.

    Now on to her mirror.  Lauren used shades of purple in their master bedroom, so transitioning into the master bath with a deep aubergine was just the perfect choice.

    Hers Before

    Hers Before

     

    All of the scrollwork was the perfect feminine touch for her side of this master bathroom.  The before was dark and definitely did not reflect the vibrant personality of the homeowner.

     

    First Coat of Paint

    First Coat of Paint

     

    For hers, we selected and used Amy Howard’s One Step Aubergine.  I now know why purple is always referred to as a regal color.   As you can see, chalk paint always leaves a more flat finish.  Usually you would finish off the chalk paint with a wax – but not this time.  We again decided to finish the mirror with Amy Howard’s Bright Idea.

    Her After

    Her After

    Close Up of the Gorgeous High Shine

    Close Up of the Gorgeous High Shine

     

    The results are truly amazing and beautiful.

    Some tips for turning your old treasures into updated and stylish accessories for your home:

    –Don’t just donate or throw things away without taking time to envision how it could be.

    –Don’t be afraid to add color to your space and turn your tired piece into a statement piece.

    –There are lots of techniques to achieve just the right finish.  If you need help in deciding which direction to go, don’t hesitate to ask us.  Send or bring in a picture and we can always brainstorm your options.

    –And remember you really can’t go wrong.  Your vision and creativity is what will come through.

    We’re here to help you Craft A Beautiful Life!TM

     

     

     

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  • Jun
    23

    I’m Crushing On Amy Howard Paint


    by Lila HOME
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    We all have pieces of furniture or accessories that have been “gently” used, have been handed down, look out of date or are just the wrong color.   What to do??? — Donate?  Throw Away?  How about Rescue & Restore?  Here’s one wonderful story for inspiration:

    We have a terrific client that are moving into their new home and have an older kitchen table that was handed down from his parents.  As you can see, this table has been well used.   My first question to Lauren is “what fabric are you using for the window treatment design in this kitchen?”

     

    Kitchen Window Treatment Fabric

    Kitchen Window Treatment Fabric

     

    Before of Kitchen Pedestal Table

    Before of Kitchen Pedestal Table

     

    Secondly, I knew that this family loves color (her wedding dress was pink – which is so cool).  And I thought that with a toddler in the house off white might not be the best color choice for this table.  So here’s what we did.

     

    The Amazing After

    The Amazing After

     

    After With 1 Leaf

    After With 1 Leaf

     

    Amy Howard’s Shaw Red One-Step paint was used for the top, finished with a coat of Light Wax.  And Linen One-Step was used for the pedestal base.

    This table went from old and sad to Fun, Beautiful, Unexpected and a Perfect Fit for this lovely young family.

    I think I could rescue & restore something every day.

    Linda

    **Watch for more projects for this home and watch for the complete design story on Lauren Nicole Designs.

     

     

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