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Ombre Desk Before and After

My client was inspired by an ombre painted desk that she had seen on this cute furniture blog.

As soon as we knew that we wanted a 6 drawer double sided desk, I began to scour all of my favorite vintage locations around Los Angeles. This desk was in good condition, all the drawers worked properly and ended up being the perfect fit for the space at a little less than 42″ wide.

Admittedly, I like white furniture, but this piece had a few quirks, bumps and scratches in the surface and a less than smooth paint job with drips!

I spent a lot of time just sanding it down, filling dents with wood filler and priming it. Then, I would go back and repeat the sanding step between coats of white paint.

The colors on the desk are completely hand-mixed except for the darkest color, Guava Jam by Benjamin Moore. You can find out more about this process that I did on my Ombre Dresser DIY.

 

Also, the lighting in the photo is making the base color Guava appear more orangey and darker than it really is…the outdoor studio picture in daylight is the most accurate.

After completing this, I can not wait to sand down my own desk in my office…I am considering a 2 tone gray desks with shiny new knobs…I will be sure to post pictures of the process.

Later this week, I will share photos of a mosaic table that I designed with an artist friend, Edy Pickens over the weekend. We were art-making by the poolside and making summer last!

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Ocean Waves Ombre Dresser: Before and After

Today, I am back from my trip to Cancun and feeling refreshed. There is an abundance of fantastic work around my studio to dive into. One piece that I recently finished re-imagining, is the Ocean Waves Ombre Teal Dresser. I chose the original vintage piece for the solid structure and unique mid-century style slant of the drawers.

I created this piece through gentle sanding, painting and restoration. I have perfected the art of finishing furniture through experience and over time. I always use a basic primer and generally 3-4 coats of paint, so that the surface is protected.

The colors are hand mixed paints in gradient that was partly inspired by our recent trip to Cancun, the clear blue waters and the waves. Can you believe the depth of those blue green hues!?!

After this vacation, I finally felt free from stress and relaxed! I vowed to visit Cancun (or Hawaii:) more often.

In the same spirit of summer, I have created a white belt wrapped mirror. It is beachy and mid century and touch of vintage, mostly modern, simply how I like my decor to be.

I get a thrill out of looking for the perfect vintage belts to accent these pieces. I like the texture and age of the brass studs on this one, along with the way that white and gold look when paired together.

Lastly, I discovered this neat European publication called  Re.flect magazine, for those of you overseas. I am really proud to have my ombre dresser alongside many cool products featured here this season.

Do you have any vacations on the horizons this Summer? What summer trends inspire you? Please share!

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Lighting Installation + Styling

The holidays are fast approaching and I have many exciting projects to share:

A DIY of this chair (restyled below) over at the awesome Canadian blog the Purple Fig. I created this step by step how to.

I also like this photo for something else…maybe a new banner…hint, hint;)

The past weekend was chock full of installations and ultimate satisfaction. I worked on the final lighting install of tranquil spacious bedroom. Adding a chandelier in the center of the room created a focal point and brightened the space.

In addition to this, we swapped out the Robert Abbey lamps above for cool 1920s style torpedo sconces. I still love the Rbert Abbey lamp base, but the shade needed to give off more light or be changed. The new sconces provide directional light for reading.

You can see more detailed view of this Residential Transformation that I have been working on all year.

Next, if you can believe it, I worked on yet another install this weekend. We completed the modern reception desk installation on Saturday. We got creative by reusing an existing piece of IKEA furniture and gave it an upgrade by customizing a facade for it. I’m liking the white for now, but I could also see it painted in gray in a few months.

Which color do you vote for the Reception Desk?

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Celebrating Black and White

With the holidays fast approaching, I stitched these black and white cloth napkins with some fabric remnants from the black and white chairs that I reupholstered.

Have you begun to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Will you do any decorating?

I have been working hard on an article for a new Canadian blogazine called The Purple Fig.(I will let you know as soon as it launches.) I am super enthused to share the step by step tutorial for this before and after chair upholstery.

Here is a sneak peak at how the chairs looked before I got a hold of them. I think you will agree they looked kind of crazy. The paint was either chippy in spots or goopy in others.

Stay tuned for the update on how they will be transformed. I have another BEAUTY out in  the workshop today that I am going to begin sanding. Typing fast because I seriously can’t wait!

Have a fab weekend. See you Monday, when I post pictures of the new project!

Hilary

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Sneak Peak: Cartographer’s Table

In the spirit of our trip to Paris, I wanted to share a peak of the new cartographers table covered in antique maps and ready for it’s next adventure.

This table is a salvaged piece. It’s charming rustic shape and all wood construction spoke to me, When I found the perfect dove gray…It was time to start cleaning, sanding, and painting.

I found this antique map paper to be the perfect accent to the dove gray paint.

A silver knob coated in bright white enamel…

Et voila! It will be in shop soon after we return from our European journey. You can see more before and after furniture restorations here.

 

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Celery Green Bergere: Before and After

When I found this French Bergere armchair with caning in great condition, I was inspired to reinvent it as a modern piece. Bergere chairs first appeared during the French Regency and this one was likely created during the American Empire Revival Period. I refinished the wood by sanding, priming, and then layering a coat of glossy black enamel lacquer. One panel of the caning had to be completely replaced.

With the help of a talented upholsterer, this French arm chair has come to life in a celery green cotton linen that is super soft and comfy. This item is in my shop now.
While, I’m getting ready to experience France and Italy firsthand, I will make sure not to leave you hanging while I’m away. Look forward to pictures of Spa styling that I just completed as well as photos from a lighting spree to inspire you.

 

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Garden Seats: Before and After

Can you believe that my neighbors were getting rid of these charming little french country style iron seats? I came across these seats on a jog, and needless to say I quickly jogged all the way home to find my wallet before someone else got these! In the beginning, they looked less than appealing in a kitschy vintage fabric that was not meant for outdoors.

After a few weeks in my studio. First I recovered them, I found vinyl underneath the old fabric, which I kept because the vinyl provides a nice moisture barrier. The next step was to buy the perfect fabric that is made for the outdoors, but can be used indoors. I felt this fabric ny Sunbrella had a complimentary print for a round seat. I also liked the contemporary, yet abstract quality of the pattern. the fabric is very sturdy and will not fade in sunlight, which was important to me. The chair back is done in a light Belgian linen that will weather well. 

We are also getting in the mood to spend more time outside this summer. The weather in Los Angeles has been so mild and pretty.

I wanted to leave you with a little inspirational photography to get you going this week!

The gorgeous Ocean Beach in San Diego…

still honing my photography skills:)

xx,

Hilary

 

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