If you want a rich, textured, cozy feel in a room, you will adore this technique. It is ideal for libraries, traditional home offices (also known as a study) and family rooms. But, you can use it in any room where the inclusion of suede feels just right. It’s amazingly realistic looking, so expect guests to approach it closely and inspect it. Using actual suede would cost a fortune, but suede-finish latex paint contains a special additive that produces a grainy yet velvety appearance that makes that additional expenditure totally unnecessary. If you’re a traditionalist, opt for earth tones. If you want to create a vibe similar to that of a lair or lounge, don’t be afraid to try crimson or plum!
- blue painters tape
- drop cloths or brown painter’s paper
- primer (tinted to match the top coat)
- paint roller with tray
- suede finish latex paint
- small, angled paintbrush for edges
- foam roller
- 4 inch paintbrush
Prep the walls by making sure they are clean. Wipe down if necessary – there should be no dust or debris. Next, use the blue painters tape to protect all of the edges (baseboards, molding, ceiling, etc.) Smooth the tape down completely using a putty knife. Lay down a drop cloth or brown painter’s paper to protect the floor. Paper is easier to manage because drop clothes move and bunch.
Next, apply the tinted primer to all of the walls and let dry completely. Then use the small, angled paint brush to cut in all the edges in the room. Now it’s time for the fun! Paint the walls with the suede paint using a zig-zag pattern that you achieve in 2’ X 2’ sections. Use the foam roller dipped in paint and slowly smooth over the painted section. Then move on to the next 2’ X 2’ section. Repeat until you’ve completed all of the walls. Allow it to dry for several hours until completely dry. Last, use the 4 inch paintbrush to apply a second coat of paint. Do this in crosshatch strokes along the entire wall. Start at an upper corner, work from top to bottom, and then left to right. This project takes time and requires patience, but the effect will be stunning!
How To Make DIY Fabric Light Switch Covers January 22, 2015Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kids , comments closed
Ready to wow your guests with your attention to detail? Try this simple, inexpensive method for creating beautiful, fabric covered light switch plate covers!
- Fabric of your choice, but it should be lightweight and flexible
- Flathead screw driver
- Tacky glue
- Clear acrylic spray coat
- Craft mat
- X-Acto knife
Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. They’re very inexpensive and can be easily found.
Lay the plate on the part of the fabric that you want to use. Experiment with turning it sideways to see which way you like it best. Don’t forget, you’ll be cutting the center out so that part of the image will be lost! Trace around it using a pencil or white sewing pencil if the fabric is dark. Use a ruler to trace the shape again, but ½ in away from the outline of the plate. You will need the excess for wrapping around the back of the plate. The cuts don’t have to be perfect, because no one will see them.
Next, lay the fabric over the top of the plate to ensure it is the right size. Then, use a foam paint brush, and coat the front of the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Now, place the newly cut fabric on the glue, being sure to center it. Use a credit card to very gently smooth it down and ease out any large air bubbles. Use your fingers to press it down at the side edges.
Next, fold the edges to the back like you would when wrapping a gift. Snip corners a little if needed. If you need to trim off more fabric, now you can. If the image doesn’t stick completely around all of the edges, apply a tiny bit more glue and seal them down. Let it dry a little. Flip the plate over and use the X-Acto knife to cut out the center piece using the same rule of a ½ inch away from the edge. Then cut a diagonal slit at each corner to ensure the image wraps tightly at the inner edges. Line each edge with the glue and press down. Next, cut a small X into both of the holes where the screws go. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.
The Italian Impressions Style January 16, 2015Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design Perspectives , comments closed
Are you the kind of person who prefers the History Channel? Do you prefer wrought iron to stainless steel, or rich fabrics to modern prints?
If you dream of living in a far-off Mediterranean town with old world furnishings and brocade cloth, the Italian Impressions Style may be what best describes you!
Older, collected items are displayed and the center of attention. Ornate ceilings, arches and heavy fireplace mantles make their mark in the Italian Impressions style.
Is this the style that describes you? Take our online quiz to see!
How Do You Live? January 9, 2015Posted by creatingyourspace in : Website tools , comments closed
Have you ever wondered how your lifestyle should influence the type of floor in your home? Children, pets, number of family members and maintenance levels are all very important factors to consider when choosing.
Our “How I Live” quiz will analyze what is happening in your home. The results will help you in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project.
Which Bathroom Would You Choose? January 2, 2015Posted by creatingyourspace in : Bathroom , comments closed
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Best Holiday Wishes! December 24, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
Here’s to hoping your holidays are filled with love, joy and peace.
A Holiday Rundown December 20, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
Popular Bathroom Colors December 13, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Bathroom , comments closed
Bathrooms are one of the most frequently renovated rooms in the house. This is because people spend so much personal time in the space, so it’s natural to want it to be a place that you feel you can relax and unwind in. And while there are many different considerations that go into a bathroom from the vanity to the tile, one of the things that hangs people up the most is the color of the space. Bathrooms can really be any color from white to bold red, but there is a set group of colors that people tend to gravitate toward in bathrooms that help give the space universal appeal.
Grays are currently the most popular colors in bathrooms for decorative tiles, shower curtains, towels, and bath mats. Gray has a soothing, calming quality. Since it is technically in the neutral family you can still introduce other colors as accents later on without committing or competing.
Starting in the grays and shifting all the way to bright turquoise, nearly every color in the blue family is popular in bathrooms. Blue is also a soothing color, and is associated with water, so it’s a natural choice for this area. Blue also pairs very well with other colors, so you can build a full palette in the room such as:
- Blue and white
- Blue and gray
- Blue and green
- Blue and yellow
- Blue and tan
- Blue and gold
Like gray, blue tends to work best on the walls and as accents, but it’s also not unusual to see bold shades like cobalt used on floors or on light fixtures to deepen the color of the room.
Cream and Tan
Not everyone likes to go full on white in the bathroom, so cream and tan are often the colors of choice instead. These neutrals are able to make a calm, formal, and traditional statement in your bathroom, without introducing any other color. If a little color is desired, these neutrals pair well with several other shades you can use as accents.
Decorating the Tops of Kitchen Cabinets December 6, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kitchen , comments closed
Unless your cabinets reach right to the ceiling, or you have a soffit installed above them, you probably have a large expanse of unused space in your kitchen. The tops of your kitchen cabinets are a great place to add some extra storage, decoration, and interest to the rest of your kitchen design – even if you’ve paid them no attention in the past.
Do you have a very decorative backsplash in your kitchen? If so, consider extending it up above your cabinets. This can produce a very dramatic and striking look, particularly if you are using glass, mosaics or stone for your backsplash. Just extend the tile slightly to the sides of the upper cabinets and run them up and across the top. If you have empty walls between different sets of cabinets, you can also fill this space in entirely with the tile to connect the areas and further emphasize the design.
If you have enough height above your cabinets, you can use this area for storing things that you might not have a place for elsewhere in the kitchen. These items can be decorative, such as china or plants, or they can be utilitarian such as baskets that you keep filled with onions and potatoes. To keep the area from looking haphazard, just be sure to store whatever you keep up there in a decorative way, and to continue this look across the entirety of the cabinets with the same design, so it becomes part of the kitchen.
Moldings and Railings
If you only have a few inches between your cabinets and the ceiling, consider connecting the two areas using either railings or a cabinet crown molding. Many cabinets are either plain on top or have a molding that is too small, tacked on by the manufacturer. Replacing this with a more substantial molding can give the cabinets a custom and built in appearance that can update the entire room, making it seem as though the whole kitchen has gotten a face lift all at once. Just go back to your original cabinet manufacturer to get a matching wood species and stain for your cabinets to get the best look.
Happy Thanksgiving! November 26, 2014Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
We hope that your Thanksgiving finds you surrounded by your friends and family!