Monday, August 8, 2011

Chic Tip of the Week


Ladies and Gentlemen, it's that time of the week again (Harhar... that makes me giggle, don't know why) for a Chic Tip! This week, I invited Danika Herrick of Gorgeous Shiny Things to share her own tips and tricks with us... and of course, she's shared one of my favorite things... PAINT!



So my big chic tip is paint. I know, boring. But it is a completely underrated tool, and I'm surprised how many people are afraid of it. Nowadays there is a paint and primer for everything, AND if you screw up and hate the color it is an easy fix. And it can change your life for around $35 a gallon, well so can tequila I suppose, but we are talking good change.
It is seriously my answer to (almost) everything. For example, we moved into our current house...an original 1964 ranch, and when I say original I mean original. I was seriously expecting Alice to be hiding in the closet with Sam the butcher. We decided to take this reno slowly, really think out what we want. Well I'm impatient, and since we weren't going to be knocking down any walls or ripping ugly out out I decided to renovate with paint. In short, put lipstick on on pig. Anything that would hold paint or primer was fair game. So here is a quick "what is possible" with paint...
Lets start with a completely dated yellow brick fireplace with black and gold doors. Oh, and lets add dark wood cabinetry and paneling into the mix too...
Kilz Primer, (can't live without it) some black high heat paint to fix the fireplace doors, and a little regular latex for the walls and trim and that "dirty den" feeling is gone...
Lets move into the kitchen. There is a lot wrong with it, but lets pick on the countertops. They were
cream Formica with brown edge. I know, they were nuetral, but they had a few chips and stains. We are going to redo this space in a few years, but in the mean time I decided to paint them. Rustoleum's Countertop Paint. I'm telling you they make a paint for every surface. I did a Cararra marble finish on them. See how here. Next I top coated them with 3 coats of latex polyurethane. They should last me 3-5 years if I recoat them yearly...
Furniture gets to get in on the action too of course. I love vintage pieces because they are in general really well made, and you can feel good about them not ending up in a landfill. I loved this piece I found at a thrift store for small money...
It got a coat of primer and 2 coats of a sea green I mixed from leftover paints I had on hand and its a whole new dresser...
Now just painting your walls a solid color can change things dramatically. But if you have a little patience and faith you can do wonders. This is my entry when we moved in...
I have a sick addiction to really expensive wallpaper. I have "painted" my own papers to feed that addiction. The great thing is you have complete control over your palette and scale. I have always loved deGournay wall murals and decided to make my own. I picked the colors I wanted and then pumped up the scale to give it a funkier feel in my retro space...
I did the same thing in my laundry/mudroom. Here it is pre move in....
I cut a stencil to emulate Quadrille's China Seas pattern. This wall is coming down when the kitchen gets rodone, so another reason paint is great. Now you can also buy a stencil if you aren't as extreme, there are so many great stencil companies these days...
The end result is a laundry/mudroom I look forward to going into to...
And lastly, tile. There is a great primer called XIM that sticks to everything... glass, laminate, and tile.
We have a sunroom that had harvest gold and brown tiles. Here is the thing. We can't use this room much because its literally 110 degrees during the day. We hope to one day put our kitchen renovation out there. In the meantime I have to look at this room throught those giant double sliders, so I wanted it pretty...
I used XIM on the tile, and then 2 coats of a aqua floor paint. I have always loved Celerie Kemble's Bleeker pattern, so I painted it on the floor...
Its still hot, just not as hot of a mess.

A big thank you to Danika! Remember to slip over to Gorgeous Shiny Things and give her some love!
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8 comments:

Jamie said...

What an incredible post - so full of great ideas. It is so fun to see how far a little paint (and a lot of talent) can go

AquĆ­ said...

This is a great tip for the week! I never knew you could paint counter tops! Love that trick!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Danika is the shiz. And a paintbrush GOD. I loves her.

P.s. trissta I still havent forgotten about my post. I needs to get it to you. Its been chaotic at the wiener abode.

Amanda said...

I am speechless!! AMAZING transformations!

Ashley said...

Months later, my jaw is still on the floor over Danika's faux marble countertops (of course, I mean 'faux' in the best way possible). She is insanely talented and I'm always anxious to see what she pulls off with paint.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Unbelievable transformation of a now beautiful home. I wish Danika lived right beside me so we could paint and drink tequila all day:)

Ana from Sweet Serendipity said...

AMAZING!!

Milla said...

Wow that girl is crazy talented. So much DIY in this one post. And just like what someone said above, I didn't know that Rustoleum made paint for counter tops...if only I didn't live in an apartment. I'm heading over to check out Danika's blog. Thanks Trissta.