April 22, 2010

louboutin-inspired paint job

Posted in color, decorating, inspiration tagged at 3:11 pm by Brit

photo by living etc.

A sliver of paint along the door edge is a great way to add a little pop of  accent color.

It’s like the interior version of a pair of Louboutins.

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August 11, 2009

name game

Posted in just for fun tagged at 2:30 pm by Brit

What do the terms Elephant’s Breath, Mademoiselle, and Croquet have in common?

Give up? They’re paint names!

I have a strange interest in reading paint names…some of the names are just so whimsical, it makes me want to use that color even if it wasn’t the color I was shopping for.

samples

Can you guess what color the above paint names are for? And if you’re really wanting to procrastinate, check out the Paint Game…it gives you a list of paint color names and then you guess what the color actually is. And you can keep playing over and over again with different paints coming up each time.

April 28, 2009

easy bookshelf diy

Posted in Apartment Project, decorating, furniture, living room, new apartment tagged , , , , , at 10:42 am by Brit

On my 5th birthday, my grandfather handmade me a bookshelf. I still have it, but it needed to be a bit updated. The wood color didn’t match anything that I owned, nor would ever own. Not wanting to trade it in for a new one, I made a few minor adjustments so I could keep it in my decor. I love the simplicity of the design, with the soft serpentine edges keeping it from looking too stiff Federal-style.

bookshelf

I painted it white, ran sandpaper over it to give it a distressed look and then took some wallpaper that I snagged from the giveaway table when I was at Elle Decor (I knew I would eventually use it!) and lined the back of the shelves to add some subtle interest. I didn’t want to bring too much attention to the bookself…with the amount of books that I have, it would cause it to look cluttered in my tiny apartment.

I did leave a small section unpainted…on the back my grandfather wrote “9/26/1989 Happy Birthday Brittny.”  Reading that makes me happy 🙂

Also, sorry I didn’t take a before pic! I thought I had a picture of this bookshelf taken in my old apartment, but unfortunately the entirety of it did not make it into the picture.

This literally took me 2 hours tops. It was a quick, easy, and most importantly, cheap, project. It’s amazing what a little paper and a coat of paint can do.