Tag: headboards

Lessons Learned From Painting Fabric

October 12, 2012

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You all know how I love painting anything and everything. So when I found out about fabric paint, my imagination started running wild!

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We have a king sized headboard that I had custom made about eight years ago. It is still in great shape, but I am so tired of the chocolate brown color:


I looked into reupholstering the headboard myself but when I heard about the fabric paint and navy was available, I was excited to get started!

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So excited, I did not wait to even take the headboard off of the bed. I had to wait for my husband to help with that and he takes forever! 🙂

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Since I had no real directions, I found the best way was to squirt the paint directly onto the brush for the smoothest application:

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I was amazed that I only used four of the little 4 oz. bottles of paint to cover two coats for the entire headboard! Each bottle was only $3.79 at Michaels.


It only took me a day to finish, waiting two hours in between coats to dry. Here is the headboard after painting:

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Lessons I learned from painting fabric:

*   For best results, do not paint over dark fabric. It is extremely hard to cover the original color no matter how many coats you paint.

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*   If painting fabric with nap, (a fabric with nap is one what usually has a pile and will look different shades from different angles) such as velvet or velour, avoid painting large surfaces. Because of the nap, the brush strokes are very visible:

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*  Always to sure to paint in one direction so brush marks are minimized.

*  The best fabric to paint for the best results is a light colored cotton or linen:

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Look how nice it came out after only two coats of navy paint:

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Would I have painted my headboard if I knew this information? Probably. I like to try things out myself. Plus, I can still re-cover if I decide.

I hope this has helped you decide if painting your fabric will work well for you. If you have any other questions about it, please let me know!

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Helping My Daughter Decorate Her New Home

August 9, 2012

I am so excited that my daughter Meg has asked me to help her decorate her new home! I did not want to overstep my boundaries and give advice where advice was not wanted but now that she has asked for help…

Meg & Ian’s new home.

Meg and her soon to be married, (November 10, 2012!) fiancé Ian just bought their first home. I am so happy for them! You may remember my post Moving Into Your First Home, where I tried to explain that it takes time making a “house” into a “home”. So on top of buying a new home and getting married, they want to fix up their place a bit to make it theirs. And they have no money! 🙂

I told her to start with one room so that she would not be overwhelmed. “OK”, she said, “Let’s start in the bedroom!”.  Here are a couple pictures she sent:

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I know this picture is blurry, but I wanted you to see the whole room:

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Meg does not like the light blue on the walls or the dark blue on the closets. The room looks smaller than it is and I think it is because of the choppiness of all the colors. So my first suggestion 1. Paint the entire room white, such as Ben Moore Cloud White 967 including the trim and ceiling. A light gray would also work such as Ben Moore Wickham HC-171 or Ben Moore Stonington Gray HC-170. I also like the Coventry Gray HC-169. The beams on the ceiling would look nice painted also, but they might want to keep the original stain  for character. Painting the room and trim all one color will make the room appear larger. I also chose a ‘clean’ white and gray to work with the white in the comforter. A beige or ‘dirty’  wall color would not work well with the bedding.


Next I would try the bed in front of the window (where the air conditioner is now). That would be the first thing you would see when you walk in the room- the focal point. Yes, you can put the bed in front of the window! And here are a few beautiful examples from Bungalow At Home:




I suggest painting their headboard white until they can afford something they love. The pictures above illustrate perfectly how I would frame the two windows with window treatments with the rod hung close to the ceiling. The fabric should be light for this room. A couple for them to choose from:





Love these below! Who cares that they are outdoor panels!:



A rug to bring in color:

Rugs USA Keno Floral Symphony Black Rug

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Rugs USA Homespun Moroccan Trellis Navy Blue Rug

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Then accessorize the room with that color of the rug you choose. For example lamps:

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After moving the bed more in the middle of the room, I would move the dresser down the room under the TV where it would not be seen as soon as you walk in. Maybe I can convince her to use Annie Sloan Chalk paint to paint over her old dresser!:

source  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence

And every room needs a beautiful mirror:

Mirrored Frame 35 1/2" Wide Moonlight Wall Mirror

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And a beautiful chandelier will be perfect over the bed:



I think I have given her a lot of projects! One more thing I must mention: get rid of the old wooden knobs on the cupboards and replace with glass knobs or anything else! 🙂 Sorry babe!:

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I will let you know if she likes (of course she will!) and follows my advice. I tried to keep the prices reasonable since their budget is tight right now. I know painting will make such a big change in the room immediately and inexpensively.  I hope you like it sweetheart! What do you think my decorating friends?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Wrong Bedroom Color Choice

September 10, 2011

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Above is a photo of a bedroom that I painted and decorated a few years ago. I thought it looked pretty good, but I always felt that something was “off” and I just could not figure it out. Can you see it? :

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Does this picture below help?: Hint: The headboard is not the key item you should be focusing on in your bedroom when choosing wall colors.

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The most significant item in your bedroom you should be working with in choosing a wall color (and its undertones) is your bedding. Your comforter is the largest, most considerable sized item in the room. right? So now can you tell what is not working in this bedroom?:

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Answer: The yellow bedding is clashing with the pinky beige of the wall and headboard. When you are trying to pull your entire room color scheme together, there must be a relationship between your wall color paint and the colors of your fabric, flooring, woodwork and accents. I had chosen a red undertone wall paint to go with the chocolate brown headboard. Very bad- but in my defense, this room was painted a few years ago before I had taken Maria’s color course! 🙂

Did you also notice that the walls and bedding are a clean/dirty combination? The beige wall color looks dirty and muddy next to the clean and bright comforter:

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Solution?  I think the easiest way to fix the room so that the colors flow together is to change the bedding. Maybe something like this:

or how about this beautiful green:

Well, I better get shopping. Macy’s is having a huge bedding sale!

I would love to hear your comments!

Related topics you might enjoy:

Updating Your Chocolate Brown Furnishings

Comforter First?

Are Greige & Taupe the Same Color?

Beige Room Color Consultation

Color Extraordinaire Eileen Kathryn Boyd

August 24, 2011

Have you noticed the bold and beautiful design work of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is everywhere lately? Her rooms are so full of life, so well designed, all in such great color proportions.

Isn’t the room above gorgeous!! OMG. Love, love, love.


She blends traditional with modern, throws in some bold color and magic is made! Eileen is known for drawing her inspirations from the fashion runways and bringing them to life on her showroom floor as well as inspiring bold works of art.

Wow! Love it!

I bet you have noticed her fabrics in the Duralee ads:

Her work reminds me of Susan Sargent whose bold, bright use of color and fabric I have always loved:


Her home, that was featured in Lonnie Magazine in December 2010 is just beautiful:

living rooms - turquoise blue silk ribbons holiday decor wreaths chippendale secretary desk turquoise blue chiars pink pillows  Eileen Kathryn

Pretty amazing isn’t she??  Just gorgeous.

So fresh and exciting don’t you agree?

To see more of Eileen’s design work, visit Eileen’s website- ekbinteriors.com

Eileen’s blog- eileenkathrynboydblogspot.com

Comments? Do you like her designs and boldness with color?

If you need help making your space come alive with color, contact me today!

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