Tag: cottage style

Boho Desk Makeover

Years ago, our neighbor gave us this wooden desk. She was dull, dated, worn (the desk, not the neighbor) and didn’t really coordinate with our other decor. So we painted her aqua and pressed her into service.

Ten years later, her paint and primer was peeling from the desk top and chipped on the sides, so it was time for a new look.

We began by stripping the paint off and sanding her down to bare wood. That statement makes this sound like an easy process, but I can assure you it was not. If you’ve ever stripped furniture, you know what I mean. It’s labor intensive, soul-sucking work.

Things are about to get real ugly up in here.

The time in between bouts of stripping, (again, the desk, just to be clear) was spent searching the internet for paint tutorials to achieve the look I imagined. I’m using the paint technique from the following video:

Because she is a plain Jane, we used construction adhesive and a few well-placed nails to add bead board to the inset panels.

Once satisfied that all the paint and stain was removed, we gave her a final sanding and wiped her down with Formby’s paint and poly remover. That particular product seems to be obsolete, but any bare wood cleaner/conditioner should work.

I began dry-brushing the paint on using the vintage turquoise paint effect tutorial. I used a narrow brush and a light hand for this step. Yep, that’s the same paint that we used for the original coat ten years ago.

I didn’t have three stains that worked for this, so I used red chestnut and provincial. The red chestnut didn’t have quite the impact that I expected, but the provincial stain adds a deep richness to bare wood. It’s just gorgeous.

See the paint on the top of the desk below? My original idea was to have the distressed paint technique on the desk top as well as the sides. The more I worked on it, the more I hated how it was turning out, so back to the drawing board sander I went. We sanded the top back down to bare wood and re-stained it. Ugh. Stupid creative process.

Note how the stain darkened the aqua paint to a sage color.

Once the stain dried, I began layering on more aqua paint using a 1.5″ putty knife. Dip the end of the putty knife in paint, lightly dab it onto the wood, spray it with water and then quickly scrape the paint over the section you want to layer. I found the key to this technique is to use a tiny bit of paint and spray it lightly with water. I wanted a time-worn look, not paint dripping everywhere. As with every good DIY project, this step takes 10 times longer than it should.

Using paint that I had on hand in my craft stash and leftover paint from other projects, I added accents of the brighter shades: my Hoosier Grandma’s favorite vintage shade of green, pink, coral and tiny touches of mustard. I used my finger as an applicator for this step. Just smear it on here and there, then layer, layer, layer until you cain’t layer no more!

At that point, Mr. Arthurized Home announced that he wasn’t feeling the bright accent colors, so I dry-brushed most of the piece with the aqua paint. That toned down the color, and we agreed that it looked slightly less bonkers after that step.

There’s a little surprise on the sides of the drawers. I used a floral stencil (Hello, 1980’s. Everything old is new again!) and creamy white paint mixed with pearlizing medium. I left large areas of the drawer sides untouched for a random effect. I’m debating taking the sander to the sides of the drawers to make it look worn from use.

When the entire piece was finished, I gave it the same Annie Sloan soft wax treatment as the bar chair. That soft wax is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. It dries buttery smooth and adds a richness to painted surfaces. The wax doesn’t change the color dramatically, just deepens it slightly, if that makes sense.

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TADA! Isn’t she pretty?! I’m so pleased with how this turned out, happy to have my desk back and hope to get another ten years out of this look.

To shop the post: Citristrip / Red Chestnut Stain / Provincial Stain / Floral Stencil / Pearlizing Medium / Annie Sloan Soft Wax

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Inexpensive Boho Decor Refresh

Have you ever noticed that when you update one area of your home, other spaces in your house can look a little, well…tired by comparison? Just me? A few weeks ago when I finished our guest and beach bedding update, I realized that the throw pillows in our living room were looking a little sad.
Okay, a lot sad.
Broken zipper, sad.

In other news, these IKEA feather pillow inserts are hardworking, and awesome.
I’ve had them forever (15 years?!), and they look and function as good as new. Money well spent.

I wanted to update our living room without spending a lot of scratch, so when I lucked into a 70% off clearance sale at Pier 1, the heavens opened, the angels sang and so did their cash register. Actually, I averaged $8 each for these five pillows, so the singing was more of a faint warble.

I first spotted this pillow. Too much color? Pattern too crazy? I think not!

It’s just the right amount of crazy. Next, I spied the floral pillows and I knew that they would be BFFs. All that delicious beadwork. Those sequins and pom-poms.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: You can’t possibly take a nap on those pillows! You’ll have bead indentations pressed into your face for days afterward! Au contraire. These make perfectly fine napping pillows when you flip them over the the smooth back side. 100% tested and Arthurized.

Moving on.

Remember the rules for pattern mixing decor are the same as for your wardrobe. Let’s review:

Pull your color scheme from an inspiration piece. In this case, the floral pillow.

Colors do not need to match exactly, they should simply relate well to one another. Play nicely, kids! The magenta throw was packed away in my winter things, so I pulled it out for a pop of color on the sofa.

Mix prints in different scales.

Use texture for extra interest.

A pillow and throw update is a quick and inexpensive way to breathe new life into your decor. And if you need an even simpler refresh, a bouquet of flowers from the yard (or the grocery store) and a fragrant candle (I love Harmony Farms) will enliven any room of your home!

I’m not in partnership with any brands referenced in this post. I’m simply sharing products that I use and enjoy, and I hope you will like them too!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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An Island Inspired Bedding Refresh

Tybee Island, Georgia is on the short list of beaches I’d like to visit. And it’s all because of Jane Coslick. Are you familiar with her work? If not, please allow me to introduce you. For more than twenty years, Jane has been preserving Tybee Island one run-down property at a time. If you love cozy spaces and bright, beachy style, you’ll love her projects. She makes liberal use of white in every cottage, and then punches up the decor with happy color, coastal art and quirky style. She’s a design hero of mine.

What does Jane Coslick have to do with my bedding? My love for her style extends to the linens she selects for her cottages, and has heavily influenced this bedding refresh.

Here’s some of her work in this gorgeous bedroom:

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And this beautiful master: *swoon*

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A little of Jane’s fun pattern mixing:

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When we visit the beach each summer, we bring our own linens. Partly because that feels more comfortable and we like to bring a little bit of home with us. But mostly because I’m too cheap to pay for rental bedding! As we returned home from the beach this year, I decided that it is time for a refresh of our beach bedding and time for some new guest bedding as well.

This is super simple pattern mixing: One large floral print, one medium size print on the quilt and solid color sheets and euro pillows. The pink sheets play nicely with both patterns, and the white ties everything together. I found the floral pillow and the quilt at HomeGoods. The pink sheets are tee-shirt knit and super soft. They’re from Belk.

Pro tip for the ladies: When you really, really, really want the fun, flamingo quilt; tell your husband that you’re shopping for leopard print instead. Suddenly, the flamingos seem reasonable and he won’t mind them quite as much!

And this is how to squeeze more guests into a 958 square foot cottage: Stack ’em up like cord wood!

The “rules” for pattern mixing home decor are the same as for your wardrobe.

1) Take your color scheme from an inspiration piece. In this case, the seashell pillow.

2) Select a neutral color and repeat it throughout your project. I’ve paired white quilts with white/aqua print sheets and accents of white in the decorative pillows.

3) Create a nice mix of large, medium and small patterns. Avoid pairing small with small, large with large, etc. If you’re mixing stripes, simply vary the width of them; pair wide stripes with narrow. Bonus points for adding texture in pillows and throws!

I hope this gives you some ideas for mixing and refreshing your own linens, or at least has you dreaming of warm, sunny beaches!

Sea shell print sheets: Belk
Sea shell/Pink stripe reversible pillows: Marshalls
Aqua linen pillow: HomeGoods
Multicolor stripe pillow: Ollie’s
Cotton quilts: Stein Mart
Textured Aqua Stripe pillow on couch: Tuesday Morning

I’m not in partnership with any brands mentioned here. I simply enjoy sharing good sources with my readers!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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