Monday, April 30, 2012

Black and White Stripe Obsession

painted black and white stripe magazine files with foo dogs


In case you read my last post, then you already know that I love black and white patterns. It started when I was a teenager on my trips to France when I discovered the black and white checkerboard tiles in old mansions and I couldn't get enough of the beautiful contrast.
Of course you can put too much of it in a place and I have to restrain myself, but black and white sneaks in here and there.
I think it is just chic when you have it in some places.

A while ago I stumbled across black and white striped magazine folders that were way too expensive.


black and white striped  Semikolon Magazine File Box
Semikolon Magazine File Box (not for sale anymore)
black and white  Semikolon Decorative Office Collection
the Semikolon Decorative Office Collection by Pierre Belvedere
black and white striped bins from container store
Love these bins from the container store and thank you Annie for surprising me with it!
black and white stripe Semikolon CD-photo box from organize.com
Semikolon CD-photo box from organize.com
black and white stripe See Jane Work Paperboard Letter Sorter
See Jane Work Paperboard Letter Sorter from office depot



Aren't they all awesome? I can picture a nice bright yellow, pink or orange desk with those accessories.

So I decided to paint some Ikea magazine files that I had in my basement in black and white stripes. They are very cheap and made from wood.

wooden Ikea magazine files

primed wooden Ikea magazine files

I rolled on some oil based primer and white semi-gloss paint. I had to sand lots before and in between coats since the wood was ruff and had some splinters.

white painted wooden Ikea magazine files

I taped off the stripes and spray painted the semi-gloss black on.

taped white painted wooden Ikea magazine files


They look fabulous and I love them!

painted black and white stripe magazine files with foo dogs

black and white striped magazine files



And one more thing:
One of the craziest black and white striped projects I have ever done was for my sister-in-law a couple of years ago who also happens to love stripes. We used this bathroom as our inspiration:


Stephen Shubel Circus Bathroom
Stephen Shubel Bathroom

And this is a picture after we were almost done. I have to go over to her house and take some more pictures. It was a neck braking, pain in the ... project. But it certainly is cool.

black and white striped circus living room project

black and white striped circus living room project

black and white striped circus tent walls
This is the room with the red and clear crystal chandelier that she hung from the center.



I guess I have to go and take some more pictures of the room soon for another post.

Do you have a life long obsession with a pattern? I'd love to know!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Rate my space email (part two)

{UPDATE: you can see my daughter's new bedroom by clicking HERE}


garbage picked headboard makeover


Ikea leaves, black and white stripes and polka dots, vinyl wall decal, chandelier
Like I mentioned in my last post, I received an email from HGTV and as I browsed through the links of inspiration, as they call it, I ended up clicking on "Best of Rate My Space: 25 Colorful Rooms" ... picture 18 is my dear daughter's room. I had uploaded some pictures of her room in November of 2009.

ikea leaves with black and white striped headboard, headboard tutorial
Also on "Share with Nate"


I always knew that I wanted black and white in my daughter's room. I just love black and white accents. If I ever get sick of the pink walls I could just paint them any color and the rest would still look great.

I started to look for a cheap headboard when my baby girl outgrew her crib and we decided to move our Queen bed into her room. She was a horrible sleeper and I couldn't have survived the nights without it.
The headboard that I finally ended up with is NOT the headboard I envisioned at all but the one she has now just kind of forced itself on me when I walked through my neighborhood and somebody had put it out for the trash. Yes, I picked a neighbor's trash. They must think I'm nuts. I've never talked to them and they don't know what the piece of garbage turned into. They probably only refer to me as the crazy lady from down the street that dragged their garbage up the road. But like I've mentioned before... I'm used to it.
So this is what it looked like before. UGLY!
You can see some of the areas that I patched with would filler.

ugly brown queen headboard before

I actually wanted a taller headboard maybe with a carved frame that I could spray glossy white or black with a striped center. Kind of like this outrageously expensive headboard:





But I still haven't found an affordable version on craigslist. I always get so annoyed when people on CL want to sell a set. Nobody is willing to sell a piece separately.
I might just have to elevate the one I have some day. I'm still waiting to find THE ONE.

But I knew for sure that I wanted to paint black and white stripes on it since I had the striped fabric that I made the bed skirt from. The fabric was from Ikea and I attached it to the box spring with velcro for easy removal. It looks really tailored and only required minor sewing. I'm not the best sewer and don't really enjoy it either. My husband actually makes fun of me when I attempt to sew anything and how agitated I get while doing so. It's usually better to have ear muffs on the kids during the process! I get fired up already when he jokes around calling me his little seamstress or tries to take pictures of me.
I would have to say that the duvet cover is the only real splurge in the room. It was from Pottery Barn Teen.
The Ikea leaves I had leftover from my son's toddler room. The lamp was and old ugly thing from my attic that I repainted. I already had the Ikea nightstand but I had to purchase the two white Ikea Expedit bookshelves and the Ikea daisy flower lights which I spray painted in the center with yellow plastic spray paint.

Painted Ikea daisies in pink room


I built the window box out of MDF board and crown molding and hung the curtain rod in the inside. It was so long ago that I didn't take any pictures along the building process to explain it step-by-step. I really regret that now. Never thought that I would blog about it. The vinyl wall decal on the window box is the personalized fairy forest scene from greywolfgraphics on etsy. I just love all the little animals on it and of course the little cuckoo clock too.
The roller shade is a painted IKEA Tuplur shade that I had. I used fabric paint (that's before I figured out that you can make your own fabric paint from acrylic paint and textile medium). I basically used the same steps as I did with my painted curtain tutorial.

garbage picked headboard makeover

pink girls room with black and white stripes, black and white polka dots, Urban Outfitters faux chandelier

I added the urban outfitter faux chandelier which is not available anymore. But she wants the bling back. I, on the other hand, LOVE this fun light.


pink girls room with black and white stripes, black and white polka dots
The baskets in this picture have by now been replaced with the Dröna pink and black Ikea cloth containers. Love them even more because they don't scratch the shelves like the baskets do.
The polka dot and striped boxes were all from Ross and Homegoods. 


I made the pictures for her in Adobe Illustrator and had them printed at a copy shop, which only cost me $2 a print plus the cost for the plain black frames at $5 each. I only added these because she really, really wanted them. And if you have read part one to this post then you remember how much I'm against themes and characters in a room.

Like I said, all that matters is that my little treasure is happy.

Have you had to make compromises with your little ones?
I hope you like mine!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rate my space email (part one)

{UPDATE: you can see my daughter's new room by clicking HERE}

I received an email from HGTV today and as I browse through the links of inspiration, as they call it, I end up clicking on "Best of Rate My Space: 25 Colorful Rooms" and what do you know picture 18 is my dear daughter's room. I had uploaded some pictures of her room in November of 2009.

black and white polka dots and stripes with pink striped walls, ikea leaves, DIY striped headboard
Also on "Share with Nate"

This is what HGTV wrote next to the above picture:
"This wall treatment by jak1975 is clearly a labor of love. Painting stripes in several shades of pink and green and mixing them with black and white furniture and bedding is a beautiful combination that is all girl. We especially love the green leaves that extend color out into the room in an unexpected way."

On "Rate My Space" I had named the room: "Fairies sleep under leaves" because that is what my daughter told me. And this particular fairy is sleeping in a queen size bed. You saw correctly! It makes night times a whole lot easier in our house. Mommy or Daddy were not interested in squeezing themselves into a toddler or full size bed in the middle of the night.

It was a little difficult to put both of our tastes together on a budget. Like all of her friends, she loves Disney Princesses. Me... hmmm...not so much! A totally themed room gets my skin crawling. I was thinking more along the lines of picture #11 if you paged through the HGTV link. And I also love these rooms on decorpad:




The Elegant Abode





Sigh!

But unfortunately a toddler’s design ideas don't look like those pictures.
So then she wanted "Hello Kitty"... Ugh, the theme again! I guess I could handle a couple of pictures of the kritter, but that's it. They are easy to change. No themed comforters, pillows, curtains, rugs, chairs, lamps, alarm clocks... pleeeeease!

And of course for her there is only one color choice: PINK. It had to be PINK. A princess, fairy or Hello Kitty needs to live in a pink room. All this narrows it down to a particular design margin that I was trying to stay away from. How about tiffany blue, turquoise or purple I wanted to know? That was all shut down at once and you can't logically argue with a strong willed toddler. My arguments were not being heard.
But after all, I want her to be happy in her big girl room. It's her room and not mine and it's not like I hate changing things around. She's had this room since 2009, it's 2012 now and I'm starting to get the "redo itch". Actually after showing her the decorpad pictures she loved the last room. So I'm hoping that my influence is working and I can redo her room soon.

So I tried to meet her in the middle and at least her toddler toys match the colors:

black and white polka dots and stripes with pink striped walls and Ikea furniture

etsy vinyl wall decal, ikea chandelier and leaves, shadow cuts pillows and DIY striped headboard

black and white polka dots and stripes with pink striped walls


The pink is so bright it still hurts my eyes but the rest of the colors toned it down a little.
All that matters in the end is that she loves her room and wants to show it to everybody that comes to visit.

In my next post I will explain where some of the budget furniture and decor came from.

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