Thursday, February 16, 2017

Surprise Salon Makeover

   A couple of good friends decided for Melissa's birthday to re-decorate her salon while she was out of town, as a surprise present.  Here are a few before photos her daughter Jessica took. 
  
 
As you come in her back was tilted to the door.  Her room was bright and colorful but the color overload made the room feel smaller. 
 
On the other side of the room was all of her nail polishes and products. The totes didn't make it very easy to find exactly what you were looking for. 
 
In the corner is the pedicure chair, it looked like it had seen better days.  The mirror above the chair was definitely from a few years back. 
 
There were random chairs for guests and kids but it blocked the closet and it made the room not feel cohesive.  I didn't do the room design, I only helped with a small amount of input and building the shelving. Everyone else did a phenomenal job getting it from idea to completion.  I'm glad I just got to help out with my small part.  Here are the after photos:
  
 
Now as you walk in, it's more open... this used to be her desk.  No this comfortable bench greets you, as it sits below the shelves that hold the nail colors and nail powders.  Here you can pick out your favorite colors and Melissa turns them into an absolute work of art.  I need to get some pictures to show you of her nail designs, she is phenomenal! 
 
Across the room is her desk underneath beautiful lights that help illuminate her work area. All of her supplies are stored in the baskets up on the wall instead of in bins on the floor. 
 
The cracked chair covering where the feet go has been refurbished and it looks new again.  
 
The closet doors that were in the way are gone and this cute pop of color matches the window across the room. 
 My puppy did help supervise me. (I'm in need of constant supervision)  But my contribution was small.
  Here is a shout out to all of those who made this room happen in just a few days while Melissa was away.  It was so kind and considerate of them to try and do something so thoughtful for a wonderful lady. 


Michelle Short 
Jessica Blakely
Cory Short
Chelsey Ehlers 
Kortney Harding 
Autumn Harding 
Bonnie Dubois 
Dave Blakely 

 You all did an amazing job!  

Have a great weekend everyone,
Love Lori. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pirate playhouse

I had the great pleasure of getting to transform this awesome playhouse into every young pirates dream.  Here it is during construction.  The talented guys at Millgate Homes did the construction and I came in later to give it some fun additional character.  
Here are the bare bones, it was a whole lotta brown but it ended up looking much different. 
On the inside and outside I painted the brown to look like weathered old boards first. We wanted it to have that old pirate shack feel.  I then came in and painted the porthole window and ghost ship inside.  
 
Every pirate needs a treasure map! This fun family includes a kind daughter, several small boys and creative parents, we had fun including lots of surprises for the kids: including the rats. 
 
I think the rats are pretty cute additions to the house!
 
They scurry and scamper across the floor. 
 
They look like they are enjoying their new home! 
 
Now for the outside, they have treasure and a black crow, skull and swords and a sky.  They have put up stars stickers on the sky for a neat glow at night!
 
This big Kracken is fun, he is ready to grab the ladder and climb up to the top of the crows nest.  At night and aided by a black light the kraken gives off an intense glow. 
So much fun! The family had a great indoor turf installed and it was soft and fun to walk on.  The boys at Backyard Greens did an excellent job putting that in.  The grass is soft, even for the crabs who steal off with the treasure one coin at a time.  
I tried to include lots of hidden little points of interest for the family. It made me so happy to have the kids pop in each day to see what I was working on. 
 
This crow stands guard, as well as the sign to warn people to stay away. 
 
There are fun things to see all over the room. 
 
A skull is a warning, with swords that also gives off an eerie glow. 
 On the other side of the room is a rock climbing wall, painted like a cave. -I wish I had some more photos of that side of the room.... next week I will.  I painted a few bat friends to climb up to.   
It's always better to climb with friends! The family had so many great ideas and also let me incorporate a few of my own creative touches, they were an absolute delight to work with.  
All together I think the room turned out awesome! I realize I need a few more photos of things I have accidentally left out, I'll get those next week and show you what else I have been up to in the room. 
 
More to come! Please keep checking back.

Love, Lori 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wood walls and soccer balls

Hi everyone, 

  It's been a long time since I sat down to write a blog post.  I have done some fun items for a really wonderful family and I want to show you how they are turning out.  
  First, they asked my husband and I to build a shiplap wall for their boys room.   Isn't this grey shiplap fun? 
 
It added some beautiful texture and dimension to the room.  Next I chalked out the pattern for three of his favorite soccer logos to go on the wood wall. 
I always swallow really hard when it's time to add the first paint, It's the point of no return.  No mistakes and no drips is the goal. 
My chalk lines are only a suggestion and not something that I follow religiously. Sometimes adaptations need to be made on the spot. 
 
I work alone quite a bit so it was fun to have a friendly and furry little supervisor around. 
 
So this is the finished product, here is Real Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Salt Lake logos.  This was a really fun project to do and I hope they are enjoying the room, as much as I enjoyed helping create it. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Table Troubles

This is my not so glamorous kitchen table.  We debated long and hard if we even should bring it to our new house. Neither of us wanted to display beat up furniture in a new home that we are so excited about.   
I'm going to show you the good, bad and ugly of this project from start to finish. This one may take awhile because I've never worked on a piece in this bad shape before.  The chairs are half black and half white because the white ones have primer on them. We purchased the chairs from a yard sale. The table was my Mother-in-law's table many years ago, it has sustained a lot of damage over the decades. 
 
It's not a solid top table and water damage from spills & heat (possibly from a rogue pizza box) has caused the lamanate top to raise and split and show the particle board underneath. The table is the texture of sawdust underneath the flaking off wood.  
 
The white paint on the table is from other projects past, it's been a table I used in my Saratoga Springs home when my kids were very small and we did many art projects on top of it.  I no longer do art on the kitchen table (most of the time) and my kids are older so I think it's time to re-finish this into something beautiful.
    I have at least two other wood tables at my house right now, and all are in better shape than this one -I'm a bit of a furniture hoarder- and my husband has asked me many times why I am saving this one. The answer is complicated, I like the size and shape of this one, and I want the challenge of seeing if I can repair something in such bad shape.  
  I refinished this one for a friend a couple of years ago. Her table is the same design but her table was solid wood and it was without major damage. 
 
I have a plan for my damaged table, it may take awhile since my workspace is still upside down. Moving to a new home is awesome but my wood shop at home will be non working for several more months, my husband is planning on insulating and putting in dry wall before he wants me to use it.  I'm planning on taking these pieces to the basement and painting in a makeshift spray booth down there, until my workshop is done. 
  Do you remember my media center I refinished?  Here is a refresher picture if you missed it.  
I want to do my kitchen table to coordinate with the media center and with my kitchen.   I want to do the base of the table in the antique white of my kitchen cabinets, and the chairs in the blue metallic of my media center, with a dark stained table top. 
 
The damage to the table top is very severe but I want to see if I can pull off a repair miracle.  It's not the table I ultimately want for my dining room.  The table I really want is one I want to build myself, with very plush tufted formal dining chairs.  It's going to be down the road a long ways so this is an interim piece.  For today and the next little bit, a tablecloth makes most of the badness go away.
I am definitely going to start with getting all the chairs one color.  I have a few other projects outside the home coming up, these ones are incredibly fun and exciting, I can't wait to show you! 

  Have a very Merry Christmas!  

Love, Lori