The list of non-negotiables for the living room was short. The brown leather sofa was a gift from his parents, so it stays; the walls were freshly painted just before they moved in, so we needed to incorporate the color into the plan; they have a really good start on a gallery wall, so we needed to use their collection while leaving room for it to expand; the design had to incorporate dog friendly finishes, and everything needed to be, and look, curated over time and on a budget.
Between the sofa, the floor and the table, that is a whole lot of brown my friends friend. We had to break it up tout suite! I must note here that the leather chairs you see in the background are their dining room chairs, temporarily brought in for extra seating. They are Spanish, 1850s, definitely not thrifty and I-can’t-believe-we-found-an entire-set-of-six amazeballs. This is a good lesson in high-low design. The owner’s frequent steals make those kinds of splurges possible.
Any who, let’s get back to the table, DIYing and orange. You can achieve a lacquered finish by having an auto body shop or cabinet maker spray your piece in a paint booth, or you can be brave and do it yourself. She’s pretty handy, he travels quite a bit, and she likes to surprise him with her latest projects when he returns, so she paid a visit to the geniuses at Sherwin Williams, had them color match the cigar box and undertook the process of transforming the table herself.
If you’re not one for tedious tasks, you may want to try an auto body experience because I received a couple of text messages like this:
Um, mine? Sorry about that.
Several days and many coats of paint and primer later, she began to see light at the end of the tunnel. It was probably an orange light wrapped in a paint fume huffing haze, but a least progress was being made:
I’m having phantom finger cramps just looking at the photos.
Type, type, arg!
You have to keep in mind that the flat finish was not too flattering:
Did you see the studs nail heads on those 160 year-old leather dining chairs? Au courant!
Finally, the table was ready for a few coats of shiny:
Ta-da! All of my clients hard work paid off handsomely. I will admit, I had a moment of panic when I first saw this photo. I thought a tragedy had befallen the poor table. It took a few minutes to realize that their dog had wormed her way into the picture. I guess even pups want their 15 minutes seconds of fame!
I received an email from Miss Thrifty this afternoon. She was looking for hardware for a bank of low cabinets that were installed directly across from the sofa. She’s been keeping an eagle eye on Anthropologie, waiting for some door pulls she loved to go on sale. Today was her lucky day. She asked my opinion:
|Olleros Handle from Anthropologie|
Think Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally: Yes! Yes! Yes!
The steal? They are regularly $24.00, now on sale for $7.95. She saved $100.00 on just six of them. Deal-e-o. If they don’t work in the living room, they will end up somewhere in this house. I guarantee it. Get yourself over to Anthro’s sale page when you’re finished here. There is a lot of pretty to be found!
Since the fabrics will pull this room together, and they will probably have a spot of orange in them, we can now splurge a little to cover the incredible mid-century chair my clients picked up for $20.00 and the great pair of upholstered chairs she found for $25.00. I’ll do the math so you don’t have to: That works out to $12.50 a chair.
Yep. $12.50. Uh-mazing. You can live a fine life without breaking the bank!
So, what are your thoughts about the color of the table? Do you think orange is already dead? Do you take your color cues from trends or from your gut?
I’d like to know how you live your best life in financially tough times. Leave a link to your DIY or Orange project in the comments so we can all be inspired, or shoot me a shiny orange bird @livethefinelife. Either way, let’s keep the conversation going!