Alex: the 9 Drawer Unit

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Racher Interior Design, painted furniture

Ta Da my weekend project Alex.  I bought 2 quarts of paint, Benjamin Moore 2048-50 Tropicana Cabana and 2146-10 Dark Celery, 9 label holders from Lee Valley, and new sanding disks for my power sander.

Racher Interior Design, painted furniture before

I didn't realize how bad my filing cabinet looked before, now that my drawers are beautified I think my filing cabinet needs replacing.

refinished furniture, Racher Interior Design

The weather was beautiful, but I choose to refinish my Alex in the living room.  I started with drilling the holes for the new hardware, measure twice drill once (break your 2 smallest drill bits).

Racher Interior Design, refinished furniture

I drilled the holes first so I could clean up the evidence without marring my new paint job.  I sanded the smooth shiny finish on the drawer fronts.  Then I used painters tape to trim the drawers.  As you can see I didn’t take the drawers out of the unit.  It’s from Ikea and requires disassembly to remove the drawers.  As convenient as it is to put Ikeas furniture together, it is not meant to be taken apart, so I didn’t.

Racher Interior Design, painted furniture

I mixed the green paint and the blue paint I bought, with white paint left over from another project, to create an ombre effect.  Putting my mixtures in little containers I pulled out of the recycling.  I sealed them in ziplock bags between coats of paint.

painted furniture, Racher Interior Design

To finish the project I lightly sanded the drawers to give them a weathered look and attached the label holders.

Racher Interior Design, painted furniture


Trend Spotting

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What do all my favourite designers have in common? 

Ok yeah, they follow the trends (probably some of them start new trends).  What impresses me most is their ability to take popular trends and reienvent them, creating their own style and expressing their creative genius.

One of the hottest trends right now is geometric patterens.  You will find them in fabrics, rugs, wallpaper, and the following images I have collected from my favourite interior designers.

Adler, interior design

This image is from a Jonathan Alder store.  On the right a geometric screen, on the floor a geometric pattern, and on the left… wait a second I’ve seen a shelf like that before.

Shelf Before, Racher Interior Design

Oh yes now I remember where at Value Village.  I bet Jonathon’s shelves don’t sell for $7.99, but then again you don’t have to paint the ones you buy from him.

Painted Shelf, Racher Interior Design

What can I say, when in doubt Benjamin Moore Cloud White CC-40 is the answer.  The blue Jonathon Adler store image above is from two years ago.  Funny that’s about how long it took me to get around to painting my shelves.

Adler, Interior Design

This is a newer image from a Jonathon Adler store in San Francisco.  He’s toned down the splashes of colour, and grounded his look with the introduction of brown.  Jonathon is obiously on to that orange, the one Pantone is calling Tangerine Tango.  I like the geometric patterned pillows, but I love those light fixtures.

Kimberly Seldon, Interior Design

Kimberly Seldon refers to this interior as 30’s glamour.  I guess what comes around goes around.  We designers love that because we are always reinventing.  Come to think of it, I think Madonna would probably have made a killer interior designer (don't ya think).

Sarah Richardson, Interior Design, Painted Vanity

And for the love of painted furniture there’s always Sarah Richardson.

Fawn Galli, Interior Design

I don’t quite know what to say about Fawn Galli, she is my very favourite.  You must checkout her photo gallery, every project has something new and stunning to admire, and yes to reinvent!