Get inspired with these 7 ways to decorate with green

I love March.  It means warmer days are ahead, well, almost.  It also means GREEN in celebration of St. Patrick's Day!  I'm not talking about green beer though.  I'm talking about decorating with green!   Today I'm sharing some inspiration I found while browsing Pinterest.

Using green at home: 7 ways 

1. THE FRONT DOOR

photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

One way to go bold with green is to paint the front door.  Doesn't this picture just get you in the mood to do something fun to your door this spring?  Green is a great choice. 

2. FURNITURE

Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

If you have followed Novo Decor for any length of time, then you know it is no stranger to boldly painted furniture.  This dresser caught my eye. I love the rich emerald green color, and the texture of this piece!

3. KITCHEN DECOR

Photo from Living Vintage

Photo from Living Vintage

Collections of pottery or kitchen ware that share a common color are gorgeous when displayed together. Instead of scattering your items around the house, display them together for more impact. This collection of green pottery and kitchen ware is easy on the eye.  Don't you think? 

4. WALLS

Photo taken from myfavoriteandmybest.com

Photo taken from myfavoriteandmybest.com

Painting the walls green is gutsier than a collection of green pottery, or a green door,  but this particular green paired with the white trim and the art work?  Well done!  It almost makes me want to try a green wall now!

5. BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS

Photo from Books by the Foot

Photo from Books by the Foot

Decorating with books is a favorite of mine. Books are so versatile. They provide great texture and are handy for varying the heights of your decor and accessories.  This collection of books is full of green and blue; a great color combination any time of year. 

6. PILLOWS

Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

You can't go wrong with decorative pillows.  They are easy to change and they are temporary! If you're thinking of trying green in 2017, start with pillows.  Any and all greens are welcome on pillows!

7. ARTIFICIAL or REAL FRUIT

Photo from colincowieweddings

Photo from colincowieweddings

A bowl of green apples or pears provides a beautiful way to adorn your dinner table, coffee table, bedside table, or mantle.  I especially love the mixture of rich lime-y greens and "apple" greens in this arrangement. Fresh. Beautiful.  And of course, green! 

A glimpse of green at Novo Decor

Incorporating green can be as simple as a sprinkling of greenery throughout the house...like these cute hex shelves I found on Etsy. I ordered them in unfinished pine wood. Then I painted the outer side a bright and bold chartreuse green....

hex shelves.jpg
hex+bed+desk.jpg

A few years ago I painted this hutch…..and still use it for my supplies. I do like to think that somewhere out there is a lime green lover…who would love a hutch like this one…..

lime hutch mine.jpg

How about wall decor?  Below, check out this pop of "chartreuse" green on the wall....and see more pops of green in the full room reveal here:

Dreamy Teen Bedroom Reveal...

Bring the outside in, with green!  You can't go wrong!  Any plant will get the job done....

We won't go as far as the Tree of Life in the house, but you get the idea.....

Go green in 2019, and not just with your beer, or your earth-friendly products and re-cycling efforts!   Go green with your decorating and have fun doing it!  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

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Get inspired with these 7 ways to decorate with green

I love March.  It means warmer days are ahead, well, almost.  It also means GREEN in celebration of St. Patrick's Day!  I'm not talking about green beer though.  I'm talking about decorating with green!   Today I'm sharing some inspiration I found while browsing Pinterest.

Using green at home: 7 ways 

1. THE FRONT DOOR

photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

One way to go bold with green is to paint the front door.  Doesn't this picture just get you in the mood to do something fun to your door this spring?  Green is a great choice. 

2. FURNITURE

Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

If you have followed Novo Decor for any length of time, then you know it is no stranger to boldly painted furniture.  This dresser caught my eye. I love the rich emerald green color, and the texture of this piece!

3. KITCHEN DECOR

Photo from Living Vintage

Photo from Living Vintage

Collections of pottery or kitchen ware that share a common color are gorgeous when displayed together. Instead of scattering your items around the house, display them together for more impact. This collection of green pottery and kitchen ware is easy on the eye.  Don't you think? 

4. WALLS

Photo taken from myfavoriteandmybest.com

Photo taken from myfavoriteandmybest.com

Painting the walls green is gutsier than a collection of green pottery, or a green door,  but this particular green paired with the white trim and the art work?  Well done!  It almost makes me want to try a green wall now!

5. BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS

Photo from Books by the Foot

Photo from Books by the Foot

Decorating with books is a favorite of mine. Books are so versatile. They provide great texture and are handy for varying the heights of your decor and accessories.  This collection of books is full of green and blue; a great color combination any time of year. 

6. PILLOWS

Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

You can't go wrong with decorative pillows.  They are easy to change and they are temporary! If you're thinking of trying green in 2017, start with pillows.  Any and all greens are welcome on pillows!

7. ARTIFICIAL or REAL FRUIT

Photo from colincowieweddings

Photo from colincowieweddings

A bowl of green apples or pears provides a beautiful way to adorn your dinner table, coffee table, bedside table, or mantle.  I especially love the mixture of rich lime-y greens and "apple" greens in this arrangement. Fresh. Beautiful.  And of course, green! 

A glimpse of green at Novo Decor

Incorporating green can be as simple as a sprinkling of greenery throughout the house...like these cute hex shelves I found on Etsy. I ordered them in unfinished pine wood. Then I painted the outer side a bright and bold chartreuse green....

hex shelves.jpg
hex+bed+desk.jpg

A few years ago I painted this hutch…..and still use it for my supplies. I do like to think that somewhere out there is a lime green lover…who would love a hutch like this one…..

lime hutch mine.jpg

How about wall decor?  Below, check out this pop of "chartreuse" green on the wall....and see more pops of green in the full room reveal here:

Dreamy Teen Bedroom Reveal...

Bring the outside in, with green!  You can't go wrong!  Any plant will get the job done....

We won't go as far as the Tree of Life in the house, but you get the idea.....

Go green in 2019, and not just with your beer, or your earth-friendly products and re-cycling efforts!   Go green with your decorating and have fun doing it!  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

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The painted piano: A true story

This is a true story of how a piano became a statement piece.  

Chapter I: The problem piano project

A woman named Kate had a vision for her piano.  So, she bought white chalk paint and began painting.   While painting, Kate came to the realization that her piano wasn't taking shape the way she hoped.  What did she do?  She stopped painting.  Then she called Novo Decor! 

Here's what Kate had to say during our first communication about the piano....

"Kate, (addressing me) here's the piano."

She went on to say, "I started painting it with white chalk paint. The problem is....I didn't finish. And I don't have an eye for detail work. And now I didn't put the wax finish on it because the paint doesn't look quite right." 

Chapter 2: Accepting the challenge

It was time to arrange a home consultation.  I needed to get a look at that piano, pronto! Kate stated, "if i'm honest with myself I know I probably won't get back to it.  I just don't have the patience for it."   I knew I could help.....

Kate decided to have me paint it for her.  And then, something really marvelous happened. Kate sent me a text:  "Kate! I've got a challenge to add to the piano." Her text included this photo:

.....and this question: 

"Can you do a pattern like this?"  Now, I'll admit, this pattern was intimidating, but I thought about it, and then I answered,  "Love that. Yes Kate. Pretty sure I can do that!"  

Chapter 3:  Planning

I had my work cut out for me, but was excited about the task!  Though I didn't have measurements of the area to be painted yet, I wanted to get a feel for this particular geometric pattern and color combinations, so I started sketching designs....

Then it was time to talk colors.  I brought samples to Kate's house, and she chose an amazing combination of 5 colors including "Lakeshore", "Hot Pink", "Aquarium", "Silver", and "Rejuvenate". I took measurements of the area, so that I could figure out the design mathematically, and create a symmetrical and eye-pleasing arrangement. We were getting closer. 

Chapter 4: Math and pianos 

My least favorite, and most favorite things: Math and Pianos.  They just don't go together!  But for this pattern to come to fruition, math was my friend (okay okay, so maybe math really does apply to everyday life).  Knowing the height and width of the space, allowed me to figure out how many columns of squares would run horizontally across the piano, and how big each square would be.  I made a sketch of the design to scale....

I've gotta say, sipping on my coffee and coloring this design was really quite relaxing and enjoyable.  

Chapter 5: Let's get this piano painting party started

A few days later, I began the job.  The white paint came first. Then sanding. Lots of sanding! 

After measurements, pencil marks, and meticulous placement of painter's tape, I was ready to begin the best part.....  

Filling in all the triangles with paint! I started with orange....

Then pink....

The sketch was helpful in keeping me on task with colors, and eliminated the need to step back, look, and think about what color should go where.   I referred to the sketch constantly, as I painted each triangle.  

Kate, the piano owner, was home while I worked. She was able to catch a sneak peek here and there, which was so fun! 

Chapter 6: Wet paint, and painter's tape, and wet paint oh my!

With all good things, come challenges.   Painted triangles had to dry before painting neighboring triangles.  This had to happen because painter's had to be applied to a dry area, in order to paint another area "next door".  To solve this problem, I staggered the painting, always looking for areas that could be painted without bothering other areas that were still drying, or taped over.  And so on and so forth...... 

Each triangle took three coats of paint, which wasn't too time consuming as I applied the paint very thinly, allowing it to dry quickly.  Always better to apply light layers, and more of them than one or two thick layers. 

Chapter 7: The final countdown 

Slowly but surely, the piano came together!  The colors couldn't have been more striking. A challenge it was,  but a good learning experience and one I won't forget....

From the looks of Kate's smile, I think she was happy with the result.  Now she has yet another fun conversation piece in her home, and, her kids will practice their piano lessons for an hour a day.  Right guys? 

I only have one regret with this project.........I didn't play a song on it!  Inconceivable. 

And that is the true story of the painted piano; "fractals for the eyes and ears", as Kate's dad Tom, put it.  Love that! 

Do you have a small area somewhere in your home that has the potential to POP?  It's amazing what design and paint can inspire!  Have fun with it. 

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Week #3: Just paint it

Week #3 of Home decorating projects "Get Them Done" starts now!  In weeks one we learned how to accessorize that giant empty wall using things we already have.  I also shared a super simple way to hang your wall (without even measuring!). See that post HERE

Week #1 came to a close with a customer story and reveal of her new gallery wall.....You can see that full post HERE

Then in week #2, (Old Furniture, New Purpose) I shared ways you can use your old furniture and totally freshen it up by making simple changes, like I did with this dresser...

From this: 

To this....

And now for week #3.....

Painting!

Have you ever started painting a room and never finished?  Ever dreaded starting?  I'll admit that I have left patches of unfinished wall sit for a year (or more!) before finally tackling them....

That patch even made it to my photo shoot last year.......ug! Totally forgot about it....thankfully it isn't too notice-able! 

It was a big celebration around here when it was completed.... 

We're only human.  We all need encouragement, and that's why I created this home project series. (I also love interior design, and helping you find ways to make your home one you love). 

How about a little inspiration to help jump start our wall painting endeavors...

Wall is Ultra White (Behr) & Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore)

Wall is Ultra White (Behr) & Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore)

Hot Pink by Behr

Hot Pink by Behr

Wall on left:  Smooth Stone (Sherwin Williams). Wall on right: Ultra White (Behr) & Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore).  Since our area doesn't have a Ben Moore, I had the paint color matched to Hale Navy at Sherwin Williams.    

Wall on left:  Smooth Stone (Sherwin Williams). Wall on right: Ultra White (Behr) & Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore).  Since our area doesn't have a Ben Moore, I had the paint color matched to Hale Navy at Sherwin Williams. 

 

Just Paint it! 

Painting  our walls can be fun, too.  Though it's not all fun and games while you're taping off all that trim, breaking a sweat to reach that far corner, or running out of paint mid-project, I think we can all agree that the result in the end makes us happy.  And that's what your home should do for you!

My hope is that the home projects I share help cultivate your relationship with your home.  Like a plant, you have to care for it, and love it.  Then it becomes beautiful; something YOU created and something to be proud of!

Here's to getting those wall painting projects DONE! 

Week four's topic (the final week of this series) is yet to be determined....any ideas you have are welcome!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lime Green Hutch: A statement piece with 10+ uses

Do you have a hutch that is uninspiring?  Well, today I'm showcasing a gorgeous hutch, hand-painted in lime green, as well as its many uses.  Because hutches don't have to hold just dishes and "dining" items! 

We have a small ranch, and with the work I do, it's not unusual for space to become limited. On any given day, you might see pieces of furniture in progress, finished pieces, and unfinished pieces waiting their turn on.  Currently there is a stunning hutch occupying a rather large space in this here small green ranch.  As much as I'd love to keep her, she really must go.  

Allow me to introduce......

In case you're wondering the potential for such a hutch in your home....consider the fact that hutches are NOT limited to dining rooms, nor should they be! They are great pieces to move outside the dining area, and can serve so many fun purposes.  Not to mention, they look awesome when used in non-traditional ways. 

Let's see some ideas.....

Make a "mini" library by displaying your books.....

Showcase your dishes or unique pieces.....

Store your kids' toys/things.....

Make a wine or drink bar.....

Make a coffee or tea bar.....

Display your Disney magic bands.....

or your favorite wood carving collection:

Display your favorite photos:

Store your linens or bathroom supplies.....If you have a large bathroom but lack storage this is a great option....

And the list goes on!   

If I hold onto this hutch much longer, there will be more pictures like this.......

Consider the many uses for hutches!  And have fun with it.

There is paint on my arm.....occupational hazard. 

There is paint on my arm.....occupational hazard. 

If you have any questions about this piece, I'm happy to answer them!  

click below to view the piece in my shop:

Happy hump day and happy hutch day! 

Painting a Piano: Lessons Learned

A while back you might remember seeing my post on my piano and its significance in my life.  My piano holds deep sentimental value to me, and I've always known it is going to be around for many, many years.  Maybe one day it will go to a son of my own, and even passed on to my grandchildren.  For now, I have the privilege of having it in our home.   For a long time I've thought about painting the piano.  Then one day I stopped thinking, and went for it.  

A couple layers of paint later I had a chalk painted piano in a bold blue hue.  I loved the color immediately (and still do!), and the piano wears it well.   However, I made a mistake, and I'm not loving that!   If you've ever considered painting your piano, I highly recommend taking the advice I'm about to give.   Here's how I decided to paint my piano the way I did, what I did well, and what I should have done differently.  Hopefully you can take away a thing or two from this post if you ever tackle painting your own piano (or painting anything!).  

Paint Color:  I chose a color I already had on hand.  A bold blue hue in a flat finish.   For this paint job I added un-sanded grout to the paint to make my own "home-made" chalk paint.  I used a flat finish paint because it recommended for home-made chalk paint.  For this project, my rationale for using chalk paint was to avoid having to prime the piano first.   Priming is a time-consuming step (though a necessary one depending on what type of paint you use).   Since I used chalk paint, no priming was necessary.  This cuts down on time spent on the project.  

Taping:  Using painter's tape I taped off the keyboard well, so as not to get any paint on the keys.  This was an easy and very necessary step.  Sometimes we get tempted to take short cuts with our painting projects, but I wouldn't recommend this with a piano. The tape was effective...  not a drop of paint on those keys.  Success!   If you decide to paint your piano, protect those keys!   

Remove hardware:  I removed the hardware connecting the music stand to the piano itself.  I didn't want to get paint on the hinges.  This simple step made painting the piano much easier, and faster.  When you don't have to worry about paint getting on the hardware, the entire painting experience is so much more enjoyable (not to mention better results achieved!)  I suggest removing hardware on anything you paint.  

Painting: I applied two light coats to the piano, allowing dry time between coats.  Dry time with chalk paint is super fast.  That is another reason I chose to use chalk paint.  There seems to be a pattern here.....I obviously wanted to minimize the time needed to complete this project, yet I was diligent enough to use painter's tape and remove all the hardware.   It's the sanding part.....the sanding (or lack of!) was where I went wrong......   

Sanding:  I sand all my projects between paint layers whether I use chalk paint or not.  This helps create a smooth finish.  For this particular project,  I apparently didn't think I needed to do this important step.  And I'm not even sure I had a good reason for it.  I do remember wondering if sanding would make it appear streaky.  Sometimes on a large painted surface, sanding strokes can be visible.  I not only chose not to sand between layers on the piano, but also failed to sand after the second (and final coat) of paint.   That was a mistake.  And here's why.....

Topcoat:  I used a water-based Polycrylic finish over the second coat of paint.  Fine. No problem. I use Poly often and like the results.   However, since I didn't sand prior to applying the Polycrylic, the surface wasn't smooth...and the surface has been left ever since, in all its roughness.  Though the color remains beautiful and one I love, I cannot get past the rough surface.    Which is why finishing this piano off "right" is on my 2016 "to-do" list! At some point this year, you will likely be seeing the "final" outcome of my painted piano! 

In summary, my advice for any paint project in which you desire a smooth finish is to.....

SAND BETWEEN COATS AND AFTER YOUR FINAL COAT BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR TOPCOAT!

 So, though I took the time to complete some important steps for this piano painting endeavor, I didn't stick to my guns and sand!  And that made a huge difference in the outcome.   This was definitely a learning experience for me, and hopefully useful to you!

NOTE:  In my experience, the ONLY cases where I do not worry about sanding is for projects such as painted outdoor furniture when I'm going after that rough, worn, and distressed look. Typically after you've prepared pieces like this with outdoor strength topcoat finish, the elements naturally smooth over the surface.   

Do you have a piano but dread the thought of painting it yourself?  Click below and let's talk about your piano and the possibilities!  

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