Thursday, May 29, 2014

Client Project: Handmade Orchid Wreath

Just wanted to share a quick client project today!  A client asked that Happy Now design a wreath for her front door using the very silk orchids that adorned the festivities of her wedding day.  We couldn't think of a more thoughtful and unique way to continue the memory of someone's special day through a threshold wreath!

Along with the client's silk Phalaenopsis orchids, we used silk hydrangeas and peonies as accents and some feathery greenery to add soft character.  The wreath itself is twisted grapevine.

This is truly a home decor item she will treasure for many years to come!

Show us in the comments below what types of wreaths adorn your front doors!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Client Project: Restoring a Century Old Table

This restoration project was truly an experience to remember.  A client contacted me in hopes of bringing the life back to a gorgeous family heirloom: her grandmother's 100 year old farm table.  I have never worked with anything like this before and could not have been more excited to take on the project.  My client expressed her wish to leave as much of the table's character and charm in place and wanted merely to bring back the original shine and rich color of the wood.  She mentioned during our consultation that the discoloration and differentiation in the wood grain was something she wanted to live with, as it has been in her family for so long and the piece was very special to her.

Here are some Before's:

For this project we lightly sanded the table surface and gave the entire piece a good wipe down with a very soft, slightly damp cloth.  The table was cured using Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil and two generous coats were used here.  Hemp oil does nothing more than moisturize dry, old wood surfaces and can even be used on old hardware and painted surfaces.  It is 100% natural and will continue to condition and protect a surface for many years.  You can see the difference just one coat makes below:

Because our client had never used the piece, it was given to us disassembled and we were more than Happy to put the table together for the big reveal.  This process involved working with hardware dating back to the 1920's and thanks to the very awesome crew over at Pointe Hardware in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, we were able to replace and repair certain items essential to the proper assembly of the table.

The results could not be prettier.  The hemp oil worked it's way deep into the wood's grain, giving a warm, golden hue to the antique wood and restoring the rich shine and depth the table once had.  We hope the client is as Happy as we are with the stunning results, and that she is able to enjoy her family's historical piece for years and years to come!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quick Decorative Vase DIY

Today's post involves a quick, DIY project anyone with a little tape and spray paint can accomplish, and in less than an hour too!

As one of the last pieces to my Living Room Redo, this little project adds the perfect amount of shine and shimmer that my Happy little space needed!  If you've been on Pinterest lately, and let's face it, who hasn't spent at least an hour glued to your phone/computer/laptop/etc, Happily pinning away... you may have noticed how much the gold trend is showing up in home decor and accessories.  I LOVE the gold dipped look for accent pieces and I think this look is very fresh and polished and can be used for any decorative item in your home.  Table legs, vases, lamps, frames, the list goes on and on. In this case, I choose a small, circular vase I've had for years that holds beautiful silk roses and dried hydrangea leaves. I used Rustoleum spray paint in Metallic gold for an even and quick application. Here's a pic of the vase before:

Here are the steps:

1.  Choose your vase.  Scuff the surface with a fine grit sandpaper; in this case I used a 120 grit.

2.  Tape off the section that you do not want painted.  I used Frog tape and tried to make as even a line as possible.  Once I had all of my tape in place, I used my finger to firmly seal the tape edge so that no paint could leak through during application.

3.  Prime the vase.  I made sure to prime the vase using a Rustoleum primer in Flat White.  I've found that using a primer allows for a more even finish and allows the metallic spray to adhere perfectly to the surface. Once the primer dried, I applied to coats of the metallic paint.  Again, used Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint here and I have to say, this is my favorite metallic paint ever.  In the history of metallic paint.

4.  Seal your vase.  After 2 hours of drying time I applied one coat of a spray gloss sealant to provide a durable, protective finish.  Once the paint and gloss had completely dried, I removed the tape slowly and carefully so as to not disrupt the paint edge.

The result was a unique, updated accessory for my living room and it did not cost a penny!  Can't beat a Happy little vase for a Happy little living room now, can we?

Let me know what you think of the new gold accent trend in the comments below!  

And, as always, have a Happy day!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Repainted Front Door

A quick and simple way to update the exterior of your home is a repainted front door.  And that is just what I did this week, AND it took less than 24 hours!  Our front door had seen better days; it was worn and weathered and it really made the front of our house look drab.

I decided to go with a rich, dark color that would easily hide the door's imperfections.  The color is Sherwin Williams' Cyberspace and I'd say the hue borderlines somewhere between deep blue and dark gray.  Very elegant and very pretty!

When painting a door, there are certainly methods to master.  Make sure you are using a high quality paint and good brushes.  As in this case, the door is exterior and the paint will need to stand up against the elements.  I selected Sherwin Williams' "Resilience" line which was recommended to me by a paint expert.  I always use Purdy brushes as well as a foam roller for a nice, even appearance with less brush strokes.

Make sure you tape off areas that will not be painted, including door edges and door hardware.  You can remove the hardware all together, but make sure you know how to re-assemble and make sure your drying time does not go into the evening, as you'll want to be able to close and lock your door over night!

Found this lovely spider's nest underneath the old door knocker.  Yuck!
Be sure to prime your surface area with a good sanding and if needed, primer.  Because the paint I selected includes primer, I did not do any additional primer before painting.  Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust and once the door is completely dry, you can begin to paint.

Using an angled brush and starting at the top of your door, paint all of your panels first.  Use the brush to get into the corners of the panels and make sure all the edges, whether recessed or raised, are covered evenly with paint.

Once all of your panels are completed, use your foam roller and cover each vertical wood strip, starting with the strip on the left side of the door and moving to the right. Then move on to the horizontal strips, starting at the top strip and moving down to the bottom.  Let the first coat of paint dry and then do another coat, allowing at least 4 hours of drying time in between.  Once you've done 2 coats, depending on the door type and material, you may need to add a third or even fourth coat.  The key is to see absolutely no underlying door color or wood and absolutely no brush strokes.

First coat

Second coat.

Third coat.
Remove your tape and look closely at the entire door, making sure there are no missed spots or splashes of paint on the hardware or surrounding area.  For this project, I did not paint the door edges or the interior part of the door, and this is only because we may be replacing the door all together next year and I did not feel the need to do the entire piece.  If your project involves a more permanent door, I'd recommend painting the entire door for a more even and finished appearance.

Overall, I am so very Happy with the outcome of this project.  The fresh coat of paint breathes new life into the front of our house and as our spring flowers begin to bloom, the dark paint color offers a bright contrast that I must say, is quite pretty!

Happy Spring Everyone!