Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Client Project: Bedroom Set Restoration

When Bloom. was asked to collaborate with a local designer on a beautiful bedroom set, we could not have been more excited. When we were told the look was "Hollywood Glam" we were downright thrilled. The client's daughter's room was undergoing a glamorous makeover, with touches of sophisticated elegance and hints of mid century modern flare. We were tasked with transforming two tired, vintage pieces into shining stars. Let's take a look at how the pieces looked when they came to us:

The designer requested a lacquer-like finish with gold accents. Bloom. suggested Benjamin Moore's Advance line which is a water-based, Alkyd paint that offers a perfectly smooth, self-leveling finish. To achieve a shiny, lacquer finish, we selected the "High Gloss" finish. After discussing various color samples with the client, it was decided that the color would be Poolside Blue, a gorgeously rich and stylish shade of turquoise. To achieve the requested, gold-accented hardware, we used a combination of Barkeeper's Friend and slightly damp paper towel to remove years of patina from each piece of hardware. After buffing thoroughly, each piece was sprayed with a protective coat of clear enamel gloss.

The end result here is serious Hollywood Glam. We are super excited to be a part of such a cool room makeover and can't wait to see the completed room design! For now, enjoy some pics of the finished furniture!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets Update!

It's been a long time since we've given you an update on our first-ever DIY Series project and we are super excited to fill you in on the latest along with a sneak peek on the progress!

The weather has slowly been getting nicer and now that I can get outside to work, I've been very busy finishing up the cabinets. As you know, one of the biggest aspects to my kitchen redo has been repainting all of my cabinets. The top cabinets have been painted a crisp white, while the bottom cabinets are now blue using Benjamin Moore's amazing Advance line. This paint is THE BEST possible paint you can choose for cabinets. We can't get enough! You can learn a little bit more about using Advance for this project in another Kitchen Redo post here.

On either side of my sink, I decided to try an open shelving concept with a dramatic, dark color for the interiors. So far, I am loving it. My kitchen is on the smaller side so the work has been fairly easy. Moving in sections, I removed all of the cabinet doors and stacked them in my living room. Then I wiped down all cabinet boxes with warm water and TSP. It is important to thoroughly clean all surfaces before painting, to remove built up dirt, grime and grease. I then taped off all edges using my new favorite painter's tape, ScotchBlue Edge-Lock. I got to work using a small, angled brush to cut in the edges and a larger brush and roller for all box faces. While the boxes dried, I headed outside to get to work on the doors. After cleaning all the doors with TSP, I used the HVLP paint sprayer to apply multiple coats of paint to each cabinet door.

Because we have a limited amount of nice days during Michigan's Spring season, actually getting outside to finish the doors took forever. We're talking weeks of open lower cabinets, and dishes piled everywhere. Here's a look at how my kitchen and dining room have looked over the last few months:

What a mess! I've since been able to put the doors back up and was then tasked with finding new hardware on a budget. I knew the look I wanted; something simple and modern. Brass T-bar pulls were at the top of my list.

They were also at the top of my price range. After scouring the internet for something affordable, a friend recommended I try Etsy. Best idea ever! I was able to find these awesome pulls, the exact look I wanted, for $50.00 LESS than the total cost of any other pulls I looked at!

With the cabinets finally finished and back up and the new hardware in, I can start to concentrate on other areas of the Redo like refinishing my kitchen island and a small section of butcher block counter top. Those projects are in full swing and we'll have an update here on those items as well as a few other cool things to share! In the meantime, take a sneak peek at my freshly painted and decorated open cabinets!

Stay tuned and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bloom's DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Grout Paint Fail.

Ok guys. Major project fail confession time. As you know, I'm currently in the middle of a huge DIY Kitchen Redo project that we've been sharing with you here on the blog. This is the first project in our brand new, first-ever DIY Series. We've already posted the first entry, which involved painting the kitchen cabinet interiors. It was a piece of cake and went as planned. Another project, however, did not.

Have you ever tried painting your tile grout? If you have dirty grout, or are not happy with the current color of your grout, there a few products that will help you refresh and renew tile grout. I've actually used this product before, on a previous DIY project, a cute bathroom renovation I did for Happy Now. That project also went perfectly and was a piece of cake. You can read more about it here. Using the experience I had from that project, I wanted to apply it to a cool idea I had for the grout in my kitchen. I love the look of subway tiles. I find myself constantly scouring Pinterest for beautifully finished kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls, all covered in what seems to be miles and miles of crisp, clean subway tile. And I've been noticing a few trends that involve a dark grout. I like the contrast between the white tiles and the way the darker grout allows your eyes to notice the shape and pattern that subway provides. I wanted to try to use this inspirational look and apply it to my DIY Kitchen Redo in an affordable and DIY-Friendly manner.

Because my 1950's kitchen already offers a tile backsplash, though it's not a subway pattern and it unfortunately extends to the counters and even down into my cupboard area (whoever thought a tile lip was attractive back then, I can't imagine their reasoning behind it...) I figured I could still get that crisp, modern look by using grout paint to darken my grout. I admit, this was a huge change and involved a lot of risk. But I did not really feel the brevity of my decision until I was well into the project. Let's take a look at the basics:

Here is my kitchen backsplash and counters and weird, overlapping, tile-lip as they stood before my outrageous grout-paint endeavor:

And here a few inspirational pics from Pinterest, so you can get inside the craziness that was my idea:

Photo credit: Door Sixteen
Photo credit: HomeDit
Photo credit: ElleDecor
Grout paint is a fairly easy to use product, the directions are simple and the process involves little more than a clean toothbrush, damp rag and a reasonable block of time to work. The product I work with is called Polyblend's Grout Renew and can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Again, I've used it before and felt comfortable, so I just started working.

Step One: Pour a small amount of the paint onto a paper plate. 
Using a new, clean toothbrush, gently apply a small amount of the paint to the bristles, and remove excess using a circular motion on a clean area of the plate.
Apply the grout paint to the grout using a soft, back-and-forth movement, much like brushing your teeth!
Work in small areas. Wipe away excess paint using a soft, damp cloth. Follow up with a quick paper towel buff.
Here you can see the area where excess paint has been wiped and also where it hasn't. 
All excess paint wiped away.
Danielle was actually painting the cabinet interiors while I was grout painting, so I had another person with me who could offer an honest opinion. At first, we both agreed it was working. But as I continued to work along the backsplash, I just wasn't getting that "Oh my gosh, YES I LOVE THIS" feeling... In fact, I started to silently panic. Danielle encouraged me to continue painting until the entire backsplash was finished so that we would be able to see how everything looked and make a better decision.

So I continued on until all of the grout in the backsplash was completed.

And then we stepped back to look.

And I wasn't in love.

Here are few shots after everything was painted:

The area behind the sink had not been wiped yet because the paint was not sticking as easily here; most likely due to the higher amount of moisture near the sink.

Major disappointment. I honestly think that the size of the grout lines, and uneven texture, paired with the black tile-border I really didn't notice before the grout was darker, gave a very dated feel to the space. It just wasn't the look I was going for.

This is not where the story ends either. Because now that I was unhappy with the results, I had to fix them. And let me tell you, covering a dark grout, with a lighter grout... not so easy.

I was able to take back the color I had purchased, and exchange it for a lighter color. Easy peasy. But getting the light color to cover up all of that dark grout? Nightmare. Here are some pics as of today, after 2 coats:

Still seeing a lot of dark grout paint. But like any DIY project, you have to put in the work to get the results you want. And with any big change, there is risk.

Stay tuned here on the blog and on our Facebook as I work to complete this project and many others in my Kitchen Redo! And as always, be sure to offer your own input and questions in our Comments section!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bloom's DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets

Hello dear readers! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and a wonderful new year celebration and are so pleased to begin 2016 by sharing our very first DIY Series with you all! As you know, Shannon is in the process of updating her 1950's kitchen and we have decided to share the entire project with you here on the blog. You can read more about the inspiration for our first ever DIY Series right here. In the meantime, read on to hear what Shannon has to say about the first step of her kitchen project!

Now that the holidays are over, this project is in full swing. And our first order of business is painting the cabinets. New cabinets can be outrageously expensive. A recent article in Better Homes and Gardens states that "most cabinets range from $500 to $1,500 per cabinet box. Based on an estimated 30 cabinets in an average-size kitchen, you can be looking at a cost of about $15,000-$45,000."

Whoa. I don't know about you, but that is just not in the cards for me. The next best option? Paint. Paint allows for a fresh, updated look without breaking the budget. I did some research and found that one of the best paints on the market for cabinets is a product we at Bloom. are very familiar with: Advance by Benjamin Moore. We have used this paint for so many projects, both for clients and personal pieces and we absolutely love it. Advance is an alkyd, water-borne paint that is incredibly easy to work with and finishes like butter. It's finish is smooth and silky and when applied correctly and with the right brush, there are no brush marks or lines.

For my cabinets, I decided on the popular, two-toned look, with white cabinets up top and darker cabinets beneath. I did this because I love the contrast it provides and also because I have kiddos and a darker color will provide better coverage for stains and normal wear and tear. I also decided to leave the cabinets on either side of my sink open, to show off my best dinnerware and unique vintage finds, and also to make the space feel bigger. I wanted to make a statement and chose a very dark color for the interiors. Today's post will focus on the cabinet interiors. Here's a quick look at how things looked the night before we started working:

Cabinet doors removed, everything taken out and counters below cleaned. 
I am in love with Sherwin Williams' Urbane Bronze. I am seeing this color everywhere lately and I cannot gush about it enough! A very warm, almost brownish, dark-gray with an ever-so-slight gold hue, it is such a cool color! I wanted drama for my open cabinets and this color packs some major drama. I have a lot of white kitchen ware that will pop nicely against the dark tone, as well as a few colorful pieces that will also look very interesting when displayed. I was able to have the color matched at Benjamin Moore with no problems.

To begin, you want to make sure all surface areas are thoroughly cleaned and sanded. Danielle and I wiped down every inch of the interiors and then pulled up the old contact paper on the shelves.

After a thorough sanding, we taped off the areas underneath the shelves where they meet the cabinet walls. We did this because while the cabinet interior walls will be painted in the Urbane Bronze, the shelves will be painted white to offer a nice contrast and to avoid your eyes getting lost in the darker color when looking at the cabinets. Since we'll be adding new contact paper to the tops of each shelf, we only taped off underneath so we would not have to paint over any brush marks down the road.

Once everything was taped, we started painted. We used angled, 2" Purdy brushes and each took on a cabinet box. Working quickly and allowing a little dry time between coats, we finished in about 4 hours.

The color. is. amazing. I love the way it changes ever-so-slightly in different lights. I see more of the bronze undertones in artificial light, and a deep, rich graphite color during the day. And once the shelves are painted with a fresh coat of white, I think they will really pop!

A few pointers:

  • Remember to really clean your cabinets. Especially areas where grease and dirt has built up over time. This will allow the paint to properly adhere to the surface and your finish will last longer.
  • Use a mid-grade sand paper to prep your surface. We used medium-grit sanding blocks for this project. 
  • Use contact paper for shelves. Contact paper provides a long-lasting surface and will hold up much better than paint. And be sure to remove old contact paper BEFORE painting.
  • Use high-quality paint brushes. We prefer Purdy but any good-quality brush will do. Always clean your brush immediately after using. If you're in the middle of painting and need to break for a little while, simply cover your brush with saran-wrap or a plastic bag and place in fridge. 
I am so excited to continue working on my kitchen renovation and to be able to share every step with you! Be sure to stay tuned here on the blog and on our Facebook, for more updates on our DIY Series. And don't forget to comment with any questions or tips from your own DIY renovation projects!