Last Spring, I started envisioning how my artwork would look at a larger size. The mountain design I created for a calendar was doing really well, so I decided to start my first large piece by transferring the mountains onto my bedroom wall. Not only did it transform the atmosphere in the whole room but my entire business plan too! I felt entirely in my element throughout the whole process which has resulted in my new mural business.
Chalkboard paint kind of exploded on the scene a few years ago, and suddenly it was everywhere. Walls, doors, refrigerators, piggybanks — chalkboard paint anywhere you can imagine. And then it seemed to disappear. I think maybe we all got a little burned out. But while some of you may be happy with chalkboard paint going the way of chevron prints, I think it's worth a second look. It's dark and rich and has a certain amount of movement, thanks to all that chalk, and besides that, it's just fun, because it enables you to make your walls into anything you want (and then change them a week later).
Here at Apartment Therapy, we're (still) big fans of chalkboard paint. The other day we took a look at some fresh and inspiring ways to use chalkboard paint in your house, and today we're zeroing in on one of our favorite places to put this stuff to work: the kitchen.
Lots of the things you dream about changing in your kitchen — new countertops, new flooring, new appliances — will cost an arm and a leg. But the good news is that there are things you can do to make your kitchen a better place that won't quite break the bank. Here are five ideas.
When folks aren't happy with the look of a bathroom, sometimes it's because it is in need of some major changes: a renovation. For most of us, though, creative decoration will instantly help boost the look of this often woefully under-styled space. Yes, it's a utilitarian room, but don't let that stop you - in this small space, simple decorative changes are fast, affordable and definitely go a long way...
This is Mattie's old bathroom, pre Style Cure. Even though she was a little off of the usual Cure schedule, due to some conflicts with work and potty training, it doesn't make her results any less impressive. The best part? The budget for her entire bathroom redo was a low low $49.
I was “gifted” this really simple, but classic desk from my boyfriend to use as a makeup table/vanity. While I loved the character, the desk was pretty beat up. There were imprints and scratches on the top and the knobs mismatched. I decided to take on my first larger project in my new apartment and paint the desk an awesome shade of teal gray. Not knowing a whole lot about furniture repainting, I researched a couple of different blogs and home repair sites to see what kind of tools I would need and how complicated this project would be. Turns out, it was really easy!
White is sometimes underplayed as the default choice of colorphobes, but some of the boldest and most sophisticated rooms in the world have white walls. Maxwell loves decorating with white walls – as long as it's the right kind of white. According to Maxwell, the best whites aren't just a "blank canvas." He says, "I like the ones with a bit of depth and color." A good white wall never looks unfinished, "it looks intentional."
In honor of Simply White, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2016, we've combed through our House Tour archives and found three wildly different rooms that offer beautiful evidence in support of white's timeless elegance.