Garage Makeover: Pegboard Pollock

Sometimes when something feels off, you impulsively do what you can to solve it. In my case it’s paint, paint, paint! To catch up to speed, check out this post from yesterday.

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I mean, you can see above the pegboard looks fine. It’s just not right. It’s too much like a todlers-bedroom and not exactly a fun inspiring space that I want to hangout in. It’s Dullsville, population: pegboard.

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So, impulsively one rare rainy LA night, I came home from work, mixed my own paint color and rolled it on to the pegboard. Right there while it was still mounted on the wall. I didn’t even take down the board. How’s that for on the fly!

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Oh, crap. The color was too bright and just not me. Well, third times the charm right? Wrong.

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I decided to wait a day, and then I went over it a mature gray purple color. While I do really like this color, it’s also just not me.

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It’s just so… uninspiring. Then it hit me. I love white. On pinterest, I’m always pinning all white interiors that have small splashes of bright color. It’s what I like, and I need to accept it and stop trying to convince myself I need to paint everything a solid bright color. That’s the ticket! I decided to paint the bookcase, table and stools Dove White (Valspar at Lowe’s). And then my pegboard would be a Jackson Pollock inspired abstract bright colorful painting within the golden frame around my art-piece/pegboard. As soon as I connected the dots, I knew this was the answer to all my pegboard angst. Plus, for the painting I could use all my left over colors from other projects and save $$$.

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It’s funny that I bought all these colors at different times for different projects and had no clue that I was buying a rainbow of colors that all work really well together. I guess I was just drawn to this type of color palette. It was truly unintentional.

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Now is the fun part. Just go with it!I just played and played and played. Layering the paint, until you couldn’t even tell that this board was purple when I started. Even as I was making this, it felt so “me”. Especially compared to the solid colors I started with.

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Once I laid it out in the sun to dry, it was time to reinstall it. I’m really so happy with the results.

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You can see above, the all white furniture draws your eye to the pegboard, where the colors really jump (I like to think of it as my own Bill Cosby sweater, which truly was my inspiration). The frame makes it feel like art and less like a place to hang tools.

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But alas, it is for tools, so up they go. You can see I still need several coats on the stools, but there’s no rush on that project. I just feel relieved to have the garage makeover crossed off my list. Now on to my long list of things to make in my new completed workspace!

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Hearst Castle 4: Guest House + Kitchen

To catch you up to speed, check out:
Hearst Castle 1: The Gardens + Pools
Hearst Castle 2: Casa Grande
Hearst Castle 3: Upstairs Tour

This is the last of my Hearst Castle Tour posts. Our last tour was a visit to the guest houses, kitchen, and wine cellar. We were very lucky to be able to do all the tours, as it gave us a complete vision of what William and his home are like. Having 3 different tour guides gave us 3 perspectives on his life. On this tour we also learned that the Hearst family still lives on the property at the bottom of the hill (hidden amongst the trees) and that they occasionally come up to use the pool or throw parties in the home. Ahhh, the life.

One of the three guest houses.

I want! I want!

These ceilings are so ornate. Can you tell I spent most of these tours looking up?

Such luscious guest rooms. Between the colors, textures, art and views I’m not sure which I love best.

I LOVE the colors in the photo above. The golds, pale pinks and cream with hints of turquoise. Love it!

These cans read like an Andy Warhol painting.

This was my favorite piece of this giant kitchen. More fun with colors, blues, turquoise, creams and browns.

As a drafter/artist myself, I had to include the above photo of the architects office. Out of this giant mansion with many buildings, this 6’X10′ is the only space alotted for the architect, Julia Morgan, who slaved away on this home her whole career. And she had to convince William to allow her this space. It’s painful.

Up next, I’ll suggest places to stay around San Simeon as well as places to stop along the route home to Los Angeles.

Hearst Castle 2: Casa Grande

Catch-up to speed by reading Hearst Castle 1: The Gardens and Pools.

The first tour we did was of the Casa Grande (aka, the big main house). Since these tours are pricy and people often just do one tour, this is the most popular tour they choose. Our group easily had 25 people in it. This tour was nice, but it left out the quirky William Hearst details that this house is screaming of. Thankfully, the upstairs tour and guest house tour filled in a lot of gaps for us.

It looks like a college campus or cathedral more so than a house.

How many people do you know who collect ceilings and walls from Europe?

Every room is covered with architectural details/artwork from Europe what an unusual collection. William ate dinner here with all of his guests. All guests were required to attend dinner at the same time here. Your seats were assigned based on how long you’ve stayed at the castle. New people sat in the center and guests who overstayed their welcome were pushed to the ends of the table. William would often select someone and say “entertain me”, and that guest was required to put on a one-person-show for William Hearst. It’s like people were his puppets. So strange.

Church right? Nope, dining room wall. Yeah, my dining room looks like this too.

The billiards room.

The above photo is a decorative ornamental column in the theater. This is where guests were required to watch a film every night at 11pm. You were not allowed to skip this. So unusual.

Next up, Hearst Castle 3: The Upstairs Tour.

DIY: Repainting a Side Table

Once again, I’m working to revamp my blank canvas. Another item my roommate graciously left behind is this fun little side table.

The shape of the table is clean and minimalist, which I like. But the scratched up top and orangey colored wood, I don’t like. Why live with something you don’t like? How about an easy fix?

Note: If your table has a finish on it, I recommend sanding it a little so the paint will stick.

I love the revamp of the side table. The black and gold make it feel very glam-Hollywood. And all it took was a touch of gold spray paint. Since this table is mostly for looks and not one that gets a lot of use, I’m not going to put on a top clear coat to protect it. If your side-table does get a lot of use I suggest doing a clear top coat to help protect it from the elements.

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DIY: Decorative Plants
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DYI: Decorative Plants

This is fun inexpensive do-it-yourself way to jazz up a lifeless corner. We have a tall corner bookcase (which is empty right now) and needed something that would bring your eye upward. I already owned these Ikea white planters (cheap- $5ea?). Since I bought them not intending for this use, I didn’t care about the sizes which now are so critical. Notice how the middle vase isn’t exactly the “middle” size? It’s a tad shorter than it should be… I know how to fix that!

Step 1: Using some white 3/16″ foam board I already owned ($1 at Michael’s) I cut out a test piece to see if that 3/16″ boost would do the trick.

Step 2: Test it out. See how that piece of foam core lifts the middle vase so that it is the perfect “middle” height?

Step 3: Trace the planter onto the foam board and cut out the circle.

Step 4: Put the planter on the circle and trim any excess around the edges. Perfect! You barely even notice the “high-heel” the planter is wearing.

Fun with plants! Which plant should go in which planter? These plants are from Ikea, and we very inexpensive.

What adjustments need to be made? The right and left plants sink too low in the planters… I think we can fix that.

Step 5: Cut rectangle pieces of foam board which can go inside the planter and below the plants. Make several so you have room to play with the heights.

Now it’s time to play, until you find the right fit.

How adorable is that? The plants are arranged Large to small, angling into the room which draw the eye upward and add a needed pop of color. Love it!!

DYI: Frosted Windows

I live in Los Angeles, which means when I look out my window.. I look directly into a neighbors window (about 10′ away). As you can imagine, this means there’s not a lot of room for sunlight and privacy. My shades are always down, and for someone like me who loves sunlight (vitamin d!), it’s hard to handle. I’ve been at my place for several years now and I’m about to embark on another year there, so it’s about time I solved this issue… the cheapest way possible. Here’s the BEFORE:

This was taken at 4pm in the evening (unedited). Notice the IT Crowd on my tv- awesome right? Anywho, there’s zero light, as my shades have to stay closed. I made an exploratory trip to Home Depot and realized the “real-life” frosted solutions were too permanent for my rental property (I need to have it eventually come off clean) and also too far above my budget. I realized that all I needed was a large sheet of vellum (you can get at any proper art store) or even as a temporary solution, trace paper, which I already own. This DYI project requires trace paper, double stick tape, and scissors ¬†(or an exacto blade).

I just put the smallest amounts of tape in the corners of the windows, and then stretched a large piece of trace across it. Leave extras along the edges that you can trim away later. Fill the window and then use the exacto to clean the edges. I had to piece some trace paper together so I have a few small seems, but if you spent some money and bought a large sheet of vellum, it would be seemless.

Below is the AFTER shot taken at 6pm that same day. Isn’t the difference astounding! I went from needing my lights on any time past noon, to not needing to use electricity until 7pm! It’s such a difference. That’ll help my wallet, and my sanity!