Friday, October 14, 2011

Going Green

I've shared with you the fact that pretty much every room in my house is in transition - some more than others, but basically I'm in a mess. That's ok, only because I know the end result is going to be worth the mess.

What I'd really like is to go all white and neutral, but realistically that is not possible. I bought a green sofa and love seat from Sofa Mart a few years ago, and it's not in the budget to buy a white one now. 

After my roomies move (aka my son and his adorable but very messy lab) white might be an option. Now, it's just not. This sofa will move from the den to the living room to replace the red one the adorable lab has enjoyed eating over the past two years. 

My plan: 

  • Paint a nice neutral color that will work with greens now and with whites later on
  • Decorate my living room with a wide variety of greens
This is a very realistic goal, since I like green and I already own and love plenty of interesting green things. 

This is a different approach than I have ever taken before. I usually go for rooms with a full palette of color. Now, I'm isolating one color in each room - a red den, a green living room, a white bedroom, a brown guest room, etc. This is an experiment, using the items I already own, just mixing them differently. (And probably painting a few!) I'll let you know how it turns out when I figure it out!

Since the dining room is open to the living room, I'll mix some greens in my all white scheme there. Green napkins, serving pieces and glassware and plant life might be all I need. 

Now for the meat of this post:  A green chair. Well, NOW it's green. It's another freebie from my church. It looked like this when I lugged it home:

The finish was in very rough shape, but the shape is interesting with a mid-century modern vibe. It's an interesting piece to try to integrate into the eclectic mix planned for my living room. I want to have a cottage-industrial-eclectic vibe; cozy but offbeat and interesting.

Remembering my recent gut-wrenching experience painting a rare Heywood Wakefield table before I discovered what it was, I inspected the chair for identifying maker marks. It is from the now defunct American Chair Company of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  After searching Google for about an hour, I decided it probably was not a sin to paint this chair.

I purchased a can of Rustoleum Farm Implement Green - AKA John Deere Green. The color fits the chair's personality. Next, I patched a couple of places on the arms and sanded them. 

One can was the perfect amount for this chair, but after painting it, I decided it looked a bit plain and flat.

I rubbed a thin layer of Minwax ebony stain on it to add a little sump'n sump'n. It was subtle, but it worked.

My plan of action involves more than just painting. This project will probably take a few weekends. It includes:

  • removing two windows, 
  • patching and texturing where the windows were,
  • patching and texturing a mailbox hole,
  • painting the door and the front window with shiny black oil-based paint
  • filling lots of nail holes from hanging previous decorative items,
  • framing a large mirror over the fireplace, 
  • replacing 3 light fixtures,
  • spiffing up the wood floor,
  • painting the walls the right neutral color

With Thanksgiving drawing near, I have my work cut out for me! It is of course all dependent on my roommates moving, too. I don't want to move the sofa into the living room if the dog is still here. I also can't paint the window or the door she has scratched up until she's gone. 

You might be asking why I'm removing windows; I LOVE windows. (I have no covering on the front window, since I love the look of a bare French window.) 

My house began as a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 car garage home in 1945. At some point, a master bedroom and 3/4 bath, a den and utility room, and another garage were added. Adding the second garage covered two windows in the living room. The outside of the house was re-bricked and it is all cohesive. But, inside, they never did anything with the windows. They are still there, with sheetrock behind them. I chose to cover them with drapes and cornice boxes when I moved in. I have painted 7 rooms in this house so far. It seemed like the easiest option when I moved in. The time has now come to do it the right way. 

Word for the Day:

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

May you plant yourself near the source of living water, and may your leaves be evergreen!


Linking to - Piece of Work Wednesday


outjunking said...

Good morning,
You are gonna be very busy. Sounds like you have big plans. My bedroom in neutral and kitchen but the rest is color I always go back to color.

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is anything new, I seem to remember a white room with green from the past. Hmmm, What's old is new again?


InMyOwnStyle said...

HI Revi-

You have quite a few projects in front of you. Lots of blogging material :) The green chair came out great - such a cool color. It looks brand new.

My best- Diane

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Great ideas! I think you will be very busy! Can't wait to see your results!

Courtney said...

Love the green chair!! It's my favorite color!
I'm giving you an award, Revi so please stop by and check it out!!

6th Grade said...

sheeeesh! this chair is amazing and you didn't even pick up a brush! love the color choice and the idea of highlighting one color in each room. can't wait to see the results!


Cindy said...

Hi Revi,
You've certainly got your work cut out for you, but I'm sure it will look really great when you are through.
Hugs, Cindy

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could provide the name of the artist in the little girl/bird print? My Gram had the same one, and I have missed it...would love to see if I can find one.

Revi said...

Hi Linda,
This was a family piece I got years ago and I knew nothing about it - I just thought it was charming. I just now searched in Google, and was able to find out it is a 1925 Borin Chicago Art Deco Framed Litho Print Picture titled SPRING SONG OF THE ROBIN by Simon Glucklick. I hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

You are a doll! Thank you so much. I didn't realize how much I missed it until your post. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Revi said...

That is so sweet! I did see several of the vintage available for sale either on ebay or an online Goodwill! Yes, Goodwill sells cool things online in a process similar to ebay! Sometimes I feel like Jane Jetson. :)

Jamie said...

I love that chair!!! And the green suits it so well :)

Cassie Bustamante said...

revi, i love it! so glossy and mod!

Alicia said...

Hello, my name is Alicia and I am looking for some information about the paint of the little girl with the bird that appears on your post. GOING GREEN, 14-10-2011
You painted it? or Know the painter?
Thaks !! Your blog is great.

Revi said...

Hi Alicia,
This was a family piece I got years ago and I knew nothing about it - I just thought it was charming.

I searched in Google, and was able to find out it is a 1925 Borin Chicago Art Deco Framed Litho Print Picture titled SPRING SONG OF THE ROBIN by Simon Glucklick. I hope this helps!