Now is the time of year when we get the itch, the itch to get out and enjoy the nice weather. However the warm days are few and far between. Bring a little pop of spring inside your home to cheer yourself up and get through the last weeks of winter. Here are some tips on freshening up for spring.
- Bring in the FLORALS. Try adding some foliage to your decor. A vase with great stems on a coffee table or dining table can really cheer it up.
- Rearrange your furniture, it’s an inexpensive way to change up a room.
- Add some fun, light weight pillows with fresh color.
- Add a coat of paint or wallpaper to an accent wall or powder bath.
- Have fun!!
Little Billy Goat Paint
DIY’ers rejoice! A 417-land shop is selling an easy-to-use paint that won’t get your goat.
Little Billy Goat Paint is the perfect tool to add to your remodeling and DIY projects arsenal.
Put down that sandpaper and step away from the primer. You don’t need them! What you do need is to head to Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., A100, Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com). While most of your shopping trips at this home decor store might have you dreaming about a new living room set or fantasizing about redoing that guest bedroom, this latest home remodel project is all DIY, and it starts with a can of Little Billy Goat Paint.
Finally released to the public in June, this paint/primer made its way to Ellecor in August, and owner Haden Long has already been busy painting chairs, tables, tin ceiling tiles, clocks and picture frames.
“We’ve had some of our clients redo furniture, and we have helped with those projects,” Long says. “Often, we would just use Sherwin Williams paint or whatever was available at home improvement stores. But this line looked so easy to use, and I thought it would be perfect to have in store for our DIY crowd.”
Priced at $32 a jar and with 16 colors to choose from, the Little Billy Goat Paints have become an instant hit.
To show off the product, Long and her team set up painting demos at Farmers Park and are always ready to help answer questions at the store. With a matte finish that veers toward antique in style, these paints are easy to use. There is no sanding or priming needed. Just grab a paintbrush and get to work.
“These are really a one-step restoration paint,” Long says. “We’ve even used it on highly varnished furniture, and you can’t even scratch it off with your fingernail.”
Don’t see the color you like? Mix in one of the glazes—black, brown or white—to deepen, whitewash or alter any of the colors. And for those who have sworn off painting after several failed attempts, there are even six colorful paint sticks you can play with. Long used the sticks to bedazzle a clock and a few picture frames. “These are basically crayons for adults,” she says. Coloring time has never been so much fun!
Five Fun Ways to Use Little Billy Goat Paint
1. Repaint an old wooden dresser to match your new bedding.
2. Don’t throw away that boring clock. Use the paint sticks to give it a new look and plenty of style.
3. Instead of spending tons of money on a new dining room set, just paint the two end chairs to create a new focal point.
4. Use the paint sticks to jazz up inexpensive picture frames for the winter season. While updating your decor, this can double as craft time with the kids.
5. This paint can be used on almost any material, even that outdated bathroom tile. Now your Pinteresting has a purpose!
– See more at: http://www.417mag.com/417-Magazine/December-2015/Little-Billy-Goat-Paint/#sthash.yTBkdYam.dpuf
Wood on Display
Brady and Haden Long, the husband-and-wife duo behind Ellecor Design & Gifts, share how to make eye-catching wooden wall displays.
Frame of Mind: To give their bedroom a pop of style, David Wenzel-Arizaga and Jesus Arizaga-Wenzel made this wooden headboard with the help of Brady and Haden Long at Ellecor Design & Gifts.
Decorating an enormous, blank wall is often a challenge for anyone, even designers. Interior designer Haden Long and her husband, Brady, were faced with this challenge—specifically 1,000 square feet of blank drywall—when opening Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com), an eclectic design and gift store in Farmers Park. To break up the space, they decided to create several wooden wall features.
The inspiration came from vignette pieces Haden saw while at market in Las Vegas. Vendors had displays on rollers and used them to separate items into 1,520-foot spaces. The Longs took the idea in a different direction by inventing wooden structures designed to distinguish space while making a bold statement on the blank walls of their business.
Haden says the wall features are not only aesthetically appealing, they’re versatile and practical. “The nicest thing about them is they finish off a space without you having to have a bunch of art,” she says. The creation itself can function as a piece of art, or as a one-of-a-kind background to other pieces. One Ellecor client has a recreated form of the display used as a headboard. Another client uses a version to hang a deer mount. It can also be used as a collage wall, a place to hang the television or even a rustic backdrop for wreaths. Depending on the wood and stain used, the look can fit in almost any home. If a rustic look isn’t your thing, add a coat of paint in whatever color suits your taste.
If you love the look and you’re up for creating the piece for your own home, you’re in luck. Brady, who shares step-by-step directions on the following page, says the construction is fairly simple, and a 10-by-9-foot piece can be designed in about eight hours. But probably not if you’re building it all by yourself. The work, while doable, does require an extra set of hands, especially if making a larger piece. The wood is extremely heavy.
1. Choose your wood. Brady used maple and poplar. Choose something that has the look and character you want. You can use equal or varying widths. Buy a little more than you might need.
2. Sand the wood just enough to smooth any roughness that might cause splinters.
3. Lay out pieces to determine exactly how you want them to look on the wall. Stagger the lengths, and the widths if desired.
4. Using a tape measure and saw, cut a couple of small scrap pieces equal to the space you want between the horizontal boards. These will serve as spacers when hanging the wood.
5. Apply finish. Brady used natural Danish oil and wiped it on with a rag. Do this before hanging the wood.
6. Also before hanging the wood, locate the studs in your wall using a stud finder.
7. Secure the 2-by-4s vertically to the studs with construction adhesive. Then, add the 3½-inch screws to the 2-by-4s about every foot. (This thing is heavy, so there needs to be plenty of support to keep it from ripping out of the wall.)
8. Have a partner help you hang your horizontal wood pieces. With one person standing on each end, attach the bottom board to the 2-by-4s using an air nailer. Place the spacers you cut on top of this board. Then get the next board, and rest it on the spacers to ensure a correct width between boards. Continue this process until all of the boards are placed where you want.
9. Drill 2-inch screws into the center of the boards on each side for additional security.
10. You’re finished! You can leave the wooden fixture as is or decorate your new wall feature as desired. Hang art on it, use it as a headboard… there are plenty of options.
– See more at: http://www.417homemag.com/417-Home/Fall-2015/Wood-on-Display/#sthash.O2qZNU8r.dpuf
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