Local artisans breathe new life into outdated projects. by Brandon Hoops, photos by Keith Borgmeyer CRUZ CHAVEZ At age 22, Cruz Chavez walked away...
I had the pleasure of helping my good friend Beth Campbell and her husband, Ryan, to recreate her master suite. We totally transformed the room by creating the focal wall behind the couple’s bed with a beautiful wallpaper by York named Boho Chic. Johnston Paint and Decorating supplied the pre-pasted, washable and strippable wallcovering, which was super easy to adhere. I would suggest this as a great project to tackle for a DIYer at any skill level. The best part? Beth and I noticed this paper was recently featured in the August 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. We are trendsetters for sure.
With the help of Johnston Paint staff, we ordered the paper for the wall and completed the project all in one evening. The staff at Johnston assisted us in figuring out the amount of paper to order as well as gave us instructions on installation. They based their suggestions off the size of the wall.
Because of the beautiful ink pattern on the front of the paper, the manufacturer suggested to mist the back of the paper with water to activate the paste in lieu of submerging it water. After spraying the back, we pressed the paper together (glue side to glue side) for three minutes and then carefully hung each piece ensuring the match the pattern on each strip. The repeating pattern made it easy to match on this particular print.
Johnston Paint and Decorating also supplied the fabulous new two-inch Hunter Douglas Parkland wood blinds with decorative tapes in a coordinating color.
The paint color on the walls is called “Plaster of Paris” by Benjamin Moore with an Aura Matte finish, which has a very low sheen with the durability required in a family home.
Beth was ready to say goodbye to her old massive headboard to help better display the beautiful wallpaper, which was our original goal. We decided to repurpose a headboard that I picked up at an estate sale six months ago for $15.00. I was thrilled she liked it, but my husband was even happier to move it out of our garage. I tend to purchase things I like when I see them, and they end up in our garage just waiting for the right home.
The heavy wood dresser was also purchased at a garage sale. It was lightened up with off-white chalk paint called Cottage Paint (also available at Johnston Paint). It took two coats of the paint, one coat of wax and some light distressing. We were very pleased with the outcome on the dresser, as well as the king-size headboard.
Beth and I are both garage sale junkies/treasure hunters, so we quickly began the search in her own piles of stuff in order to create a cozy ambiance in the room. We searched high and low for a pre-owned chair for the room, but we ended up purchasing the navy trellis chair online, and it fit the space perfectly.
Thanks to Embroider It, a locally owned and operated embroider and screen-printing store, we were able to incorporate custom monogrammed pillow shams. They add that very personal touch to make the room look and feel complete.
Adding curtains, pillows, mirrors, new lamps and a wall of family photos helped pull the room together. We also created some art on the other wall by lining two shadow boxes that picked up at a garage sale and repurposed them with the leftover wallpaper. We also created a piece of art with arrowheads from Ryan’s grandfather arrowheads that we hung between the two shadow boxes.
Sleep well in your new room, Beth and Ryan, and thanks for allowing me to be part of this makeover!
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