Local artisans breathe new life into outdated projects.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’m always on the hunt for a new room to make over for COMO Living and when my friend and co-worker told me she was expecting a baby boy after having two girls, I thought this project would be perfect. This family loves camping. As for me…not so much. In fact, my idea of “roughing it,” according to my husband, is slow room service. I always want my projects to reflect the family and with the help of the owners, I think we nailed it!
It didn’t take long to land on this fabulous wallpaper from Johnston Paint and Decorating. I asked the staff if they could locate a wallpaper design that resembled pallets and within 24 hours, the staff found this wallpaper. We used it behind the crib and processed the order from Reclaimed Industrial Chic wallpaper by Paperpro. This paper was not pre-pasted but still super easy. We simply rolled the paste directly on the wall and then hung each sheet.
I freshened up the changing table and nightstand with Cottage Paint from Johnston Paint in a great golden yellow color. I love this line of paint because it requires no sanding. We decided not to distress these pieces and just applied the wax to the furniture after painting. The rocking chair and ottoman were purchased off a Facebook swap shop, and I had peace of mind knowing the previous owners had kept it in perfect condition.
The owner changed out the lampshades with fun new fabric as well as recovered the cubes in the bookshelf to make the old, pink, girly cubes match the theme of what is now a boy’s room. It’s amazing what you can accomplish for a DIY project with a little spray glue, fabric and an online tutorial! I gave her the assignment and within a couple hours, she completed four new cubes that are perfect.
I contacted Amy Fisher, owner of Sweet Caroline and Company, after viewing her hand-crafted gifts and accessories. These are sold at Plume and online on her Etsy store. She created the adorable stuffed fox and minkie blanket for the nursery. Kelly, owner of Plume, asked her husband to create a fox pallet board for behind the crib, and he knocked it out of the park. Plume can create a custom pallet for any room in your home.
The arrow curtains worked really well in the room. Arrows are popular in decorating, and these arrow panels were hung to frame the window. They ended up making a huge difference in the room. Framing a window is generally better than covering it up.
Stay clever, little fox and know that this room was designed for you and your future camping days with your big sisters, mom and dad.
Amy Fischer & Ginger Miller ~ Sweet Caroline & Co.
Items can be purchased from Plume or online
Go Baby Go
2609 E. Broadway, Ste 203
Johnston Paint & Decorating
3409 Buttonwood Dr.
Columbia, MO 65203
Located 1/2 mile south of Rock Bridge Elementary on Providence/Route K.