Studio!

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:23 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
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I have a serious update brewing, and I will probably be scarce over the weekend because it's time for Conestoga, but for now, I must share news. News and pictures!

The studio is done!

The whole thing has been a load of work. Remember that this room was the one with the pink shag carpeting and the Pepto-pink walls under a single coat of white paint.

Studio 01

That's the door to the hall and the door into the bathroom.

Studio 02

Moving clockwise, the edge of the mirror. I just really like that you can see the whole room twice. It's not a big room, but it feels really huge inside because of the mirrors.

Studio 03

My poinsettia plant and my retro radio.

Studio 04

A view from inside the door as you enter. The plant is not actually hanging from the fan.

Studio 05

The ferns were so much fun to paint. I used the same glaze I used on the rest of the walls, I just didn't wipe it off. I dabbed it a little here and there, but that's all.

Studio 06

The south wall with the window.

Studio 07

I am so glad this idea turned out so well. I originally only meant to put a few here and there, but it looked so good I went a little crazy with it.

Studio 08

The floor. We used gold oak for most of it, but threw in a few tiles of natural oak for variation, so it looks almost like a real wood floor. It's vinyl tile.

Studio 09

A closeup of the finish on the doors. The walls are textured, and I had to do something to make the doors match, so I brushed glaze on and ragged it off. It looks really, really similar to the walls from even a little distance.

Studio 10

This just makes me happy.

Studio 11

The chair rail. Three coats of Behr Luminoso in gold, and then a coat of green glaze over the top, wiped off for an antique finish that matches the green of the walls.

Studio 12

My happy little plant.

Sargon deserves major cred for helping me with this. He cut the molding and helped me lay the floor and moved the ladder around for me occasionally. He also put up with me taking a two-month vacation in the middle because I "didn't feel like" painting. Sorry.

Okay, now here's the part where I go all infomercial on you. The walls in my house are knockdown plaster, which severely limits my choices when it comes to paint techniques. I finally settled on a kit from Murals and Faux Painting Inc. Specifically, the Poofy Pad. I could not have done this without it. Going up on the ladder to paint the high spots, the foam palette was indispensable. I did the entire greatroom, I did the master bedroom, I did the studio. It is fast, it is super easy, and it's pretty damn cheap. If you are stuck with butt-ugly knockdown and want to add some depth to it, this is not a bad choice at all.

I also used Sherwin-Williams paint because I could not get the darker greens in Olympic, which I prefer (S-W is better, but it's also way expensive.) Stay away from Valspar if you can, at least in the deeper colors. The smell of formaldehyde is truly profound, and unlike the cat pee smell of the S-W, it doesn't go away in an hour or so.
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Date: 2009-04-23 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missmonstermel.livejournal.com
DAMN, lady that looks great!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm all happy with myself.

Date: 2009-04-23 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowgrl13.livejournal.com
OMG! Beautiful!

I'll be moving in next week....

Date: 2009-04-23 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apocalypticbob.livejournal.com
Babe, that turned out awesome!!!!

Can't wait to see it in person!!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
You totally have to come over. Actually standing in the room . . . the pictures don't do it justice.

Date: 2009-04-23 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icewyche.livejournal.com
That is gorgeous!

Date: 2009-04-23 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepikey.livejournal.com
Wow, shit. You totally make me want to get a house so I can try and do awesome shit too!

Date: 2009-04-23 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amazon-syren.livejournal.com
That, my dear, is GORGEOUS! :-D

The ferns are utterly beautiful, the fake-out with the floor pannels works remarkably well, and the chair-rail is perfect.

Go YOU!!! :-D

Date: 2009-04-23 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wikdsushi.livejournal.com
Absolutely NO chance that room is for rent, right?

Date: 2009-04-23 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onceupon.livejournal.com
YAYAYAYAYYAY!

Omg, love, I LOVE IT.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
It's incredibly soothing and peaceful in there.

It's very odd. I usually go for really vibrant colors (the master bedroom is gold and red, after all), but that green really appealed to me so I built a room around it.

In a way it doesn't match my personality, but it makes me happy to be in there so I guess it matches SOMETHING.

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Date: 2009-04-23 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funnelwebkitten.livejournal.com
wow, that is awesome, I love it.

Date: 2009-04-23 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinistersundown.livejournal.com
WOW. Just wow. You are so lucky to have the ability to customize your living space!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I KNOW! After . . . Jesus. I don't even KNOW how long. I finally have MY studio. I am so happy!

Date: 2009-04-23 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadcat-vagrant.livejournal.com
*applauds you and Sargon* That looks effin' fantastic. Be proud of your work, because that room is SO damned nifty!

Date: 2009-04-23 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steeldreams.livejournal.com
Oh my god. I am absolutely in love with this room. Sadly, I do not think I will have the energy or time to do anything remotely like this. It wouldn't look right in my house, anyway. But still. *loves loves loves*

Date: 2009-04-23 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jettcat.livejournal.com
My stuff would look fab in there...

Date: 2009-04-23 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spacezombie.livejournal.com
That really is awesome. I can't imagine how long that took.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Only about half as long as you think, actually. The most time-consuming and annoying part was waiting for stuff to dry in between coats. I made it really hard for myself by using three colors on the top and two on the bottom, and I had to do each part separately in two stages. The chair rail was the real bitch. Even the tile wasn't hard to do. (That part was actually SO fun.)

Date: 2009-04-23 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glamazonwarrior.livejournal.com
Oh, that's beautiful!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellamagic.livejournal.com
Wow, that is STUNNING!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixxelpuss.livejournal.com
JESUS MOTHERFUCKING ANUS LICKING CHRIST.

I LOVE IT.

When I finally get a house one day, can I hire you to do interior design? Pretty please?

Date: 2009-04-23 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
*cracks up SO hard* Thanks!

Hey, for you, I'm always available to make suggestions. (I just take a really long time to do it. *lol*)

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonypearl.livejournal.com
That is gorgeous. You've always had excellent color choices, and here it's flawless.

Date: 2009-04-23 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Thank you! This was one of the easier sets of colors I've ever picked. They really fell together beautifully.

Valspar has the best colors I have found, they REALLY do, but their paint smells so awful I have to get Sherwin-Williams to duplicate it in a low VOC base.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delphaicdragon.livejournal.com
That... is just unbelievably gorgeous. I need to show my sister this because you and she would just so get along in your ideas of decorating. :) Go you!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heartbreakangel.livejournal.com
Wow. That puts pretty much anything I've been debating doing with the walls in my bedroom to absolute shame.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msmarlamae.livejournal.com
I LOVE the ferns, love love love. AND I love how some of the green creeps up into the color past the chair rail LOVE that detail, adds so much depth and age.

god, such a good job. I do a lot of playing with colors in my house but nothing like this.. I'm so impressed!

Date: 2009-04-23 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
It looked funny before I added the green shading above and below the rail. Didn't look right. Antiquing around stuff like that really makes it stand out.

I REALLY wanted to do willow-type or ivy-type shadows hanging from the ceiling in the corners and along the edges of the areas around the doors, using the same taffy color I used on the upper walls in addition to the dark green. Really subtle, but really cool. I may still go in and do that when I have time, and that will help balance out the ascending element below.

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-neko-rei.livejournal.com
Oooh, gorgeous! And yay, happy plant.

That's wonderfully creative and inspiring. And thanks for the paint and supplies advice. I might end up commissioned to paint a sunset wall for a friend's bedroom; it's always lovely to see something different from the average neutral bland shit.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xviragox.livejournal.com
Beautiful. What a great space for inspiring creativity.

Date: 2009-04-23 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] modillian.livejournal.com
Oh man, so gorgeous! And your corner that looks all mossy and overgrown makes me happy too. And I would have had no idea the floor was tile either, jeebus that's good. ;)

Date: 2009-04-23 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
We were really happy to find that tile. It's quite lovely and really convincing as vinyl tile goes. I can't take credit for that part. I just lay it all down as close as I could.

Date: 2009-04-23 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twistedrecesses.livejournal.com
I'm absolutely in love with that room. Beeeyoutiful.
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