Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guest post from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors

I have such a treat for you guys today!  

A guest post from an interior designer via Pheonix.
Kristy from Hyphen Interiors

I would love to tell you all about her, but after you read
this you should just go on over to her blog and read all about her.

She's got great style and a good eye, enjoy!

Hi everyone!  I’m Kristy from Hyphen Interiors.   I am excited to guest post here on Suzanne’s blog.

I am originally from Texas (all good Texans have to throw that in), a graduate from the University of Texas, and now live in Phoenix. 

I currently work as an Interior Decorator.  Having previously worked in youth ministry and recruiting, interior design sort of just happened organically.  I’ve had a deep interest in design for several years, as I worked on my own home(s).  During that time, friends were often coming to me for decorating advice and eventually, through some prodding, they convinced me to start doing it full-time. 

I’ve only had my blog for only 5 weeks now, but boy has it been a blast!  I’m still stumbling around in the blog world, learning the ropes, but I guess that is something I enjoy about life – the learning.

So, as a blog newbie, I really appreciate Suzanne taking interest and asking a few questions.

Suzanne ran across my  recent blog post on how I painted my upholstered chair. 


I didn’t recover it, I painted it.  Yes, painted it!  I know, crazy!  It was just so expensive to recover that I had to come up with a better solution and ended up taking a huge risk… that paid off!  The full tutorial is on my blog.

Suzanne asked me to walk through some questions she had about pieces of furniture in her own home. 


Suzanne’s first question:   
This couch in what is currently a playroom, it could be a sitting room someday or an office.  We love the comfort of the couch, but have had the couch for over 5 years and it's been faded by both the Minnesota and Nevada sun! 



I liked the original color, but you can see by the needs some love. 

Do you think this piece would be appropriate for fabric painting?  It's a cotton/canvas-type material.  I am not afraid of bright colors, but usually bring color in through accessories.

I have dark leather couches in another room, so I would keep it a neutral if you suggest, but could even do a kelly green or a dark gray, whatever you think would make it look new and wonderful? 

Thoughts Kristy?


Though I can’t give a sure answer, my best guess is that it would be a candidate for painting.  It has a nice flat fabric and it’s a piece that you don’t mind messing up, if it doesn’t work out.  Perfect.

My biggest concern is the looseness of the fabric.  That could make painting more difficult.  You’d need to be sure to stretch it tight as you paint.  So, be prepared to get your hands dirty!   I would think with this being less thick than the velvet that I painted, it should work well.

Of course, colors always depend on the overall design scheme of the room.  However, I’d say go wild if you are going to do it.  Let it be a statement piece.  Go for the kelly green. 


Suzanne’s next question: The second is an ottoman for our master bedroom, I am not in love with the piece but until I find one I can make my own, I may want to paint it too?  It's a great fabric with a floral pattern in it...but is stained from my kiddos?  Thoughts on if it would be a fit for painting?  If so, any ideas on color?



I *think* the fabric and piece is a great candidate! 
However, I am concerned about the stain.  It depends on how deep and severe the stain is.  If it’s a piece you can part with, then I’d say take the risk.  See how the paint coverage is when it comes to the stain.  If the stain is bad, and you don’t want to take a risk, you may forgo the experiment on this piece.  I did see this piece on Little Green Notebook that is painted.  It is a little similar.

The pattern will show through a bit, but that is not always a bad thing!

I hope that helped.  I wish you the best of luck!  Please share the photos with all of us if you do it!

Is that not the coolest thing ever?

Now....what colors should I choose!?




I loved your guest today... I did not know you could paint fabric. I think you should try painting the ottoman in your bedroom.

Hyphen Interiors said...

Thanks so much for having me, Suzanne!