Do you remember the moodboard for a bachelor I posted a few weeks ago? Well, in record time, I managed to put together the first 2 rooms…
Room number 1:
A Keith Haring meets Kelly Wearstler inspired wall painting, on the four walls of the foyer. Made by YOURS TRULY. When I first saw KW’s staircase I kinda thought it was crazy… but then it grew on me, and grew on me, until I decided I loved it. And was totally inspired by it. So I did my own little take on it. This apartment was the perfect place to do something fun like this… not serious… but cool. My goal was fun apartment meets cool apartment… I mean, WHY NOT?!?! If not a single dude living alone, THEN WHO?
SO, yes, I actually had the nerve to take black paint to white walls. Yes, yes I did. But lets start at the beginning, last monday when the walls were still bandaid beige and none of this existed:
Nothing special about bandaids now… is there?
First I decided to have all the walls painted white and the doors painted black.
Step 1: White walls, black doors:
WHEW! Now thats better… Painting doors a color, or black, is a great trick. Do it.
Step 2: Hand Painting:
Then, using black paint, the same paint we used for the door, I took brush to wall. I actually started in a corner, figuring it would take me a while to get my mojo going… I used an incredibly LITTLE amount of paint, very dry brushed for the first run and then I went over it with a second thicker coat later on. At first I was SO NERVOUS, I was just going to paint the whole room black if I screwed up!
Then I got down and dirty, climbing a ladder and going at that wall free hand. PLEASE ignore the COLLEGE JEANS and love handles. The worst part about this is that I wore these, not to paint, to SOCIALIZE who knows how many times. How big is my butt? Ugh… hair is in a bun… its getting serious!
It only took a few hours, but can I tell you that it was the most fun I ever had at work? EVER.
Step 3: Styling.
Then I worked on styling. I knew I wanted everything to be SUPER SIMPLE… for two reasons: 1. I didn’t want the apartment to look like a carnival, and 2. thats what I believe in now. Simplicity.
The parsons table is from Bungalow 5, the mirror is from Cb2, the lamp is a Tom Dixon look alike I nabbed downtown and the bowl is from Conran Shop. The print is the same print I have as my iPhone cover. The frames are from West Elm.
I chose to use framed prints instead of paintings because I felt like the prints with the black frames and matts brought order, where as another chaotic painting on top of the painting didn’t feel right to me. And the color is the perfect pop on all that B&W.
Down yonder in the adjoining dining room I used a round tulip table, 4 chairs from Design Legacy, the best thing West Elm ever put out… that chandelier and a green vase from West Elm. That room is still waiting for an awesome piece of art… maybe some photography?
And… lets look at that first picture one more time:
My heart skips a beat from excitement when I see this…
Where we are standing looking at this view is where the couch, rug and coffee table are going.. We are still waiting on our AWESOME green couch…so we have to wait a little longer for the Living Room reveal…
The foyer could still use a basket or something under the table(to kinda hide the wire… remember my treatise on wires!), and maybe a small rug… lets see where we go with that!
I have to say, this was the most fun project I EVER worked on… mostly because said bachelor is SO NICE, and he liked the initial moldboard and was happy to let me execute it. Its not usually that way people… its really not ever actually that way…
And there we go… Super Fun!