I have been working on designing a room in the 2017 Orchestra League Symphony Show House for what feels like months. Today I finally checked everything off my my to-list, including all of the photography and inventory! If you have seen any of my Facebook Live videos this week you have seen a glimpse into my design process.
Almost all of the furniture came from The Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity ReStore – which is a unique concept repurposing second hand furniture for a 1.7 million dollar house. When I pitched the idea, The Orchestra League loved it, and let me have free reign on my room design. You can see my original design board and inspiration for my room, A Creative Escape & Artist Retreat here.
One of my favorite finds was a vintage director’s chair. I hauled in in my van with no real purpose for it inside my room, I just knew I needed it in my life.
I decided to use the director’s chair as a plant stand since my room has a ton of natural elements peppered throughout the space. If the wallpaper doesn’t give away an organic vibe, I don’t know what does.
I really wanted to mimic Restoration Hardware’s Salvaged White Finish so I decided to dive right in, try it out for the first time, and of course tape it Live so you could share in any possible project fail that lay ahead.
Here is the process I used to create this coveted RH finish. It was super easy but a little challenging to capture the detail of the wood grain on LIVE camera using my cellphone.
Since I can’t leave any furniture texture unturned I photographed the director’s chair/plant stand so you can see the finish up close and personal.
It deserves it’s own post.
And like I said in the video, I used Heritage Collection by Heirloom Traditions Paint a no top-coat paint in the color Cashmere. Since there was no topcoat involved it was only a two step process.
Step 1: Paint on with a True Applicator Sponge.
Step 2: Wipe off with a rag.
The Heritage Collection has a built in primer and wax so it does tend to have a quicker drying time because of it’s durability. If I got sidetracked for 15 minutes and had to refocus to wipe back the wood grain, I sprayed some water onto the paint to reactivate it, allowing me to wipe it back more easily.
You can see another project I have completed with Heritage Collection here.
Look at all of the yummy natural dents and dings this technique brings out!
That woodgrain is what took this piece to the next level and gave the space a little more rustic feel, mixing vintage, old and new.
Some places the wood soaked up more paint than others but I embraced it’s inconsistencies and decided it was just perfect.
Don’t you wonder sort of director sat in this chair?
I’m would be an awesome life guard stand so mamma can sit up top with her glass of Rose’ and boss her kids around from the best view in the pool. Although a wine drinking lifeguard isn’t a very effective one, in my mind it sounded like a more solid plan.
I can only give you small glimpses inside my Artist Retreat because the Orchestra League wants us to limit sharing our full room reveals until after the show is over – I mean if this room isn’t enticing enough to come tour the entire house, I just can’t be friends with you.
The Show House is open from Saturday May 6 – Sunday May 21st. In addition each Saturday Night Mercedez-Benz of Oklahoma City is a Presenting Desserts First Event: Craft Beer and Chocolate Tastings featuring Anthem Beer, Vanessa House Beer Company and 42nd Street Candy Company with fashion by The Black Scintilla and Naifeh Jewelry. Tickets are $15 every day except Dessert Nights are $25. All of the information is on the Orchestra League Website
I will be in my room for meet and greets most weekends so please stop by and say Hi! I would love to hug your neck!