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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets, need suggestions! on: August 27, 2009 08:10:39 AM
one suggestion i would make is that you should keep the colors of the things you can't change in mind when you choose your palette for the things you can. in this case, your appliances. you have bright white appliances, so you may want to play that into it somehow. For example, you could tie it in by refinishing your coutertop in white or something that won't make them look like they don't belong. It may be true that white appliances won't ruin very many palette choices, but it can make some more appealing than others.  Grin
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Black & White Bedroom with Painted Black Walls.... yes black!!: Ideas & Pictures on: August 27, 2009 07:30:03 AM
this room is absolutely amazing. Classy yet artsy all at once, and the high contrast of the white on black makes the room seem a lot brighter than it actually is. (i keep telling people that black and white contrast can do this, but they keep telling me i'm nuts). it probably a lot easier to walk around in when the lights are off too because the black disappears and the white doesn't have any other colors to blend in with and get lost in.

kudos on the awesome antique store find. maybe i should start going back to the lil' old junk shoppes myself.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: the living room (pic heavy) on: August 27, 2009 06:03:29 AM
I really dig what you've done with the space! It looks like it isn't the biggest area but with the bold colors on the wall and the bright white accents it looks really well utilized without looking crowded. The custom shelf/table/cabinet behind the sofa is genius! I have a couch thats almost a sectional and we used the space by shoving a floor lamp behind it. Your idea is way better, lol!

the house is pretty small. if it wasn't for the high ceilings and bright white walls and white tile floors that room would be hard to breath in. one huge bonus though is that it captures natural light from the windows and glass door like no other room i've been in. during the day turning on the lights makes no difference at all, so i leave them off most of the time. i much prefer natural light to artificial anyway.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Gender Neutral Nursery (that isn't green and yellow!) on: August 26, 2009 12:44:20 PM
I knew it! i could sense the steampunk influence.  Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Gender Neutral Nursery (that isn't green and yellow!) on: August 26, 2009 10:12:34 AM
i love it. its very warm, inviting, and polished. the blimp/baloon/adventure thing works really well with all the wood in the room.  Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: the blue light bedroom on: August 26, 2009 10:05:41 AM
wow! your room is like a spaceship!!! (can i sees living room please?)

of course! i posted it over here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318782.0
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Surreal Studio on: August 25, 2009 06:11:16 PM
this is absolutely amazing. Especially the floor. The tiny little door is begging for a little stand with a plate of cookies on it that say "eat me". Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / the living room (pic heavy) on: August 25, 2009 05:52:09 PM
somebody asked me if the rest of my house was as interesting as my bedroom. i've done absolutely nothing with the kitchen yet, and the bathroom is in its planning stages. however, the living room is pretty much the way i want it, so here's the tour. I hope some of you are inspired by this. i know i have been by some of the stuff i've seen here. you guys are every bit as insane as i am, and that rocks.

step through the front doo and close it behind you. the first thing you'll see looking forward is this:

hanging on the wall is a print of some cubist impressionist type artist. i got it at a staff sale where i work. the plant is fake. i love fake plants because they don't die, look great, and can be easily hosed off making cleaning a snap. the red on the walls isn't as bricky as the picture looks. i use 10 watt flourescent bulbs and they kind of have a yellow cast. those dots on the wall are the same sort you'll find on the side of a 7up can. i used a poster board pattern i made with a circle cutter to paint them on the wall.

look upwards and you'll see this:

i can't claim responsibility for the geometry of the house, but the red and white shapes it creates are cool.

a little more to the left is this:

that's a painting that my ex did. i found a nice frame for it and created the matching peices on either side for it. i used rectangular peices of lexan from home depot to make them. i laid them over some rocks and chunks of stuff then took a mapp gas torch to them so they would slump down into the weird shapes in the negative space. holding the heat over the same area for a second resulted in these kickass bubbles in the plastic. then i painted the back with a can of that metal texture krylon. the flowery looking things on the front of them are actually melted shopping bags. the torch shrunk them right up into a weird solid flowery shape. it also bonded it to the lexan so i didn't need to glue.

turn your head to the right and:

you can see my ikea dining area. i refinished the top of the table in bright white krylon for plastics. the finish has held up nicely so it works if anyone wants to try that on theirs. i didn't want an off white table on a bright white wall. that's a poster of darth vader and obewan doing thier light saber thing on the wall. its an original freebie poster from 1978. the fake tree came from that same staff sale as the picture earlier. i gaot three of them for like $30 bucks. you should have seen me stuff them all in the trunck of my old corolla.

continuing in a rightward direction....

i built this entertainment center with some pretty cheap plywood i got. i wasn't worried too much about the knotholes because plaster is amazing stuff. the bottom, outside edges, and tops are the same bright white as the walls. the insides and front are flat black. i've got my sixaxis controllers dangling upside down over the ps3 using a pair of chargers i bought at walmart. i hot glued the bottoms to the inside top of the cubby so they would hang there like that. i used some black conduit to keep all the wires neet and i actually tore into the wall and migrated a power outlet and cable jack to the part of the wall directly behind the tv. no wires to be seen anywhere.

if you look closely you can see the motherboard of my living room computer glowing under the blacklight behind the little window here:

the computer is built into the entertainment center. you can access the rear panel by removing the hatch with the silver drawer handles. the computer's front panel protrudes just slighty through the right side of the cabinet, so its easy to turn it on and put in a dvd or game or something. the tv also has a few windings of red ropelight behind it to make it float on the wall a little.

step back into the dining area and you can see the whole room:

the couch is old and ugly, so i used a cover i found at wally world. its really soft and washing machine freindly. it also matches the room wonderfully. that's a red shag area rug and parson's table, and one of those cube ottoman's with the storage inside. that's where i keep all the millions of dollars i save by making all of my own crap. the lamps are made from three sizes of pvc pipes. each of them holds a 10 watt flourescent bulb. that doesn't seem like a lot, but its great for watching tv.

walk back towards the door and you see the shelf i made:

the problem with sectionals like my couch is they have a rounded back which creates wasted space. sure you could stick a tochier light back there with a built in lava lamp, but i decided to make a shelf with a top that curves around with it. its made entirely from plywood and 1 x 12's. i used some flexible molding to sort of fit the curve of the shelf to the back of the courch, since the couch is somewhat uneven due to its age. because the top is curved around and the shelf by the door is only a foot deep, there's a cavity behind the back of the couch and under the top of the shelf. its the perfect place for the subwoofer. i placed it back there and the two rear speakers on top and ran the wires behind the couch. i have tile floors so a peice of foam was used under the sub.

and that's about it. Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My new...Handpainted...Marble Countertops on: August 25, 2009 01:21:39 PM
my kitchen is next on the list, but the landlord has these crappy off white (that nasty creme "somebody spent 15 years smoking in here" color) cabinets and countertops. i can't do anything drastic (or totally awesome like the marble in this thread), but i thought maybe i could use a vinyl dye to just make them all white so they would look factory without looking rental.

has anyone had any luck with this kind of stuff?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: the blue light bedroom on: August 25, 2009 09:59:05 AM
Wow! You really used the space in that room well. Do you hang out in your room all the time or is the rest of your place just as fun?

i actually don't hang out in there too much unless i'm recording some new music or playing pac-man, or sometimes missile command. i should probably post some pics of the living room. its kind of out there like this room is.
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