Monday, April 29, 2013

From My Book "Color Create Decorate"

One of the most reused DIY projects I did for my first book, Shannon Quimby, Color Create Decorate is the “Cover Up” project.   It’s the classic story of trying to decorate around those alarm systems, thermostats and other electronics, that for some reason, have to be smack dab center on the wall!  Secretly, I think it’s a guy thing.  Anyway… I have conquered this eyesore.  I simply cover those pesky plastic boxes with chalkboard.

If you want to see how it’s done, you are in luck!  Just email me and I will mail you a copy of my book. It retails for the reasonable price of $19.95 but for you... And you are going to love this… only $5.00. Now that’s nothing to hide!”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

HGTV Magazine Kitchen Remodel

A while back I posted behind-the-scenes photos from this project. It is one of my most favorite kitchens I have ever photostyled and wrote about. Home owner Kerri Hoyt-Pack and designer Anne DeWolfe from Arciform are just the perfect home-owner/designer team. Their talents fused to create Kerri's amazing kitchen makeover. With all the salvage and reclaimed materials blended in with the modern conveniences  for today’s lifestyle this kitchen, in my opinion, should receive national design awards. Here are some photos in case you missed the magazine.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Paint by Numbers DIY Table

 For my tenth birthday I received a paint by number pattern of a unicorn running through a field.  As soon as I got home from school I would disappear until dinner time, spending hours trying to color within the lines.  After I completed my masterpiece, I was proud yet somewhat disappointed at the same time.

If you stared at it with fuzzy eyes, it was a near perfect rendition of the graceful unicorn, but as you got closer it was clear, my version was a far cry from the picture on the cover.Thirty some years later (notice I say “some”) I re-visited my childhood love of paint by numbers . This time, a floral print of pansies,  enlarged so I can see what I am doing.

Those fuzzy eyes from my early days are somewhat permanent now, yep I wear glasses, but I think it turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

If you'd like to try your own paint by numbers table top here's what you need:
  • Painted side table
  • Paint by Number pattern (you can find one at any craft store)
  • Black carbon paper (also found at craft or office supply stores)
  • Colored Pencil
  • Scotch Tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 fl.oz. Acrylic paint for each color.  The Pattern I chose had 12 small paint pots of paint so I purchased 12, 2 fl.oz. that matched each color. 
  • Paint brushes (included in the paint by number package)
  • Copy machine or a road trip to an office supply store
How To:
  1. Enlarge the paint by number pattern to cover the entire area of your table top. 
  2. Cut the enlarged pattern and black carbon paper the exact size of the table top, making sure it does not overlap on the sides.
  3. Tape the carbon paper to the back side of the pattern, making sure the shiny carbon is face down on the table.
  4. Tape the combo, pattern and carbon to the table top
  5. With colored pencil trace the pattern onto the table. 
  6. Remove pattern from table
  7. Using the numbers as your guide paint the table.

Helpful Hints:
  1. Used the enlarged pattern to assist with location of numbers and what paint to use.
  2. When required to mix new colors, mix a large amount in a bowl and then store in a zip lock bag for later usage.  This ensures the same color shade at all times.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Salvage Remodel

From day one we have been flying through the remodel of our 1902 Victorian house.  Only a few days away from completion.  Thought I'd give you a sneak peak.  Friend and Artist Joy Corgain at the beginning stage of hand painting the bathroom floor.  Check out the ceiling tin that I bought in Vermont.  It's going to surround the soon to be claw foot tub! 

I love this!  It's the new master bathroom light fixture.  I designed it and with help from my electrician, Justin from All Pro Electric, we hung old bugles from a wash basin mounted on the ceiling.  The whole bathroom is coming together, can't wait to show you.  

My 1902 Victorian Remodel Part Two

While roaming the aisles of Stars Antique Mall, with my good buddy Roseanne Palmisano , I came across this old work bench. Roseanne and I were foaming at the mouth! It was huge- 4’ x 6’, maple tongue and groove top with gorgeous cast iron wheels. It stopped us both in our tracks as we exchanged looks and exclaimed simultaneously- ISLAND! And just like that, it’s under construction in our 1902 Vict. Remodel and will ultimately house the sink, dishwasher and microwave. Can’t wait to show you the end results!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Salvage Design Guest Speaker

Every year, I am honored to speak at a variety of trade shows, antique fairs and other events all over the country. I get the biggest kick out of sharing the endless possibilities of working with salvage and creating DIY projects!
Recently, I spoke at the Rose City Bridal Show   

This was one of the displays I made for the show.  The alter is made from saw horses and a window. The rocks displayed near the chairs are topped with burlap roses, and stacked apple crated full of potted flowers and mismatched candelabras bring the whole space together.  Thanks so much for the amazing photos taken by Aniko Productions 

If you know of any fairs, events or shows coming up in your neck of the woods? Give me a shout or pass my name on. Trust me, we’ll have a blast turning dumpster diving finds into functional home d├ęcor!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Set Styling: A Behind the Scenes Peek

 I love photo styling homes for national decorating and design magazines. Recently, I was contacted by Samantha Hart, editor-in-chief of Beautiful Kitchens and Baths, (a special interest pub from Better Homes & Gardens) about  styling an incredible kitchen that I had submitted to her, best described as a fusion of classic and modern.  It was a super day of working in an amazing small kitchen and super time working with the talented photographer Laurie Black.  

Before you can style a beautiful kitchen, you have to go shopping to gather just the right stuff, and boy did I find lots of great stuff! You always see the pristinely styled homes on the glossy pages of your favorite magazines but this is the behind-the-scenes shot of what happens before the shoot. It’s official. I am a bag-lady.

Keep an eye out for the after photos coming your way real soon!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Today's Vintage: My Monthly Column

For the past couple of years I have been writing a monthly salvage DIY column for Today’s Vintage, a trade magazine for those living in the antique world. You should check it out  My columns share creative  and easy ideas, that can be made using common household items, that might otherwise be tossed in the trash. I include a list of all the supplies you'll need and step by step instructions.

In the April issue my column focuses on an old dresser, that gets a face lift compliments of Portland artist, Joy Corgain. She took this old dresser and transformed it into a show stopper! Don’t you just love it?

Besides my column, Today’s Vintage is a fantastic resource for locating upcoming auctions, flea markets, trade shows, history on collectibles and antiquing malls throughout the U.S. The Best part? It’s free!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My 1902 Victorian Remodel Part One

We are knee deep in remodeling the 1902 Victorian home that we've owned for nearly 20 years now. Some time in the home's history the bathroom had been converted into a laundry room and walk-in closet but we wanted to do right by this lovely old home, so we set out to convert the space back to the bathroom.

   As we began peeling back layers of wall paper and that super hip wood paneling left behind by the 1970s, I saw something! It was bright! It was colorful! And just as I thought to myself, "could it be ... original tile?!" Nope, not even close. Instead it was old vinyl pretending to be tile. Sigh. Well, that's one more layer to peel back.

  The good news? It's really coming along. In just a few weeks the bathroom will be a bathroom again, complete with a gorgeous clawfoot tub, vintage tin ceiling and a custom painted floor, by local artist Joy Corgain.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Remodel

It wasn't too long ago that I received a call from my good friend Rosanne Palmisano. When I answered the phone I was greeted with panicky “my ceiling is falling!” What else could I do, but rush right over? I walked in to assess the situation and sure enough the plaster once located on her ceiling was definitely now on the floor below. 

As it turns out, that plaster prompted the beginning of a major remodel of Rosanne and her husband Sean's Greek Revival home in NE Portland. You guys know how these things go: first you're patching a ceiling and before you know it, you're ripping up flooring and installing a new kitchen island. It's what keeps us DIY folks going.

Fast forward just 1-1/2 years later, not only did she survive the remodel, but Rosanne let me submit her beautiful new kitchen to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. I was thrilled when I got the call to produce the story "Social Hours" for this month's (April 2013) issue.  A scan of the article is below, or if you pick up your own copy, flip ahead to page 41.