It has been a great week at the Delightful Designs workshop! I had the chance to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, an amazing group of creatives that transform neglected furniture. This months contest was sponsored by DecoArt a great brand with numerous products, so you're sure to find whatever you need for any of your projects! We received paint from their Chalky Finish line, a product that is super easy to use! No sanding or priming required, I wiped my piece down with a degreaser and then it was ready for paint!
The theme for this months contest is "Make a Statement" and if you know me or have followed along in the past you know that I am all about Bold and Bright colors. As my boyfriend would say this months contest was right in my wheel house! I choose the color Fortune, a vibrant green, for a project I had been wanting to get started on.
I picked up this bench off of Craigslist for $20 and have been sitting on it (haha sorry for the bad pun, I couldn't help it) for while just waiting for the right inspiration to hit. The before is pretty bad in my opinion, stained and pretty blah. I knew I wanted to do black and white on top and a pop of color on the legs. Read More
Sometimes you need to recharge and refocus your creative mind. This past week my boyfriend packed up the car and whisked me away for a surprise weekend of relaxing! We turned off all of our electronics to enjoy the beautiful weather and each others company at the Steep Ravine Campgrounds.
The cabins are set on the cliffs above the ocean and alongside the variegated greens and pops of floral colors of the Mt. Tam hiking trails! The days were spent soaking up the sunshine at Stinson Beach and spotting wild life on the surrounding trails, while the evenings slowed down to conversations over dinner, sunsets and s'mores. Read More
Furniture hardware can make or break your makeover project. Select the wrong style and your piece will look like it's going through a midlife crisis and the wrong size will fade into the background or take center stage. The goal is to accessorize with the right hardware that will take the piece to the next level.
I am always on the look out for new hardware, whether or not I actually have a project in mind. So much so that I carry a screwdriver around in my purse. Some of my favorite hardware has come off of the abandoned furniture from the streets of San Francisco. When thrifting remember to not just looking at the furniture but to check out the hardware, if the furniture item isn't great but is a good price I will buy the item for the drawer pulls or knobs.
Another great place to find unique hardware is at the Alameda Point Antique Faire, there are a few vendors that have a small selection but there is one gentleman that has an entire booth dedicated to vintage treasures! I have also found some wonderful pieces at many of the San Francisco thrift stores, Community Thrift and The Salvation Army in the Mission have a lot of furniture turnover so if you see something you like you have to get it when you see it or it won't be there tomorrow.
With Delightful Designs moving in a new direction, I now have more time to focus on the creative side of the business. I am excited to pull out and start work on the pieces that have been in storage waiting for their turn to be transformed! I have some fun and colorfully chic ideas for a few of the pieces, but also looking forward to expanding into custom orders. I am currently in the process of creating a gallery for unfinished pieces that can be customized to fit your design style.
Below I have some rough photos of items that are in the queue for transformation. I will be updating the site soon with better photos. If interested in an item shoot me an email and we can talk more about the details! Read More
Today marks the first day of a new adventure! Delightful Designs has had a wonderfully successful first year in business and like most everything you try you learn a lot along the way. I have found that the majority of my sales come from my online shop or via the monthly Alameda Point Antique Faire. So to start off Delightful Designs second year I will be focusing on those channels. I may have a heavy heart as I say goodbye to the little shop on Irving Street that has given me so much joy but I am beyond excited to take the momentum from this past year and move my business in a new direction where it can grow even more!
Keep following along here on the Colorfully Chic Blog, posted every Saturday!
Now for a look back at a few of my favorite moments and transformations!
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Creative Owner of Delightful Designs, a boutique where furniture is given a new colorfully chic life! Read more...
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