To read about how The 12 Art Attacks Project got started, see the first post here.
About nine months ago, my husband, Matt, and I got the urge to redo our living room decor. Not wanting to spend thousands of dollars on new furniture and a paint job, we decided to take on the project ourselves. I have to say that going through the labor of creating something new with your partner is so rewarding! Yes, it became our little baby project.
If you know my husband, you know he's a well rounded artist. By profession, he's an opera singer, but he's also an illustrator, carpenter, graphic designer and such a romantic at heart. He is really the mastermind behind all of this and I got to be his sidekick.
Together, we worked on 5 different projects to give our living room a big boost in style. We've always really loved Restoration Hardware's furniture and their industrial-rustic-chic look and feel. So the first step in our living room improvement was getting the seating right: a chocolate leather recliner and a camel tan sofa. And then here's how we got our hands dirty: (see photos below)
ONE // Indigo Denim Accent Wall
Yes, we painted one of our walls to look like fabric panels of jeans... and it looks amazing! It's a patented technique by Ralph Lauren made easy for DIY-ers. Take a look at the pics below to see how we did it! If you like denim or even just plain navy, I highly recommend doing this process. It's truly stunning. Everyone thinks it's fancy-urban wallpaper.
TWO // The Hulk Media Center
I"m not kidding. This thing is a beast. Matt had this master-plan of aging wood and using antique-like plumbing piping. So after a trip to Home Depot, beating up some wood, painting it and screwing pipes together, we had the heaviest media center in the world. It is rock solid, but thankfully, we decided to put it on casters, so it rolls! It's big, bold and beautiful. Perfect as an entertainment center.
THREE // Free Standing Bookshelf
Since we wanted to put something that matched on the denim wall, the bookshelf idea became a spinoff of the media center. Just more piping and wood beating and wa-la. It looks like pipes coming out of the wall and looks especially good with the giant, rusty old letter "K" we found. Since then we've found some 100-year old books of Shakespeare and Wordsworth works at this awesome antique shop called Toca near our place. They fit in great and I love owning real antiques!
FOUR // Turbine Lamp
After creating the two pieces above, we really wanted a lamp. Sometimes ceiling lights can be so harsh, so we wanted something that was tall and put out a soft light. Again, we started with the piping as a base and got creative from there. We found two different kinds of chicken wire and made cylinder around the pipes, then added an old school water faucet handle in the center. Another Home Depot trip helped us find a simple lighting fixture kit with cords and Edison bulb included. We knew the base had to big and study, so Matt found this huge factory gear online. It was only $20 including shipping - the thing is 80lbs... so we got the good end of the deal in shipping! And for the shade we ordered an attic turbine and rusted it up quite a bit. It's so soothing and I love the patterns it makes on the walls and ceiling.
FIVE // A FEET STOOL
No, I did say that right. Not a footstool, but a feet stool is what I like to call this one! One day about a month ago, Matt and I decided to go flea market shopping. We weren't sure what we were looking to find or build until we found these amazing shoe forms. For $4 a pop we snatched 4 of them up and decided they would be awesome for the base of a footstool. That same day we found a really old Coca-Cola bottle crate. With it's bright reds and yellows it was perfect as a base. Then to Home Depot again. There we found some legs and painted them candy apple red to match. And to cover the top of the Coke crate, Matt crafted a board+foam that fit as a lid. Thank you for storage. Then we found an awesome vintage potato sack with some great color and type on it that covered the lid board. It came out so great and I love the pops of color it adds in here. I'm using right now in fact.
I'd say after all of this we have a lovely, cozy living room that fits our personality, style and age. Yes, it's in a tiny NYC apartment, but it makes all the difference when you can make it your own like we have. None of this would've been possible without my husband's brilliant mind in being able to visualize each piece and then actually create them! I'm so thankful for him, his artistic talents and this beautiful home he's made for us.
So we're actually thinking about selling some of this stuff in the future; lamps, media centers, coffee tables, bookshelves, etc. Think people would buy?? Would you?