A Perfect Emerald Green Guest Room Overhaul (and what to do with an old fireplace mantle!)
As I have been chatting about the last week or so, I have been working on a really fun segment for Studio 5 called “What Would Mandi Do?” where viewers submitted pieces that have them stumped. I needed a local girl who was ready and willing to let me do what needed to be done to make her piece of furniture out of this world amazing.
Sierra sent me an email that explained that she found an old fireplace mantle at an antique store and was IMMEDIATLEY in love with it. After talking to the shop owner about it and then relaying the info to her Grandpa she found out that the mantle came from an old house in Washington UT that was midwife headquarters. And it gets better. It was the house that her Grandpa himself was born in 80 years ago. How cool is that?! Rarely do we actually know the full story behind a great find.
So she bought it. And it sat in her garage. For 2 years. (don’t judge her, you know you can relate!) The problem? She had no idea what to do with it.
Because it was such a special piece, it needed more than just an update. It needed an entire room designed around it. I decided that we were going to turn it into a headboard for her beige box guest room.
First things first the beige just HAD to go. Sierra’s house is very neutral, and if I am going to push someone I am going to PUSH them.
(ps. This is what pushing looks like)
(This picture is coat 1 while it was still wet so its a little lighter and splotchier than the final coat.)
The color that I used was a custom mix called Modified Envy. Here is the mixture formula:
Originally when I ordered my paint at my local Sherwin Williams store the color I ordered was Envy. Its a really bright true Kelly green. When I stopped in to pick it up, though I LOVED the vibrancy of it, it needed to be a little bit deeper. As I was explaining what I wanted to the guys they were doing what can only be described as color math. And let me tell you, they are GENIUSES at color math. They magically deepened it without losing the vibrancy that I was so in love with. THAT is why I shop there, those guys are freaking experts. I was also feeling a little concerned about painting in Sierra’s house because she is currently with child. Instead of using my fave Super Paint, I used their new line called Emerald (fitting right?!) Emerald is THE BEST technology paint has to offer. It is a Zero VOC formula (even after the colorants are added) which basically means that the airborne toxins that can be found in paint are gone. Hooray for Sierra’s fetus! The washability is FANTASTIC and it has a lifetime warranty. Totally worth it.
Working on this project I immediately came up with a few ideas for the mantle (a few of which I tried and then changed my mind about, but that is another post for next week.) After working though the ideas I realized that what I was missing out on was a main element that was wood. Everything was just feeling so painted.
I love that this room has all of my favorite things. Color, brass, wood, faux bois, a quirky animal, a hand drawn element, old books, and killer art.
Isn’t it so exciting?!
The mantle is totally updated, the green is so vibrant, and all of the thrift store elements make my heart sing!!
The mirror above the bed is from Target (I am dying over their new Threshold collection, its SO good) All of the decorative books and junk are from my local thrift store. The faux bois pillow and lamp are from Homegoods (naturally). The mustardy chartreuse pillows are simple envelope pillows with fabric from Joann’s.
The vintage inspired plumes print ties all of the colors from the room together in one pretty package. Instead of putting it in a frame, I hung it poster style with command strips. I found it at a local store called Urban Renewal for $9.00.
I love that the headboard is so happily highlighted in this room with the green wall and accent colors.
Doesn’t every room need a coral Pomeranian?
Not too shabby for a couple days of work eh?
What is your favorite element?
ps. The tutorial for the headboard is coming on Monday, so stay tuned!!