Last week, fresh from my two-week adventure in Marrakech, I posted about the tranquil, soothing colors of Morocco.
Now I am ready to paint, paint, paint. Geared up to work on a few fun and inexpensive updates in our master bedroom and tiny bath. I am inspired to step completely out of my color comfort zone and choose blues mixed with our existing soft greens. Eekkk! Even typing the color blue gives me chills. Its cool, even cold. I love warm and cozy!
But I am committed.
Here are my two inspiration photos from Peacock Pavilions, where we worked on stencil projects by day, and then were pampered with the most luscious of Moroccan dinner experiences by night. I want to combine soft blue accents of the tile pattern and the fabric on the lounge chairs at the pool…
…and add the white of the roses as another accent. Quiet, serene. Not specifically Moroccan. Just touches.
So off on a fresh new color and design challenge I go. Below, on the left, you will see a glimpse of a gorgeous, handmade and tie-dyed length of fabric I bought from our Peacock Pavilions host, Maryam Montague, of MyMarrakesh blog fame. She runs Red Thread Souk, and shared these fabrics from Mali with the group. I think we bought almost all of her stock! So many brilliant color combinations on light-as-a-feather material with a waxy finish to it!
THIS WEEK’S LITTLE PROJECT:
Update the two rather contemporary chairs in the bedroom that are already painted with two coats of Olive Chalk Paint® and two coats of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. I decided to use a Moroccan-inspired pattern and a custom mix of Chalk Paint® to stencil on scraps of white cotton duck left over from living room slipcovers.
Paint on fabric? Most definitely. It works like a charm! Can it be washed? Yes! Will it hold up? Yes, yes!
Molly, our Unfolded Studio intern, mixed up one part of Olive with three parts of Pure White to coordinate very softly with the Olive paint of the chairs. (My walls are painted Chateau Grey – a greyed green.)
Then on to stenciling.
Just place the stencil in position, dip your stencil brush into the paint and off-load the excess on the paper towels. Hold down the stencil to prevent the paint from bleeding under it. And swirl the brush, filling in the design. Let dry. (It dries really fast.)
Remove the old fabric from the original seat cover, place the newly-stenciled fabric in position, and staple. I was able to salvage the black dust cover, so I just stapled it on top.
I’m on the way to my new look with an easy task! In the next few weeks, I will be posting about adding two glass art pieces with – yes! Chalk Paint®! Plus, an Ikat shower curtain, painted walls and a breakfast-in-bed serving tray. At the end, of course, the TaDahhhhhhhh, featuring the whole look pulled together.
Bruce Lee, the Maine Coon is already enjoying the new pile of throw pillows. (Why do you often spy one or more of our kitty menagerie in my photos? Because they flatly refuse to budge during the photo shoot…they just love blogging).
Hope you’ll be back for more inspiration!