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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Be Nice Or Leave

I've been working on my entry foyer.  This is the first house we've lived in that actually has an entry foyer.  Exciting and scary all at the same time.  I mean the entry is your home's first impression right?  Since we moved in a year and a half ago I've been sort of neglecting the foyer because I was sceered of it.  I've never been good at first impressions.  I stink at interviews, and it always takes me a little while to warm up when I first meet people.  I just really didn't know what I wanted our home's first impression to be.  What do I want my home to say to people when they enter through the front door?  What do I want the first impression of the Phillips family to be?

It took me until now to answer those questions.  I'm slowly putting the pieces together to create an entrance that's functional and welcoming.  One that gives guests a glimpse of our history and our personality.  Very basically, we don't take life too seriously; and I really want that part of who we are to be conveyed.  We're just putting the cards right out there where you can see 'em, so to speak.

I did something kind of bold and risky.  It might not be every ones cup of tea, but I LOVE IT!


I painted a small portion of the wall area in the entry foyer with magnetic primer and chalk board paint.


I did three coats of magnetic primer (you have to keep mixing it so that the paint doesn't settle), and then followed with 2 coats of chalkboard paint (applied with a foam roller).

I Gorilla glued (thanks to the Jaunt I've got lots of Gorilla glue!) magnets to the back of the gold letters (Hobby Lobby - half price sale - $2/each).


I like the mix of the letters with the chalk.  It just feels fun and whimsical.  I decided to use the magnetic primer so that I'd be able to change things really easily without having to actually hang anything on the wall.  This is going to be a fun little nook to change with the seasons.


You might also remember this chair from this post here.



With the help of some gold spray paint and some pinterest inspiration, it looks like this now.  No joke the movie Goldmember was on t.v. the night that I sprayed this chair.  I'm. not. kidding.



The pillow I made using fabric I already had and some no-sew hemming tape.  I no-sewed up 3 sides then hot glued the bottom seam because I'm all gangster like that with my hot glue gun.




No one will ever know.  If they have a problem with it, they can see the message above the chair.  HA!


So that's one project done in the foyer and about 9 million more (give or take) to go!  This one definitely packs a nice little punch of Phillips' sarcasm personality.  

When I was downloading the pictures for this post I found this.

Never mind the vacuum cleaner cord in the background ;) 
Someone hijacked my camera to snap a picture of themselves with the vampire teeth they got in the prize box at the dentist.  Now you understand what we're dealing with here!







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68 comments:

  1. OH this is too good! Love it. And the picture at the end....totally priceless (:

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  2. ha ha! the vampire is adorable
    and it IS my cup of tea- i loooove it, carmel! what an awesome look!

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  3. I love the wall color with the gold chair and the dark floor. I am always finding the vacuum cord in my pictures because it is always out.

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  4. Thanks for the idea. I am getting ready to paint the cabinet doors in my new craft room with chalk board paint. I didn't realize the magnetic paint could go under it.

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  5. This is such a creative idea! I can't wait to see more of what you do in your entryway.

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  6. Love.it.all! Thanks so much for sharing this Carmel. I'm all over that gold chair and I think the foyer is a great place to make a statement and have a little fun.

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  7. What a great and creative idea! The gold chair is amazing too:) You are so fun!

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  8. Amazing transformation - love the fabric and the chair is a nice touch. Changes the look of the space entirely. I have a ton of random pics like the last one - very cute!

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  9. ha! i love it!!! i've been working on my entry way this week...i'm ready to wave the white flag on it. :o/

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  10. Love the gold chair! I think your personality is shining through in this makeover. Way to go girl.

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  11. Love the chalk board paint idea for the foyer! Last photo is too cute. I'm a Kentucky gal, too, and frequent Lexington quite often.

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  12. Love it all - from the gold chair to the chalkboard/magnetic wall to the fabric on the pillow. And the scary vampire teeth!

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  13. I absolutely love it all!!!! What a fun and creative idea! You're going to have lots of fun mixing up the magnetic/chalk wall. Beyond cute!! And that chair is to die for along with the pillow!

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  14. I am cracking up. It's adorable. I think I need that over here. And I am all about the gluing of the pillow. You never disappoint.

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  15. Here from Cottage and Vine! Your entry is awesome! That magnetic chalkboard wall is something I might have to copy... though maybe just for some framed message boards.

    Off to look through your archives!

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  16. This totally ROCKS!



    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  17. LOVE IT! The phrase on the wall is great and I even like the gold chair (I'm not usually a gold chair kinda gal)!

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  18. so very beautiful - that chair fits perfectly. And love the chalkboard :) Fun!

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  19. I couldn't love this more! Whimsy and stylish at the same time! I can't find good letters like that in our craft stores - I really need to visit a Hobby Lobby. Closest one is an hour away.

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  20. I love the combination of brass, chalkboard paint and the white powdery chalk writing. And your handwriting is beautiful!

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  21. I love it - come do it at my house!! it totally fits you tricks...can i call you guys tricks on here...will people understand when i call you a trick it's from the heart and i'm being nice?!!?

    seriously, i love it, you big gansta!

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  22. Love, love it. I loving that gold chair. I just bought two cans of gold spray paint yesterday. I'm loving gold lately.

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  23. How totally FUN! Love your lil vampire!

    Suzanne

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  24. LOVE it. LOVE it even more that you were watching Goldmember when you did that chair. Awesome sauce on the awesome sundae that is this Entry! I love the sentiment, too, not only for guests, but maybe a little bit for the returning residents to mind their p's and q's! (c: I love the camera hijacking, it's too cute (c:

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  25. Thank you all so so much for your comments! It's so much fun to just do what you love/want and not worry about whether or not it will appeal to a potential home buyer. Ahhh- it's nice to finally be HOME.

    Donna -you know you can call me a trick anytime ;) It's a term of endearment amongst our friends.

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  26. Shut the front door!!!! I absolutely adore this! Everything, even the gold chair. No, especially the gold chair! Pinning it to Pinterest:)

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  27. That looks so fun and great, and full of personality! I'm all about having what you love in your house!

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  28. I LOVE THIS! The gold chair is amazing & your ganster no-sew pillow is beautiful! I might have to borrow this idea!

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  29. Holy cow, Carmel, I looooove! Amazing job! It's quirky, witty and probably a phrase you can echo to the kids over and over ; ) You are so creative! And that pillow is so cute- you know I love the no sew!

    PS. Happy first week of school for the kids! Tell your little one I want to borrow that adorable Hello Kitty bookbag! : )

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  30. Ack--I love this!!! I love your creativity too. :)

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  31. LOVE it! I'm one for fun and whimsical. The gold chair is to die for and of course, that pillow would look perfect in my house. :-) Great job ~ you go, girl!

    xo
    Pat

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  32. I LOVE finding pictures on my camera like that! And your wall is perfection! So fantastic!

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  33. I love the saying on your wall!! Totally cracks me up! And I am swooning over your stairs and board and batten!!

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  34. This is the most ingenious project I've come across recently!! LOVE IT! Janell

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  35. It's my cup of tea and I LOVE it! It looks so fantastic Carmel and I promise I would be nice if I came over. LOL! The dark of the wall against the white of the woodwork makes everything pop and I love that you painted the chair gold. How hilarious about the movie! Thank you so much for sharing this last weekend at Inspiratin Friday!
    Vanessa

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  36. LOVE this! Amazing! And I love the gold chair. what a great idea!
    New follower,
    Kim
    kimberlyannblog.blogspot.com

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  37. This is exactly what the kids and I want to do in our basement! Yes! Thanks for the fantastic advice.

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  38. Love it! Wow, great idea and it turned out incredible. Thank you for sharing~
    Cheers!
    Cyndy

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  39. I love it and the risks you took! One of a kind and gorgeous. I am thinking about what to do for my entryway, too. It's blah. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  40. LOVE LOVE LOVE! You are so bold and awesome! Painting the chair gold - Brilliant! I have been debating painting a small dresser silver and am scared - how stupid, I know!! Your entry is very chic - gold, chalkboard and chalk= F A B!! Thanks for the inspiration! I can't wait to see what you do for the holidays!!

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  41. OBSESSED with this chair in the photo! Everything really! Love your style and it is so fun to go back through all of your posts. Your ideas are so unique. LOVE!

    www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

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  42. Looks great! I love your choice of color and fabric! The wall art made me laugh...Nice job!

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  43. Visint from Roomspiration...this is darling. Love the bit of gold and the wall color as well as the sentiment!

    Cathy@ Room Rx

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  44. Carmel,

    Love it! I wish I had an entry! I must ask, my maiden name is Phillips, where is your hubby from?

    Toodles,

    Laura

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  45. Thanks Laurmela - he's from Lexington beyond that who knows?! ;)

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  46. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was so cute! I'm glad I found you on Sew Dang Cute, going to check out your other stuff! :)

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  47. So funny AND cute! Can't wait to see what you come up with for CWTS!

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  48. I would have never thought to mix wood letters and chalk! That is one of the cutest things I have seen in a long time, and I love your Gold Chair, that makes such a great statement. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Ok your chair is just too cool and what a wonderful entranceway, it looks gorgeous! I've got this linked to my gold post too today, well done!

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  50. Love love love!!! Be nice or LEAVE! Is that someone's blog name yet? Because it should be!

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  51. I love your chair, can you share what gold paint you used? I went to Lowes and got stressed out trying to figure out which one to use... eeeek...

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  52. I could have never thought to intermingle wood letters and chalk! That is one of the cutest things I have viewed in an extended time, and I cherish your Seat, that makes quite an impressive fabulous proclamation. A debt of gratitude is in order regarding offering!

    thanks...

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  53. Love your space! I am getting ready to paint my dinning room chairs gold. What brand spray paint did you use and color? Yours is the the perfect shade gold! Thanks in advance!

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  54. Rustoleum brand metallic gold -best gold spray paint ever!

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  55. This little nook is priceless, its so small yet fabulous! And hey- those hot gluing skills came in handy during those sorority days;)

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  56. Hi. I just found your site through pinterest and I love all of your ideas. I noticed you use a lot of chalkboard paint and I love it too, but with the projects I have done in the past with chalkboard paint I have noticed the chalk doesn't show up as well. Any tips on how to perfect this technique or suggestions on paint?? Thanks!

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  57. I never got your gold chair out of my mind! Now I'm finally getting ready to paint my own!!!! Woot!

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  58. What you have done with your foyer is great! It is inspiring how creative you are with the material that you used for that wall as well as changing the colors of your chair to blend well with the space.

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  59. Seriously, where does the talent end?? I love the wall and the chair!! You are amazing! Thanks for posting!!

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  60. Looooove it!!!
    Great inspiration!
    TFS!

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  61. Looooove it!!!
    Great inspiration!
    TFS!

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  62. I've been trying to do a similary magnetic chalkboard wall in my laundry room....after 2 coats of magnetic paint, the wall if very rough & magnets are not sticking. The painter is telling me that 1 more coat of magnetic paint will make it more rough and he can't guarantee magnets will work. I'm about to abandon the whole thing & just put chalkboard paint up. Do you have any advice?? Thanks!

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    1. What are you using to apply the primer? I recommend using a foam roller both for magnetic primer and chalkboard paint. Magnetic primer is super thick and it's important to stir and continue to stir - what makes is magnetic tends to want to settle toward the bottom of the can. It will require multiple coats but I've also noticed that the strength of the magnets is also important. I buy my magnets at the hardware store.

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  63. Hello I loveddddddddddd this chair. You are inspiring me:))) please tell me what gold color exactly u used with primer and top coat please!

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    1. Rustoleum's Metallic Gold is my favorite gold spray paint ever! I can't remember what I used for a primer - I don't have a favorite spray primer - I think any of them will work just fine.

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