Archive for August, 2011

It’s back to the drawing board for stylish home interiors. Of course, I mean blackboard paint. It comes in a range of colors – not just black or green – and allows you and your family members to constantly draw on the walls without consequence. You can leave shopping notes for your spouse, remainders for children (clean up your room!), or just announce your mood of the day. Considering the high emotional price I had to pay for drawing on the walls as a kid, I sure with this paint was around in the day.

Cool paint for the bedroom, kitchen or just about anywhere

Photo by Style Files

Photo by Style Files

Benjamin Moore, Rust-Oleum, and Blick Art Materials are the leading American producers of blackboard paint. In The Netherlands, Flexa offers an extensive line of colors. Look for specialist latex paint that cleans up easily with water and will take both liquid chalk markers and chalk sticks. There’s even a variety of metallic chalkboard paint that will allow you to stick magnetic objects to your wall (say your teenager’s nose ring).

Choosing chalkboard paint for your design

Photo by Remodelista

Photo by Remodelista

Abacus Construction has a great online roundup on chalkboard paints and manufacturers. The paint goes on easily with metal, wood, sheet-rock tile and glass. It goes on with a roller, brush, or spray can (for application in small areas).

Paint as an entertaining kitchen tool

Photo by Style Files

Photo by Style Files

Have trouble remembering recipes? Apply a rectangle of chalkboard paint over the stove to jot down ingredients or cooking times.  You can even employ swatches of chalkboard paint as a decorative accent in a room where you can draw your own flowers or color splotches. See more examples at Style Files.

Color me happy!

I grew up near Hollywood and loved that the streets and houses of the televisions shows we watched looked just like the ones in my neighborhood. The designs of all the Hollywood house exteriors seemed to be modeled after the real ones. At the same time, the colors and designs of those Hollywood homes influenced architects who created the subdivisions. Our culture always seems to blur the line between the real and imagined.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll remember the builders that re-created The Simpson’s house in Nevada. Naturally, I was captivated by the success of the National Geographic Channel when it replicated the home from the movie Up! and launched it into the air with 300 weather balloons of dazzling colors.

Hollywood’s designs go airborne

Photo by Disney/Pixar

Photo by Disney/Pixar

It took an entire tank of helium to fill each of the eight-foot tall weather balloons for the National Geographic effort. The replica of the yellow Up! house was only 16-feet wide x 18-feet tall. It was shuttled to a private airport outside of Los Angeles for flight testing, The National Geographic house took to the skies and rose to over 10,000 feet. You can view the project over at Youtube.

Making it real

Photo by Design Concept Ideas

Photo by Design Concept Ideas

While it won’t get off the ground, this genuine UP! replica built to precise scale is ready for occupancy in Herriman, Utah. The 2800 square-foot-home comes complete with weather vane. Exterior colors tastefully reflect the animated feature’s pastel purple, olive, blue and pink. You can view additional photos at Design Concept Ideas.

If I could move the house to my home town, I’d be proud to call it home!

Photo by Pixar

Photo by Pixar

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    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

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    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

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    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

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    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

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