Modern Updates

If Chalkboard paint had been in existence in the 50’s, it most certainly would have been a trend. Recently, I was inspired by an article I found featuring Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.  The article mentioned that Rust-Oleum now features a tintable chalkboard paint. I’d been wanting to do this somewhere for my son and our kitchen seemed the obvious choice to allow for scribbled grocery lists and kids’ drawings. I was intrigued by the fact that not only could the paint be tinted to a color of my choosing, but that it was a cheap and easy project as well:  13.95 at Home Depot. I’m an instant gratification type of girl…..it’s something I must work on, but I have to say I do enjoy projects that can be done in a day!

"Deep Teal"
“Deep Teal”

I have to admit when I opened this, I got a little scared. I love color….but man, that paint looked pretty bright.

Here are the "tintable" colors you can choose from.
Here are the “tintable” colors you can choose from.
Here's my recommended arsenal for a successful painting project. Limit one Corona, otherwise results cannot be guaranteed.
Here’s my recommended arsenal for a successful painting project. Limit one Corona, otherwise results cannot be guaranteed.

Another recommendation: If you’re painting a wall using the basic black chalkboard paint, use paint – not the available spray cans for better results.

Use a roller to apply
Use a roller to apply
Paint 2-3 coats
Paint 2-3 coats
After 3 days..."Condition" the chalkboard by covering the paint in chalk. If you skip this step, your original writings will be forever etched on your chalkboard wall.
This is key: Paint has to set/dry for 3 days…after that, “condition” the chalkboard by rubbing the paint with the side of a piece of chalk. If you skip this step, your original writings will be forever etched on your chalkboard wall.
Wipe clean with a felt eraser or rag. Use a  damp cloth afterwards to clean the board.
Wipe clean with a felt eraser or rag. Use a damp cloth afterwards to clean the board.
Voila! Ready to go....it dried the "Deep Teal" that I wanted.
Voila! Ready to go….it dried the “Deep Teal” that I wanted.
Little man: he's happy with his message board and so am I.
Little man: he’s happy with his message board and so am I.
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Jonathan Adler a Happy ChicK Makes

If you love mid-century modern décor but are anything less than wealthy, shopping for it can be at best: lonely. Most of what is contained in my home has been found at a thrift store, estate sale, or on Craigslist….most of these acquisitions can be made in your pajamas.  Big box furniture commercials such as “Mathis Brothers” “Rooms To Go” “Living Spaces,” etc. etc., compound the lonely island feeling. No one (save those pricey boutiques) seems to share my love for mid-century modern. One can tire of endlessly scouring the internet and burning up gas to get to far-away flea markets. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a convenient and reasonably priced place to get MCM décor?

I am only too happy to report that I think I may have found it, but you must first endure my story of discovery.  My family and I were recently in Newport Beach, investigating how the other half live. While walking through Fashion Island, we happened by the Jonathan Adler store. I’d never seen anything like it.  I actually stood at the window mesmerized and salivating like a penniless child outside of a candy store, longing to go inside, but knowing I didn’t belong. It was too gorgeous….too perfect. It had to be too expensive as well. After a nervous lap around the building and some coaxing from my husband, I ventured inside. As chance would have it, they had quite a few big-statement items I would absolutely save up for. These beauties hung from the ceiling….and they were everywhere, in every finish and size.

Meurice Chandelier  http://www.jonathanadler.com/Meurice-Chandelier/?cat=1006&initial=4129
Meurice Chandelier
http://www.jonathanadler.com/Meurice-Chandelier/?cat=1006&initial=4129

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Then I spied this book. My thought was….it’s almost Mother’s Day. Do it. Do it. Do it. You can take it all with you! And so I did….

Jonathan Adler's Book: 100 Ways to Happy Chic your life
Jonathan Adler’s Book:
100 Ways to Happy Chic your life
24.95 on Amazon.com and jonathanadler.com

Loving the book and it’s tragically hip photos, I decided this relaxing and reading thing is where it’s at! Then one lazy Sunday I fatefully picked up this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine. I still don’t know how I got this subscription. Anyone who knows me knows I really don’t like Martha Stewart, and that’s putting it nicely. I tend to avoid people who make me feel like an inferior homemaker AND cook.  Martha is one of them. Anyway…..I was flipping impatiently and rolling my eyes at the “easy” recipes I know I’ll never try whose ingredients I’ve never heard of when I stumble upon the JCPenny insert. It tells me that Jonathan Adler’s Happy Chic housewares line is now featured at JCPenny of all places. (jcp.com/happychic)

So there you have it! It isn’t vintage, but it goes very well WITH vintage, and it certainly is mid-century modern-esque. Better news is: there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a lonely MCM’er like me or you loved that Gatsby movie and have decided to go Art Deco,  it’s all in there. If not…try Jon Jon’s website. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you, Jonathan Adler. I feel alone no more.

Mid-Century Modern – Doesn’t have to be stuffy

I see so many mid-century modern homes that look, well, cold. Cold, and stuffy.  Here’s a perfect of example of how mid-century modern design can be clean, but fun and colorful.

Blessed Be the Deal Finders

Shout out to my awesome Aunt Di who called to ask if I was still looking for cushions for my Saarinen tulip table and chairs. Here’s the summarized back story:

I recently found a steal of a deal on a less-than-perfect mid-century replica of the famous Saarinen tulip table and chairs. They had rust….which I was able to remove with the help of an awesome product however….the old cushions could not be saved. Not only were they 40-something year-old cushions and kind of yucky, they made all my guests feel fat as they wheeeeesssshhhhed when sat on.

Since the resurgence of all things mid-century modern, and the popularity of shows like Mad Men, the prices of furniture relating to that time, including accessories for said furniture have become ridiculously expensive. Exhibit A: Tulip Chair Replacement Cushions.

Check this out. You can’t get new cushions for less than $89/piece. Try it…I dare you…..scour the internet. I bet you won’t find a better price:

Ebay is the best price I found for replacement cushions at $89 each. (Note: If you want to cover your existing cushions, consider yourself lucky. You can do that for 40 bucks a pop):

Featured on AllModern.com, Knoll offers them for $327 per cushion. I bought the whole damn set of tables and chairs for less than that. Knoll be smokin’ crack, y’all!

And my favorite website of all time, Etsy.com features them at $89/piece by Studiocityloft, competing with Ebay.

News Flash: Unless I win the lottery, or my son finds buried treasure in our backyard, I will not be spending $89/per cushion. Ever.

Back to my Aunt Di who spied these cuties on Ikea.com. Thank you Aunt Di. Guess what? They fit the chairs just fine….and my butt doesn’t know the difference. Bonus: When my kid spills spaghetti sauce on them, instead of having a heart-attack, I can smile like I’m on one of those Bounty commercials and casually toss the dirty cushion in the washing machine. Tra-la-la!!!! Dirty Cushions? Oh, neveryoumind. Remember, you only paid $4.99 a cushion at Ikea! Thanks Bounty and thank you, Ikea!

Ikea's much more practical solution to my cushion-less problem.
Ikea’s more practical solution to my cushion-less problem.

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Are they perfect? No. Do I care? Wait….um, NO. Do I love them!? YESSS!!!!

Blessed Be the Deal Finders. Can I get an amen?