I’m Sarah and every day my life revolves
around design. This is my journal of what’s happening right now in my world as a
creator, an entrepreneur, a partner and a mom and I’m sharing it with you, so let’s
go! Today is another chapter in my design life. Today in our design life series,
this is decision day. You and a number of other people have commented that the old finish, our whitewash finish, is looking pinky and I seem to recall you said it
looked like pantyhose when we talked about it or band-aids right? Okay!
And so now you can really see in this room we have our brand new windows which
is new, fresh, white pine and we have our original whitewash stain. Our challenge
today is can we apply a new stain that will still have some degree of
transparency, not be fully opaque like paint, look great right out of the gate
and be easy to achieve?
Steve: We can, they just don’t make it – so
we’re making it
Sarah: So we’re making it. – If we have to we’ll go solid. I just feel like that’s such a
knee-jerk reaction to go solid out of the gate and I think it’s worth trying
to keep some Steve: well that’s true yeah that’s the easy way but I think to keep it rustic looking and keep it cottagey I think we need, I think it’s nice to be
able to see the wood and see the grain don’t you?
Sarah: I’m so glad you said that cuz I got the impression, I got the impression that you just wanted to paint
the whole darn thing
Steve: Well that would be easier Sarah:What would you do? What would you do? Would you paint this or would you try and stain it Steve: Paint it! Paint it! Okay so here we have fresh pine and then
we have some reclaimed pieces so that we can see what it’s looking like. So, you’re
actually using instead of using stain we’ve decided to use eggshell paint and water it down. – Yes okay
Steve: Yes – so the trick is the consistency – how much water – how much paint
Sarah: Yep – and what is the trick that you’re talking about?
Steve: Well with me it’s actually, with me now is just to feel like I could say it’s 25 percent 50
percent 75, but I know the consistency just by stirring and I know where I
should be. If it’s too thin it’s just gonna run down you’re gonna get drips if
it’s too thick it’s paint and I cover it right so I kind of know from the feel of
it where we should be.
Sarah: Okay so I feel like some of these speaking of feels, all
the feels. Some of these are giving me the feels that they’re too opaque and I
want them to be a bit more trim
Steve: Like that one Sarah: Yeah like that one just looks
like a not awesome paint job Steve: It looks like it needs one more coat of paint –
Sarah: Yeah so I don’t want that
Steve: Okay so, 25 percent water to paint, Sarah: 3/4 paint
Steve: 25 percent water to paint, so there’s the difference right there the trick is –
Sarah: You just said 25 percent 25 percent Steve: Oh did I?
Sarah: Yeah you lied. 25 percent 50 percent Steve: Yes sorry
Sarah: Okay, I like the look of 50%
Steve: Okay are you expecting this to look exactly like this?
Sarah: Am I expecting or am I attempting? I don’t think we want it to highlight – like we want it to look the same yeah it used to look the same.
Steve: I can’t guarantee that Sarah: No, I know you can’t guarantee anything
Steve: No, and it is wood like I said like this is new, this is
like yesterday and this is 11 years ago like I think that looks pretty darn good.
That’s, that’s the old and that’s the new Sarah: Yeah you know what, you’re right. You’re right!
Steve: I mean that’s that’s pretty good can you live with that?
Sarah: Can you live with that? Yes you can live with that. Okay, the key is here, this isn’t white.
This is a grey paint we are using – what color we’re using again?
Steve: We’re using grey owl
Sarah: Grey owl! So, this is a soft grey paint this is not in the handbook
Sarah: I feel like this is not in the staining handbook Steve: You’re not looking up a color chip and
going it’s gonna look like this. We’re working with it as we go.
Sarah: It’s like commando staining!
Steve: There’s another one thing we can’t guarantee
Sarah: What it’s going to look like?
Steve: What the new pine is going to look like two weeks from now. This will
be more, the old will be more consistent than the new because the new is going to
take on the color of the pine… I know. Sarah: Two weeks from now you’re gonna be gone and I’m gonna be hoping I like it Steve: You sure I’ll be gone in two weeks
Sarah: I don’t know if you’ll be gone in two weeks
(laughs) Sarah: Okay well, let’s see if we’ve got the right color I feel like we should do it around that kitchen right there Steve: Right over there? Let’s do it! Sarah: This construction crew has not been keeping the cabinets – listen theres all
Steve: Pardon me? Sarah: Greasy fingers
Alex: Sarah we’re trying to do a TV show here, can you stop Steve: Ya really
Sarah: For anybody who knows me, I like to clean look I’m waiting for the paint to go on – Steve: ya gonna need more water excuse me, pardon me!
Sarah: are you gonna like you’re not making this mix up as you go?
Steve: Yeah it’s fine don’t worry
Sarah: Steve, this is not feeling like – Steve: I’m a professional
Sarah: This is not feeling like a controlled experiment. This is feeling like total chaos. Maybe I should
just go figure out some fabric schemes while you –
Steve: Yeah you gonna come back and
it’ll look amazing okay yeah
Sarah: Yep – Okay my god Sarah: I go. I go bye bye. Sarah: When we did the cottage
originally this was a guest room.
Alex: Yes. Sarah: Fiona was not even born. For the first
nine years the girls shared a bedroom Alex: Yeah
Sarah: And when Fiona turned 10 she wanted her own room so Fiona came in here this is
this is a little cute little room yeah and it works well. So, I thought that when
we are doing this we should let Fiona have a say in what she wants her room to
look like moving forward. So this is my ripple drop fabric, she chose this with
no pushing from me – For the drapes
Alex: Great Alex: Perfect
Sarah: Okay then she chose this fabric
this fabric is designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks an American designer and this is
called she chose this because she really liked it and it reminded her of the
water it’s actually called water polo. So this is gonna be her headboard.
Sarah: And then this is this is really clever this is a Kravet smart fabric. So, this is
actually an indoor/outdoor fabric. We’re gonna reupholster this chair here okay
and then maybe a pillow in this one Alex: They’re really nice
Sarah: If you, if you’ve
been watching for a long time you always know, you know, I always always always I
start with what I call the hero fabric. So, what is the fabric that I love most
of any other fabric and then I build a scheme around it.
I’m kind of torn, I feel like it’s one of these. Do you agree? You think it’s one of these? Alex: I like them both and I like the one that’s closest to you Sarah: I like this one better! You like this one? All right that’s
exactly what I like. I like the riff that this feels like it’s taken from the
floor and originally when I did this room we had a lot of red accents and –
Alex: Where did those come from?
Sarah: I put in a red accents because your favorite color is red
Alex: Correct! I don’t see a lot of red, but that’s okay. Sarah: You know what? I love you, but I
don’t like red and on a hot day red makes me feel hot when I want to feel
cool. So, I would prefer it if we just stayed cool. We be cool?
Sarah: Yeah just cool. So I think this is gonna be it. I think we do this on a headboard. So, the
good thing is I sent the headboard away and if you were worried thinking what
are you doing, I’m just gonna recover the headboard. It’s super inexpensive to
recover it in a new fabric. We’ve had it for 11 years, I feel it’s time for a
change, so it’s gonna come back and it’s gonna
be dressed in this. So, this is what used to be the girls room and is now just
Robin’s room. So Robin said she wanted some grey in her room. Question is, how
does it look to be like the grey with the green? Great the green looks pretty nice I think
Sarah: Like that – this Sarah: So are you happy with that?
Steve: Yeah, it’s dry already it’s amazing! That’s like what half an hour
Sarah: so you think that this is gonna continue to absorb into the wood and lighten
Steve: I can’t predict the future
Sarah: Hey wait a minute, Daisy wants a carrot Sarah: You know what Daisy really loves –
Steve: Meat sticks?
Sarah: She loves the end of fresh Ontario asparagus
Sarah: If you snap it, Daisy will come running. Do you love asparagus?
Steve: That’s weird I’ve never seen a dog eat asparagus
Sarah: She loves it! Sarah: Are you actually – I want to know Daisy everybody else are you really hard today,
what did you do on site today? Did you work really really hard?
Steve: I’m liking the way it’s looking right now Sarah: Yeah, I mean, I think this is the more interesting spot to look over here. I’m not seeing any sort of displeasing
contrast between the new trim and the old. Seve: Right
Sarah: So I think that we’re achieving the goal which is, I still know I just want to make sure that
we still know that it’s wood under there and it doesn’t look like a bad paint job. So, we definitely have –
Steve: You don’t have to worry about that. It’s wood. The wood will come through cuz well you can see it already. I mean you can see that, but I – I was
worried that it was gonna go pink again Sarah: Right, I don’t see any pink.
The pink is totally gone. I just want to know if we opened up another can of
Steve: Like? Sarah: Look up.
Steve: Oh the ceiling… Sarah: Is the ceiling gonna look okay with the walls? Or
Steve: It’s gonna look great Sarah: That’s your time saving voice speaking
Steve: I know I like I wouldn’t would not don’t mess with – don’t mess with the board’s. I think they
look great it’s rustic, it’s cottagey I think you’re – it’s opening up
Sarah: I like it I’m happy
Steve: Good Sarah: it was definitely worth the trip to the island today. What do you think? Are you happy with where we’ve come? Do you think we found the right solution? Tell me what you think. You know I want to know. Would you sign off on this, would you say, “Steve go for it” and do all the rest of it like this, or would you go solid white?