Re-purpose

01May 2017

The Fifth Wall – Ceiling Design

Have you just laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling and wonder why does it have to be white?

If you ever look at ceilings notice they are just plain white. 90% of all ceilings are The Fifth Wall white boring lacking interest doesn’t say anything except I’m a flat surface.

Well your ceilings doesn’t have to be the boring flat no life colorless plain surface. It can be anything you want it to be, by adding bold colors with paint. Why not a gorgeous bright red glossy finish or rich black color even perhaps a light fresh sky blue to make that ceiling rise above the room

Tin Panels

Tin Panels image by Bob Villa

In the Victorian era, they would use tin panels. The tin panels were embossed with beautiful pattern details. It made for a wonderful architectural detail.

Tongue And Groove

Tongue And Groove image by BFerry -Woodhouse

Mid-Century style homes from the 50’s & 60’s used tongue and groove wood slates for ceilings designs with exposed beams. This was considered a modern detail.

Today you have many options to cover your ceiling. For example reclaimed lumber is very hot right now. You can also use fabric for pattern, texture, and warmth.

Wall covering ceiling

Wall covering ceiling image by Elizabeth Gorde

People don’t think of their ceiling as another wall but if you look at it it’s your fifth wall, like the vertical wall are flat so are ceilings another flat surface. Unlike floors you don’t need heavy duty materials to protect your ceiling because you not going be walking on them. Try using wallpaper for a interesting design feature. A great example for this application would be in a small half-bath.

For instance, if you live in the older home with plaster ceilings that may have cracks from water damage but you do not want to pay the cost of repairs of plaster.  This would be a great opportunity to and cover your ceilings with a unique and different finish.

If you would like to learn more about some fun and different ceiling options please contact me at:

joy@grcreativespaces.com  Book your appointment and let’s talk http://grcreativespaces.com/design-packages/

13Jul 2016

Re-purpose With Reclaimed Lumber

Bar Barn Doors

Bar Barn Doors

A few years ago, I designed furniture and kitchen cabinetry from reclaimed barn wood for a local company.  It has become very poplar to use reclaimed lumber for home décor and furniture.  This is a one-of-kind design because each piece of lumber has its own fingerprint with grain and colors.

The use of reclaimed lumber in residential or commercial spaces is aesthetically pleasing to add dimension, warmth, and texture. You can add a little bit of history to your space from a 100 year old piece of timber that is a hand hewn beam for your next fireplace mantel.

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, Mantel

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, Mantel

 

Some of the characteristics of reclaimed lumber are splitting, cracking, bowing, and expanding and contracting. Older timber from barns or old building materials from 75-100 years ago are strong because they have age without today pollutions.

Cocktail Table

Cocktail Table

When working with reclaim lumber you want to make sure that the following steps are taken.

  • Fully clean the wood of debris (mold, dirt, and  poop from barnwood) yes you can find 50year old poo on barnwood and make sure you clean in a well ventilated area.
  • Sand it well so you won’t get slivers. A wire brush or a plainer works well.
  • Make sure you seal the wood for furniture and cabinets because the wood is very porous. Use a water base polyurethane sealer. Wood oil is also a good option too.

 

For your next design project think about using some reclaimed lumber wood to clad a wall or design a custom pieces of furniture.

Let us design a one-of –kind of furnishing for you at Creative Spaces & Designs

http://grcreativespaces.com/contact/   info@grcreativespaces.com

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