Color For All

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Did you know that nearly 300 MILLION people around the world are colorblind?

(Source: One, Two, Three, Four)

I have talked about my love of color here on IHOD for a few years now. You all know I have a deep love for bold colors because they express so much more than words can sometimes. They are exuberant, expressive, connective, and complex. Having worked with color throughout my career in graphic design, art direction, and even with my own hands through paint, color has affected my life in such a positive way. My perception of the world around me is largely shaped by my experience of colors.

I admit I have taken the ability to see the complexity of color for granted many times, so I was excited that Valspar paint just launched an initiative called #ColorForAll with a simple mission: to bring color to those who don’t have it, and to help remind those of us who do, to truly appreciate it.
Valspar has created a short film titled Color for the Colorblind that chronicles the journey of four individuals living with colorblindness and their reactions to seeing colors for the first time through the use of the EnChroma glasses. I watched this film and it gave me chills and teary eyes as some of these men and women get to see the world in its bounty of color for the first time. Please watch this moving video:

So get this…Valspar is bringing color to the colorblind through EnChroma’s innovative glasses. Individuals who are colorblind or affected by colorblindness can submit their own stories using #ColorForAll or at ValsparColorforAll.com where responses will be featured along with additional footage from the film. Some of those submitting stories will also receive EnChroma glasses, courtesy of Valspar! I think this is the coolest initiative, and I am so proud to get on board and help spread the word. Color can enrich our everyday experiences and most memorable moments in life, and as seen in this video, it is a pure gift to those who have been without it. I hope you will join me in sharing this message for all those who hope to see color in all its complexities one day!
x, Anna

Color for all

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Chalky paint finish Reveal

Entry way table makeover | In Honor of Design

You all remember our Flea Market Fixer Challenge with Valspar? We found this really cool dresser to use as an entryway table. It was already painted in a flat navy and teal finish, and my goal was to turn it into a darker grey color with gold finishes. We used Valspar’s chalky finish paint to turn this piece around.

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Here is the before and photo! Usually to prep the piece you would want to lightly sand the surface if it is a glossy paint or texture. Since this was a matte paint that was already applied, we just cleaned the surfaces before applying the chalky finish paint. It was kind of wonderful to start painting and see an instantly thick rich color coat. If you apply a second coat make sure you have 4-8 hours in between to let dry thoroughly. There are 40 tintable color options for the paint, and Opera Gown was just what I was looking for.

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Wax Finish: To apply the  Valspar Sealing protective wax finish we used an old cut up t-shirt and a paintbrush. Brush the wax on in small areas in the same direction, then wipe with the t-shirt to remove excess. Repeat until all the surfaces are covered. I was aiming for a more satin finish so we applied a second coat after we let the first one dry a whole 24 hrs, although you only technically need 4-8 hrs.

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For the white pulls, I used a gold leaf paint to turn them around into a sheek looking finish. We are working on our living room right now, and these colors blended well with the color scheme we already have going. If you can re-purpose what you already have, you will find it incredibly gratifying:)

line drawers with wallpaper via In Honor of Design

I thought it would be cool to line the drawers with leftover wallpaper I had on hand from our dining room. We are using these drawers for storage including old records and kids puzzles:) Even though no one will see the insides but me, I couldn’t resist. You can tell I love these types of projects;)

The Valspar  chalky finish paint  is now available at Lowe’s if you want to go tackle your next project:) I am on to my desk! It sits right next to the entryway table so I will also be painting it Opera Gown color. Will show you how it looks when it is all finished!

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Step by Step Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Fishtail Braid: Step by Step Tutorial

Happy weekending! I will be doing more posts this year for the eHow Style blog, so will be sure to share a few of them here:)

If you have ever gotten extremely confused about how to fishtail braid, this one is for you!
A step by step fishtail braid tutorial (or herringbone) over on eHow. This is for medium to long length hair, with tips for creating a fuller looking braid (no extenstions needed)! Hope it is helpful:)

Cheers!