In this week's Upnorthlive ReVibe, we're taking on "steampunk" style. Steampunk takes us back to the Victorian era. "Steampunk" is a tongue in cheek variant of "cyberpunk," and has now spilled into recent fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.
Denine Dingeman, designer at Charitable Resale , shares her inspiration for steampunk style, and teaches you how to create it in an affordable way. She's teaming up with Dan Brady, "tricks-of-the-trade" painter at Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration . He brings the tools and tricks to complete your steampunk projects.
First, Dan and Denine are showing you how to ReVibe a plain wall with texture, and add steampunk style to an old lamp .
Four steps to ReVibe with a designer-inspired steampunk element:
1. Plan for a canvas wall covering: Measure wall for a canvas drop cloth and use a heating element like a blow torch to heat a screwdriver to puncture holes for screws. Use washers with screws to protect canvas from tearing. Prepare a steamer to remove canvas wrinkles.
"Old metal common with Steampunk style often means you'll need great metal cleaning tools like wire brushes and cleaners specific to certain metals," said Dan. " Northwood Paint or any home improvement store can help with the right tools. "They'll have the huge canvas drop cloths that create a great backdrop for Steampunk accessories, or hide an ugly wall in a cool, neutral way."
2. Plan for a stripped-down steampunk lamp shade: Find an old lamp shade with good "bones."
"Steampunk is a hot style trend for architecture, style and art," said Denine. "Based on sci-fi and fantasy roots, it's also got a Victorian spin with a mechanical, industrial edge. Prominent Steampunk textures include metal, wood and leather.
3. Prep: Use proper tools to clean metal surfaces of an old lamp.
4. Design Direction: Strip away fabric to feature the skeleton of a lamp shade, and replace lightbulbs with Edison-style bulbs . Steampunk pieces often feature industrial edges and simple lines that work with any decorating style, and a textured, canvas wall complements authentic Steampunk characteristics.
"Incorporating a Steampunk piece into a living space can work for a variety of contemporary and traditional styles," said Denine.
If you'd like to check out the first ever ReVibe Open House, head to Chairitable Resale in Traverse City from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. There will be treats, discounts and giveaways! Chairitable Resale is located at 1525 S. Division St., right near Party Giant in Kids Creek Marketplace.
If you missed last week's Upnorthlive ReVibe, Dan and Denine showed us how to revamp old items and furniture for summer parties, and even weddings! Click HERE for more.
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