Have you painted fabric before?

Neither had we… till we heard of chalk paint!

A while back, pre-pandemic, we ruined a perfectly fine sofa in our guest room by trying to steam clean it. (Lesson learned.)

The sofa before it was painted.
Before photo of the sofa

Long story short: the few water stains it had multiplied by the time we were done. It was such an eyesore, we covered it with sheets and pillows waiting for the day we could drag it out and take it to the dump.

Water stains on the sofa from trying to steam clean it
Close up of water stains from steam cleaning

Fast-forward to one recent pandemic day, we came across videos of chalk paint being used to paint anything and everything – including fabric! (Just go to YouTube and search for “chalk paint fabric” and you’ll see what we’re talking about.)

There began our quest to restore the sofa.


Research Time…

We read and watched anything we could find on chalk paint and which was the best on fabric. Everyone had their own stories and suggestions for paint, but most recommended Annie Sloan brand paint.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Finding the Paint…

Of course, this brand is not sold in paint stores or big box hardware warehouses, no. You have to find a stockist who… stocks it. Fortunately, there is one in Old Town Alexandria: Boxwood


Getting Started…

Eddie decided that diluting the paint with water was the way to go. After all, that was some of the advice online. Eddie was wrong. After two coats (of diluted paint), the sofa looked only a shade darker than when he started the process. The paint can was empty.

The sofa with a first coat of blue paint

Trying Again…

Eddie went back to the Boxwood for another liter of paint, and searched for better online guidance. The painting resumed. One more coat. This time with undiluted paint. Then…

The sofa with another coat of blue paint

Eureka!

After the paint dried, it got a light sanding and waxing, and in a few days it was this fabulous blue comfort zone!

The sofa painted blue.
The sofa painted in Napoleonic Blue. The wall is painted in Barecelona Orange and Graphite. The pottery is painted in Pure White.

To complete the makeover, we painted the wall behind the sofa in Barcelona Orange and Graphite to contrast the Napoleonic Blue. 


Extras…

Why stop now? So we painted some pottery and the trunk-table, for good measure!

The sofa painted blue.


Interested?

We’re happy to share more about our process and experience. Feel free to direct message us if you’re interested.

Compass Continues to Elevate the Real Estate Industry

Coming Soon Sign

Coming Soon Sign

In 2018, Compass introduced the Compass Coming Soon status for homes coming on the market. 

One feature of Compass Coming Soon is the gathering of insight during the Coming Soon period. 

With Compass Coming Soon, Sellers can adjust sales price until their homes  are in “Active” status with no price history being recorded.

On January 28, 2020, BrightMLS — a multiple listing service for REALTORS from New Jersey to Virginia — announced it was copying that feature of Compass Coming Soon,

“… all listings in the Coming Soon status will not show the pricing changes in the history or note a price change on the recent changes section of the listing. “

To quote Charles Calen Colton, 

“Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery”

Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.

A new offering for Compass clients

A simple solution to bridge the gap between the home you have and the home you want.

Compass Bridge Loan Services: A simple solution to bridge the gap between the home you have and the home you want.

Compass Bridge Loan Services gets you access to competitive rates and dedicated support from industry-leading lenders, with the exclusive option to get up to six months of your loan payments fronted when you sell your home with a Compass agent.

To learn more contact us or visit bit.ly/bridgeloanservices

Thinking of making home improvements?

Thinking of making home improvements? Cover your bases with these simple tips:

Photograph of a kitchen with pots hanging from a ceiling rack.

• Educate yourself on the local permitting requirements, or your co-op or condo association’s policies.

• Hire licensed and bonded contractors for all of the work.

• Ask your contractor to provide you with copies of the permits (if required) at the time the work is being done.

• Post a copy of the permits in the front window to notify your neighbors that you are following the law.

And if you are wondering what improvements will pay off when you sell later on, please contact us give us a call!

The Why to Title Insurance

Title Insurance is an insurance policy designed to keep the buyer and/or their mortgage lender from risks associated with defects in the title (ownership) of the property.

Title Insurance is an insurance policy designed to keep the buyer and/or their mortgage lender from risks associated with defects in the title (ownership) of the property. Title Insurance is offered as either a standard policy or an enhanced policy. A standard policy covers defects in the title up to the date of settlement. An enhanced policy covers defects in the title before and after settlement.

Covered claims can range from any of the following and more: undiscovered easements that affect the use of your property, errors, fraud or illegal signatures on the title paperwork going back many transactions, errors in public records, a disputed will from a previous owner, and previously unreleased liens on the property that could make it difficult to sell. Title insurance companies will usually assume the risk of defending the claim. Title insurance companies pay out claims on a policy at a rate that is ten times higher than the payout rate on homeowner’s policies.

If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!

Plant your own happiness!

Houseplants are good for your health – not just for their visual beauty.

Houseplants are good for your health – not just for their visual beauty. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 2 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 %), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood.

This time of year is a great time to start introducing a few plants into your space. You may start to notice good changes!

Want an up-to-the-minute glance of your neighborhood?

We can set up a Compass Collection for you that will do just that!

Please contact us or call us and we can outline what types of properties you’re interested in and where you want your report to cover. We will set you up on Compass’ one of a kind platform to share immediate updates on market activity. We can even set up several if you would like so you can watch more than one area. You can receive updates weekly, daily, or in real time and you can unsubscribe any time if your interests change. This kind of information can help you avoid missing a property that might interest you, or it can help you stay on top of the level of market activity.

We are here to help!

Curious to check out the newest listings?

When you’re searching for a new home, you deserve to know all of your options—and that’s where we come in.

With Compass Coming Soon, we offer you an inside look at properties before they hit the market. When you’re searching for a new home, you deserve to know all of your options—and that’s where we come in.

Get access to thousands of new listings before anyone else, only at compass.com.

Ready to learn more? Contact us or call us for more information.

No hidden fees, no interest charged – ever.

What if you could sell your home faster, at a higher price, without spending upfront on home improvements?

Exclusive to Compass, our Concierge program is designed to prepare your home for sale. From staging to landscaping to roofing repairs and other home improvement services, we’ll assess every opportunity to elevate your home’s value.

Once the necessary improvements have been determined, Compass will cover all costs, collecting payment for the services rendered at or after the time of the property’s closing. By investing in your home’s potential, we aim to provide a swifter, more profitable sale.

To learn more, give us a call or visit bit.ly/discoverconcierge

Optimism about the market

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead! — Robert Brault

A cape cod house

One thing that is always true about the real estate market is that it is cyclical. Values increase and decrease over time, just like interest rates. Real estate markets are even influenced within micro- neighborhoods, meaning what happens on one block may not be occurring a few blocks over.

If you are wondering what is going on in a particular local area, please be in touch so we can do a micro-evaluation of that market for you! This insight can save you money and time when you are ready to make a move.

If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!