Rad Finds at Raj

Loving the boho chic vibe right now, and Raj on 3rd has all kinds of items that you can use to build that look in your home. Some are expensive (they have lots of gorgeous inlay items) and some are more suited to a rehabber’s budget.
Highlights from my recent trip:

Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.
Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.
I'm all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!
I’m all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!
These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.
These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.
Last but not least, the inlay! I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.
Last but not least, the inlay!
I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.          Liberace-tastic!

Raj is located at 7961 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

 

Inlay Effect: Making a $10 Table Look Luxe

Yes, I am all about inlay. Yes, I have been debating getting a similar effect with stencil, yes I struggled to find just the right side table to stencil, and, yes, I had a bit of trouble learning the “right” way to stencil. The key seems to be patience, which I severely lack.

And since I lack patience, I want to give you an update on how the stenciling project is coming along. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I just can’t wait.

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Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!? I have painted the different underhang-y parts (we’re technical here) with different designs to see what looks best, and since the legs are curved, it has been a bit hard to line the stencil up just right, but I’m still pretty pleased.

Here are a few photos of the process:

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After being sanded- since I was painting it black, the main purpose of sanding was a smooth surface. I didn’t care about removing all of the paint.
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After the first coat of black paint (I opted for two).
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After the stenciling process began. See how messy it is around the edges? Yeah, that took some getting used to!

Again, here are the before and after photos:

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