Sunday, August 24, 2014

HUGE KITCHEN ISLAND & FRENCH "LA PATISSERIE" DISTRESSED PANTRY DOOR THAT I PAINTED

Ok, here is the island in that huge kitchen in the huge home I've been showing you.
I asked permission to take a picture of this kitchen island, but I did not paint it.  My client got all of her kitchen cabinets, island included, from a factory.


The walls and cabinets of this kitchen are so high that she has a library ladder to get to the top cabinets.
How cool is that!!


This is a close up picture of the finish on the island.
Most of us could do this finish, couldn't we??
And, I always worry about my work chipping, but this factory built island had some chips on it and I'm guessing most of the chips were from delivery and installation.
My client asked if I would touch up the chips.  I knew what to do and was very glad to do it for her.


This is a very tall pantry door they asked me to paint when the house was being built.  They brought it to my studio.  It was a white door and she wanted me to paint it very distressed and to look like she had found it in an old pastry or cake shop.  I designed and painted on the glass.  After her approval, of course.  The red you see is the color of her pantry walls.




I took these pictures in a hallway and it was difficult to get the whole door in one picture.
Here are the links to the posts when I was painting this door and the glass. 
I was posting my work as I painted each part of the door.




Monday, August 18, 2014

BEAUTIFUL MANTEL I PAINTED TO LOOK OLD & DISTRESSED


Back to the home where I repaired the black and gold powder room chest two posts back.


This is the mantel that I painted to look distressed and very old.
I have lots of really good furniture finish samples in my studio and my client and her decorator came by and picked out a finish and the colors they wanted on the mantel.
AMAZING!!  I love that wallpaper!


My favorite thing is to make things look old!


Isn't this just fabulous???  That wallpaper is glorious and that mantel is so tall I had to stand on a ladder to paint the top.  Of course, this picture is when I first finished the painting and before the client moved in.


When I started, it was unfinished wood.  
Whoever designed this mantel is a master!! 
I just think it is sooo beautiful!!
Next, I'll show you the kitchen island and then the pantry door I painted to look like it came out of an old pastry or cake shop in Paris.  (that's what she said!)



Friday, August 15, 2014

HOW TO MAKE A RIBBON ROSE IN LESS THAN A MINUTE

This is a great tutorial on how to make ribbon roses in less than one minute.
I'm guessing that means AFTER you learn how.
The instructions say you need 75 cm of ribbon.
I think that's about 2 ft. 5 inches of ribbon.


I can think of lots of ways to use these beautiful ribbon roses.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOUCHING UP PAINT ON A BLACK & GOLD DISTRESSED POWDER ROOM CABINET WITH VESSEL SINK

 A couple of years ago, my cient was building a new home and asked if I would paint a chest for one of her powder rooms.  It was a chest that her grandfather had built and she wanted to make a special place for it in her new home.

 

 It was stained brown.  She wanted me to paint it black and distressed a little so the brown wood would show through the black paint.  And, she wanted me to paint some metallic gold designs on the front to match the designs in the very beautiful wallpaper.


The distressed black with the wood tones showing through were to match the faux wood vessel sink that she had picked out to sit on top of the cabinet.


Yesterday and today I went back to touch up some water damage behind the sink.  The water was splashing evenly behind the sink in two spots and the paint was wrinkling.  I guess the water was splashing out when the faucet was turned on.
I scraped off the loose black paint, then painted and sealed it and now it looks really good again.
I painted it a little differently this time, but they will let me know if it holds up.
Water should never stand on a painted surface!!
In this case, it is a dark room and black paint so you couldn't see what was happening behind the sink.
I had sealed it really well and several coats of wax, but that didn't hold up.


This is her very beautiful powder room.  
Oops!! I didn't mean for me to be in the picture!
Also, the beautiful wide stairwell is visible, but that wall is not really blue.  It's beigy like the rest of the walls.  Somehow it turned blue in the mirror.  
The glass in the mirror is an antiqued glass, so that might be the reason it looks blue.


This is a hall chest right outside of that powder room.  I painted it for the new house, too.  Today, it had two little tiny scratches, so I touched them up while I was there and resealed the top.
I will always come back and touch up if anything happens to the furniture or cabinets that I've painted.
I took pictures of the mantel that I had painted and her kitchen island and will share them with you next.  You won't believe the size of her kitchen!!  
This is a very, very beautiful 15,000 sq. ft. house. 
It is amazing!!

MEGIN FEATURED THIS POST ON HER BLOG 
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MEGIN!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CHECK OUT MY NEW WIRE CUTTERS~~SO EASY TO USE!

Recently, I went to Lowe's looking for wire cutters.
The sales guy showed me these KOBALT cutters.  
He said he took these home to his wife and she said they were really easy to use.


So, I purchased these for, I think, around 12.00.
They are WONDERFUL!!
I used to struggle, cutting thicker wire and tin or metal things with my really old cutters.  It always hurt my hand.
Using these wire cutters is almost like using scissors.
If you're struggling with your's, check these out.  I bet you can find them at any hardware store.  There is a Lowe's very close to my home, so that's usually my go-to store.

Friday, August 1, 2014

BACK AT JACKIE'S AGAIN, PAINTING DRAMATIC CHANGES TO HER CHAIRS, REFRIGERATOR & VENT-A-HOOD IN HER BEAUTIFUL TUSCAN KITCHEN

About three years ago, Jackie asked me to paint a special finish on her kitchen cabinets.
We decided on a tuscan special finish.
Since then, her kitchen has remained one of the most viewed and most popular posts on my blog.
Here is a link to that post:
JACKIE'S TUSCAN KITCHEN
Back then, she knew she wanted to change out her table and chairs because they were a cherry wood finish and the red color just didn't look right to her in her new kitchen.
She wanted a copper table and finally found one a couple of months ago.
She asked me to paint those red cherry wood chairs because the size was great with her new table, color not so great!


Jackie wanted them black and her husband liked the finish on the kitchen island that I painted, so we decided on swiping metallic gold on the back spindles. of the chairs.


While I was there painting the chairs, she asked if I could paint the stainless steel vent-a-hood a metallic copper, similar to the heavily patinaed (is that a word?) copper table.
So this is how I painted her vent-a-hood.
Remember, metallics reflect, so when the light is hitting it just right, it does have a metallic sheen to it.


Jackie was in the mood to change everything stainless to black and copper and asked if I could paint her stainless steel refrigerator black.  Yep! I could do that!!
So, here is her newly painted black refrigerator.
It was only three years old and she didn't want to purchase a new black one.


This is their new rescue cat, Julius.
Her daughter got him as a rescue cat and thought he looked like an orange julius.
He's a really sweet cat!
And, he kept an eye on me to make sure I was doing exactly what mom wanted.


This is her beautiful new copper and wrought iron table.
The metallic copper reflects, just not in this photo.
  

Here are the chairs, refrigerator and vent-a-hood "before" I painted them copper and black.
I didn't think Jackie's kitchen could get any more beautiful.  Here it is,though.
She was right! 
Everything really does look better, now.
Thank you, Jackie, for giving me something beautiful to do, again!
(Oh, and she replaced her stainless steel oven and microwave oven to black.  The sizes were different, so I have to go back and make the exposed wood around them match the cabinet finish.  So, I will get to take more pictures in a couple of weeks and will share them with you.
I love getting to see everything put back together.)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER" VENT-A-HOOD & HONEY TONED KITCHEN CABINETS

This week, I'm featuring kitchen cabinets and vent-a-hood that I painted a couple of years ago.
This post has been one of the most viewed on my blog.


This vent-a-hood was designed and built out of plywood and I painted it an "antique copper" faux finish.
The kitchen cabinets are a distressed honey tone glazed finish.
Here is a link that that post:
Thank you for your visits!