Sunday, April 13, 2014

DESIGNING & PAINTING ARTWORK FOR ANOTHER CAROUSEL NURSERY

So, a friend saw the first one and asked me to paint a 
CAROUSEL NURSERY
for her little girl to be born soon.


It was such joy (for me) to paint the angel (or cherub).
I loved working with those colors and painting the little girl in a heart of roses.


And, I loved painting the flowers and decorating each hobby horse.
The bottom of this carousel, I drew and painted in a harlequin pattern and gently faux painted the harlequin and the bottom of the wall.


More hobby horses.


More artwork at the top of the carousel.


Painting this room was really fun for me because big sister (to-be) who was around three or four stayed in there and played while I was painting.  She was fun to talk to.
Again on this  nursery, everything was my freehand artwork except the hobby horses, rope poles and the fleur de lis stencils at the top of the carousel.
I drew the pattern for the horses so they would all be the same and I do have the pattern for this horse for sale in my 
just in case you would like to have one.
You could draw this horse on fabric or on a wall and it doesn't have to be a carousel horse.
It would be really nice as a bulletin board or a chalkboard.  Paint a fence in front of it and a field and flowers behind it and that would be so nice, too.  Or, on a garden shed.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

DESIGNING & PAINTING ARTWORK FOR A VERY SPECIAL CAROUSEL NURSERY

Several years ago, my mom-to-be client asked me to paint artwork in her nursery-to-be.
She decided she wanted a "carousel nursery"
I did a lot of research, looking at the design of the inside of a carousel.


She already had this beautiful bed and bedding and a fancy chandelier.


So, I asked her about the artwork she might want me to paint at the top of the carousel.  
Because it was a nursery, I told her some of my ideas.  Since she didn't want to know the sex of her baby-to-be, I painted a lot of pink and blue.
(it turned out to be a boy)


Most of this artwork is freehand, but I did use a stencil for the bottom design and a fleur de lis at the top.  Oh, and a rope stencil for the hobby horse pole.
And, I drew a pattern for the hobby horses, so they would all be the same.
To make them different, I just painted different colors on each one.


It took a lot of measuring for the all around design, especially the ceiling.
Below is my artwork that I painted at the top of the carousel.








Below is the pattern I drew for the hobby horses.  
Keeping the placement of furniture in mind, we decided where each hobby horse would go.
Then, I taped my pattern to the wall and traced it with tracing paper.
After making sure it was level, I painted it.


When I found these pictures from the past, I could hardly wait to share them with you.
I love the way this turned out and my client was truly happy!!

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I'M OFFERING THIS 
CAROUSEL HORSE PATTERN FOR SALE
IN MY
This pattern does not have to be a carousel horse. 
 Make it any kind of horse you might want.  
BULLETIN BOARD HORSE
OR CHALKBOARD HORSE 
DRAW A FENCE IN FRONT OF A HORSE & FIELD OF FLOWERS BEHIND IT
If you have questions, please contact me at
lynberg@prodigy.net

Friday, April 4, 2014

OMGOODNESS!! BEAUTIFUL SINK CABINET MUTILATED BY BUILDER!!

Remember this beautifully elegantly tall cabinet that I painted to go in a powder room with a stone sink on top?
(Original Post) 
The designer chose this specifically for this powder room with very high walls.  
It's ok for a guest powder room to have a bit of drama.
Look how beautiful the legs are.  They just help make the piece special! 


Well, without consulting the designer, the builder thought the cabinet was too tall and 
whacked off the legs...took away the beautiful, elegant curve of the legs.
OMGoodness gracious!!!
Also, for some reason he added new legs to the back and did not do a very good job attaching them!


IT IS TOO SHORT, NOW!!
Doesn't it look weird?
I was in shock when she brought it back to me to paint the new legs and touch up the cabinet.
I couldn't believe he did that without consulting her.


I kept the formula, so it was no problem for me to match the paint and technique.
The designer just put her hands up and said,
"he just doesn't get it".
I think she meant design.
Oh my goodness!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SHABBY CHIC OR CONTEMPORARY FOR YOUR HOME

One  of the bloggers that I follow mentioned that she's confused about changing from shabby chic décor (that she loves) to the new sleek Pottery Barn look that is now popular.  I love the clean colors and clean lines of the trending contemporary look, but most of my clients still love the elegant European Décor, Texas Décor and Mexico Décor in their beautiful homes with touches of old here and there.  So, if you are loving your shabby chic or elegant, aged furniture and decorating in your home, stay with it.  Old and aged will never go away!! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

PAINTING FLOWERS & IVY ON CHRISTA'S BICYCLE BASKET

Christa loves riding her bicycle at the beach.
She had an old brown wicker bicycle basket and asked if I would paint it for her.
She asked for flowers and told me the colors that she loves.


So, I hand painted two really good coats of this greenie blue paint.
I think she said she has a silver bicycle and a yellow one, so I tried to paint colors that would go with either.


This first picture is the front, when I started painting.
The second picture is the back.  I painted ivy all the way around the basket.


When she and (wonderful little) Cody came to pick it up, she was very happy.
I love the colors and I always love painting flowers.
Because (I think) she's leaving it at her beach house, I suggested that she keep it protected from the weather when she's not riding her bicycle.
Wicker is a booger to paint because you have to get as far down inside the weave as possible and you still will not be able to get paint all the way into every crevice.
Even though I sealed it really well, water could penetrate the parts that aren't painted and the basket would eventually fall apart.


CODY...remember Cody?


So nice of Christa to send me a picture of the basket on her bike.
Thank you, Christa!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

MATCHING NEW WOOD TO AN OLDER FINISH ON SHANNON'S KITCHEN CABINETS

Keeping formulas and paint colors is really important to me.
I have this very full notebook that is many years old with good information in it about the different jobs I've done through the years.
But,


for some reason, I misplaced Shannon's formula when I painted her kitchen in 2006.
Recently, she got a new refrigerator with wood face and added a wooden face to her dishwasher.  
I had to figure out the paint colors I used way back then and I think I made about twelve samples, trying to get it right.  Also, it's been several years and the paint had aged.
The carpenter had to reconfigure the cabinets and built a new frame around her new refrigerator.  He used the original cabinet doors and the rest was new wood.


I think I got pretty close to the older color and this new paint will age, making it a little darker and closer to the old finish.  
It's my job to get it right and thank goodness I figured it out.
Shannon is very happy!!  and, I'm very relieved!!
While I was there, she asked me to paint the walls in her family room and kitchen.
All of the colors look really nice together.


And, here is Belle.  She is sooo sweet and such a good girl. 
She's several years old, maybe seven, and still loves her toys.


Through the years, I always remembered Shannon because when I went to give a bid and paint her cabinets in 2006, she had a HUGE sign on her house welcoming home her husband who is a doctor in the air force.  
That meant so much to me because I really appreciate our military guys.
Thank you for your service, Jeff!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FINALLY!! PATTI'S HUGE TANGERINE MIRROR THAT I PAINTED FOR HER BEACH HOUSE

Here is that wonderful, fabulous, huge mirror that Patti asked me to paint for her beach house.
It was sooo beautiful, before, but she wanted it to be a fun color, now.


Remember those way cool pantry doors that she had me paint for her beach house?
Well, she wanted this mirror to be the same funky orange...she calls it tangerine and I think that's a better description.
As beautiful as it was before, Patti and I agree that this is much better.


She asked me to distress it and as I sanded and scraped, the white primer and the old finish came through. 
 LOVE the way it looks!!


Oops!  I didn't know my pink coveralls were in the picture.
ALWAYS in paint clothes.


It was 4' x 3' and very heavy.  I know because she and I carried it out to her car.
This was the original finish and it was very, very nice.
Patti was just ready for a change and it will look great in it's new home.
Oh, and she was just so nice to sqat behind the mirror to hold it upright so I could take a picture of it. 
 I, also, sneaked a picture of her holding it, but I DARE NOT share it with you!! :)

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BRENDA