Sunday, September 30, 2012

PAINTING ARTWORK ON RUSTY OLD CORRUGATED ROOF TINS FOR RUTH

PAINTING ARTWORK ON RUSTY OLD CORRUGATED ROOF TINS FOR RUTH

Ruth built a new home way out in the country. 
 She had me do several things for her new home and I really loved working for her.  She had the most beautiful country acreage with flowers and butterflies everywhere.
She found some old rusted corrugated sheets of tin roofing and asked me to paint some colorful artwork on them so she could hang them from a great big tree down by the shed.
So, this is what I painted. 
 I worked on them in my backyard.  The roof tins were so easy to paint and it was fun creating something bright and colorful for Ruth's beautiful garden.
I wasn't sure if she was going to hang them side by side.  So just in case, I painted the yellow lantana kind of like it was one big patch of yellow.
To paint on these roof tins was Ruth's idea and such a unique one!!

She is a great decorator and I loved everything she did in her new home.
In her last home, she wanted me to paint her kitchen cabinets and I begged her to let me paint them red.  She had touches of red in her living area close to the kitchen and I knew the (browny) red would look sooo good.  She was reluctant at first and then absolutely LOVED her new red kitchen.  She loved it so much that she painted the same shade of red in her large new country kitchen and it looked wonderful!!
Thank you for letting me do this awesome project for you, Ruth!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PAINTING AND DISTRESSING AN OLD CHEST FOR A BATHROOM, GRANITE AND SINK


Kim was building a new home and had me painting lots of furniture, cabinets and ceilings with special finishes.


This old chest was green with a black top.  I primed and painted it to an old, distressed finish.  I painted the trim a dark coffee brown for contrast. 


Kim had everything planned out, all of her colors and a place for everything!  This chest was going in one of her guest baths.  When I finished the painting, it was installed and the granite guys put a beautiful dark granite and sink on it.  (I have photos of that, somewhere! and can't find it.  I'll post it, later.)


I love doing old finishes!  And, I love seeing all the furniture, cabinets and ceilings that I've done, with everything in it's place...furniture, mirrors, accents...the finished product.  It's a very rewarding feeling.  ALWAYS a LOT of work, but very rewarding!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PAINTING A METALLIC BRONZE DINING ROOM CEILING

My client had a white ceiling in her dining room and wanted me to paint it a bronze metallic finish.
After painting the ceiling, I stenciled a bronzy brown leaf scrollie design on the white crown molding, just under the bronze ceiling.
She had a beautiful crystal chandelier and it showed up BEAUTIFULLY!! with the dark ceiling background.
(Remember, metallic paints reflect, so they reflect where the light is shining on them. I think the flash of light from my camera made this show up really well.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

PAINTING A HUGE CANVAS TO COVER A HEADBOARD

My client showed me a photograph and said she had this idea for a headboard.  She had a king size bed and wanted me to paint the photograph onto a huge canvas and she would have it attached to a large piece of plywood as her headboard. 
I purchased a huge piece of canvas cloth.  Then, I couldn't figure out how in the world!! I was going to paint on it.  So, my neighbor is always there to figure these things out for me, thank goodness!!!  He brought over a 4'x8' piece of plywood and set it up in my studio.  I taped the canvas to it and started prepping it for painting.  I kept wondering what kind of trees these were.  I still don't know.
When I finished painting the canvas, I had to figure out a way to get it rolled up to deliver it.  I had to be very careful with it.  I was afraid the paint might crack or be creased, if it got folded.  So my neighbors, Betty and Lulu helped me carry it out to the driveway.  I laid drop cloths on it and we rolled it up and that worked! and, made it easy for me to carry.


When I got it to my client's house, she had a guy waiting to attach it to a very large piece of wood.  First, she laid a lot of batting on the wood and then they wrapped the canvas around the wood and stapled it.  Then, he attached the wood to the wall. 

  It looked so, so nice in her bedroom.  She designed this very special headboard and I think she had a GREAT idea!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PAINTING & AGING A CEILING TO LOOK LIKE VERY OLD CEILIING TILES

     Kim was building a new home and wanted one of her entry ceilings to look like an old tin ceiling.  So, she ordered stainless steel sheets of ceiling tiles, had them installed and told me how she wanted them painted.  This is "my interpretation" of what she told me.

     She was very happy with the way I painted the ceiling.  But, she didn't know that she could have purchased embossed wallpaper for a MUCH, much lower price.  After painting it, no one would have known the difference between the stainless steel and the embossed wallpaper.  (She used the stainless steel sheets of ceiling tiles on a very high, very large kitchen ceiling, too.  And, had me paint it, also.)
(You can get the embossed wallpaper at Lowes.  And, if you don't see the right pattern in the "in stock" bin, I think you can special order from them.  Also, you can go online to look for additional patterns and sizes.)
I painted the ceiling tiles yellow and stained over the yellow with a brown stain, to make them look old, rusted and dirty.
I have painted other embossed wallpaper ceilings in antique silver, antique copper and just painted it a solid color, which looks really nice, too.


I didn't roll any of the paint on this ceiling...it is allll hand painted and rubbed!!!
This was a very large ceiling, but loved working on it, making it look really old.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

PAINTING AND DISTRESSING A VANITY TO AN "OLD WORLD" GOLD


      Rosalie recovered her vanity chair and asked me to paint her vanity to match.  So, I painted it an "old world" gold and painted tiny flowers on the top to match the flowers in the new fabric on her chair.  This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture that I've painted.

I painted the stenciled leaves, edge of the desk and other trim with a metallic gold to match the stripe in the chair fabric. 

I used a stencil for these tiny leaves.  I stenciled inside the drawers, too.
The leaves on the outside of the furniture are embossed and painted the same metallic gold.
On the top of the vanity, I painted these flowers to match the colors in the fabric.

Isn't this fabric beautiful!!  Luscious!!

Also, I painted the little wooden knobs to match the painted flowers.
                                                        See why I love this desk!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

PAINTING ARTWORK ON A FRONT PORCH WALL & PAINTING ROSES AROUND ROSE'S FRONT DOOR

   PAINTING ARTWORK ON A FRONT PORCH WALL & PAINTING ROSES AROUND ROSE'S FRONT DOOR

 My client asked me to do some artwork around her front porch area. 
 She wanted it to look "special" when company walked up to her front door.
     She told me to be creative and would leave it up to me.  She said wouldn't even peek! 
She wanted to be surprised.
     So, I painted this crepe myrtle tree, kind of a pinky red.   I painted these two pots of flowers and some ivy on the wall heading up to her front door.  Of course, the pot in the corner is a real pot of fern and that made my artwork look more interesting.
  Her house was a really nice gray color with a dark blacky gray roof.  
It was a really nice color for painting all of these colors that I used.
     Her name was Rose.
I wanted to paint roses around her front door, in honor of her name.  
She LOVED that!
     I painted and crackled the front door.
  Then, painted a color from the roses on the little trim.
     This was a fun project!
Rose was very happy with her new front porch and door!