Sunday, October 28, 2012

DRAWING & PAINTING APPLE GREEN & CHOCOLATE BROWN STRIPES IN AN ENTRY HALL & TUTORIAL

     DRAWING & PAINTING APPLE GREEN & CHOCOLATE BROWN STRIPES IN AN ENTRY HALL & TUTORIAL

Patti's house is just amazing and she does all of the decorating, herself!!  When she was building her home she started bringing things for me to paint for her new home about a year ahead of completion.  Then, when it was nearing completion I worked there for about three months doing all kinds of special wall and ceiling finishes that she came up with.
 Her taste is AMAZING!!
     Last week I had to go back to do some repair work on the stripes that I painted in her entry hall.  The walls/stripes are about 16' high and about 12" wide.
The brown and green shades that she picked are just beautiful, together. 
The walls were painted that apple green and was the base coat for the brown stripes.  With my ruler and a pencil I measured the width of each stripe carefully around the room, remembering these stripes had to end somewhere.  While measuring and drawing stripes you might need to start adjusting the width of the stripes so it won't look wrong where they meet at your final stripe.  See all of those corner angles in the entry?  That is where I adjusted the width of the stripes-a little less wide or a little wider.  I can't believe anyone would ever notice that every single stripe is not the same width.  After measuring the width carefully I used my level to draw the height from ceiling to floor...a straight line.  I'm always amazed when I'm using a level.  It's such a smart/handy tool.  I measured, drew these stripes and had to hand paint every single one of the brown ones!  I painted only one coat of brown over the green so the green would show through.  That is the look Patti likes.  
This is the chair that was in the entry hall with those green and brown stripes...isn't it beautiful!!
You can see the dining room from the entry hall.  See that HUGE chandelier...this is one of the things she wanted me to paint way ahead of time,  It was so large, they couldn't fit it through the double doors of my studio.  So, I had to go to the warehouse where it was stored to paint it.
Soon, I will be posting more of the work I did for Patti's new home.  One thing for sure, she wasn't afraid of color or design and she turned it into a really unique and 
very, very beautiful home!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PAINTING BLACK & AN "ANTIQUE COPPER" SPECIAL FINISH ON KITCHEN CABINETS

PAINTING BLACK & AN "ANTIQUE COPPER" SPECIAL FINISH ON KITCHEN CABINETS     

 I love!! this kitchen.
My client is a great decorator.  
He was remodeling his kitchen and asked me to do an
 "antique copper" special finish on his kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets were stained wood and he wanted to leave a lot of it showing.  He showed me the areas he wanted to paint the "antique copper" and some areas he wanted me to paint black. 
 It looks great!!
Because of my camera flash the copper is reflecting a little too much, but in real light it doesn't reflect like this and you can see how well all of the colors blend.
The tile backsplash and the saltillo floors are just wonderful with the cabinet colors.  
He added an antique copper farm sink and an antique copper faucet.
I love!! this kitchen.

Monday, October 22, 2012

REPAIRING & PAINTING BROKEN GLASS LIGHT FIXTURES

  If you have a special, decorative glass light fixture and one of the glass parts gets broken, don't panic! you can repair it.


The large globe on this fixture got broken.  My client felt fortunate that she found a replacement globe that fit, exactly.  It's just a globe that fits the kind of light fixture that fits against the ceiling.  You probably recognize it. 
I brought all of my colors with me and sat on the floor just below the fixture, so I could match the colors exactly.  This globe was a milky white, so I had to work on the outside of it.  I painted a base coat and then used a rag and a brush to work the colors.  I sealed it, just in case someone tried to clean it.  We, carefully, put it in the fixture.  And, it worked!! 



This is the ceiling above the light fixture. 
I love this house!!  It's one of my most favorite houses that I've worked in.  The landscaping was sooo special and the interior was, too.



One of the glass sections of this candle fixture got broken.  My client brought me a clear piece of glass and, again, I worked with my brush and a rag, (on the inside of the glass), to get the technique.  I got the colors to match, exactly.  And, once the soot from the burning candle starts staining it, it will match, even better.

If a decorative glass fixture gets broken, just look at it very, very carefully and try to figure out how it was painted, the first time.  Then, start painting.  If you think you've messed up, just use a razor blade, scrape the paint off and start over.  You can do it!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

PAINTING WHITE BATHROOM CABINETS TO LOOK LIKE STAINED WOOD

PAINTING WHITE BATHROOM CABINETS TO LOOK LIKE STAINED WOOD

My client remodeled her bathroom and asked me to paint a special finish on the cabinets.
The cabinets were painted white and she wanted them to look like stained wood.
She wanted the edges and insets of the doors to have metallic paint on them to dress them up. So, after I painted the cabinets I painted metallic gold to outline the inset of the doors.  And, I painted metallic silver on the outer edge of the doors.  It looks very, very nice and was a nice touch.  My camera flash makes the silver look like a white line around the doors, but it really doesn't look that way.  It is much more subtle and does look like transparent metallic silver.
This is a close up view of the finish on the medicine cabinet.
This is a view of the new finish on the cabinets with their new granite.
To finish off this great new look of their brand new bathroom they had me paint some molding to match the cabinets.  They used this molding to frame the two mirrors that went over the two new rectangular sinks.  The clients were very, very happy with their new bathroom!

Monday, October 15, 2012

REPAINTING MADI'S ROOM AND ONE WALL WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT

     This is the fourth time I've painted Madi's room and she's only 14!!  The very first time was just before she was born.  They just love to decorate and I'm really happy about that!
     This time, she got a little more sophisticated with her colors.  She chose a beige for her walls and ceiling, which took two coats over what I had painted before!!  I'll show you those (really cute) colors, below.  And, she wanted one wall to be chalkboard paint.


Madi's mom found this brightly colored chalkboard paint online at hudsonpaint.com.  They have lots of really nice, intense colors.  The company told me the colors were more intense so the chalk would show up.  The paint didn't turn out to be the color they thought they had ordered, so, I worked with it a little bit to lighten it, so it would match Madi's bedding.
Hudson Paint told me that, after you've been writing and erasing with regular chalk, a patina would form that would lighten the paint a bit and look really nice.  I haven't seen it since I finished, but am looking forward to seeing Madi's "writings on the wall".

This is how Madi's room looked before:



They chose and I painted all of the walls and the ceiling different colors, to match her bedding.  Her mom looked online and found a company who would cut the black vinyl circles.  And, Robin and I attached them to the ceiling.  Madi's room looked sooo cute, but it was time for a change!

Just in case you want to make your own chalkboard paint, Martha Stewart  has a formula on how to make it at marthastewart.com.



Oh, and while I was working at Robin's house, Mitsy was watching me from a very safe, secret place!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

PAINTING RED, METALLIC SILVER & STAIN ~ A SPECIAL FINISH ON A KITCHEN ISLAND

    PAINTING RED, METALLIC SILVER & STAIN ~ A SPECIAL FINISH ON A KITCHEN ISLAND

 Debbie has such a beautiful home!  She  loves decorating and it shows. 
     It was time for a change, so she asked me to do a couple of things in her kitchen.  She wanted my "antique silver" finish on her vent-a-hood.  For her kitchen island we discussed a couple of colors and finishes. Her kitchen, breakfast room, stairwell and living room are all open and connected.  I looked around and knew an "interesting" bright shade of red would look really nice on her island.
I painted the red and swiped a metallic silver on the corbels and tiny trim.  
Then, stained and sealed it all.
I love this shade of red.  It's kind of a salmony orangy red,  A little different from Debbie's decor, but I thought it looked really, really good.  And, it's not really this bright in her kitchen...my camera flash made it look brighter than it is.  
I love the red and silver combination!
This part of the island faces the stove and vent-a-hood. The vent it has a fleur de lis on it.  
So, I embossed this fleur de lis on a couple of  the island door fronts and
 added the metallic silver.
This island is not distressed, just painted and stained.
Thank you, Debbie!
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"Antique Silver" Faux Finishes For Debbie:

Monday, October 8, 2012

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS FOR HALLOWEEN & CHRISTMAS

My client goes to different shows to sell her merchandise.  She needed something special as backdrops for her shelving and displays.  We were heading into the holidays and she asked me to paint some artwork for her Halloween and Christmas shows.


She went to a paint store and got several large canvas drop cloths.
These are the ones I painted for fall and Halloween...




This is the one I painted for Christmas


Just a whimsical Christmas tree and glass balls for the tree (so easy to paint).  After painting the decorative balls and star, I painted glitter on all of the artwork for an extra sparkle.  And, the beige brush swipes in the background are with metallic gold paint.  You can't see the metallic shining because of the lighting.  But, it does sparkle back at you.

These backdrops are for any occasion...



I was able to spread these out on my driveway for painting.  I used several wide brushes and swiped color here and there.  It was very easy and very colorful.
If you want to paint these for a Halloween party, you could use them as table cloths, drape them over a hedge or anything you can imagine. 
 Painting a witch and broom and then putting twinkle lights on it would be really cute!  You could hang it from a tree limb.
Have fun with your project!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

KITCHEN CABINETS HAND PAINTED RED, DISTRESSED & AGED

    KITCHEN CABINETS HAND PAINTED RED, DISTRESSED & AGED

     A while back, I did a lot of painting in my client's home, including her kitchen cabinets.  I painted her kitchen cabinets a dark browny green and put a dark stain on them and they looked very, very nice with her decor.
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     So, when she moved to a new home, she asked me to paint her cabinets in her HUGE new kitchen.  Her husband loved red!  Their sofa was red and they had quite a few red accents.  So, I suggested she let me paint the kitchen red.  I knew it would look soooo good in this new house with all the wall colors, her furniture and everything.  She just could not see the red and brought in a decorator and a builder and got their opinions.  I don't remember exactly, but I'm sure they weren't in favor of the idea of a huge red kitchen, because I had to keep begging!!!  Her husband liked the idea of the red kitchen, so my client finally, reluctantly, said ok.
When I paint a "special finish", it is always with several layers of paint.  
These cabinets, I painted red, distressed and applied and wiped off a dark stain and sealed.
My client had seen my faux "antique copper" special finish, so she asked me to paint her vent-a-hood.  I did a lot of embossing with a stencil, applied the "antique copper" finish and painted the embossed design a metallic gold.
Her bar area was attached to the kitchen, so she wanted the same red, distressed finish on these cabinets, too.
Well, I think I was right to keep insisting on the red kitchen.
  She and her husband absolutely LOVE it!!
  They entertain a lot and she told me that everybody who sees her red kitchen loves it, too.  She feels good that it is unique.  And, she knows that no one has a kitchen like her's!
This is a ceiling medallion she asked me to paint for her new living room.  She had a very high ceiling and was hanging a new chandelier and wanted a red ceiling medallion. 
 Of course, it looked great, too!! 
 She has great taste and I loved working with her and her husband.
Are you brave enough to do this??  Paint your kitchen red?
You just might love it, too!
In case you are interested in a faux "antique copper" look, here is a link to my eBook with instructions and pictures of more vent-a-hoods that I painted.