Friday, March 22, 2013

PAINTING A NEW FINISH ON AN ELEGANT WINDOW CORNICE

Today, I was working on another pair of those very elegant cornices.  Half of the fleur de lis was a patina green and my client did not want that color in her living room.  Also, they were a bright, bright gold leaf finish and she wanted me to tone the gold down a bit.


I'm seriously busy working, concentrating and I forgot to take a photo of the bright, bright gold and you can see a bit of the green, that I'm covering in the top photo.  They were really beautiful, but the green and bright gold, just didn't work in this room.


A dark chocolate brown is the color I used to darken or tone them down.  I used a small brush and painted small areas and then, wiped off with a rag and left dark brown in the crevices and folds.  After I finished with the chocolate brown, I used a metallic gold and swiped my brush all over the fleur de lis, making it tie in with the rest of the colors on the cornice.  
My client was approving each step and she was very happy with the final finish.
THEN, I forgot to take a photo of the finished cornices!!  I think I will be going back for more work, next month and will try to remember to take photos.  The only problem would be, if they've already been installed 20' high on the wall, above the most beautiful windows that overlook landscaping and a golf course.  That could be a problem for my picture taking!!
So, if you have something that is just too colorful, wrong color, etc., just use another color and age it, patina it, change it! 
(maybe those windows are 16' or 18' high.  I'll find out when I go back, but they're very, very high!!)

9 comments:

  1. I so wish we could have seen the finished product. Please try to get a photo next time. Your work is always wonderful.

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  2. Thank you, Maggie! These cornices are like the ones I posted earlier. Now, I'm hoping they are installed when I go back, so you can see the beautiful fabric that hangs across these beautiful windows, from one cornice to the other.

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    1. Forgot to say that the client told me it took three men on very high ladders had to install the cornices and fabric. WOW!!

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  3. Hi Lynda, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  4. Wow, such talent...I bet it looked amazing!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  5. Thank you! I think I'll get to go back and see it after it's installed and if I do, I'll take photos.

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  6. It's a pity you forgot to take photos, Lynda! Although I can imagine the cornices looking really grand from the snippets you have here; the type you only see in mansions -- very delicate and yet crack resistant. Where are they now? Tiffany@Maggio Roofing

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    1. They're hanging in the client's home. And, they were not crack resistant. I was painting a replacement!!

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