Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SOPHIA BAKING COOKIES FOR SANTA & FRIENDS

SOPHIA BAKING COOKIES FOR SANTA & FRIENDS

My beautiful little friend Sophia was baking cookies for Santa and baked extra for her friends.  I was on that list!  She has flour on her nose.
Isn't she adorable!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

Your trees are begging you not to throw their leaves away.
Their roots are deep and bring up the minerals and good things in the earth for nourishment.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

HAND PAINTED & DISTRESSED COUNTRY FRENCH CABINET WITH BIRD & NEST ARTWORK

HAND PAINTED & DISTRESSED COUNTRY FRENCH CABINET WITH BIRD & NEST ARTWORK

SAVE YOUR OLD FURNITURE & MAKE IT NEW AGAIN
 My client wanted me to paint this cabinet for her store.  She left the colors up to me and asked me to make it country french.  I painted a soft red as an undercoat then I painted it yellow and distressed it. I painted the trim a soft blue.  Next, I painted the artwork bird and nest on the doors.  
After I painted the artwork, I glazed the chest and cabinet with a greeny brown antiquing glaze that I mixed. 
     Sometimes I have so much going on in my studio, that I have to work in other rooms of my house.  This is my dining room and these pieces were so large that I had to move my table and chairs into the living room.  It's always a bit crowded, but not for long. 
     In my work, painting furniture is my very favorite thing to do.
I left the soft red color inside the top of the cabinet.
  The shades of red, yellow and blue looked wonderful together.
I love my job!

Monday, December 15, 2014

PAINTING METALLIC GOLD ON 27 PICTURE FRAMES & PAINTING ANOTHER PIECE OF FURNITURE TO A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH

PAINTING METALLIC GOLD ON 27 PICTURE FRAMES & PAINTING ANOTHER PIECE OF FURNITURE A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH 

Look at allll of these picture frames!
My client is going to put family pictures in them and I think she is going to hang them on one wall in the bedroom with the CHOCOLATE BROWN CHEST OF DRAWERS that I painted.  Or, maybe in the hallway, I forgot what she told me.
We were meeting for another project and she asked if I could paint these for her, too.
  She and her decorator wanted me to dress them up a bit with metallic paint.
All 27 of them!
Thank goodness I already had some metallic paint with me! 
 I didn't want to work on her white/off white carpeting, so I piled them on the bathroom floor and just sat there on her floor and painted them.
All I did was swipe the edges with a brush, a rag and metallic gold paint.
It really dressed up those frames. 
As you can see, this is an old frame and I think she's going to put baby pictures in it.
She and the decorator chose this turquoise color.  I did bring this one home to paint.  I just sanded those edges lightly and then painted the turquoise on the edges and wiped with a rag to distress them a little bit.  Then, I put some sealer on the turquoise edges only.
Another black piece of furniture!
My client wanted me to paint this old dresser, too.  I think it had been her mother's dresser.  They wanted it to be mostly black, so I rubbed/distressed around the top edge, the leg posts and the feet.  It was mostly black.  She wanted to keep the original handles and they looked so good.
When this dresser was delivered, my client just loved the new look.  She especially like the distressing, so asked me to distress the edges of the top three drawers and I had to bring them back home for that.  They were picked up, so I have not gotten to see how the dresser looks, now.
But, I know it looks so nice and it was a good idea to do more distressing.
This is the old finish of the dresser.  There was a chip and a deep scratch, so I filled them in with this Elmer's Wood Filler.  I love this stuff.  It dries quickly and it's soft when it dries, so it's easy to sand.
See that wide edge around that top drawer?  All three top drawers had that edge and that's what I re-painted.  I couldn't just sand those edges, I had to start over with the paint layering process.  That's why I brought them home.
When I was there painting the frames, I got to see it (before I repainted the drawers)
and it looked really beautiful and smart in her room.  Her decor was mostly beiges, off white and brown.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PAINTING AN OLD MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS MAKING IT NEW AGAIN

PAINTING AN OLD MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS MAKING IT NEW AGAIN


My client had this beautifully shaped old chest of drawers. 
 It had a reddish mahogany finish on it and a few scratches and chips.  She wanted me to paint it to match a really neat iron bed in her bedroom.
Her decorator chose the colors.


I primed and then painted a tan tone undercoat.  
After that coat of paint cured, I painted this dark brown over the tan base coat.  I used sandpaper and a rag to wipe off the brown and expose the tan undercoat on the edges.
(I have a mirror in this room.  That long stripe is a reflection of the mirror from the camera flash.)


They wanted just a little bit of distressing, so I sanded and rubbed a few areas.
They are going to use the old brass handles.  The brass will look so good with the new brown and tan paint colors.
I really love the shape of this old chest of drawers.  And, look at the shape of those feet!
  Now, it's new again!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PAINTING WHITE & DISTRESSING ASHLEY'S BEDROOM DRESSER

PAINTING WHITE & DISTRESSING ASHLEY'S BEDROOM DRESSER


Ashley and Austin are redecorating their master bedroom and asked me to paint and distress this chest for them. 
 It was brown and gold, before.


After I painted the white, I rubbed and distressed the edges.
They're adding beiges, white and silver to their new decor. 
I love that color combination.  It's soft and soothing.


They wanted some metallic silver on the top edge of the dresser.  So, I swiped it on with my finger and a rag to make it look a bit distressed and uneven.
These silver knobs were on their chest before it was painted white and Austin was testing to see how they would look.  Those knobs looked so good on the brown and gold furniture.
But, Patti is helping them with the decorating and I think she is going to add some glass or crystal knobs.
Ashley said she would send a picture and I'll share it with you.
Patti is such a good decorator that I know she'll make it funky and wonderful!


Here's that sweet family!
As I was leaving, they were telling me bye.
You can't tell in this picture, but beautiful little Caroline has very red hair and a beautiful complexion to go with it.  She favors her grandmother.
And, wonderful little Baylor.  He has such a cute feisty personality.
They named him that because Ashley and Austin went to Baylor.


This is how the chest looked "before".
Patti painted this a long time ago and it was really cool looking.
But, time for a change.
If you're tired of your old furniture, don't throw it away.  
Paint it, change the knobs and handles and it will be wonderful again!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PAINTING VERONICA'S KITCHEN ISLAND & WINE CABINET A BLACK DISTRESSED SPECIAL FINISH

PAINTING VERONICA'S KITCHEN ISLAND & WINE CABINET A BLACK DISTRESSED SPECIAL FINISH

Veronica has a very large kitchen that is open to a very large great room.
As beautiful as it was, she thought there was just too much brown and beige. 


She thought some black accents would break up all of that brown and beige.
She asked me to paint her island and her wall wine cabinet.  
I painted some samples for her and this is the one she chose.


Painted black and distressed the edges.


Her wine cabinet was open and did not have doors.  She had new doors made and added glass to them.  Also, she added lights inside so you could see the wine.
I painted the inside of the wine cabinet black and more distressed than the outside.



This is Joe Henry working on her new tile.  He is a contractor and has his own company.  He does beautiful work!
Her vent-a-hood was very large and stained wood like the rest of her cabinets.  She asked me to paint some black on it to see what that would look like.  But, she had her heart set on a huge round black metal one with copper bands.  So she said she would just wait for that to be ordered.  She even invited me to come back and take pictures!  That, I will certainly do and share the pictures with you.


There was a lot of construction, so lots of dust.  See the orbs?
I really enjoyed working with Veronica.
Maybe I'll get to work with her again.

Monday, December 1, 2014

ROBIN'S OLD & DISTRESSED KITCHEN CABINETS & BLACK KITCHEN ISLAND THAT I PAINTED

ROBIN'S OLD & DISTRESSED KITCHEN CABINETS & BLACK KITCHEN ISLAND THAT I PAINTED

And, when I was finishing the dining room painting, Robin said
"oh, I forgot!  I got a new microwave and I need you to touch up the cabinets".
That's three in one month's time!
 I guess they were all getting their kitchens ready for heavy Thanksgiving and holiday cooking.


This is a picture of "after" I touched up around the edges.  
Several years ago, Robin asked me to paint her kitchen cabinets a special distressed old finish.
Of course, that's my favorite thing to do.


Here is the finish I painted on her cabinets.  
She chose all of her tile and granite and it looks just wonderful with the cabinets.


She asked me to paint her island black and it looks sooo good in the middle of her lighter cabinets and granite.  The black island and black backsplash tiles are wonderful!!
The pictures I took of the whole kitchen turned out really yellowy.  I guess I needed new batteries in my camera.  Robin just had the whole downstairs repainted and wants me to come back to see her new colors.  I'll try to take better pictures of her kitchen.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MY CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

MY CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup orange juice
one lb. fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
one apple, finely chopped
Cook til the cranberries stop popping

It's so delicious! 
My friend Ruth gave it to me years ago.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

REPAINTING ROBIN'S DINING ROOM WALLS AN ELEGANT CHARTREUSE GREEN

REPAINTING ROBIN'S DINING ROOM WALLS AN ELEGANT CHARTREUSE GREEN

A few months ago, Robin asked me to paint her dining room an off white and brown.
I painted over a beautiful deep burgundy that I painted when she first bought her home.
The new off white walls with brown ceiling and brown below the chair rail looked so elegant and nice.  But,


the off white was just too boring for her taste.  She found some new fabric to recover her chairs and asked me to paint her walls this LOVELY chartreuse green.  It looks sooo good with the brown and  the metallic gold trim.  Years ago when I painted the burgundy, I painted the crown molding and baseboards a crackled metallic gold.  It looked really fancy and fine in her beautiful dining room.  Now, it still looks really good with her new chartreuse and brown.


  It's wonderful and happens to be in the tones of my very favorite colors.  
I love  chartreuse and yellow greens.


This is the elegant off white and there's Robin holding her little cat Mitzi.  Mitzi loves her mommy and one of her big sisters, but NOBODY else!!  


Earlier, I had embossed and painted some scrollies around the room.  To save time, Robin said she would paint around all the scrollies for me.  I gave her a tiny brush and she went to work.  She did a really good job, too!


This is her living room.  I textured and faux painted those walls.
Those walls are really high!


Isn't it beautiful!
I've worked for Robin for many years and love working with her.  She loves her home and is always finding ways for me to spruce it up for her.
Robin,
Thank you for letting me be a small part of your beautiful home.

VEGAN HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE FROM "YOGA WITH LIZ"

VEGAN HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE FROM "YOGA WITH LIZ"

Just want to share this recipe from
YOGA WITH LIZ

(click on link)

It looks delicious!!
Maybe, not so many calories??

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOOK AT MY SMALL FOLDING LIGHTWEIGHT DOLLY

LOOK AT  MY SMALL FOLDING LIGHTWEIGHT DOLLY


Found it at Lowes's.


It was 25.99.  and holds 150 lbs.
When it's folded, I can store it almost anywhere, even carry it in my car.
It will certainly come in handy in my work.


See how it folds?
I have two other dollies, but they don't fold  like this one.
Great find for me!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ANOTHER PAINT TOUCH UP FOR TUSCAN/OLD WORLD KITCHEN CABINET SPECIAL FINISH

ANOTHER PAINT TOUCH UP FOR TUSCAN/OLD WORLD KITCHEN CABINET SPECIAL FINISH

Then, another client called and told me she had just replaced her microwave oven and needed me to come by and touch up around the edges.  
That's two in a month!
I'm thinking everybody is getting ready to do some heavy holiday cooking.


This picture is "after" I touched up around the microwave oven.
This is a kitchen/cabinet finish that I painted last year.
I try to always keep the formulas for the finishes, so I'll know the  tones for touch ups.  But, when I have to touch up these finishes that I paint, I don't start from the beginning.  I use craft and other paints, mix them to the exact color the cabinets are now.  And, then I use the same clear coat sealer and seal them really well. 


This is a close up of the tiny bit of the original dark cabinet finish showing around the edges.  When they are so small and close to the appliance, it's easy to hide the new paint.  Touching up a scratch in the very middle would be a lot harder to hide.
I love this kithcen!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

TOUCHING UP PAINT IN JACKIE'S TUSCAN KITCHEN

TOUCHING UP PAINT IN JACKIE'S TUSCAN KITCHEN

The post on me painting a tuscan finish on Jackie's kitchen cabinets is one of the most popular posts  and most viewed on my blog.  Recently, she replaced her oven and microwave oven and needed me to touch up the paint around the edges.


As I was leaving and talking to her, I said you look so pretty standing there, may I please take a picture of you and put it on my blog??  She said "ohhh, ok". 
Doesn't she look so pretty standing there!  She's in the medical field and very, very bright.


A tiny bit of the old cabinet color was exposed when they replaced the ovens.  All I had to do was darken and rough up about 1/2" around the area.  It matched the other distressed and aged finish and you really couldn't tell it was new paint.  
When I have to touch up any of the cabinets that I've painted, I don't go through the several layer paint process that I did in the very beginning.  That would never work and would look very different.  I use craft and other paint and mix until I get the exact color and touch up with that.  Then, I seal it really well, again.


Isn't her kitchen beautiful!  It's so warm and cozy.  
It looks like it's ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays.  I can just smell the cornbread dressing...oh wait, that's what I do.  I 'm hungry for it right now!!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

PAINTING GRAY & WHITE FURNITURE FOR KATIE'S NEW HOME

PAINTING GRAY & WHITE FURNITURE FOR KATIE'S NEW HOME

Patti has funky wonderful taste and is helping a young school teacher decorate her new home.
She went shopping at Goodwill, thrift shops and probably estate sales, looking for furniture for Katie.
Then, she brought these pieces to me and asked me to paint them.


The dresser is (I think) Henredon and a very nice piece of furniture.
The armoire was pine.  Patti is going to cover the back of the armoire with fabric and it will be a tv cabinet.  You'll see the fabric back when it's open.


These are the handles that she chose to go on the gray and white pieces and I'm sure there are fabrics and accessories in the room in these colors, too.


Almost any paint finish I do takes several layers.  So, while I was painting the dresser drawers, I had to keep taking them in and out to paint the dresser frame.  I would stack them in this chair and they were a bit wobbly on that cushion.  
I kept hoping that guardian angel would watch over them and she did.
They did not fall!


This was a queen size pine bed and Patti wanted it painted white.  I'm sure she found something really neat to use as finials on top of all four posts.


These two pieces, I think she told me she found them at Goodwill.
You should see them painted white.  They were both just as cute and special as could be.


Remember, I showed you some things I painted for Patti's beach house?  
She brought this carved surfboard and it was painted blue where the gray is now.  I painted the gray, left the little orange stripe and the middle is the original color.
Can't you just see this hanging on the wall of her beach house!!


This is a close up of the paint finish.  I didn't distress the white, only the edges of the gray.
Patti and I moved all of the furniture in and out.  She's very strong, but it's always a bit of a struggle for me.  Somehow I always end up going backwards.  Not sure how that happens!
Bye, bye furniture!!