Sunday, April 27, 2014

PAINTING RED & DISTRESSING A SMALL SOFA TABLE

This client is bulding a new home.
I've been asked to paint several pieces of their very nice older furniture to match the decor in the new home.
This table was a dark forest green and my client showed me a sample of how she wanted it painted.
I always appreciate samples or pictures, so I'll know exactly what they're envisioning.



I do enjoy painting and distressing furniture to look old and worn.
There's always a lot of scraping, sanding and staining/glazing.


This is how it looked when it was delivered to my house.
The new house won't be finished for a while so the several pieces of furniture that I painted were picked up yesterday for storage.  So ,they weren't expecting me to hold on to it until the house is  completed!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WRITING & PAINTING WORDS ON A WALL & TUTORIAL

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MY FEATURE POST THIS WEEK

MY CLIENT ASKED ME TO PAINT A BIBLE VERSE AROUND THE TOP OF HER KITCHEN WALL.
GALATIONS 5:22
"THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE....."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DESIGNING & PAINTING ARTWORK FOR ANOTHER CAROUSEL NURSERY

DESIGNING & PAINTING ARTWORK FOR ANOTHER CAROUSEL NURSERY

So, a friend saw the first
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CAROUSEL NURSERY MURAL
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 that I painted and asked me to paint a similar nursery mural for her, soon to be born baby girl.
It was such joy for me to paint this little 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.
I drew and painted a harlequin pattern.
I lightly 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 years old stayed in there and played while I was painting.  She was fun to talk to.
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Again, most of this was my freehand artwork.  I drew and used my own patterns for the hobby horses.  For the rope poles and the fleur de lis at the top of the carousel I used stencils.
I drew the pattern for the horses so they would all be the same.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

DESIGNING & PAINTING ARTWORK FOR A VERY SPECIAL CAROUSEL NURSERY

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 different carousels.
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, 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.
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.
 I taped my pattern to the wall, making sure it was level. Then I traced it on the wall with tracing paper and painted each hobby horse with different colors.
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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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?
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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 DESIGN 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!!