Sunday, January 25, 2015

PAINTING FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER" ON VERONICA'S DINING ROOM CEILING & TWO NICHES

PAINTING FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER" ON VERONICA'S DINING ROOM CEILING & TWO NICHES

My client asked me to paint her dining room ceiling.
Her home was the perfect style for my "antique copper" special finish.
I showed her a sample and she loved it.  There were two niches in the entry next to her dining room and she asked me to paint the same finish in those, too.
When you walk in the front door you see the niches and dining room together and they look really nice.


Imagine that what you are seeing is a metallic copper shining back at you through the antiquing.  I always have trouble taking pictures of the metallic paints.  Either they shine too much or not at all. 
She found this wonderful santos "The King" and it fit perfectly in the space.  She said that she will be adding more art above Him.


This is her 14' high dining room ceiling.  I used my 8' ladder, but it was still lots of work.  I painted the antique copper as the base coat and used a dark blacky brown to antique over it.  I painted on the brown and wiped it off with a rag.  The texture on her ceiling was just perfect for antiquing the ceiling.
At the base of her chandelier I did some smudging, added metallic gold and some red.  It looks like the copper might have aged and has a natural patina.
Her husband really liked it and said it looked like a ceiling in Vegas.


There's sweet Veronica dusting her chandelier. 
She said she and her decorator are going to add more crystals.  It will really sparkle!


Oh my goodness!!!  
This is their tiny little kitten that her son got for Christmas.  I bet he doesn't even weigh a pound and they named him BORIS.  He's a fluffy gray and white long haired kitty.  He was sooo tiny.  One day while I was working, they couldn't find him.  They looked and looked for at least 30 minutes panicking.  thinking he might have gotten out the front door.  There happened to be a tiny tear underneath this upholstered chair and Boris had climbed up in it and was taking a nap. 


Here are the two niches in Veronica's entry.  Because of all of the light coming in her front doors, the "antique copper" looked beautiful with the subtle metallic sheen (which you can't see in these two pictures).  Oh, and last week they added a granite shelf inside each niche.  


I didn't catch the light in this picture either to make the metallic paint shine but trust me, it is really beautiful.


These pictures are "before" the special finish.
Veronica's home is where I recently painted the black distressed kitchen island and here is a link to that post
I might be going back in March and will get to see everything put back together.  I'm sure it will be amazing and I'll share it with you.  (Veronica said I could.)
Thank you Veronica!  
I loved working with you in your beautiful home.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

PAINTING A DISTRESSED STAINED FINISH ON LINDA'S BREAKFAST ROOM TABLE & CHAIRS

Linda has the prettiest house!
Last year, I painted her kitchen cabinets.  A few weeks ago, she asked me to paint her breakfast room table and chairs.  She wanted the chairs to be blue with a stain over the blue.  She told me the finish she wanted, so I made her a sample of what I thought she wanted.  I made the sample on poster board and a small piece of it was torn.  When Linda saw how the paint and stain looked on that torn part of the paper, she said "this is what I want".
So, this is how the chairs turned out.


There is a brown under coat.  I painted the blue on top of that and wiped and rubbed off with a rag.  When that dried, I wiped on and wiped off a stain.



Isn't that a cool look!!
It was a great idea to make them look like the torn sample board.


Speaking of the "element of surprise".
When I opened the door to her dark bathroom and turned on the light, this picture of her precious Ollie was right in front of me.  Right by the comode.  
So cute!!  and, he's the best little rescue dog.


The table base was beige and she asked me to paint it a black distressed finish.
Hope you can see that I rubbed the black off of those curved areas so the brown would show through the black.


Her table top was scratched  in several areas.  I was able to lightly sand and stain those areas and then seal the top really well with two coats of clear sealer.  
It looks brand new, again.
I love the look of the blue/brown chairs, the black table base and stained table top together.  And, those colors go so well with all of her beautiful decor.


This is how everything looked "before".
I love how the sun comes in that window.

This is a link to 
that I painted last year.

The new breakfast room colors look wonderful with the kitchen cabinet colors.
Thank you, Linda!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PAINTING ON FABRIC FOR CHAIR CUSHIONS & CATCHING UP TO SAY "HI THERE"

PAINTING ON FABRIC FOR CHAIR CUSHIONS & CATCHING UP TO SAY "HI THERE"

Last week I was working in a lovely home, painting her breakfast room table and chairs.  Last year I got to paint her kitchen cabinets.  I'll share that with you in the next day or two. 
The week before that, I painted a 14' high dining room ceiling my "antique copper" special finish.  The pictures just don't do it justice.  That "antique copper" fits her home beautifully.  I'll share it with you, soon.
Right now I'm painting  several areas of black distressed cabinets in a home and I'm almost finished.  I'll share that with you, too. 
I'm way backed up on sharing with you.  I love showing you what clients are asking me to do in their homes, because I hope to inspire and encourage you in decorating your homes.
Also, a client ordered some chairs for her dining room and the chair cushions are white.  She wanted more color and showed me a pattern sample of the colors she would love to have on those chairs.  So, I traced the pattern on duck cloth and this is how far I've gotten with the painting. 
 Today, I have to show this to her for approval.  My main concern is, the chairs haven't come in yet and I don't know what kind of fabric is on those chair cushions.  So, it might be a challenge painting on that fabric.  We'll see!
Off to work, now.  Just wanted to say "hi there" :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PAINTING ARTWORK ON RUSTY OLD CORRUGATED ROOF TINS FOR RUTH

PAINTING ARTWORK ON RUSTY OLD CORRUGATED ROOF TINS FOR RUTH

  Ruth asked me to paint artwork on two old rusty corrugated roofing tins.


Here is the link to my post and more pictures of the artwork on the rusty old roofing tins.