Sunday, March 27, 2016

PAINTING & UPDATING STAINED WOOD CABINETS FOR JESSICA & SAM

PAINTING & UPDATING STAINED WOOD CABINETS FOR JESSICA & SAM

Jessica and Sam bought an older home in a wonderful old neighborhood.
They're doing a lot of decorating to make their home young, again.
The rooms are very large and open.
The dining room and family room cabinets were stained wood.  They asked me to paint them.
Jessie chose a dark navy and it looks soooo good with their red dining chairs.
The main floor is stained concrete and Jessie wants to paint it, too.
This gray is a primer I asked the paint store to tint for me.  The gray is a good undercoat for navy.  Most primers can be tinted a little bit.  It would take too much of the tint pigment to get it really dark and that much tint would have a problem drying.
They removed the backsplash of mirror.
And, they purchased some really nice Mexican tile when they were in Mexico to put on the backsplash.  When I went back to take pictures, they had (temporarily) put the mirror back and I think it looks really, really good.  Not sure if they will use tile or mirror.
Isn't this great!
I love that Jessie wanted the navy. 
 She has a lot of beautiful antique china from a grandmother or two.
And, the white dishes really pop now against the navy color.
This is Henry.  The best doggie!!  He's a rescue.
He was found on an expressway in another city.  It was that time of year and the fireworks probably frightened him and he got out of his yard.  They tried find his owner and kept checking the newspapers.  He didn't have a microchip, either. 
 After a while, they decided Henry belonged to them. 
Sam said he's microchipped now and he's OUR'S!!
Lucky them!
The family room cabinets in the corner were stained wood, too.  Painting them white really extended that wall and the room seems much bigger, now.
Thank you Jessie and Sam!
And, Henry!

HAPPY & BLESSED EASTER

HAPPY & BLESSED EASTER



Monday, March 14, 2016

HAND PAINTING TROMPE L'OEIL POTS OF PLANTS & IVY ARTWORK AROUND MARGIE'S BATHTUB

HAND PAINTING POTS OF PLANTS & IVY ARTWORK AROUND MARGIE'S BATHTUB

Margie lives out in the country surrounded by beautiful trees and wildflowers.
She loves potted plants and has decorated with lots of them in her home.
Her bathroom didn't have a lot of natural light, so she couldn't use real plants. 
She had seen some of my artwork at her friend's house and asked me if I would come out and 
paint some artwork on her bathroom walls.  It was a beautiful drive to her home.
 She already had these terra cotta pots hanging above her large bathtub.  So, we decided that I would paint this big pot of liriope and a small pot of trailing ivy.
I love painting nature and pots of flowers.
She was very happy!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DRAWING & PAINTING A HARLEQUIN PATTERN ON SITTING ROOM WALLS FOR MARY

DRAWING & PAINTING A HARLEQUIN PATTERN ON SITTING ROOM WALLS FOR MARY

Mary moved into a new home.
Her walls were a creamy beige.
 She wanted to dress up those walls a bit and asked my opinion.
 She had this wonderful sitting room with lots of beautiful stained furniture.  
I pictured and suggested a black and beige harlequin pattern under the chair rail. 
 She loved the idea.
First, I drew and painted the harlequin pattern.  On each diamond, I painted the black and rubbed some off with a rag.  Makes it more interesting, don't you think? 
 I used a sponge that I drew and cut into a fleur de lis design.  
I painted that little fleur de lis at every point of  each diamond.  
My points are never perfect and the fleur de lis hid that perfectly.
Last, with a rag I rubbed on and wiped off an antiquing glaze over everything.
Here is a link to my tutorial on:
When I'm working in a home, I usually get just one chance to take pictures when I'm fiished. 
 These are really too light or overexposed. 
 The left side of this picture looks more like the final result.
Another close up of the diamond pattern.
I love the way the colors turned out with her other decor.
Mary was very happy, too.