Sunday, September 30, 2018

PAINTING DISTRESSED FINISHES IN ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME

PAINTING DISTRESSED FINISHES IN ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME

Robin and Javi were building a new home.  I've painted for Robin for many years and was excited that she needed me to do a few things in her beautiful new home.
She told me the colors and finish she wanted for her kitchen island. 
 So, I painted, stained and distressed it.
That is a bench in front of the island. 
Robin planned for two dining tables to go in front of the bench
Don installed all of the tile in the whole house.
Tile floors throughout, bath tile and kitchen tile.  He did a great job!!
The tile on the floors looks like wood.
This will be their outdoor kitchen.
 In the background is a small barn that Robin will remodel. 
I think she will have miniature horses.
Robin and Javi's new home is so beautiful!
Robin went shopping for antique doors.  Next post I will show you some of them.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

PAINTING AT THE ZOO ~ A DREAM JOB FOR ME

PAINTING AT THE ZOO ~ A DREAM JOB FOR ME

Recently, I gave a paint bid for some work at our zoo.  
This week I found out our team's bid was accepted. 
 They are building a new exhibit and I get to be the painter.
It's next to this exhibit.  The giraffes and zebras will be watching us.
A dream job for me.  It will be hard work, but I'm so excited!
Giraffe and zebra exhibit.  They were just fed their breakfast.  Zebras up on the hill.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

PAINTING A WHITE CEILING BEAM TO LOOK LIKE A DARK WOOD BEAM FOR HAYLEY & JUSTIN'S NEW KITCHEN

PAINTING A WHITE CEILING BEAM TO LOOK LIKE A DARK WOOD BEAM FOR HAYLEY & JUSTIN'S NEW KITCHEN

Recently I painted Hayley and Justin's kitchen cabinets.
They were doing a major kitchen makeover.
This ceiling beam was painted beige like her ceiling.  
Hayley wanted it to look like wood and asked me to paint it for her.
First I painted a tan wood tone.  Then used a very dark brown to glaze over the tan.  I painted on and rubbed off (unevenly) with a rag using long and short swipes with my rag.  With an even darker brown, I painted tiny uneven swirls here and there to look like knot holes.
You can choose your own wood colors.  
Dark gray would be good on top of a tan, too.
This is Hayley's kitchen before I painted it the dark blue gray.  
Above the window you can see the color the beam used to be.
Hayley changed out light fixtures, removed a wall, added new flooring and other changes.  
She did a great  job!
Here is a link to her kitchen that I painted:
I love all of the blue and gray tones that she used in this project.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

PAINTING HAYLEY & JUSTIN'S KITCHEN CABINETS & FRONT DOOR.

PAINTING HAYLEY & JUSTIN'S KITCHEN CABINETS & FRONT DOOR 

Hayley and Justin wanted to make changes to their kitchen.
They asked me to paint all of the cabinets.  
Their home is one of my favorite floor plans, ever!  I love the layout.
  There is a wonderful little bridge that leads from the street to their front door.
Very tall lavender crepe myrtles, full of blooms.
drape over the painted black bridge and around the home.
Hayley has lots of windows that overlook her back yard.  There was so much light and reflection in the kitchen that I couldn't get pictures of the exact colors that I painted.
The dark grayish blue in the sample below is the actual color of her kitchen island.
SW6251 Outerspace ~ Island paint color
70BG 19/071 Mystery Sound ~ Devoe Paint ~ Color of kitchen cabinets.
I used semi-gloss paint.
The color combination was really nice.
If you like grays and gray blue colors, check out these colors.
 The wide opening on the left was a small door opening.
That's one of the major changes to the kitchen that made a huge difference.
It opens to the dining room.
This is where that wall was.  (I'm standing in the kitchen.)
Before, you could not see the dining room from the kitchen. 
Much more light in both rooms from all of  the windows.
Doesn't it look great, now!
Look at the light fixtures in the dining room and kitchen.
This stained glass window is high in the living room.  The wall around it is off white.
Hayley's decorator found this antique scale.  It was bright orange.
She wanted to put it on Hayley's kitchen island and asked me to paint it white.
The bright white looks really sharp on the dark island.
Hayley found these huge copper light fixtures for her front porch.
She wanted her front door to be purple, so her decorator found this dark grayish purple.
This color is BM AF-645 Chambourd
A perfect color for more of the wonderful stained glass in this home and the copper lights.
The bridge, painted black, to her front door.
Very tall lavender crepe myrtles drape over and around the bridge.
Front door (before).
Kitchen cabinets (before)
See the ceiling beam above the window?  She asked me to paint it to look like wood.
Will show the beam to you in the next blog post.
Such a happy home!
Thank you, Hayley, for asking me to paint for you.
I loved working in your beautiful home!!
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See the painted ceiling beam up by the window.
Here is a link to the way it looks now, after I painted it to look like wood:
PAINTING A WHITE CEILING BEAM TO LOOK LIKE A DARK WOOD BEAM

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PAINTING ARTWORK FLOWERS & VINES ON A POWDER ROOM SIGN FOR ANNA

PAINTING ARTWORK FLOWERS & VINES ON A POWDER ROOM SIGN FOR ANNA

Anna's powder room was in a hallway with two other doors.  When she had visitors it was a bit confusing to figure out which door belonged to the powder room.  So, she brought this cute black and white plaque to me and asked me to paint her a powder room sign.
I thought it would be nice for "powder room" to be in her hand writing.  Just a personal touch.  She wrote on those two little strips of paper.  Using white graphite I traced her words onto the sign and painted them white.  Then, painted flowers and a vine in her colors with craft paints.
She hung the sign on her powder room door.
It was a really cute idea!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

PAINTING VENT HOOD CORBELS & ROPE TRIM TO MATCH ANNA & DIEGO'S PANTRY DOOR

PAINTING VENT HOOD CORBELS & ROPE TRIM TO MATCH ANNA & DIEGO'S PANTRY DOOR

In the previous post I showed you Anna and Diego's pantry door.  
It was a white door and they asked me to paint and distress it to look really old.
Then, they agreed it would look good to paint the vent hood corbels like the pantry door.
Anna and Diego love decorating their beautiful home and are have very good ideas.  They decided they wanted to add a rope trim to the vent hood and paint it like the pantry door, too.
It was such a good idea!  Diego is good at carpentry.  He mitered and added the rope trim.
(I think anybody who is good at mitering is a genius :)
This is a close up of the distressed/old finish I painted on the pantry door.  Anna found this antique door knob, cleaned it and it looks just wonderful! on the dark door.
The pantry door is just to the left of the stove.  From their big open living area you can see the pantry door and the vent hood at the same time.  Those chairs in the background are the chairs Anna asked me to paint black/distressed.  I'll share a link to the chairs and the pantry door.
Their cabinets are a creamy beige and glazed. 
 The vent hood was nice, but much nicer now. 
The new painting really added a beautiful touch to their kitchen.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

PAINTING A WHITE PANTRY DOOR TO AN AGED DISTRESSED FINISH & PAINTING ON GLASS FOR ANNA & DIEGO

PAINTING A WHITE PANTRY DOOR TO AN AGED DISTRESSED FINISH & PAINTING ON GLASS FOR ANNA & DIEGO

Anna and Diego have a beautiful new home.
Their pantry door was white and they asked me to paint it to make it look old.
Like the panel below, there was a panel at the top.  
They asked a carpenter to cut the panel out and prep it for a piece of glass.
They wanted me to paint a design and "EL MERCADO" on the glass.
I showed Anna some of my stencils.
 We chose from each stencil what she wanted on the glass.  
I painted the top design first and sent a picture to Anna.  She decided that we needed to take away pieces of the bottom stencil so it wouldn't look so busy.
I used graphite paper to trace the design onto the glass.
And, used an eraser to erase the part of the design that Anna didn't want.
I used a tiny brush to paint with DecoArt black glossie paint.
Two coats of paint and sealed with a sealer for protection.
Door before I painted it.
Anna just sent this picture to me.
 She found this crystal knob and backplate at an antique store.
They want me to do something to it to make it match the door.
I will touch up the screws, too.
Thank you to Anna and Diego for a fun project!
Their kitchen cabinets have a light brown glaze that goes well with the door.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PAINTING DINING CHAIRS BLACK FOR ANNA & DIEGO

PAINTING DINING CHAIRS BLACK FOR ANNA & DIEGO

Anna and Diego have a beautiful new home.
 They felt some of their furniture needed to be updated to fit with their new decor.
 They asked me to paint their breakfast room chairs.
A few years ago, I painted their kitchen island in their other home.
Anna asked me to paint her chairs similar to the island.
I painted them black and rubbed the paint off of the design.
Anna found this beautiful fabric and recovered the chair seats (herself).
I love the colors.  They look so good with her new black chairs.
Their table had a black base, so the chairs looked really good with that, too.
Chairs "before".

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HAND PAINTED ARTWORK ON MY STUDIO FLOOR

HAND PAINTED ARTWORK ON MY STUDIO FLOOR

This is my studio floor.
Years ago, when my studio was built, I hand painted artwork on my concrete floor.
Over the years it has gotten scratched and paint dripped on it.
I drew and hand painted the border artwork.  Used a stencil for the bird art.
It's all messed up now, but I still love it!

Monday, June 4, 2018

MORE PAINTING FOR LORI'S MASTER BATH ~ PAINTING A PICTURE FRAME, A MIRROR FRAME & AN ANTIQUE BLANKET CHEST TO MATCH HER NEW DECOR

MORE PAINTING FOR LORI'S MASTER BATH ~ PAINTING A PICTURE FRAME, A MIRROR FRAME & AN ANTIQUE BLANKET CHEST TO MATCH HER NEW DECOR

My last post was sharing pictures of Lori's bath cabinets.
(If you want to see the cabinets, I shared a link below.)
I painted an "antique silver" faux finish on all of the cabinets in her master bath.  Because she was changing her cabinets from brown stained to the "antique silver" faux finish she asked if I could paint the frame around one of her paintings so it would match her new colors.
Also, she asked me to paint the frame around her mirror that goes in the master bath.
This painting goes in a niche just outside of her master bath.  I painted the frame black and swiped metallic silver over the trim.  It goes in a niche that I faux painted with metallic silver.
You can almost see the metallic reflection in this picture.
Remember, you need a light source for the metallics to reflect. 
This mirror goes in her master bath.
I painted and glazed the frame and painted a metallic pewter on the shell and scroll trim.
I painted this antique blanket chest that belonged to Lori's grandmother.  It goes near the newly painted master bath and is the same paint and technique that I painted on the mirror frame.  Those hinges are original.  They were a copper color.
I rubbed them with the metallic pewter to match the embossed design.
This bowl goes in the middle of Lori's breakfast table.  I painted it black and rubbed metallic champagne paint over it.  Nearby, there is a niche that I painted with the same metallic paint.
This is the picture frame before I painted it black and silver.
This is the mirror frame before I painted it dark and glazed.
On the blanket chest I embossed this design with a stencil that Lori chose.
Then painted the design with the metallic pewter.
Ready to go home!
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LINK TO LORI'S NEWLY PAINTED BATH CABINETS:
PAINTING LORI'S BATH CABINETS TO AN "ANTIQUE SILVER" FAUX FINISH