Saturday, January 19, 2019

HAND PAINTING STRIPES ON FURNITURE

HAND PAINTING STRIPES ON FURNITURE

For me, the hardest thing about painting stripes on furniture is drawing the stripes.  I always use a ruler and a soft pencil so unused lines can be erased or painted over.  I do not use tape because I want the stripes to look hand painted and not perfect.  I decide the width of the stripes on the front, top and sides.  The width of the stripes can vary.  I use the edges of the furniture for guidelines.  A level is not useful to use on furniture because your floor might be uneven or the furniture not perfectly in line.
This chest was going in a nursery for a baby girl  My client wanted stripes, ribbons and flowers and told me the colors she wanted on the dresser to match her nursery decor.  The base coat is white.  I drew the stripes and painted with one coat of pink.  Then, painted the ribbons and flowers.  When I'm finished with a piece I always seal with two coats of a dull or satin sealer and a third coat on the top flat surface.
For this sofa table, I painted a tan base coat.  Then, painted a denim blue on top of the tan, dry brushing so the tan would show through.  Next, I drew and painted the turquoise stripes, dry brushing so the denim blue would shadow through.  You can see I lightly sanded the edges, then sealed with two coats of clear sealer.  On the table top I painted a third coat of clear sealer for extra protection.
My client asked me to paint black stripes on her antique cabinet.
When I purchased this pine armoire they told me it was from Stratford, England.  The outside had been waxed, but the inside looked very old and had old blue shelf paper on the shelves.  I didn't remove the shelf paper.  On the outside I painted over the pine with a greenie beige color.  Next, I painted the tree then, drew and painted the stripes.  I painted one coat of black and let the beige shadow through.  A metallic gold paint was just the right touch for the black and beige colors.  Then, two coats of clear sealer.

Monday, January 14, 2019

PAINTING BARBRA & FELIX'S KITCHEN VENT HOOD TO AN "ANTIQUE COPPER" FAUX FINISH

PAINTING BARBRA & FELIX'S KITCHEN VENT HOOD TO AN "ANTIQUE COPPER" FAUX FINISH
Barbra and Felix were doing some re-decorating in their beautiful home.  They saw pictures of my "antique copper" faux finish and asked me to paint their kitchen vent hood.
The "antique copper" finish looks so nice with their dark cabinets and granite.
They replaced the three light fixtures in the same color tones.
To emboss the scrollie designs I used modeling paste and stencils.
Felix added the decorative wood trim.  It really made a difference with the new finish.
Last picture in this post you can see there were no wood trim pieces before.
These new mercury glass globes are so beautiful!
Barbra found these unique chairs already covered with the leopard print.  They were stained brown and I suggested painting them black.  She liked the idea so, Felix painted them black. They love the new look.  This room looks out over the hill country.  Very, very beautiful view!
The warm copper tones are perfect for Barbra's kitchen.
Getting started.
Primed vent hood, used paste and stencils to create the design.
Her vent hood "before".  Light fixtures "before".  No decorative trim pieces.
Barbra and Felix were so, so nice to work with.
Thank you!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS, MANTEL & NICHE IN LIZ & RICK'S NEW HOME.

PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS, MANTEL & NICHE IN LIZ & RICK'S NEW HOME

Liz and Rick were moving into a new home and asked me to do some painting for them.
Their color theme was going to be shades of gray throughout the house.
This mantel surround was painted white with red bricks around the fireplace opening.  
They replaced the brick with this gray and rust tile.  They asked me to paint the mantel to match the colors in the new tile.  I used grays, rust and beige colored paint.  For the top part of the mantel they asked me to paint it a darker brown to match some of their new furniture. 
You can see a picture of the mantel "before" at the bottom of this post.
They installed same tile in entry niche and asked me to paint niche walls with the same colors as the mantel.  Rick loved the way you could see the niche and mantel from the front door.
Their kitchen cabinets were tan stained oak and asked me to paint them a medium gray that their decorator picked out.  Don't you LOVE those new handles!  I really like their decorator!
These new light fixtures look so good with the gray cabinets.
And, look really good with the new black handles.
They asked me to paint the cabinets in both bathrooms the same gray color.
 The baths did not have handles on the doors and drawers.  The decorator asked me to paint the old kitchen handles and knobs to match the existing towel racks in the baths.
They used to be a brass color.  The carpenter drilled the holes.
The light fixtures were replaced in both baths.  In this picture you see the old fixtures.
Mantel "before".
Kitchen cabinets "before".
The walls used to be that dark tan and were painted a lighter gray/beige.
Thank you Liz and Rick!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

TOUCHING UP PAINT COLORS IN A SUNFLOWER PAINTING FOR A LAKE HOUSE

TOUCHING UP PAINT COLORS IN A SUNFLOWER PAINTING FOR A LAKE HOUSE

Several times through the years clients have asked me to change specific colors in a painting.
I have been asked to paint a boat a different color, clothing, backgrounds, more green in a tree, etc.  Once I was asked to change a hair do.  
My client found this sunflower painting and wanted to hang it in a bedroom at her lake house.
It had a purple background which didn't match her bedroom colors.
She asked me to paint the background blue.
Using craft paints I painted blue, blended with some white.
I lightly touched up some of the leaves and sunflower petals, too.
The purple was nice, but blue was better for her bedroom decor.
You can change colors in your paintings, too.

Monday, December 31, 2018

ROBIN & JAVI MOVED INTO THEIR AMAZING NEW DREAM HOME

ROBIN & JAVI MOVED INTO THEIR AMAZING NEW DREAM HOME

Robin had just moved into her new home when I took these pictures.
I know she still had a lot more decorating to do, but I wanted to show you this beautiful home.
Several months ago, I painted and distressed this kitchen island.
Robin chose this color and wanted me to paint it very old and distressed.
 I love how she designed the bench on the back of the island.
She designed and ordered two long tables with copper tops.
She ordered two so there would be a separation in the middle to get to the long bench.
This is my favorite room in Robin's new home.  It is a huge laundry and craft room.
 The walls are lined with upper and lower cabinets.  
  The floor tiles are, actually, blue and white  They look gray in these pictures.  
    A few years back, Robin asked me to paint black and distress these shutters for her daughter's room in her other home.  They look really nice in her new home, too.
Wet bar.
This is a very long hallway to the original smaller home.  They remodeled this casita for their guests.  Those doors at the end of the hall were the original doors for the original home.
Thank you Robin and Javi for my small part in your beautiful new home.
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LINKS TO:
PAINTING DISTRESSED FINISHES IN ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME
ANTIQUE DOORS FOR ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME

Friday, November 30, 2018

ANTIQUE DOORS FOR ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME

 ANTIQUE DOORS FOR ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME

 I want to show you the beautiful antique doors Robin found for her new home.
This antique door is for her front powder room.
I think her painters only stripped the stain from the wood and sealed.
Look at that screen!
This antique door is Robin's pantry door.
I painted COMIDA on it...means food in Spanish.
And, I painted the tiny black trim around the glass.
This antique door is for a guest bath.
This is the antique door for her master bedroom.  It had some areas that had been sanded and some areas where white paint was splattered.  I mixed Americana Raw Umber craft paint and a little bit of Ceramcoat Black together.  Added a little bit of water and brushed most of the door.  I use craft paints for touch ups often because they are so durable.
Robin's painters stained the door frame and baseboards.
When Robin found this door is was perfectly aged with paint peeling in just the right places.  When they delivered the door to Robin's new home the door had been stripped of all color...oh, no!!  So, I stained the wood with a light brown stain, painted and distressed it.  One of the reasons she chose this one was the wonderful old glass at the top.  You can see a little bit of the glass in this picture.  (Look at her laundry/hobby room floor tile.)
When Robin and Javi purchased this property there a a small house on it. 
 They wanted to build a larger home, so they remodeled and are using the original home as their guest casita (cottage).  They attached the casita to the larger home with a lonnnngggg hallway with windows that look out on their pool, stables and back property.  
She saved the original double front doors that were in the little house and installed them as the entrance to the casita.  She, also, saved the original stained glass and had it installed above the doors.  I painted the doors a wood color, then...
painted them black and rubbed the edges so the brown would show through.
I rubbed the paint off with the tip of my finger as you can see the dots on the rag.

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.
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LINKS TO:
MORE PICTURES OF ROBIN & JAVI'S NEW HOME
ROBIN & JAVI MOVED INTO THEIR BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME