Beautiful Powder Room, Beautiful Friends

I love doing projects for my friends. I’ve known Kelly for about three years. We met through running. She was a mentor in my Couch to 5k group. She would notice when my face was very red and ask if I was okay!

Sporting new running shoes

Sporting new running shoes

We bonded over our love for dancing. There really should be more dancing in life! We still run together and meet for coffee most every week. On my last birthday she showed up with pink flowers and a balloon!

Birthday coffee with Kelly

Birthday coffee with Kelly

Kelly just recently became engaged to Judd. Now I am friends with Judd because 1. A person can never have enough friends and 2. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Judd? He is an awesome guy and I couldn’t be more happy for them!

Friends with Kelly and Judd

Friends with Kelly and Judd

Ok, lets get on to the powder room! Kelly and Judd have a new house and asked me to do a finish in the half bath.  Kelly had seen a lovely stencil in a parade of homes and asked if we could do something similar. Half baths are good rooms to do something with a little more bling and bling we did! As usual I didn’t get a “before” picture but the walls were a light beige. Use your imagination. This finish is a mixture of metallic and pearl paint over an espresso lusterstone.

Stenciled powder room

Stenciled powder room

Stencil close up

Stencil close up

There are only so many angles in a powder room

I love the way this finish reflects the light. It is a one of a kind.

I’m so glad I got to do this project for such wonderful friends! I wish them all the best!

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Superior Barn Doors

Before you start to think I’ve become blindingly overcongratulatory about my projects, let me explain the wording of this title. Over the past year I have developed a relationship with Superior Custom Homes and Remodeling. They build beautiful new homes as well as remodel existing houses and I’ve been very fortunate to connect with them.

Many of their remodels include kitchens and they have sent me many referrals to finish existing kitchen cabinets as part of the updating process.

They have a lovely showroom and asked me to finish a couple of barn doors that function as office doors in their space.

The first is a rusted patina finish.

Rusted Barn Door

Rusted Barn Door

Barn doors are so much fun. They are truly a creative element to any door way.

The second door is recreated reclaimed wood.

Faux Reclaimed Wood Barn Door

Faux Reclaimed Wood Barn Door

These projects were so much fun to do! Do I say that in every post? Along with loving the work, I have the best clients around and that is what makes it so rewarding.

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Talking with Tammy, Superior’s office manager

I have a few cabinet samples on display in their showroom, and I did a faux brick finish on a half wall there as well.

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Cabinet samples

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Faux Brick Half Wall

Thank you to Superior Custom Homes & Remodeling. Check out their website to see their amazing work!

 

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Hello, all!  I took a quick trip to NYC before Thanksgiving and visited the United Nations by invitation of the ambassador to Panama. I saw this mosaic by Norman Rockwell:

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(http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47089#.VlXYkl9OLCQ)

It has the golden rule written on it, a concept shared by many different religions- a concept we could benefit giving our attention to this season. Happy thanksgiving to the vast array of friends, followers, clients, family, and colleagues!

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A photo of me with my brother and sister who I traveled with.

 

Powder Room Bling

I am always glad to meet clients who have inspired ideas about what they want to accomplish with a room. This  client knew that powder rooms are a good place to implement a little more pizzaz than one might put in a regular bathroom.

This powder room started out as a typical powder room.  The possibilities are endless with a blank canvas.

Blank Powder Room

Blank Powder Room

She had experimented with some different glazes on the walls.

Experimental Glaze

Experimental Glaze

But couldn’t find the look she wanted. In the end she decided on a classic stencil to go with the style of the wainscoting. We used a metallic/pearl glaze to fill in the stencil and I think it was absolutely the right decision.

Classic Stencil

Classic Stencil

This transformation goes to show that a little bit of trial and error goes a long way in finding the right finish for a room that is a blank canvas. However, she wasn’t finished with just stenciling the walls.

She decided that the ceiling was the perfect place to put silver leaf and I couldn’t agree more! The silver leaf picked up the sheen of the metallic/pearl glaze in the stencil and put some beautiful bling in this classic powder room.

Silver Leaf Ceiling

Silver Leaf Ceiling

Don’t be afraid to go a little fancy in a powder room. It can be a great place to try new and different finishes.

Bonus Stripes

I’ve always felt that I was a bit odd in that I get a little thrill out of projects that can be tedious. This one falls into that category.

This awesome bonus room is thirty feet of bonus.

Awesome Bonus Room

Awesome Bonus Room

And this awesome client loves stripes. Remember this?

Pink Stripes

And I love her and her whole family. And stripes.

So we set about striping this thirty foot bonus room. That is a lot of painter’s tape!

Blue Tape Stripes

Blue Tape Stripes

Piles of Tape

Piles of Tape

However, it was worth the miles of tape and measuring and leveling to reach the stunning result.

Finished Stripes

Finished Stripes

End Stripes

End Stripes

I love this idea and I think the gray stripes give this room an interesting and playful atmosphere since it functions as a bedroom for three awesome boys.

I fully endorse the use of stripes whether vertical or horizontal.  They can be subtle or bold and always add some fun to any space.

Friends and Armoires

I love when my friends hire me to do projects for them.  I met Vanessa two years ago when we both joined the same running club. She is one of my favorite people to run with.  She manages to encourage me and kick my ass at the same time and always with a smile on her face!

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Vanessa and me

We have had loads of fun whether running or doing other things; some of which I am unable to disclose. We may have had some thirteen year old girls take our picture standing on top of a table on my last birthday.

Vanessa and me on a table

Vanessa and me on a table

She had an armoire of raw wood that she wanted me to paint so that she would have a place to store all of her running shoes. Yes, some runners need an entire armoire to store their running shoes in and her collection is quite modest compared to some people I know.

Raw wood armoire

Raw wood armoire

After a fun evening of googling, pinteresting and texting back and forth we came up with this finish.

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It has a gray base coat, white top coat distressed to show the gray, and gray glaze.

close up of finish

close up of finish

I sprayed the hardware with a hammered pewter spray paint to match.

It also has a fun surprise inside.

fun surprise

fun surprise

This project was a joy to do because of the finish we chose which I love and because of the fun surprise inside and because it was for someone whom I absolutely adore!

Here’s to many more interesting running experiences, painting projects and general fun with my girl, Vanessa!

running fun

running fun

It’s the Little Things

I have not fallen off the face of the earth or been eaten by sharks. Some periods of time just seem to lack inspiration. So instead of junking up your newsfeed and email with things that don’t really inspire me in order to “create content” I chose silence. I’m a nonconformist that way.

So what is it that has brought me back? Door knobs! I know, right? My house is old. It was built in 1979. That is the same year my sister graduated from high school. Hi Jackie! It will never look new again even with a whole lot of effort. My sister, on the other, looks amazing!

All of the hardware is antique brass.

antique brass door knob

antique brass door knob

You are probably thinking this doesn’t look too bad. Hang on.

This particular finish came before the bright gold phase.

visually offensive gold

visually offensive gold

It is not quite as visually offensive as the gold but still looks very dated.

Here is a photo of my own, dated, antique brass door knob before I decided what to do about it.

Tresa’s personal antique brass door knob

Ick! 1979, people! Not a pretty sight. So one day, without stopping to think about what a pain in the ass it would be, I decided to paint them all black. Not a revolutionary idea by any means but there it is. It’s been done before. Even before Pinterest.

Did you know that door knobs come with a lot of parts to them? Exactly. As you all know, anything worth doing is worth doing right so I fired up my screwdriver and got busy.

The change has saved my life.

life changing black door knob

The effect makes my heart beat faster. I hang out in the hallway more often as a result of it. And I did, in fact, paint the strike plates and face plates. And the hinges. And all the tiny little screw heads.

black hinge with tiny little screw heads

This change celebrates the age of my house. It was worth all the trouble to give it an old timey feeling instead of a dated one.

If you are going to change out your hardware you still have to remove it all and install the new. Very labor intensive. I cut out the cost of new hardware with a few light coats of Rustoleum spray paint in between.

It’s the little things.

 

*No screws were stripped in the execution of this project.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

I never tire of it; breathing new life into something old! This kitchen had suffered flood damage and so the homeowners (who are lovely people!) took the opportunity to not only repair the damages but update other elements. They had already replaced the floor and countertops.

Old cabinets

Old cabinets

Obviously, the cabinets were next in line.

Newly painted cabinets

Newly painted cabinets

They chose a fresh cream color with a charcoal glaze. It complemented the floor and granite perfectly! They added a kitchen island which was built using part of the old cabinetry.

Newly built island before finish

Newly built island before finish

They chose a charcoal black distressed finish to add some character.

Charcoal black distressed island

Charcoal black distressed island

I love before and after photos.

Before

Before

Especially when I remember to take them!

After

After

I’m giddy about this kitchen makeover! They have a few more items to change before the project is complete but I couldn’t wait to share! Cabinets, people!