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.

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

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!

Mirror, Mirror

This old mirror has quite a history.

Damaged mirror frame

Damaged mirror frame

It survived several generations of my client’s family and a voyage across the Atlantic ocean from Germany. It amazes me that the mirror never broke while the frame suffered some extensive damage.

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Ouch!

I made a mold of a corner that was intact and used some cake decorating tools to rebuild this corner and some other missing pieces. Then I waved my magic paintbrush to give it a new finish and here is the end result.

Restored mirror frame

Restored mirror frame

This is the rebuilt corner.

Rebuilt corner

Rebuilt corner

And here it is back in its home getting ready to be hung in the dining room.

Restored mirror

Restored mirror

I love a challenge!

And a good story behind any piece that needs to be restored.

“No More Elephants” Bar Area

It was time to update this lovely little bar area and that was the first thing my client said as I started to cover up the wall paper, “no more elephants”.

Here is the bar before:

Bar before

Bar before

A wine rack had been incorporated into the cabinetry so a new finish would be needed for consistency.

Wine rack addition

Wine rack addition

Here are the lovely results. The walls now have a stunning dark brown plaster with some metallic peeking through.

Bar after

Bar after

And the cabinets are a cream base with a light “chocolate” glaze.

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And it ties in beautifully with the granite countertop! Updating just feels so good!

Master of all Baths

This grand master bathroom had it all! Double sinks, sunken tub, separate shower and beautiful tile. The only thing it was missing was a wall treatment.

The client choose to go with an old world crackle plaster over a multicolor dark green base to tie in with the existing tile. Great choice in my opinion!

Vanity before

Vanity before

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Vanity after

Shower before

Shower before

Shower after

Shower after

Bathtub before

Bathtub before

Bathtub after

Bathtub after

My apologies for the photographer (ahem) but this finish gives this room some depth and texture that made me never want to leave. And it was so much fun to do!

Major master bathroom win! Props to Ande Crenshaw at Mojo Faux for her excellent skills in teaching me this finish.

Contact Atmospheres for a lovely faux finish to complete any room.

Cabinet Trends part 2: Unhinged

At the risk of going the way of most sequels, I felt the need to address a cabinet trend that few are talking about. My friend, Ande, calls it the cream with chocolate glaze finish. Anything that sounds like food can’t be bad, can it?

This trend has been around for (I’m guessing) at least ten years and is still going strong. You most likely won’t see it in the latest decor magazines or websites. But it works in so many kitchens and is very versatile. Who am I to judge?

Let me ‘splain.  The cabinet is painted with a cream, off-white, ecru, linen colored base coat. Believe me, I didn’t even scratch the surface of possible names for this color. Then it is glazed with a much darker brown color. Sometimes the glaze is an all over glaze and sometimes it is just in the grooves. I can get on board with anything that involves a groove.

Off white base, dark brown grooves

Off white base, dark brown grooves

Off white base, all over dark brown glaze

Off white base, all over dark brown glaze

The all over glaze can be varying degrees of a light or heavy application.

Remember these?

Beautiful off white cabinets with dark brown glaze

Beautiful off white cabinets with dark brown glaze

These beauties below went out on a limb and are sporting a dark gray glaze.

Beautiful off white cabinets with dark gray glaze

Beautiful off white cabinets with dark gray glaze

This finish will not disappoint and seems to have stood the test of time.

Not all kitchens can pull off this look; nor should they.

Dance break!

Dance break!

So contact Atmospheres if you want to invoke thoughts of cream and chocolate every time you walk into your kitchen!

Cabinet Trends

People are branching out with their cabinet choices since it is no longer necessary to replace the whole shebang to get a different look.  Paint, stain or a combination of the two can cover up your existing cabinet finish including those white melamine/thermafoil cabinets that are standard in many homes.

melamine cabinets

melamine cabinets

A current trend is different colors for the top and bottom cabinets as shown here at Apartment Therapy.

bicolor cabinetry

bicolor cabinetry

I can get on board with this since I love color.  Feels a little daring, a little outside the box. That’s how we roll.

Another trend is to paint or stain the island or peninsula a different color than the cabinets.

stained cabinets with black, distressed bar

stained cabinets with black, distressed bar

Here are some new finishes I recently made samples of thanks to Ande Crenshaw at Mojo Faux

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There is no need to play it completely safe with your cabinet finish because it can be changed just like your wall color.

If you are ready for a change, call me and let’s create a custom finish for your cabinets!

 

Baseball mural, anyone?

It brings me much joy to integrate an element into a room that is personal and valuable to the owner.  Painting this mural was one of those times. It’s not as permanent as a tattoo but makes as profound a statement about what is important to a person.

In this case, that someone would be a 13 year old boy who loves to play baseball.

And this is now a wall in his bedroom.

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Baseball mural

In collaboration with the talented Heather Spriggs Thompson, I think painting this mural was the most fun I’ve had this month!

Anybody have a wall and something near and dear to their heart to put on it?  Call me!

Dramatic Dining Room

I think it is interesting that our society in general is in constant search of the fountain of youth. But we value agedness in some of the things around us. We will even go to lengths to make things look old and worn to match our decor or give interest to a setting.  In this case it definitely paid off.

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Dramatic dining room

The new home owner decided to go with a dark trim in some key places; the dining room being one.

However, we took it a step farther and added some age to the embellishments here and there.

Aged medallion

Aged medallion

Not only the medallion but also the light fixture itself.

Dark light fixture

Dark light fixture

Painting a light fixture might not occur to most people but it was much easier than replacing it.

All of these elements started out in a light cream color.  Someday I’ll have the forethought to take before photos.

The effect is especially stunning on the columns leading into the dining room.

Aged column

Aged column

Aged column detail

Aged column detail

Another larger light fixture in the foyer sets the tone for this dark, dramatic effect.

Darkened chandelier

Darkened chandelier

That was fun to paint!

Chandelier closeup

Chandelier close up

These details give me goosebumps.  Yes, I am a design nerd.  I’m glad we’ve gotten that out in the open.

Once again, I am privileged and grateful to be a part of projects like this one.

Design by the lovely Heather Spriggs Thompson.