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!

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.

Workspace fun!

Work can be fun! Especially when one gets to decorate their own workspace! That’s what went down with these two well-used desks.

Well-used desks

Well-used desks

They look like they’ve been instrumental in the education of countless children.

They found their way to my clients who decided to let their occupants choose their new finish.

And what creative imaginations those occupants have!

Creative workspaces

Creative workspaces

Even doing taxes could be more fun when sitting at a desk like either of these!

I used a chalkboard spray paint for the desk surfaces to increase the fun quotient even further!

Brilliant portrait

Brilliant portrait

I feel honored to have had my portrait drawn. It looks just like me!

I consider painting a fun workspace more fun than work!

Workspace designers

Workspace designers

Even the guy who helped to deliver the desks got in on the fun!

More fun!

More fun!

Consider sprucing up your workspace. We are all affected by our surroundings and making changes can drastically affect productivity and creativity!

 

 

 

 

 

“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!

Exploring The Same Color Palette

Most of the time I like to explore different color combinations and moods in my paintings. Color is meant to be mixed in different combinations at the whim of the artist or as the scene dictates. However, I decided to keep the same palette as the last abstract piece I posted here and explore a different composition.

It makes me think of pasta; same ingredients different shapes.

Here is the outcome:

Bright color palette; different composition

Bright color palette; different composition

I may decide I like this one better.

What do you think?

More Commissioned Art

The only thing I love more than color is a client who loves color. This particular client wanted an abstract piece that would add some joie de vivre to her earth tone living space. I would say we more than accomplished that goal. This painting was so much fun to do!

River of Color

River of Color

Sometimes it’s like saying good bye to an old friend so we had our picture taken!

Tresa and her happy place (with Bob Marley)

Tresa and her happy place (with Bob Marley)

And here it is brightening up it’s new home!

Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre

Have I said lately how much I love my job?

Always grateful.