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.
She had experimented with some different glazes on the walls.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After a fun evening of googling, pinteresting and texting back and forth we came up with this finish.
It has a gray base coat, white top coat distressed to show the gray, and gray glaze.
I sprayed the hardware with a hammered pewter spray paint to match.
It also has a fun surprise inside.
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!
I know it’s a good day when a client brings me chocolates from Austria!
I also had a bank teller ask me about my work and wanted to see my website.
Finishing another great cabinet job also makes it a good day. Photos to come.
What has made this a good day for you?
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.
You are probably thinking this doesn’t look too bad. Hang on.
This particular finish came before the bright gold phase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obviously, the cabinets were next in line.
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.
They chose a charcoal black distressed finish to add some character.
I love before and after photos.
Especially when I remember to take them!
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!
Chances are you’ve had this song stuck in your head sometime in the past few weeks. I have – more than once.
It is relevant to the latest canvas painting I did as a birthday present for my bff, Jill.
This is the two of us giving our best duck faces.
She loves the beach. I think it is her happy place. So I painted a beach scene for her!
She seemed very happy with it. As soon as she opened it she exclaimed, “I can’t hang this in the bathroom!”.
I knew she was looking for a beach scene to hang in her bathroom. It made me happy to make her happy and that’s a lot of happy!
What is your happy place?
This old mirror has quite a history.
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.
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.
This is the rebuilt corner.
And here it is back in its home getting ready to be hung in the dining room.
I love a challenge!
And a good story behind any piece that needs to be restored.
Work can be fun! Especially when one gets to decorate their own workspace! That’s what went down with these two 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!
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!
I feel honored to have had my portrait drawn. It looks just like me!
I consider painting a fun workspace more fun than work!
Even the guy who helped to deliver the desks got in on the fun!
Consider sprucing up your workspace. We are all affected by our surroundings and making changes can drastically affect productivity and creativity!
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:
I may decide I like this one better.
What do you think?