“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.

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.