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Oak Bedroom Furniture Painted White

I'm amazed at the way paint transforms things.   Each time I paint a piece of furniture, it thrills me to see the change.   If a single piece of painted furniture can give a room new vitality,  imagine what several pieces can do!    Last week, an oak bedroom set arrived:  a king-sized bed, two night- stands and a dresser.  These were in perfect condition -   as beautiful as when they left the showroom twenty years earlier.    But oak didn't fit into my client's decor any more.   Could these pieces be painted white? OH YES!
The dresser and nightstands turned out beautifully, too!
There was no need to change the original hardware.   Instead, I painted them to match the furniture,   first, by painting the handles black, then white, and finally distressing them with a light sanding.   At this point, they looked rather "flat" to me (see the upper handle in the photo),  but with a highlight of silver they perked up! The lovely carved detail in the furniture was highlig…
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Rustic Restaurant Signs

Earlier in the month, I painted and built two signs for PATTYBURGER, a gourmet burger-shop that was coming to town.  While every project is unique, this one was especially interesting because it was so far outside the realm of what I usually do.
The first sign was a giant hamburger with lettering, painted on wood.  The "vintage barn wood" is actually new wood  purchased at Home Depot.  The wood comes in a package and it's already stained - perfect for a project like this - or maybe one that you're working on.  While the wood is rough like barn wood, it's thinner, lighter, and more manageable than the real thing.  Once the wood was installed, I painted the sign while the restaurant crew scrambled around me getting ready for the Grand Opening.
This is the second sign.  It was infinitely more challenging, but quite fun to do.  The design developed from a photo of a flag made from wood that the owner showed me.  He asked if I could build something similar but adapt …

Silver Chairs: Let's talk about Metallic Paint

The taupe and grey trend is in full swing in our area.
One of my favorite interior designers, asked me to paint these chairs so they would fit into her client's newly updated living room.
She was transitioning from a beige-brown palette to a grey-taupe one, 
and these chairs were the "odd men out" in the new decor.

Often golden wood tones can blend with these cooler colors,
but sometimes they just need to be changed. That was the case for these two chairs.  

Don't you love their shape? And as a bonus for me, the chairs were is great condition and the seat cushions removed easily!
After sanding, the painting began.
At first we thought of simply painting them taupe,
but ultimately we decided to give the chairs some elegance by going metallic.

Here's a PAINT TIP:
Tint your primer to a color that closely matches your paint.
It makes painting so much easier, especially when working with metallic paint.
Metallics often are not as opaque as traditional paint
and using a tin…

Paper Roses in the Nursery

My client wanted a simple, understated baby's room.
No themes. No kitsch. No bright colors.
Just quiet. I helped her select a neutral color palette of champagne, bisque and white.
She wanted a some type of focal point on the wall where the crib would be.
We toyed with a variety of ideas - monograms, banners, medallions -
and ultimately we decided upon a soft drape of sheer fabric.

To "dress up" my simple painting, I suggested adding Swarovski crystals to the design
and anchoring the drape with roses made from paper.
Aren't they cute?
Could I have painted roses on the wall?
Sure, but it's more interesting to have an unexpected detail as part of the design.
The painting, the dimensional flowers and the sparkle
struck the right note for my client.

Paper roses are easy to make and part of the fun in making them
is that each one turns out differently.  Just like the roses Mother Nature provides.

 Want to make some? You'll find lots of ideas and tutorials on Pinte…

White Washing with Chalk Paint

The color scheme for this nursery was pink and taupe.
It was decidedly feminine with toile drapery and a crystal chandelier. But the armoire was knotty pine, far to casual for the space.
Plus, it screamed orange and dominated the room.  It just didn't "go" at all. 

I was asked to "do something" that would make the armoire fit into her nursery,
but the client didn't want it painted solid.
She wanted to see the knots and the wood grain showing through. The only option for this was to white-wash the armoire.

Why did I choose chalk paint for this?
The mess factor.

Since I had to work on site, heavy sanding and spraying were out of the question.
I needed to avoid any mess.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the solution because
1.  It can go over existing surfaces with minimal preparation.
(note: The cabinet was in great condition.  
I did scuff the surface with a medium-grit sanding block first, 
but didn't cause any dust to fly.) 

Here you can see how one coat of Chalk Pa…

Wicker Baby Carriage Update

Sometimes painting involves more than just paint.
It's about creating a memory.

At one time, my client owned a children's boutique. 
She used a vintage wicker carriage as a display in her shop, 
but now, eagerly awaiting her first grandchild,
she wanted to use the carriage for books and stuffed animals.
Initially, I was to freshen it up with paint,
which was easy to do with Rustoleum White spray paint.

But when I looked inside the bonnet, 
I could see more than paint was needed. A little fabric, some gimp and the ol' trusty glue gun helped get this carriage ready for new memories to be made.




Now the carriage is ready for it's debut in the nursery!

Enjoy!

Zinc Table Top

This handy serving cart didn't fit into to my client's new decor,  so she asked me to paint it for her.  Knowing her style, I suggested a shabby effect with a faux zinc top. 


Here's how I did it.
First I did some on-line research and looked for examples of authentic zinc patina.  I prefer to paint what I see, rather than follow a prescribed "recipe". This photo became my inspiration. The darker portion of the photo is oxidized zinc. The lighter side is zinc metal without any oxidation or patina.
 The first step was to paint the top black.
Then,  I added three different colors of grey and applied them in order of dark to light: 1. medium grey - Black + White 2. Martha Stewart Metallic Paint - Thundercloud 3. light grey - Black + White + White Zinc is a very reactive metal.   Exposed to air, it begins to oxidize, turning dark. Food placed on it surface will cause it to turn brownish,  and zinc develops a powdery white color (white rust) in reaction to moisture.
Zi…