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Showing posts from April, 2010

Making Change

While I don't count myself among those who fastidiously recycle  and fret about their carbon footprint, re-designing and painting furniture just might be my peculiar way of recycling.
Taking an old, out-dated piece of furniture  and giving it a new life is immensely satisfying.  Not only does painting make me smile and feed my creative hunger,  but, it triumphantly proclaims "one less cast-off in the landfill."  Who knew I was saving the planet, one piece of furniture at a time!
Here's another rescue.  BEFORE


The cabinet belongs to Miss Joyce, a Book Club friend  who will use it a guest bedroom.  Those flowers definitely needed to disappear! The bedroom is painted cottage white, with crisp white linens and a mountain of pillows.   One of them became the inspiration for the cabinet.

Miss Joyce made the color selections.   In less time than it took for us to enjoy a cup of coffee, she had chosen the colors.   I sat back in awe as she confidently scanned …

1+1= 2 Cute Lamps!

There were lots of fun projects this week!  Among them was this project, a lamp make-over.  This was especially fun to do, because it was a joint effort with my talented friend, Sherry, who dressed up the lampshade, while I supplied the painting.

A project like this can easily be done by anyone.  You may already have a stray lamp in your home that you'd like to play with, or if you are a super-shopper, you might just find a bargain at a local store or resale shop.
I snagged this pair when they were on sale, which made their purchase even more enjoyable.  The shape of the lampshade caught my eye, and the size was just right for a little girl's dresser of bedside table.   But, the color-- green-- was not what I wanted.

A coat of primer gave me a clean slate to work with.  Let's use PINK.....its so girly!

You'll want to visit your paint or craft store to look at their selection a spay paint.  Chances are there is a color for your project ready for you to use.   A can o…

Spring is in the Air

Today was a glorious spring day when staying indoors was impossible.  So I set up a table outside and began a simple project, spraying a few frames.  The largest frame held a mirror, the two smaller ones, whimsical paintings.
These were for a friend who recently moved home after spending several years in South Africa.  Currently she is feathering her new nest in a lovely blend of neutral colors - cream, white dove and taupe, with a dash of muted blue.  It's a peaceful and calm oasis dotted with family treasures and wonderful objects gathered during her time abroad.  

She called and asked me to help with a few details.  Would I stop by to gather up some picture frames that needed to be painted, and could we also talk about some ideas for re-doing a dresser in her son's room. 

The frames were ornate with deep moldings and embellishment.  Their antique gold and silver leaf no longer fit into her home, but with a little paint, they could be used again.  My friend suggested painting…