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There's a Cat on my Chest!

When you have cats, nothing is off-limits to them.  They will nap anywhere you wish they wouldn't.  Sometimes I find them sleeping contentedly on folded laundry still warm from the drier, and sometimes (oh dear!) on a painting project.

By the time I thought to snap a BEFORE photo, I'd already sanded, primed and painted the chest in Antique White.  Guess I got off to a fast start!
Originally this had been a honey colored cedar chest that belonged to my client's Mother, but she wanted to use it in her own bedroom.  Could I dress it up to go with her antique green color scheme? Could I paint it traditional looking, but whimsical, too? 
I had decided to paint traditional floral motifs on each end, and got those done quickly.  BUT the rest of the chest stumped me.  Since problems are best solved over a cup of tea, (and maybe a bit of chocolate) I left the studio to take a break and returned to find one of the cats perched on top.   He sat there for hours, just watching me as I pa…

Fall Fix-up: Woodgraining a Door

Cornstalks, bales of straw and pumpkins are beginning to appear all around town, as fall shows up in all her spendor.  I saw this little fellow today, while I was taking a walk......a creative walk, feeding my senses with the the color and textures of fall.  I enjoyed seeing the many ways my neighbors are decorating their porches and front doors for the new season.  
A beautiful entrance welcomes friends and guests and shows off a little of your home's personality.   But before you begin to stack the straw and arrange the pumpkins, step back and take a good look at your at your front door.  If you've wanted to change the color of your front door  --  and procrastinated -- there's still time to work some magic while the temperatures are right for exterior painting. 
This dark green front door got a quick face-lift for the fall season with a wood-grain effect resembling mahogany.     

Frame up

Just as the right accessories make an outfit look fabulous, the right accessories for your home can complete a room and make it look fabulous, too.

A client wanted to hang this mirror in her dining room, but the color needed a change.  The yellow-gold leafing on the frame was too gaudy for her muted neutral style.  Could I make the frame more more silvery?  More like champagne?  And leave a little of the gold showing?  But not too much?

I gathered a few items from the studio shelves and began to work.  You can easily find these items, or similar ones, at your paint store.  For this project I used:  Pratt-Lambert Winslow Gray #2270 mixed by my Sherwin Williams store as a tester, Modern Masters Warm Silver, an opaque metal paint, and Valspar spray paint in Brushed Nickel.

I began tapping the Winslow Gray paint onto the frame.  The name is mis-leading as Winslow Gray actually is teriffic neutral beige!  I used an inexpensive chip brush for this step, randomly tapping and pushing on the co…

A Kitchen Encounter

The kitchen is the heart of any home.  It's here children do their schoolwork, family meals are served and friends gather for a cup of coffee and a chat.  We like our kitchens to function well, and look good while doing it.
This kitchen was fun to do because my client, an ambitious and capable woman, did so much of the remodeling herself.  From installing the ceramic tile, to nailing up the crown molding, she was very involved in the work. 

My job was to add the finishing touches to the walls.  We discussed several options and settled on a rustic stone texture that would complement her European Modern style.
I began by painting the room with metallic bronze paint.   That alone would have looked great, but adding the rough stone texture gave the room its unique personality.  The stone was troweled onto the wall in a vertical fashion, allowing some of the bronze to peek through.
When dry, I sealed the wall and rubbed on some chocolate colored stain.   The contrast between the metallic p…

Fireplace Focus

While some prefer simple, clean-lined design,  others revel in complexity,  finding joy in mixing layers of color, texture and pattern  for a visual and tactile experience.
This fireplace falls into the second category.   It's part of a feature wall that stands directly opposite the glass entry doors in a bright, stylish foyer.  By its very location it is the focal point of the entry  and commands attention, but we agreed that it needed some drama.

The client wanted to play up the antique gold mirror frame and she did not flinch about using color and texture on the wall.   She chose a multi-layered design composed of gold leaf applied to a base of crinkled tissue.
Because the technique would cover the existing paint entirely, there was no need to paint the wall first.   I could jump right in to the fun part!   Here are the first pieces of tissue being applied to the wall.
Tissue paper can be applied to the wall with paint  I found some dark purple paper at the craft store.   Working with cru…