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Showing posts from January, 2012

Oh Baby!

A few months ago I shared photos  of a furniture project --
updating some 1970's furniture so it could be used in a nursery.
This week I was invited back to do a little more painting, and meetthe baby girl who now calls this room home.

Such a fun room!  A mix of elegance and whimsy all in one. The new mother wanted a silver tree added to the wall behind the crib,
so in between baby's naps, I set to work.

The tree was painted with  Silver and Pearl glazes, (which don't photograph very well) and Martha Stewart's Thundercloud, a dark grey metallic paint, for shading.
Here's peek at the begining
and then the tree grew!
More sparkle and glam was needed, so Martha Stewart came to the rescue.
Have you tried her glue and glitter?
The glue is dispensed from a pen, so there's lots' of control where it goes. And the glitter is super fine, for maximum sparkle.

These were likely designed
 for scrapbooking projects,
but they worked so well on the wall.
I dipped my finger into the glitter

Can you fix this?

It's just paint!  That's what I always say. If you don't like can be fixed.... or painted over.
Ms. M is a dynamic, professional woman.   But hidden beneath her corporate image is a creative spirit that begs to be expressed. It was that force which led her to faux finish the dressing area in her master bath one night.
The call came the next day.  She wasn't particularly happy with the result.   Could I stop by and take a look?
Actually, she did a great job  for a first attempt at glazing a room.   She admitted that it was more difficult than it looked.    Some areas were darker than others, the corners and edges were heavy and the color wasn't quite right.  
And while she was willing to repaint the room and have me start over, I suggested adding a second layer of color.
A new layer of color - this one dark mahogany -  would blend into wall and make it look a bit like distressed leather. 
Here we go.  Let's see if it works. Remember, it's only paint. 
This is Ms.…

Tips for Choosing a Paint Color

Face it, we gals do like a little change.... and painting a room
is an easy way to satisfy that itch. But choosing a paint color often brings our ambitions  to a screeching halt because we can't decide on a color.  So where to start? First, let me say this:
  there is no ONE PERFECT COLOR for any room -- it's a matter of personal choice
and that depends on your taste, your sense of adventure, and the feeling that you'd like to create. Want proof? 

Here are three photos of the same room.
The paint color (and accessories)
giving each room a distinct personality.

Can you see the differences?
Can you sense the mood for each room?
Vibrant yellow walls turn up the temperature in this room, making it warm and and welcoming. Red, orange and yelloware 'neighbors' on the color wheel. This is an analogous color combination.
The rug, walls and drapery are all Beige,
but there's nothing boring about these neutral walls.
Don't be shy about mixing patterns!
A dose of white pulls…

Glazed Doors

Simply put, I am but two hands doing for people what they can't do for themselves ~ Paint. I take their ideas and make them happen.
Not all projects are colorful. Nor are they all glamorous, or wildly unique.
But each job is important, because it's part of a client's plan for her home. And I am pleased to play a small part in that plan.
This master bathroom is still under construction. It's a glamorous and beautiful room -- and when completed, it will be a show-stopper.

My job - not so glamorous! I was asked to paint the closet doors
so that they would blend with the factory produced millwork.
Because the house is under renovation, I was able to set up the doors in the adjoining room and spray them.
You can see that the homeowner already tested some colors, but ultimately I used the ever trusty,  Sherwin Williams Antique White.

For all you gadget lovers, this is what I used to brace the doors for painting.

Once set up, it was a breeze to prime and paint both sides of the doors using my s…

A Wild Cabinet

While I was doing my holiday shopping, I happened to pass the window of a salon
where once I painted a cabinet. Curious, I peeked in to see if it was there. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was in great shape and still being used twelve years later!

I ducked inside to re-introduce myself,
and see if I might take a photo. But the owner surprised me. "Sharon," she called out, "How nice to see you again!"
Which leads me to believe that I need a new hair style andwardrobe -- since obviously not much has changed for me over the years!  Resolution #1 for the New Year.
Nonetheless, it was nice to see one of my pieces still being enjoyed.... and it reminded me how important it is  to keep in touch with former clients. Which leads to Resolution #2 for the New Year.

Happy New Year!