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Showing posts from June, 2012

Victory Painted

As I finished painting a client's powder room,
she showed me a statue in her dining room, 
 a replica of  'La Victoire de Samothrace'.
it was too white and new-looking for her decor. 
Could I make it look like aged plaster?

Here's a simple (meaning quick and easy) technique
to create "instant age."

This would look great on ornate picture frames.
Or lamp bases. Or tinware.
Or chandeliers.  Or hardware. Or statues.
In any color combination.

So grab some cans of spray paint and have fun!
Because this statue was glossy,  I first used primer.

Then sprayed it black for the background. You'll see I didn't fret about complete coverage.

Over top, brush some white latex primer. Yes, it will adhere, nicely.

Plus it's got a flat sheen  that will give the chalky-distressed effect I'm after.

Then give it one last spray of clear matte finish.
And, 'La Victoire' is ready for delivery.
Tout de suite!


An OId New Cabinet

For several months,
 my client has been looking for an old hutch to use as a potting table in her sunroom.

A lovely room, isn't it.

Time passed.
 She had no luck finding an old cabinet,   so she commissioned a carpentry shop to
 build her a new one.

My job was to take this BEAUTIFUL,
pristine piece of furniture......
and make it look old, cracked and vintage.

Every stick of furniture I paint has a history,
as witnessed by each chip, flake, gouge and ding.

For these worn old pieces,
paint is an improvement that brings new life to a cast-off.

But this piece was so nice,
I hesitated to begin!

My client chose a chippy-cracked effect for her hutch.
Blue underneath.

White on top.

Cracked.  Chipped. Distressed. Stained.

Where the Crackle Medium is thickest,
the cracks are large.

I dabbed a damp sponge into these areas
to allow more blue to come through.

A tickle of brown glaze to add to the aged effect,

And Voila!

An old, new cabinet!



Sometimes things go well, and other times, not. This is a case where a project failed and some creative 'fixin' was needed.
My client wanted the phrase  "A Family is a Gift Forever" lettered above the doorway in her kitchen. 
By using a self-sticking template, it should take less than an hour to paint. This would be an easy,  relaxing project.
But the wall had other ideas. Five hours later, I finally finished. 
What happened?
Having finished the painting, I pulled the sticky template from the wall  -- and the paint came off, too!

I suspect that years ago, a drywall repair was made to this spot, and it was never primed before being painted.
A quick repair - who'd ever know about it? But I found it!

You can imagine my surprise, my  disppointment, my frustration.
What could be seen as a mistake  can turn into something wonderful.
I carefully repaired and painted the wall around each letter. Yes, this took time, and it's not perfect!
Because the new wall paint didn't match  t…

Detour into the Garden

The garden flowers are blooming in red my favorite color.  On the deck.......

and at the kitchen window,

Then, a surprise!  
Yesterday, I was given a gift.... a lovely piece of garden art made by my very talented, and so generous friend, Sherry who shows us how to do all things wonderful  at her blog, Creations From My Heart
Can you see the various components  of  this scupture? A liqueur decanter, wine glass, even a marble.

I planted it among the hydrangeas in a spot where I can see it from the kitchen window.

Doesn't it look right at home?

Last season Sherry made a similar sculpture
for my front garden 
where it still gathers complements
from guests.
Thank you, Sherry.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,  they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust