Sunday, June 24, 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!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

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.

Sherwin Williams, Blue Danube -- one coat over primer.

White on top.

Sherwin Williams, Panda White

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!


Sunday, June 10, 2012


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
 the existing paint,
 branches, twigs and leaves were added
 to hide the subtle difference in color.

In the end, the project turned out nicer
than our original plan
for simply lettering the wall.

Which just proves, when you're given lemons,
make lemonade!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

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!  

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

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