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The Ugly Cheap Cabinet

Not long ago, I found this sideboard at an estate sale.   It was in the garage
lost under a mountain of boxes, magazines, and paint cans.

I think you'll agree it was in rough shape!


But that also meant a modest price tag.   I couldn't resist.
 SOLD for $15.
It's been sitting in my workshop for a while, because I didn't know quite what to do with it.

I was waiting for inspiration to hit. Meanwhile, it needed some repair, sanding and primer.
 I cleaned up the hardware, just in case I decided to use the handles again.
Which reminds me. Here's a tip for cleaning paint from metal hardware: Place them in a pan of boiling water - and simmer. 
The paint will bubble up and easily come off. Use an old toothbrush for those hard to reach spots.

This week I decided to give the cabinet some paint.
For some reason, I'm in a blue mood,  so I reached for my favorite blue-grey color  Benjamin Moore HC 146,
Wedgewood Grey.
Then antiqued it with a grey glaze.

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby snagged thes…

Plastered in the Kitchen

One of the many things I enjoy about my job is that every day is different. The unexpected, the challenging, and the creative are just a phone call away!

Recently I was called to do a repair in a kitchen.   Isn't this a cute room?

The room had been done over ten years ago.  I wasn't the original artist, but whoever did this job, did it very nicely.  Unfortunately, the plaster began to fail over the refrigerator. Could I fix this, somehow?


My first question was 'why' did this happen.
Moisture?  Heat?  Poor surface prep? Once I was satisfied that there were no hidden problems that first needed to be fixed,
I scraped the plaster from the wall
and began to work.




Decorative painting, much like handwriting,
is unique~
no two people do it the same.

Here was the challenge:

Not only did I need to match the product
the previous artist used,
but also her colors and style.

At this point, there's no turning back!
How well could I copy this?



I roughed up the surface of the wall,
primed and painted,…

Ceiling Medalions

One of my little projects this week was painting a ceiling medallion  to blend with a client's dining room decor.
A very simple combination of   bronze and antique gold would do nicely in her room.
It took me less than an hour to do this. But what surprised me most  was seeing the same ceiling medallion at a local lighting store for $314 ON SALE!

Medallions make a stylish addition to any room.  Typically, I like to use the colors of the chandelier on the medallion. This gives a little more "zip" to the chandelier and visually ties the two elements together.

Like this:
It's not often that I'm asked to paint medallions in pastel colors, but aren't these unique?

Wish I'd seen them installed.




And sometimes, I paint a quick 'faux' medallion, right on the ceiling, as in this nursery.


This client thought beyond a simple medallion. The light fixture in her den became the center of a large mariner's compass rose.

More and more people are looking up and bringing thei…

Small space - big impact, a Butler Pantry.

Seven years ago (!) I painted this client's dining room. 
The walls are multiple layers of plaster
tinted olive green and ochre with bits of gold leaf peeking through.  
Next to the dining room is a butler pantry.
And this week I was asked to paint it.

The client wanted something
 that would relate to the dining room, but nothing serious....
 whimsical and fun, please.
We settled on two patterns --
a contemporary design of metallic
rectangles and squares.
Copper, bronze, silver and gold.
A backsplash of sorts.


Here's a close up of it in progress.


Lots  and lots of tape for this project!  You can see that I used Benjamin Moore's Metallic Glazes.
In fact, it was a Ben-Moore brochure
that inspired this project. Where the squares overlap, secondary colors are made. Silver over bronze. 
 Gold over copper.
Yummy all over!
On the opposite wall, the client asked for stripes of random widths. But only on the lower portion of the wall, please. She plans to hang some bold art above. The space isn…