Sunday, August 26, 2012

Silver Bath

This was a fairly quiet week.
Many families are taking one last vacation
before school begins,
 so I found I had extra time this week to putter.
 
But first on my project list was to paint a client's bathroom.
The colorful slate tile was dramatic
and the bowl sink was a very nice.
 

The wall opposite the vanity was also tiled,
so there was a lot of color and texture in the room.
 


We're beginning to see a shift in color trends --
from warm beige/brown to cooler shades of grey.
Are you seeing this in your area, too?
 
The designer chose a neutral grey color for the walls
(Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige)
but she wanted to dress it up a little.
 
What could I do that would make the walls interesting, 
but wouldn't compete with the bold tile?
 
We settled on a silver and gold metallic wash.
It kept the grey undertone of the walls,
but gave them a subtle dimension.

 


Do you notice that the lighting fixture,
 faucet and towel rack are bronze - a warm metallic finish,
and the walls are decidedly cool?
 
I like the way the two "temperatures" mix.
Things don't have to match to be wonderful.
Often, it's more interesting when they don't.
 

 
 

 Enjoy!
 




Sunday, August 19, 2012

Laundry Luxury



Who wouldn't mind spending time
in a laundry room like this?

The daughter of a dear friend just moved in to a new home
purchased from Craigs List.

That alone is a quite a topic!

Two days into the new home, and Mother and Daughter
already were decorating.

These two are a dynamic team,
who have so many clever ideas
like the message center you see in the photo.

The wall was painted with chalkboard paint,
and the salvaged frame was sprayed with
Krylon hi-gloss black,
then secured to the wall.

 I was asked to paint the laundry room.
Maria wanted loosely painted scrolls
in cream and gold
that would play up the eclectic decor.




Though you can't see them in the photos,
 Swarovski crystals are glued randomly into the design. 

They make the walls twinkle.



The vinyl lettering is part of the fun.
Just like the glass canisters
 filled with clothes pins and soap.


....and those red appliances...
oh my!

Enjoy!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Chair Affair - Part 2 - painting fabric


My naked chairs need covering.

And the hunt for the "right"
fabric began.

It should have been easy to find  a green and white
botanical print,
 maybe with a fern or vine motif --
but it wasn't. 


Every fabric I found was too yellow,
too lime, too olive.....

Nothing harmonized with the other greens in the sun room.

So, I decided to paint my own.

Using a stencil design from Melanie Royals
and simple craft paint,
(very little paint!)
I randomly stenciled a leaf design onto my fabric.


Won't it wear off, you ask?
Honestly, have you ever tried getting paint out of clothing?

This paint is there to stay.
But to be certain, I set it with my steam iron.


Didn't they turn out cute?!



Buttons and cording add a bit of extra color and style. 





....from drab.....to fab!

I can hardly wait to give them to Mom.
They'll look great in her room,
and
they will be one of a kind,
something special, just for her.

Enjoy!

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