Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Master Make-over

There's lot of furniture painting going on!
This week I had the pleasure of being part of a master bedroom re-design.

The room went through a major change
--- from Old World to Island Chic.



My friend and drapery designer, Sherry, chose lovely fabrics
 in shades of sea-glass and sunshine for the
drapery, pillows and bed-covers.
I freshened up the furniture.
Made by Bernhardt,
the furniture was well worth the time and effort to paint.
It was pickled oak, but over the years
 the varnish has yellowed.
I would paint it a soft white (SW Panda White)
and add a bit of brown lining for definition.

Usually I paint furniture in the workshop.
But this time the pieces were too large to move easily,
so the client asked me to paint on site.
Oh my!
With drop cloths in place, I carefully began working on the cabinets.

Because the furniture had classic, clean lines
I was concerned that once the armoire would look like a refrigerator
once it was painted white.

Painting a design on the door panels would fix that,
but what design to use?
Inspiration comes from a tissue box.
Hmmm....this trellis design could work.....
Let's paint it in green to coordinate with the fabrics.,
So here we go:

Draw the design on to some transparency film
and lightly trace it onto the doors.

Begin in the center and work to the edges to balance the design.
Keep things level!

This the paint with water and fill in the design,
not fussing about brush marks and variation in color.

With the same watered-down paint,
highlight the perimeter of the pane.
New hardware will be the final touch for the furniture facelift,
and in a few weeks the entire room will be transformed.
Let's look again at how things turned out.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Silver Bassinet

A dear friend will soon become a first-time-grandmother
when her son and lovely daughter-in-law have their baby in June.

Seems like only yesterday he was giving his mother fits
with his crazy, dare-devil feats like jumping off the roof into the swimming pool
with his younger brother in tow.

"I hope someday you have a son just like you!" she would caution.
....and now he will.
With the baby's arrival quickly approaching, I wanted to find a special gift,
but didn't know what. 
Then something wonderful appeared in a most unexpected place......a yard sale!  
 I simply couldn't resist this wicker bassinet.
Could you?
Driving home with my treasure, I had second thoughts.
Does anyone use a bassinet any more?
Would the new parents even want one? 
Is it hopelessly démodé?

So I asked the Daddy-to-be what he thought.
When he told me they wanted the baby to sleep in their bedroom
but didn't have a cradle yet......

  I knew this would be perfect.
Painting the bassinet Antique Silver was an easy decision.
The color is gender neutral and very stylish.

Armed with two cans of spray paint and a lovely spring day,
the bassinet was painted in less than a hour.

Oil Rubbed Bronze and Antique Nickle Spray Paint

I turned to the internet to find bedding
because there wasn't enough time to sew my own. 
That's when I saw the same bassinet at Pottery Barn Kids.....
and learned what a great bargain I'd found. 

Ultimately I purchased some black and white toile bedding,
then carried the bassinet outside to snap a photo in the garden.

Don't you love seeing the fruit trees are in full flower?
Truly, this is my favorite time of the year.

Back inside, I added some netting and a bow,
getting it ready for delivery on Saturday.


Now, we wait for the "guest of honor" to arrive.




Monday, May 13, 2013

Bathrooms: working with what you have

This week I painted for client who wanted to update her bathroom. 
Down came the wallpaper. 

Could I help her choose new color for the room,
 and do some decorative painting on the walls?

All the hard surfaces in the room were beige.
Beige bathtub, beige toilet, beige sink and beige floor tile.

With all that neutral color,
you'd think it would be easy to choose a new paint color for the room.
But no..... 
The beige had   PINKY-PEACH  undertones.
So I had to select very carefully.

The floor tile and the pickled cabinets had a whisper of taupe,
so I reached for an old friend.
Benjamin Moore Edgewood Grey (HC  173) to the rescue!  

It magically de-emphasized the rosy undertones of the tile,
and gave the room a more sophisticated, neutral appearance.
The ceiling was painted the same color as the walls,
and the trim was painted an off white. 
 Sherwin Willams Snowbound  (#7004) was perfect.
Then I got to work
painting a faded faded damask effect that looks a lot like......wait for it!


When you are picking a color for your walls,
it's REALLY important to look at the undertones of the
permanent fixtures in that room.

You may have beige tile with rosy undertones like my client.

        Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Grey may work well for you, too.

Another complimentary color is  Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC 45.

Perhaps sometime soon we should talk about how to choose a paint color.
So many of us have spring fever - decorating fever, that is ---
but we don't want to make a mistake in choosing color.

Would that be helpful to you?

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