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Chippy Old Paint

Do you lust after vintage architectural elements? You'll find them at flea markets and salvage shops,  but they cost $$$$$!!

Like this one I came across recently in an Ohio shop,
that was my inspiration for a client's project.

 Not able to find the authentic  "right piece" for her home, 
my client decided to buy a new piece of gingerbread trim, and asked me to paint it "OLD" for her.
This beauty is from Wholesale Millwork.

Out came the  brushes, blades, sandpaper and paints and we ended up with this!

It's chippy with just the right amount of "OLD." Honestly, if I had a place to enjoy it in my home, it would never leave me!

Surprisingly, this didn't take long to do. The layers are slip-slapped on randomly in any way that pleases your eye. It probably took longer to dry, than it did to paint it!
If you'd like to try this,  here's what you need to make this chippy paint effect: joint compound (Home Depot)sanded grout (Home Depot)3- coordinating paint …

Knotty Pine to White Kitchen

There's too much orange here!
My client was updating her 1970's kitchen 
by painting the cabinets white and adding a stylish backsplash.  
She asked me to help with choosing a color for her cabinets as well as her walls. It's not enough simply to choose a color for my clients,  I want them to understand why the color was selected,
so I keep large samples of various whites for my clients to compare.
We spend time studying the various undertones of each color,
until the right one is found.

It was apparent that some whites were too yellow, others a bit to greenish,
while others were too stark in her room. 

And that's the key phrase --'in her room."
The same white color that you love in your friends home, will look different in yours.
The color you choose will be effected by the natural light in your room,
and it will depend on the hard surfaces like flooring and countertops that will remain in the room.

 We settled on Sherwin Williams AESTHETIC WHITE #7035 
because it's a co…

A Color Test

I'm working on kitchen cabinets this week
and there aren't any finished photosyet,
so let's have a little fun. If you love color as much as I do, you'll enjoy challenging yourself with this Color Test. Each of us has a unique ability
to distinguish subtle variations in color.

How good is your eye? Let me know how you do.....


Grey & White Nursery

Baby J. will be here soon. His parents are so eager to meet him, and I was delighted to help with this special room.

Our Mom-to-be had an idea, but wasn't certain know to translate it onto the wall.  She wanted a white tree in the corner behind the crib,
 but wondered how it would work
because as you can see in the photo,  the room has angles and slopes to navigate. No problem. 

 My "Low-Tech" overhead projector would get the design onto the wall.   We adjusted the design on the wall
until we found just the right spot.
From there it was simply a matter of tracing the design and painting inside the lines! Here we go!
Little blue owls (like the one hanging on the crib) and a bird house added a touch of color to the grey and white scheme. So very, very cute!

I really like the crib floating in the middle of the room,
don't you?


Picket Placemats

I'm not a crafty person.  Artistic, yes. Crafty, no.   There are clever people who make their own lipstick from crayons
(really!) and cute little bracelets from buttons,but I'm not one of them!
However, my creative itch does beg to be scratched occasionally,
so when something looks interesting, I have to try it. A few months ago,
I jumped on the burlap and ruffle bandwagon and made this table runner.
While I was at it, an old lazy-susan got a splash of simple black and white checks. Continuing with the rustic table top theme, I decided to make........ Gosh, what would you call them? Trays? Chargers?
How about Picket Placemats?
I stumbled upon this clever idea at Claire Gillam's She Knows.
Thanks for the inspiration.
You provided me with an evening of fun1

Here's how I made my Picket Placemats.

The mats are made from 15" red cedar wooden shims.
The shims are readily available at any Big box Store
and cost $3.98.
Two placemats can be made from one bundle.
What could be more economical…

Boy's Room a la Mondriaan

When a designer brought me this inspiration photo for one of her projects, I was intrigued. It reminded me of Mondriaan's paintings, but with more color.

Her client's son wanted all four walls colorfully striped,  but we worried that might be overpowering. Instead, we painted only two walls with the graphic design, and the other two walls painted solid using his favorite color, bright green.
To begin, the striped walls were painted Charcoal Grey. Then the painters tape rolled out. Lots and lots of tape.
The design was finessed to fit the scale of the room better, and I freely admit that I grumbled a lot about the red paint that didn't cover well. After 5 or 6 coats of red, the room was done, and the result was perfect for him.
(note:  new bed linens are on the way!)

What did I learn on this project?
I came a way with a sense of satisfaction knowing that a child's vision had been fulfilled. He wanted something bold, and thanks to a Mother who understands, this young boy's room …

Lamps 1 and 2

Usually, I'm not looking for anything specific
when I'm poking though estate sales but if something interesting appears,
who am I to refuse it a ride home?  This beauty caught my eye recently.
It's not my normal purchase - or style,
but it seduced me.

With it's distinctive woven metal shade,
the lamp vaguely looks mid-century modern. 
I like its texture and color and size -- a whopping  32" tall.
The base is silvery-gold, almost like mercury glass, but I suspect it is pottery with a metallic ceramic glaze.
I'd love to know more about it,
so if you recognize this style, please let me know.

_____________________ This vintage Lucite boudoir lamp came from junk shop
 and now is on the bathroom vanity.   However, before it could make its debut,
it needed a new shade.  A treasured friend, Sherry, taught me how to re-design a shade. No one does it better than she, but I'll give it a try. Work along with me. Here's her tutorial. Heat from a hairdryer releases the old trim.