Friday, July 21, 2017

Paper Roses in the Nursery

My client wanted a simple, understated baby's room.
No themes. No kitsch. No bright colors.
Just quiet.
I helped her select a neutral color palette of champagne, bisque and white.
She wanted a some type of focal point on the wall where the crib would be.
We toyed with a variety of ideas - monograms, banners, medallions -
and ultimately we decided upon a soft drape of sheer fabric.

To "dress up" my simple painting, I suggested adding Swarovski crystals to the design
and anchoring the drape with roses made from paper.
Aren't they cute?
Could I have painted roses on the wall?
Sure, but it's more interesting to have an unexpected detail as part of the design.
The painting, the dimensional flowers and the sparkle
struck the right note for my client.

Paper roses are easy to make and part of the fun in making them
is that each one turns out differently. 
Just like the roses Mother Nature provides.

 Want to make some?
You'll find lots of ideas and tutorials on Pinterest.
Like these at doodle craft. made from pages of a book.
Aren't they clever?
My paper roses less structured than these -- more "free form"---
which means I didn't follow a pattern or directions.
I winged it!

I used a 2" long strip of 11x14 office paper, folded in half,
and rolled, twisted and turned the paper into a rose shape,
hot-gluing as I went along.
The rose was glued to a small cardboard circle, painted and embellished.
After adding a few leaves, they were ready to be glued to the wall.

Can you see the possibilities for using these paper roses
clustered on top a gift wrapped package...
....Or on a photo frame....Or on a lampshade...
or a home-made card....


Friday, July 14, 2017

White Washing with Chalk Paint

The color scheme for this nursery was pink and taupe.
It was decidedly feminine with toile drapery and a crystal chandelier.
But the armoire was knotty pine, far to casual for the space.
Plus, it screamed orange and dominated the room. 
It just didn't "go" at all. 

a similar armoire via e-bay because I forgot to take a 'before' photo.....again!
I was asked to "do something" that would make the armoire fit into her nursery,
but the client didn't want it painted solid.
She wanted to see the knots and the wood grain showing through.
The only option for this was to white-wash the armoire.

Why did I choose chalk paint for this?
The mess factor.

Since I had to work on site, heavy sanding and spraying were out of the question.
I needed to avoid any mess.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the solution because
1.  It can go over existing surfaces with minimal preparation.
(note: The cabinet was in great condition.  
I did scuff the surface with a medium-grit sanding block first, 
but didn't cause any dust to fly.) 

Here you can see how one coat of Chalk Paint covers the knotty pine.
White washing is a simple process.  Pour some paint into a tray, dilute with water and stir.
Then brush it on, and wipe it off with a terry cloth rag, leaving extra in the wood's profile.
As with any paint project, work in sections and follow the direction of the wood grain. 
So easy.
So lovely. 

 2.   Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dries quickly. 
I was able to apply a second coat of paint, add more paint in the molding profiles
and wax the armoire within two hours.
Which left time to paint the baby's monogram over the crib!
I love how the armoire has taken on a Shabby-Chic look.
The orange is gone and it doesn't doesn't overpower the room
but rather fades into the background.
Now it fits into the nursery beautifully.

Next week the drapery, and bedding arrive and the room will be complete.
When that happens, I hope to get another photo and share it with you.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Wicker Baby Carriage Update

Sometimes painting involves more than just paint.
It's about creating a memory.

At one time, my client owned a children's boutique. 

She used a vintage wicker carriage as a display in her shop, 
but now, eagerly awaiting her first grandchild,
she wanted to use the carriage for books and stuffed animals.

Initially, I was to freshen it up with paint,
which was easy to do with Rustoleum White spray paint.

But when I looked inside the bonnet, 
I could see more than paint was needed.
A little fabric, some gimp and the ol' trusty glue gun
helped get this carriage ready for new memories to be made.

Now the carriage is ready for it's debut in the nursery!


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