Saturday, July 26, 2008

Martha Stewart-themed room? Anyone?

I bought these awesome little stickers the other day at Michael's in the Martha Stewart section. That section just sucks me in every time. I always want to buy everything on that aisle, and I don't even scrapbook (which is what most of the items are intended for). Why must every item be SO cute, with perfect color combinations and fonts. I love Martha. 

So I was thinking it would be really cute to do a children's room with inspiration from these stickers. How cute would it be to have that little polka-dot bee buzzin' 'round your room?

Thursday, July 17, 2008


This chest of drawers used to be dressed in gross, glossy brown (uneven-coated) spraypaint. It had shiny silver drawer-pulls. I did all of that in college, when I needed a quick-fix to match the room I was decorating and living in then. More recently, I decided to make my bedroom all white and cream (maybe I'll post pics of that later?), so it definitely needed to be transformed. 

I have to complete most projects I do at this house in one day, because A.) there isn't anywhere for me to do projects outside, and B.) the space is too small to have things sitting out of their "place" for too long. So, when I pulled the drawers out of this dresser, armed with cans of leftover white and cream paint and crackle finish, I knew I had to get some ideas goin', and fast! I know you can't really see from the photo above, but there are several different techniques used here. 

  I'm not sure if you can really tell from the photo (learning how to photograph my work better is on the to-do list), but this dresser has a sort of "I was just washed up from the sea" look to it. Old, worn, and crackly, just like I like it. I created these "sea spots" by dropping water onto paint before it is done drying, then brushing at it to remove the spots. Furniture freckles, if you will.

The crackles below were created with a simple crackle technique that most people are familiar with. Always fun. 

Some sweet knobs from Anthropologie. 

And that, my friends, concludes our lesson for today. I'll leave you with this:




Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Decorative Painting Is Your Friend. (I swear.)

see? Decorative painting doesn't have to be ugly! Not that there's anything wrong with a good ol' fashioned Tuscan Plaster finish (we all love a trip to the Olive Garden, don't we?), but it can be very tasteful if you want it to be. 

I left my job of about a year with a "faux painting" company to start my own decorative painting business. My own vision. My own creative ideas. My own taste. 

Now, my tastes tend to be on a different side than most of my clients; heck, even with most of the general public. I mean, at a recent thrift store jaunt, I picked up a giant 20-pound mirror, the frame doused in 4 colors of faded glitter.  What was the mindset I could've possibly had to save what looked to be a grown-up Girl Scout project gone crazy, you ask? I just pictured it how I thought it probably went down: someone (I'm guessing during the '60's/70's) had this genius idea (give or take the acid trip they may have been on, but I digress..) to really, really plan out the beautification of this mirror. They planned out the fact that each bevel of the frame would be a different color of glitter, and the middle section would even have a PATTERN of glitter. They executed it perfectly, and somehow it ended up in a thrift store 40 years later, me being the lucky owner. My husband disagrees. Anyway, I said all that to say that I could appreciate that someone had a vision, and a plan, and created it and did it! Now, I picture that mirror to hang above a really cool Anthropologie-esque-chest that I will paint, in the entryway of a house I will eventually live in. It'll look old-World-y and treasure-like hanging there. 

I want to be able to show people my ideas for furniture, walls, cabinetry and canvases. Jewelry boxes, frames, and built-in cabinetry. Stay tuned for pictures and posts of my latest wall adventures. Shoot, maybe I'll even try painting a mirror.