Thursday, November 18, 2010

"faux" painting knick knacks.

i really don't like the words "faux painting" because i feel like they denote ideas of cheesy sponge painting and weird plaster (though, sometimes i do like faux plaster work!). however, faux painting techniques can really be used for the chic decorator's benefit - if you use them the right way.

sometimes, i do small jobs like this that i don't post here, but i thought i'd post these two that i did yesterday for a client, so you guys could see that faux painting doesn't always have to be cheesy! brooke (who i painted this and this for) had these two frames that needed to match her house a little better.

this first one was a little too "tortoiseshell" for her style, and it hangs by the front door:
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i did similar painting styles on this frame as i did to her vintage refrigerator, just with a little more "patina" on the edges of the frame:
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and, just for a reminder, here is the refrigerator i painted for her, which is a new china storage spot: (so you can get an idea of her style)

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i also painted this mirror, which was just too bright and brassy for the space:

before:
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and, here is a photo of a corner of the frame, so that you can see the detail of what i did. i added a few layers of bronze, brown, and silver, to calm down the brassy/orange tint, and give it a more subdued, worn metallic feel:

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much better!

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p.s. photobucket changed their layout and a lot of the styles of the program. it's really difficult to write blog posts now - here's to hoping they change it back. i wanted to add more photos, but writing this post took forever in itself!

23 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed your posts all week. Love the subtle-yet-effective changes on these frames. Hooray for patina.

    Do you enjoy working on such a variety of things from week to week?

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  2. thanks! and yes, i definitely enjoy the variety. it keeps it interesting, and i enjoy different challenges that the variety of projects provides. :)

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  3. I LOVE that old refrigerator!!! I need something to display some china but can't find anything I like. That piece just put the stakes even higher.

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  4. I love coming to check out your blog of all the projects that you do. So gorgeous. I love the egg prints (I think they are eggs) hung in a grid above the refrigerator. I just printed off some of those from vintage printables.

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  5. chandeen - did you see the before shot? it was a cool piece of furniture, but NOT in great shape...i thought it was a great idea to use it how she is using it!

    angela - that's really cool...brooke found these herself and framed them...i love them, too.

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