my living room is really happy and bright right now. i know, i know, i change it like everyday. it's a problem.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
yesterday, i finished hillary's entertainment center. you'll remember what it looked like before:
and now, it's got a calm, but fun, 70's color pallette, with a pattern that i made up - inspired by vintage upholstery fabric. i thought it'd go nicely with her cute apartment, and all of the vintage items.
here's a detail shot of the doors:
i outlined most of my flowers and leaves in black, because when i was researching the '70's prints, most of them were outlined in black, which makes it far more graphic and bold! i like that contrast with the heavily distressed olive green base.
happy weekend, and happy halloweeeeeeeen.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
this week, i got to paint for a friend that i met in college. i met hillary my last semester at georgia state - we had a spanish class together, and we hit it off. we have a lot in common...and when i say "a lot", i am partly referring to hidden teenage passions like the band hanson (yes they still exist, and yes i still go see them quite often) and twilight. hah! (but it's true) we also, apparently, have similar taste in decor...
i went over to hillary's yesterday morning (i'd never been to her new apartment!) to paint two pieces for her - a tv/entertainment center, and a dresser. i just loved some of the things i saw in her apartment, so i asked her if it was ok to share them on the blog. she said it was fine, so i can't wait to show you guys the things that inspired me while i was painting her furniture (which will be up on the blog here pretty soon! i'll be finishing them today)
first up, is this cute little sitting area when you first walk in. i love her color scheme of grey (that wall color is fab), orange, deep gold-yellows, and olives. you all know i love a pop of white, and she has lots of it!
i loved this little owl!
i thought these coasters were SO pretty. ahhhh, nature, you make the best stuff.
this is right above the sofa. it's the first thing i saw when i walked in, and i was in love. how hilarious/awesome is that jesus/antler combo?
here's the end of the sofa, and some cool throw pillows. it's hard to see, but her end tables are shiny silver metallic. i think it's such a nice contrast with the '70's items all around, to have some thing bright, stark, modern and metallic.
i love this shot of hillary's natural twig tray (i want one!) and the rustic glass bottle holder. it's also a good view of more of her vintage & new throw pillows. the pillows were my main inspiration for what i am doing with the entertainment center.
at the other end of the couch, is this great vintage chair, with the felt "king" pillow sitting in it! ADORABLE. i also love the white twigs...
detail shot of the king (i don't know where he is from, but he is amazing).
i love this harlequin candle holder! and the little stool below it is the perfect color.
in the bathroom, i love the accessories hillary has around the sink:
and, last but not least, the unicorn mirrors. in a word: magical.
i'll be back soon with the two furniture makeovers i'm doing at hillary's...hope you enjoyed the peek into her home, i know i did! here are the two "before" shots of the furniture that i'm painting at hillary's:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
when walt, my client, first contacted me, i knew this project was going to be right up my alley. he sent great "idea" photos, telling me that some of his favorite inspiration was missoni and the quilts of gee's bend. he had a standard ikea mirror that he envisioned as being more of a focal piece, and that's where i came in...
here is my end result:
i wanted to do something that was sort of in-between missoni and the gee's bend quilts, so i did a loose zig zag pattern, that replicated a folk art feel.
i also had this awesome painting as inspiration (the red-orange color on his chair was my inspiration!):
here's my color pallette! yes, i accidentally dropped a little grey into the orange...i love setting out my colors before i start something, to create the palette for the piece.
here it is before i distressed and glazed it. walt's bedroom is going to be primarily blacks, greys, oranges, etc. my kind of color scheme! anyway, i did the zig zag print so that it was even, but still had a "hand done" feel:
after i painted all of the stripes, i let it dry, then came back in and did heavy distressing and glazing, so that it would have a worn-in look:
i did a few more pieces for walt, so stay tuned for tomorrow - i'll share them with you!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
this project, which i've been plotting and planning for a while, almost was a big, fat, fail. i'd wanted some giant-chevron curtains in our living room for a while. i'd done the shower curtain curtains a few months ago, but for some reason they weren't perfect in this space, to me. i think it was the navy blue and the flowers...something about them was too feminine. i still have them, and i'm sure i'll use them again, eventually, but all i could think about recently was the chevron idea. there is no fabric like this to be found online, so i figured i'd have to do it myself.
i wanted to use fabric dye to make the black zig-zags (so that my curtains wouldn't be "crunchy"), and after a little research and debating in my head, decided to try spray-on fabric dye. this is the brand i used. i got it at hobby lobby. unfortunately, it was a bad decision, as the spray was super-drippy, and kept getting clogged, therefore dripping on my curtains! i also had a ton of overspray, which was really obvious once i pulled the tape from my curtains. so sad. this is what my first attempt looked like:
see the overspray and the drips? also, the color really wasn't black, but more of an opaque gray. overall, i was really unhappy with the result of that spray! (the bottles seemed like they were only half-full, too, which is not cool, since the bottles are $10 each!) anyone ever had good experiences with fabric spray dye?
anyway, i did some more calculating in my head, and decided to try again today with a new technique. i used just regular ol' wall paint, instead of the dye, and it worked fine. i had crisp lines, once i removed the tape, and the curtains aren't as "crunchy" as i thought they would be (from the paint).
here's how i did it:
i used this little chart from my first experience as a guideline for the numbers involved. it made it much easier to just go back to a chart everytime i needed a calculation, rather than having to memorize or re-measure.
i measured down 6 inches (just because that's where i decided i wanted my first zig-zag to start) and made a tiny dot:
then, i did the same thing with the "point" of the pattern - this time, it was 20.5 inches down from the top. then back to 6 inches on the next zig-zag, then over 20.5, and so on.
i bought thick, 2-inch tape so that incase i oversprayed or over-rolled, i'd have a little wiggle room. i taped off the lines. i always use a 5-in-1 to help with breaking the tape off, once i'm ready to tear it. it's much easier to hold it down to whatever line you want, then pull the tape off from there. you can get really sharp lines without having to use a razor.
kept doing it, according to my plan. this was the first, "mess up" curtain...but you can still get an idea of the taping process. i used the folds of the curtain for my lines to follow! on the second curtain, i taped off lines for the centers (i just found the center of the curtain to begin with, then divided the two halves into halves. confusing? sorry.). either way worked nicely.
here's the second curtain with all of the tape. you can see what i mean by having to find lines down the center (except the very center line, which i just found a crease in the fabric to follow). i used my 5-in-1 to pull the tape off of those center areas.
after that, i simply rolled my black paint on with a small foam roller. easy peasy! i wish i hadn't have even bought that fabric dye!
and, the final result again:
this photo is from last night, so it's dark outside! its super rainy here in atlanta today, so no bright, pretty, sun-lit photos for you guys, sorry. happy monday.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
yesterday, the mother of the little boy who lives in the robot nursery sent some pics over of the paintings hanging in his nursery all together - i had to share them! thanks SO much, caroline (who is a fabulous photographer!), for sending. :)
aren't their walls awesome? they have a suuuuper cute house (maybe i can get a few pics of it sometime!) i love the bead board, and the shade of blue that they chose. i'd love to see little guy's robot room in real life!
Friday, October 22, 2010
last year, i painted some custom canvases for a baby nursery that was decorated in a "robot" theme. cute, right?
a couple of months ago, the little cutie turned one, and caroline (mama) had 2 more canvases made to hang in his room with the other robot. check 'em out! :)
caroline gave me some photos to use as guidelines, but she wanted the paintings to be done in the colors of the bedroom (greys, oranges, charcoals), so that they match. i also tried to give them a vintage spin, and "dirty" 'em up a little, so that they look old.
i do a lot of custom paintings for all kinds of rooms..if you are interested in having a custom painting done, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
yes, you read that right. last week, i made over a vintage poker table! it was a really cool item to transform, and i had fun doing it. brooke has a great sense of style, and her house is really beautiful. our inspiration was a white/grey-washed wood look, and i think brooke was happy with the results.
this poker table was inherited from their family, but the finish needed restoration. brooke and her husband just didn't have the time to complete it, so, enter: me. :)
here it is before i got to work on it - the table had been halfway sanded down from it's original stain, so i sanded the rest of the black finish off of the top, so that we had something totally fresh to start from:
and, here is the poker table without the top on it, so you get an idea of the finish that was on it, too. all the cute little poker chip holders were removed when i took this photo, too, but you get an idea. i have no idea how to play poker, but i loved the little vintage poker chip holders with their individual ash trays! very mad men-esque :)
after i sanded everything completely off, i did the first coat of whitewashed grey onto the "white" parts of the poker table top, then i taped off the parts for the black paint. this took a while, but it was kind of fun. i thought this was a tape job that my dad would be proud of. dad? are you proud?
then, i was ready for the black. i pressed that tape down SO hard, and prayed to the heavens that my black paint didn't bleed...and it didn't! amazing.
next, i went back and did all the grey wash on everything.
we liked how the grey glaze that i made seeped into the wood...
(see the cute little individual ash trays? hehehe..)
here is the bottom of the table..i just thought the "legs" of the table were really unique!
and here is the whole set - i also did 4 chairs. isn't this a great piece of furniture? i'm really glad that they had me paint it! i painted in their un-finished basement...don't worry, this isn't their living conditions ;)