Monday, January 31, 2011

lovely photos.

a little while back, my friend (and tallllented photographer) jenny, did some photographing of my work for me. i wanted to share a few photos with you guys!

my favorite room:
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isn't that light fixture fabulous? before you ask where it is from - i do not know!


if you are a newish follower, you can read about this project here.

and, the dresser that i made over:
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the hardware on the drawers are actually towel knobs from pottery barn. so clever!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

girly playroom.

i completed this girly playroom this week for two little girls...it's one of my new favorites...

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i used the same stencil that i made for this project and this project...i really love it in pink, too!

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and just for fun, here is a pic of the same stencil used for the yellow-on-yellow nursery:

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and in my own bedroom:
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

reader diy.

siri emailed me the other day, and told me that she used my DIY chevron curtain painting tutorial to make her curtains. she made them out of two dropcloths - so clever. she was searching on directions to make curtains, and found my blog. she emailed me with her results, and i'm so glad she did...

check it out!
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good job! it's so hard to get the lines right, but she did a perfect job! everything looks awesome. thanks so much for showing us your project, siri :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

blue on blue.


oh how i love painting trees...and i paint a lot of them!

cute little arya got a new "big girl" room, and i got to help with the process. i selected this soft blue color, and then i painted the tree silhouette with birds and butterflies on in a complementing shade.

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through the sweet chandelier...

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stay tuned for friday...i'll be showing you arya and her little baby sister's playroom, which is my new favorite project...i know, i'm always playing favorites...

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also, i wanted to give a thank you to kitchen drawer magazine (page 15) and the grip, who both featured your's truly in recent editions. i'm so honored!


Monday, January 24, 2011

faux metallic letter tutorial.


i'm all about using my painting powers for good and not evil (aka, nice "finishes", and not cheesy sponge-painting techniques), and today i thought i'd share a short tutorial on how to get a "metallic" look with paint. and it's so easy, trust me.

we've all seen the great zinc letters at anthropologie that are priced between $18-98/per letter. not bad if you are buying one, but bad if you are wanting to spell something out. anyway, i bought some cardboard letters at hobby lobby for around $2 each. they looked like this to begin with:

here are my supplies, along with a chip brush (the cheap-o brushes that are around one dollar at the craft store or home improvement store) and a paper towel:
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black craft paint and folk art "pearl" paint. it works much better for silvery metallic finishes than the silver paint does!

first, i painted them both black as a base coat, then let them dry:
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then, i did a super-quick dry brush of the pearly paint on top of the black. that means that i dipped a dry paint brush into a tiny bit of the pearl paint, and just kind of smudged it on. it's not rocket science...you just dab it on, then smear it around until it looks "right". you can also rub it off and around with the paper towel.

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if you do an up-and-down motion with your brush, it looks more like aluminum.

and, you're done! so easy. you could do this with lots of different items, too. picture frames, boxes, etc. i started with these letters, just because i wanted to play around with this metallic finish and make sure it was "do-able", but now the options are endless...

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

some furniture.


last friday was spent painting for a really sweet couple...i painted 2 pieces of furniture that had been family hand-me-downs. both were nice, solid, heavy pieces that just needed a little TLC. i canNOT find the "before" shot of the armoire (so annoyed by that!), but safe to say it was just an oak, medium stained piece that was a little "blah"...

here is the before shot of the little side table:

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i thought it would be cute to keep the knobs in the original wood, then if she wants to replace them later, she can.
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this is kind of what the armoire looked like before:


and here is the "after" shot of the armoire..it looks totaaaally different and MUCH better! i cannot emphasize enough how much more of a lease on life this thing got with its new paint job. :)

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and, i just wanted to say thanks for all of your sweet comments about my ceiling mural. it made my weekend even better, receiving all of the nice words about my work!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

flowers on the ceiling.

done! you remember my inspiration from the other day?

i translated it onto this master bedroom's ceiling. i wanted it to complement the room, and not just be a random pattern on the ceiling, so i created a swirled look that sort of wraps around the perimeter. there will eventually be a chandelier in the middle where the plastic cover is now...

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what it looks like when you walk in the door to the bedroom...

from the ground:

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some detail shots:
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hello, birdie.

my favorite flower:
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

trimmings.

i've been wanting to add some sort of embellishment to this table skirt on the bookshelf-shelf that my dad and i built, and i finally got around to it last night. i bought some black grosgrain ribbon and went to town...

in the works:

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mika loves projects that involve string. string is his favorite.

and, i know you guys are going to want specific instructions on this, but i am mathematically-challenged, so i just snipped and hot-glued as i went along. it probably would've been better to measure everything out, but it would've taken me ten times longer, and i didn't care that much!

ta-da!
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and, the end.

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i'm alllmost done with my ceiling mural, and i will have photos of it for you guys tomorrow! it's been so fun, and i'm happy with the way it's coming along.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

we have a sky.

i did the "sky" part of the mural yesterday...today, i will be adding the vines, birds, etc...

before:
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after only one coat of glaze:
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and, after several coats of glazing...
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i bumped up the contrast a lot so you can see...but it's pretty obviously "sky" in person!

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this is probably the most accurate to real life:
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stand by...i'll be posting the pics of the final product soon!

Monday, January 17, 2011

mural


sorry i don't have a whole lot of finished work to show you guys right now...the past week or so, i've been working on a bunch (30ish) of furniture and decor pieces for a company that makes paint here in atlanta. i was working in a fairly dark space, so photos were not really going to happen. i'll have photos of the pieces in the future, so i'll be sure and show you guys when that happens!

i should have something pretty great to show you in a few days. today, i'm starting on a ceiling mural inspired by the fabric on this chair. this was a commissioned mural by a client and her interior designer, and i am really looking forward to starting it. the mural will go into the tray ceiling of a master bedroom, and it'll kind of be like a "window" outside, with the sky in the background, and the flora and fauna all around.

happy monday.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

hashai


i really try not to post photos from other peoples' blogs, or photos that aren't original. not because i don't enjoy viewing said photos, i just get a little annoyed with the redundancy and boringness (?) of it all. ya know?

however, when i saw these photos from hashai (can't decide what is better about AB - her design taste or her penchant for funny and intelligent blog and twitter posts. talented lady.), i had to share with you people. pretty great, no?

before
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why can't more people break out of their boring shells and have fun houses and great design? i'm a little sick of the traditional stuff right now. also - all the big changes in this makeover done with my favorite tool:
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

happenings.

the snow is kiiind of starting to melt today, however temps are still at freezing, and i am scared to drive. so, i thought i'd share with you some of my cabin-fever thoughts and happenings.

yesterday, i finally got to the annoying white stripe that was chillin on our shelf wall until i decided to finally remedy it with a brush and paint.

bad:
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better:
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i also rearranged some stuff on the bookshelves. rearranging bookshelves is one of my favorite things to do. cool, right? another thing i like to do: make the bed. yesterday, i almost considered asking jordan to not make it so that i could make it. ridiculous...

better view:
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(probably need to do a third coat today)

also, i'm considering lighting for the bookshelves. i have two ideas:
a) bookshelf lights from ikea, mounted to the tops
or
b) this really awesome crystal chandelier that a friend gave me, spraypainted turquoise (or some other amazing color) and hung in the center, forward a little from the entire unit.

thoughts? my other idea is to hang the chandelier in the middle of the room, above-ish the sofa/coffee table. what do you guys think? here is my living room, for a reference:

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

planters.

you know you are bored when you start taking photos of your plants.

anyway, a few months ago, i transferred my outdoor succulents inside, in hopes that they didn't die over the winter. i bought some soil at the urban gardener (couldn't find their website, but it's a GREAT gardening supply store, really close to my house - between grant park and cabbagetown. employees are really knowledgeable, and a lot of beautiful things for the eyes when you are there, too!), and talked to one of the employees about transferring the plants inside. she told me that there was a good chance they wouldn't make it, but if i kept them at a medium-range temperature, it would help. so far, they have made it, and seem to be doing alright. i'm so glad! (especially since a certain little feline likes to chew on them every now and then, argh!)

i wanted something other than the traditional ceramic pot to place them in, so i went to a couple of thrift stores to hunt down different containers. here's what i came home with:

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the glass container in the back is some sort of candy dish or fruit bowl. i got it for only $7. in front of that, to the right, is a vase i bought for $1 (just for flowers, not for this project!), and then next to that is another mercury glass lookalike that i bought for $1 as well. i had initially planned to put a couple of plants in the big glass dish, but for some reason that didn't happen...i still think it'd be a cute idea next spring when succulents are in stores again...

here's what it turned out like:
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still kickin' it! doesn't look as great as it did this summer, but still alive, nonetheless. it lives on my nightstand, and in the windowsill during the day.

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here is the other one...mika models, as usual. it lives on our table.

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