Monday, February 28, 2011

hand-painted little girl's room furniture.

a few weeks ago, i painted some furniture for a little girl's room. the furniture pieces were hand-me-downs, looking for a new lease on life. she had a wonderful new look for her bedroom, including pale, dusty purples, grays, blacks, whites, and a crisp, light green. i loved the fabric inspiration, and color palette!

here were the fabrics, which inspired our color palette for the furniture pieces:
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i love the black and white dotted fabric, and i thought the fabric in the background that has sweet street scenes, with a dog, people walking, etc., was the perfect complement!

i painted 2 dressers (previously bright pink!) this (custom-mixed) pale gray
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the knobs were from anthropologie.

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this shelf used to be handpainted, with a few very busy patterns, but my client wanted to tone it down a bit, and match it to the rest of the room. so, i painted most of it white, and decided on a complementary purple for the back.
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i did the same pattern that's on the anthropologie knobs for the little pegs at the bottom.

(i got a pottery barn kids catalog in the mail this week, and saw this room. it really reminds me of this piece!)

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

jungle themed nursery mural

this week, i painted a nursery for a baby girl that has a jungle theme...check it out:

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i was basing my painting off of a crib bedding set that my client bought online. another note - this entire nursery was done with no-VOC paint...a first in my book, but i enjoyed it!

anyway, we have a serengeti-style tree, surrounded by a giraffe, an elephant, 2 monkeys, and 2 birdies. there is also a lion on the other side of the wall, that i'll share in a second...

this is the view when you walk into her room from the hallway...just so you have an idea of the layout!
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there is also a sun shining on our scene, from above the door:
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some detail shots:
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i loved how some of the colors had patterns on them...like the blue on the elephant had this graphic stripe, and all of the yellow things had little polka-dots.

and, i like the giraffe's curly hair-do:
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just hangin' out...ahaha...ha

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and the monkeys have little sideways smiles that are cute!

across from the mural, right when you walk in the door, i did a small lion. he might just be my favorite part :)

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don't you think he's probably a friendly lion? i think yes.

here is the whole room view again:
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rustic table with modern chairs.

i painted a very simple table the other day, but i wanted to show you guys, because i love the way my clients are pairing it with these modern chairs. they bought this heavy pedestal table in black...but 3 days after they bought it, felt like they'd made a mistake, and decided it would be best in a lightly distressed, creamy white. their taste is fresh and treaditional, with a modern finish. i really loved it. (check out their beautiful grey kitchen cabinets...i want)

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(i'd already put a deglosser on top, hence the wet-ness)

and, after
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lighter, brighter, and less of a "dark hole" in the kitchen :) i couldn't take the cardboard out from underneath yet, so you guys have to deal with it in my photos! sorry.

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the chairs are these from west elm.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

distressed island.

a few days ago, i painted this island. it was a family heirloom, but my client had to have risers put on it to make it usable, and they didn't match or line up with the current wood. i also painted these for the same client...it's always so smart to work with furniture you already have, or heirlooms that you treasure, but aren't working with your current decor.

before:
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see the little extra wood at the bottom? no bueno.

and, after!
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muuuuch better. it looks like a new piece of furniture, huh?

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she got the cute knob at anthropologie.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

you did it yourselves.

i've received a few emails lately from readers telling me that they did some of my "DIY" posts...which is so cool! i thought i'd take today to share them with the rest of you guys. i love these rooms, and it makes me happy to know that my tutorials can be helpful to folks. and fyi - i took down the area on my sidebar that had all of my diy projects. it was taking up too much space, and i felt like most of them weren't useful. you can, however, search for them in my archives.

check it out:

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i looooove the way they turned out - especially with the pale blue border. this makes me want to add a border to mine! i also love the head board, which she made. awesome.

next up, eileen sent me her chevron curtains that she made from my tutorial.

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isn't her living room great? she wanted the stripe at the top to pull the eye away from the carpeted floors (which she doesn't like), so she made it a bit thicker. i love her coffee table, too!

another view:
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and just for kicks (and a pic that has nothing to do with me, except i love it), i found this one on her blog.
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LOVE that wall color. it reminds me of carries apartment in sex and the city (the movie). beautiful, eileen!

i found autum's "eat" letters (using my aluminum lookalike diy) through my stat-counter. she did a great job (and you guys should head over and check out her cute kitchen she has recently redecorated. she is a woman after my own heart - most of the changes were done with paint!

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finally, we have another chevron curtain project! i love how rachael used yellow! i thought about using yellow when i did mine the first time, as well.

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(that grey and white couch is pretty amazing, too!)

this is from the other side of the room, but i had to show it - i love the "artwork" over the sofa:
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Monday, February 21, 2011

nursery for a little boy.

i painted this nursery last week for a baby boy that is due in a few months...

the room is not completed yet, but his mom and dad have painted the room in the best blue (don't know the color - sorry!), and i came in to do the decorative painting.

we did a tree that will be in a corner, sort of "growing" over the crib:

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and, a little bird family, which is like the bird family i did in this nursery.

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i also painted the baby's dresser. his mom and dad had their painter do a basecoat of white, then i came in and did the bird and little worm. i also did a very light green trim on the bevels of the drawers:

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i liked how his feet were "resting" on the bevels :)

i also did a few more birdies around the room:
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here he is up close:
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and, a cute lil frog!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

lil cowboy.

a few weeks ago, i did these commissioned paintings for a client's new baby boy's nursery...they remind me of the paintings i did for this nursery, and a little of these.

his mom couldn't find exactly what she wanted, so i created it for her. i'm always available for commissions like this, and the good news is that you don't have to be in atlanta to get it! email me at kristen(dot)fountain(at)gmail.com for pricing and commissioning info.

they will hang above the new baby boy's crib!
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while i was painting these, i kept thinking of my little brother (he's now 22), who was a cowboy when he was little. around the age of 4 or so, he had a cowboy room, and would only wear cowboy clothes. my nana made him lots of button up's with fringe and pearl buttons, and he had a couple of pairs of boots. he wore these with jeans and cowboy hats every single day for a long time. so cute! i wish i had a photo to share with you guys. cutest little cowboy i ever saw.

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hope everyone has a nice weekend! as a side note - i'm now accepting advertising for my blog. you may have noticed the pottery barn ad to the side. please email me if you are interested in advertising!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

the internet is cool.

hey, remember when i asked the internet if they had any small amounts of grasscloth i could buy (versus having to buy 2 rolls for a tiny project)?

well, it came through for me. samma emailed me and said that she had recently done some wallpapering at her house (check out her cool glass countertops), and had some grasscloth left over. how convenient! she let me buy some, and even gave me some wallpaper paste. how nice was that? and, not only did she a) live in atlanta b) have grasscloth scraps i could buy, but she also lives about a mile away from me, in my neighborhood. the internet rules!

i covered the insides of our little nightstands in grasscloth the very day that i picked up the wallpaper from samma. i love the way it turned out...texture, texture, texture.

here they are before i papered them:
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(sorry, that photo was taken at night. also - the stuff sitting on top is the wallpaper paste, not some gross pudding i was chowing down on before bed, which is kind of what it might look like.)

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after! the seams don't match perfectly, but it's not noticeable in real life. i love it! grasscloth is my new favorite thing. it also reminds me of my dentist's office growing up...the waiting room was covered in grasscloth. i remember weird things. hm.

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