Tuesday, May 31, 2011

custom painting.

a couple of weeks ago, i completed this custom painting for a client. she and her husband needed something to hang over a mantel, and sent me several "inspiration" photos to get the ball rolling. they loved blues, whites and greens, and preferred a sort of interpreted nature scene. nothing too literal, and they liked modern art. this is (not a very good photo of) what i came up with!

Photobucket

i think it resembles an ocean...on a day that could be seen as either moody and dark, or perhaps even a sunny early morning.

i included lots of texture, since there wouldn't be a lot of color.

Photobucket
this area is the most colorful, and where the eye is therefore drawn to. my client said she'd love a tiny splash of hot pink, so there it is!

with a white conte crayon, i drew in "clouds"...this is my favorite one. you can barely see it, but they are obvious if you look closely.

Photobucket

here is a bit of a horizon line, and another cloud...
Photobucket

___

for custom artwork or questions about painting in your home, please email me at kristen(dot)fountain(at)gmail(dot)com

Friday, May 27, 2011

morgan's nursery.

remember when i painted this all-shades-of-plum striped wall for a baby girl's room? well, her mom sent me photos of the finished nursery the other day, so i wanted to share them with you guys. i adore the contrast of the stripes with the suzani nursery set from cocolo couture!

Photobucket

opposite side of the room:
Photobucket
don't you adore the "morgan" letters? she got them here. i really like that font - i've never seen it in stores before. she painted the letters purple with some of our leftover paint.

Photobucket

Photobucket

cute mobile, which i took inspiration for my butterflies from:
Photobucket

the built-in's:
Photobucket


Thursday, May 26, 2011

kitchen cabinets.

last week, i took on a big cabinet refinishing/painting job. these laminate cabinets had seen way better days, as they were cracking and peeling - something that seems to be very common with 10-year-old laminate. as you can see, there were lots of problem areas:

Photobucket


this was probably the worst, where it had peeled completely off in some areas, and my clients glued it back on. it took quite a bit of ripping, slicing, scraping and sanding to get it off!
Photobucket

Photobucket
thankfully, it peeled off pretty easily, and we got most of the fronts off within about 2 hours. as you can imagine, the surface underneath was perfect for applying paint - rough and fairly porous.

Photobucket
here is heather, who helped me out last week. so cute and sweet. check out that cabinet behind her...

i used a combination of paint stripper and elbow grease to get the goo off of the weird drawer that had been previously glued together...
Photobucket

Photobucket
here is what they looked like after we got ALL of the laminate off.

i think i've preached on my blog before about how much i love the "aura" brand by benjamin moore. it is self-priming (TRULY self-priming, unlike some brands out there), and the coverage is amazing. not to mention, it dries like an enamel, is not bad for the environment, has an "evening" agent that helps paint to spread evenly on its surface. i couldn't be more of a fan!

anyway, here is an example of the great coverage of this paint:

Photobucket


on the right side, the cabinets have one coat of paint (yes! only one...doesn't it cover well?), and on the left side, 2. i did end up doing 3 coats, but i thought this was a great example of the coverage.


here are all the drawer fronts and doors laid out on the floor!
Photobucket

and, here are a few shots of the final coat:
Photobucket

notice the long door and drawer - scratches gone! laminate, stay away!

Photobucket

annnnd.....ta-da! here is that pesky damaged drawer...all fixed!
Photobucket

this island was really, really dinged up, so a fresh coat of paint really worked wonders on it:
Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

my traveling studio...

i hope to have a studio space soon, but for now...check out my traveling studio...

Photobucket

hah! i have heard about studio space available just for artists in other cities...does anyone know of great spaces like that here in atlanta? please leave a comment and let me know, if so!

Monday, May 23, 2011

snaps from the weekend...

i have a busy monday and week ahead, so i thought today i'd share something kind of lighthearted...some snaps from my weekend...

Photobucket
today is my baby brother's 23 birthday...these are presents i wrapped for him on saturday...

Photobucket

happy birthday, david!

Photobucket
on saturday morning, i bought a bike! jordan bought a bike (the black one in the background) a few weeks ago, and for some reason, i decided to join him in the bike-riding hobby. turns out, it's really fun. if only i could bike to work...


i bought it at loose nuts bike shop, in my neighborhood. they are really nice there, very knowledgeable, and no pressure. perfect!

on sunday, we rode our bikes to the grant park farmer's market, which was amazing. seriously, if any of you guys live around, i hope you check it out. lots of local organic farmers and other foods vendors (including cheese mongers, a traveling "farmmobile", and the king of pops!). it made me really, really happy.

Photobucket

lastly, here are some photos of the flowers on our stoop...
Photobucket
i planted these 2 succulent pots 2 weeks ago, and we also have flowers in the flower beds that are growing like crazy.

Photobucket

hope you guys also had a nice weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

dresser.

a couple of months ago, i painted this dresser for one of my sweetest clients yet. she'd had an e-design board made by bryn, and bryn suggested this beautiful "rock quarry" color by benjamin moore for this dresser that our client already had. i don't have a "before" shot of it, but i will show you the outcome...

Photobucket

i love the color, and the pretty knobs from anthropologie that they bought.

Photobucket

Photobucket

i'm currently painting this client's kitchen cabinets, along with a large custom painting that she commissioned, so i'll be back monday with photos of those. have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

centsational girl article by courtney lake.

please check out this article, featuring your's truly today over at centsational girl. courtney from courtney out loud wrote it, and he did a fabulous job tackling "breaking design rules". a favorite topic of mine, as i tend to break them every time i decorate my home. :) if you aren't familiar with courtney's blog, please do check it out - he is great, and one of my favorite blog-friends. very encouraging and funny! plus, i'm in the company of some other bloggers that i really admire - so i feel special!

and

Photobucket

my topic of choice? mixing bold color & pattern - one of my favorite things to do.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

more reader projects!

i'm so happy that sometimes my little hair-brained projects turn out nicely, and that you guys get inspiration from them - it's so cool. such a unique community of crafty folks out there, and i'm excited when i get emails from "readers", sending me photos of projects they got off my blog, and are re-creating in their own homes.

anyway, i wanted to share with you 2 projects that were sent my way recently, both inspired by my blog. this first one, by bethany (at dwellings by devore - a VERY cute blog, that i encourage you guys to check out immediately) was inspired by my striped shower curtain post here.

Photobucket

Photobucket

i love the orange, and you know i love that black wall! so awesome.

next up, is tara's project. again, orange is a heavy accent color, along with turquoise. her room is so cute, and you can't go wrong with her color combo :). her chevron curtains were inspired by my chevron curtain tutorial, and i love 'em! thanks for sending, tara.

Photobucket

Photobucket

...and her cute room! i love the artwork over the bed, which reminds me of a yellow/white grouping of paintings that are sold at pieces, here in atlanta. very cool. and how cute is her dog on his matching bed?

Photobucket

___

if you have a project inspired by one of my DIY posts, please send it to me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com...i love to see them!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

lavender trellis wall.

the other day, i completed this trellis wall for a client's baby girl's nursery-to-be. i did it on a lavender wall, with a shimmery/pearly/silvery paint. i made the stencil myself...

Photobucket

as you can see, it's about a 15ft ceiling - pretty tall.

Photobucket

Photobucket

the crib will be up against this wall - i love the tall ceilings - so impactful. this nursery belongs to a client of the very talented interior designer sherry hart - thank you so much, sherry, for the referral! :) sherry and i both worked with room service atlanta together, and she is truly such a sweet person. please take a moment to check out her blog if you get a chance. and, here is her room service room - so awesome!

Monday, May 16, 2011

lyford cay inspired breakfast room.


i'm really excited to share this next project with you guys. heather, from the ever-so-chic duo at H&H Home commissioned me to paint her breakfast room walls with trees, a la this awesome room at lyford cay club, re-decorated by tom scheerer.


i sketched out the trees, and went to town:

Photobucket

Photobucket

here it is from the other side of the room. heather got this awesome gold mirror, and don't you love the ever-so-slightly pink ceiling? that's her nod to the pink couches at lyford cay - i love it. she has such great taste, and her entire house is amazing! so incredibly cute.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

incase you are interested, here are the colors we used. heather was searching online, and couldn't figure out the brown anywhere, so she emailed tom scheerer, and he emailed her back with the exact brown from the lyford cay drawing room - so nice!

all colors are benjamin moore:

Ceiling: Mellow Pink (at 50%) eggshell

Trim paint: Cotton Balls in Semi Gloss

Background wall: Middlebury Brown eggshell

Trees and decorative items: we used Dove White eggshell and custom glaze