Friday, September 30, 2011

Cabinet Refresher

Last week, I painted this bathroom cabinet. It was a traditional wooden stained look that my client felt was a little "blah" for the space. I am also doing a large-scale dramatic painting for this guest bathroom, and we thought darkening up the sink cabinetry would help to bring in some glam to a space that's less than impressive for guests right now (thought the cabinetry is very beautiful either way)!

before:

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and, after:
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I did a simple black paint, with rubbed (Distressed) edges. As you can see, the walls will be painted, and my client intends to replace the mirror, as well as the light fixture. I can't wait to show you guys the complete "after".

I had a hard time getting photos of this bathroom, so forgive the weird lighting!

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(the streaks on the cabinet are the wax sealer that I use. It was still wet when I took this photo, hence the obvious lines, but that will go away!)

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thank you all for the great feedback (and purchasing!)on my Moroccan stencil! I'm really excited to be able to sell them now, and I appreciate the support.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moroccan Stencil FOR SALE!

I'm really excited to announce that my Moroccan stencil is now FOR SALE!

So many people have inquired about being able to purchase it, and I finally got all my ducks in a row, had them made, and they are now available on Etsy for your buying pleasure :)

here is a reminder of some of the rooms where I have used my Moroccan stencil:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A New Nursery

Here is a nursery that I finished last week. I painted the walls in this popular lattice pattern, which I blogged about here. It is a really big room, so it took a lot of patience and work, but I think it's going to be such a serene, calm, pretty nursery for two little twin babies due in a few months!

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Obviously, there are lots of items that are needed to complete the space, but after I left last week, it really was starting to feel like a nursery.

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This is a handmade stencil, painted on top of Benjamin Moore's "Nimbus", which may be my new favorite grey. It's so pretty.

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I'll tell you more about that bookshelf tomorrow!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Silvery Dresser

Last week, I completed this dresser makeover. I don't have a "before" photo of it, but it was just solid white. We wanted to sort of imitate the look of this dresser, but a bit lighter and airier.

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I think my client is going to purchase these pretty knobs from Anthropologie for it:

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I did several coats of paint on it. First, I painted the whole piece gray. Then, I did a metallic pearl white and silver mixed glaze all over it. After that, I did a pewter glaze on it, then finished it off with a wax sealer. It was a lot of work, but I love the result.

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I also did the walls, which I will tell you more about later on this week!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Overstock Rug

I got a new rug!

Just when you thought my blog couldn't get any better, I hit you with exciting information like that.

Anyway, it's good news for us, as we lived without a bedroom floor rug for about a year and a half. For some reason, I just never bought one, so we had bare floors in our bedroom for a while. I decided to go with another jute rug, since I like the one downstairs so much. They're just neutral and pretty classic, so I figure it will last a while (even with my constantly changing tastes). I toyed with the idea of getting a graphic, colorful rug, (because I think this room could use something a little bold) but I knew that was not a smart decision for a girl like myself. I would probably get tired of it after 3 months.

Here she is:

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it's an 8'x10', and I got it at Overstock.com. Here is the link to it. It's better quality than the one we have downstairs (which was from Lowe's). I'm actually considering buying another one to put downstairs, since that one is 5 by 7, and a little small for the space.

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I tell you what was not fun, was unrolling this beast on to the floor. I had to take the entire room's contents out to get that done, which meant taking the mattress, box springs and bed into the tiny hallway (and yes, I did this by myself). Even still, it is about 2 inches too close to the right side of the room, and it drives me nuts that it's not centered. However, it doesn't drive me nuts enough to take everything off of it and move it again.

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it makes our feet happy, and Mika enjoys resting himself on it :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Nook

I feel like I really haven't been sharing many projects from my own home as of late - I sort of redecorated my living room in the spring, and I've been enjoying it ever since. Having said that, I am not a person that can leave things alone for too long, so of course I have been making little tweaks and changes along the way. Do you guys do that? I know some people can redecorate a space and leave it for ten years - I don't think I could ever do that. I can barely leave the same furniture in a room for more than one year. I'm not sure if it's the small space we have, or just my constantly changing tastes (blogs don't help that), but I am always craving change in my home!

Anyway, I just wanted to show you guys a little nook in my place that makes me happy. I love, love, LOVE color, so the combo of hot pink, black, navy, turquoise and green on this side table in my living room catch my eye every time I walk by. I think hot pink and navy have to be two of the best combo colors of all time.

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just as a refresher, the table was a vintage (yardsale) find that I got for WAY cheap, and painted turquoise (I also wallpapered the insides with grasscloth). I added the gold ring pulls that I salvaged off of another piece of furniture, and spraypainted gold. The ceramic horse art was a thrift store find. I made that cat head silhouette a few months ago - it reminds me of the Carter Kustera portraits available at Jonathan Adler (except mine has a bowtie). I painted the background hot pink, and made the head and bowtie out of vintage paper I scored at Providence Antiques here in Atlanta, before it closed down.

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If you zoooooom in, you'll notice the Readers Digest books I have on the table. I got 3 of them about a month ago at a Goodwill. I meant to blog about them, but I haven't yet. Anyway, they all are colorful vintage books with awesome patterns on the outsides! I love this green one, and I also have a yellow and orange version. I'll show you guys all three at some point. Sitting on top is a photo of me and my mom when I was a baby. Wanna see closer? It's funny:

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me and mom are making some pretty awesome faces there, eh? HAH! I was a real chubbster as a baby. :) Sitting next to the photo is some rock thingamajig I got at TJMaxx or Marshall's.

The end! I hope my little end table made you happy, too.

oh! and since a lot of you guys are new readers, here is what the rest of the sofa looks like:
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How I Paint With A Stencil

I get lots of stencil requests around here (and stay tuned for my custom stencils for sale!), so I thought I'd show you guys a little bit about how I "stencil". I use the term stencil lightly, because I really don't use my stencils like a true stencil. I use them more as a template. I'm working on a stenciled nursery right now, and I snapped a few pictures yesterday to show you guys how I do it.

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This is what I do - hold my hand-made stencil up to the wall, and roughly trace the lines in with a thick-bristled brush.

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Then, I go in and trace all the way around the pattern with fresh paint. The little spots where the tape are have to be filled in, too. This has to be done ASAP with metallic paint, because if you don't do it fast, the paint dries and you get overlap marks. Not pretty.

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I use all 4 of these brushes to do the stencil with. It's intense!

After I get the pattern completely on the walls, I go back in for touchups. On a big room like this, touch ups can take all day. I use the wall color to smooth out the lines.

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here is a photo of both sides of the pattern with wet paint on it.

Touching up a pattern like this is not easy!

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but you get a pretty sweet result if you're patient ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rustic Painting

A client of mine wanted to do something whimsical for her son's room and I came up with this - a rustic painting of a cow on wooden panels. She wanted to do a cow because her son loves cows - I loved the idea of a classic, simple silhouette on the panels.

I found these old pieces of fence post to use as my panels, and hand-painted the white background and the cow. Here's how I did it:

first, I lined up all the fence posts to get the measurement I wanted (35" by 35"). I then nailed the posts into 3 more posts going in the opposite direction in the back. I must've used 200 nails! Not really - but I used a lot. I wanted it to be very sturdy.
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Once I had my fence posts lined up at the height I wanted, I measured the distances and sawed off the ends.

I just used my trusty Skil saw.

here is what I came up with after lots of nailing and sawing:
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I let this sit out in the sun and dry forEVER, then also sanded it down.

After that I painted it white:

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I dry brushed it on, so that I got a rustic feel to begin with, but I also did a little distressing before I painted the cow.

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I loved the knots and the corners with a little distressed action.

After all of that, I painted a cow silhouette. I just did this by Google-ing a "cow silhouette", found one I liked, then drew my cow in freehand. I then painted him, black, and voila!

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I hope to get a better picture of the cow soon! Little Henry's (client's son) bedroom is super-cute, and I can't wait to share it with you guys!

Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Stencil!

Hello, and happy Monday. I am back today with a new stencil pattern! I say "new", but really I borrowed the pattern from Sunny's Goodtime Paint - I just made my own stencil.

Here is the stencil I made (it's on two pieces of posterboard - that shows you how large it is!)

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I just freehand drew half of the pattern on the left side of the posterboard, then cut it out with my razorblade (not a short process). Then, I flipped that pattern over to the right side and traced the pattern out onto the open posterboard so that the pattern would be the exact same. I then cut out that side with my razorblade. It took a while - I probably should've just bought the stencil from the website! :)

Anyway, here is how it came out:

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I adore the pattern with the Greek key curtains!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Lil Cowboy.

TGIF, my friends ("TGIF" will always remind me of Friday nights as a kid - watching all the favorite shows from 8-10pm every week...which one was your favorite? I was a big "Family Matters" fan. We weren't allowed to watch "Step by Step" or "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"... hah!).

Anyway, I digress. I have had a LONG, long week, full of busy work - which is a good thing, but has left me exhausted! During a particularly exhausted-feeling moment this week, I got this email from a client that made my whole day. I did two cowboy paintings for her son's nursery at the beginning of the year, and she wrote me this email to send pics and let me know she was so happy with them. I truly, truly always want my clients to be as happy as they can be with my work, so it always makes my day when they go out of their way to tell me they love something I did. Here's the email:

Hey Kristen,

It has been about 7 months since you painted these cowboy canvases for
me and I have meant to email you pictures all this time. Here they
finally are - better late than never. The pics really made his whole
nursery! I love them and get so many compliments on them. I just
wanted to say thank you again!

Thanks,

Shelby

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Hysteria!

OK, so I'm interrupting my normal posts on the jobs I've been working on, or DIY posts from around my house to talk about the Missoni for Target line -- did you guys go out and pick anything up? I honestly didn't have my heart set on anything, and thought it was crazy how the masses went out in search of stuff when the line debuted earlier this week! Wow...

Anyway, I had to go to Target today for some posterboard, so I of course checked out what my Target had to offer - which was dwindling down to not much. I ended up getting 2 matching melamine plates, in what I consider to be a pretty classic Missoni zig-zag.

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I propped it up on my bookshelf. I'm a lover of pattern, so the bright zig-zag pattern on my shelves was a welcome change!

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(yes, this shot includes 2 book on my bookshelves that embarassingly display my vampire book obsession. And while we're on the topic of pop culture - do any of you guys watch True Blood? What about that season finale?!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Secretary

Tomorrow, I'm scheduled to paint a new, fun pattern on some dining room walls, but until then, I have another furniture makeover for you guys. This piece was a family heirloom that my client wanted to keep, but give a little new life and character to it. She was decorating her bedroom in soft browns, creams and blue-greens, so we decided to go with a cream on the outside, and a pretty blue on the inside. Check out the "before" shot of the secretary:

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and, the most challenging part:
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I say it's challenging because of all those little pockets! Not easy on the arm/back to paint. I couldn't remove the little shelf/drawer area on the desk, so I couldn't spray it. I painted that baby by hand! I have a knot in my back to prove it. :)

And, the "after" (I painted in the garage - this is not where the secretary is going to "live"):
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Exterior is Benjamin Moore's "Manchester Tan" with a brown glaze on top, and the interior is "Palladian Blue". Palladian Blue is one of the prettiest colors Ben Moore sells, in my opinion. It's one of those colors that changes as the daylight gets brighter or darker, but always to a gorgeous shade. I used it on this furniture, too.

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I did extra antiquing in the bevels and corners. I tried to make a video on my phone for you guys, to show you how I do this (lots of people seem to be interested, so I thought it would be helpful!), but apparently I can't figure out how to upload it. Geez! I can't get it off my phone. If I figure it out, I'll post it. Anyway, we loved how the antiquing highlights the pretty, feminine woodwork on this piece. It's so much girlier now!

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See how the scrollwork and the cross sections on the doors stand out so much more now? Not to mention, how nice they look with the blue interior...

and while I'm talking about the blue interior, check this out:

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I think it's such a fun surprise when you open the desk. I loved that she wanted to do the interior a different color.

I imagine a cute little desk stool, reupholstered in a pretty fabric sitting in front of this! And a cute little glass vase of peonies sitting on the desk, Domino-mag-style - don't you?

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