Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY Project on the MyColor Blog!

Look for a DIY tutorial on how to make this serving tray over at my MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE® blog soon!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

White Bookshelves!

Well, I painted my bookshelves white. It was a (way too) long process- it took about 4+ coats of white paint to get the job done. I am loving the bright and airy result, though.

Remember it used to look like this:
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now, they look like this:
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white.

The shelves are not done being arranged. I am going to be making some more changes in my living room, and I will definitely be re-arranging the things on the shelves -- I don't like the placement of things now, but I haven't had a lot of time to play around with it. Arranging things on bookshelves is one of my favorite hobbies. Nerd!


to see photos of when my dad and I did the "install" of the shelves, go here.
to see photos of when I added trim to my shelves, check it out here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Room Tour/Bed Painting

Hi!

I told you guys that my friend and I painted her $50 Craigslist headboard in a bright orangey red a few weeks ago, and I finally got to snap some pics of it in her bedroom (which is super cute). Check it out!

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doesn't the headboard add such a great spot of color in the room?

She did those cute nightstands with a tutorial from Ikea Hackers, and the prints above the bed are from Made By Girl.

here is the whole room:
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also, check out this cute dresser we painted turquoise a few years ago! I love the color that it brings to the room, too, and I think it's also an Ikea find.
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hope you enjoyed! Thanks for letting me show off your room, E. :)


Friday, February 24, 2012

First Post Up on MyColor Paints Blog!

hey everyone!

I'd love it if you'd head over to my MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE® blog to check out the very first post, and leave a comment for me if you are so inclined :). I have a fun DIY project coming up soon to show you guys over there, that I'm going to finish up today. It's a cool thrift store transformation that I was really excited to complete.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

a painting for sale!

well, the redecorating bug has taken over my body...are you surprised? :)

I'm going to sell the painting that I did that hangs (hung) above my sofa. Its 36"x48", and it's $500. If the buyer is out of state, or out of driving range, they will also be responsible for shipping. The canvas is a gallery size canvas, and is painted on the sides of the canvas too, so there is no need to frame. Email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com, if you want to purchase.

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there is a lot of texture on it!

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Colorful painting!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned this painting, and that I was hoping I'd get to snap a picture of it for you guys in its permanent home. Well, yesterday I was able to do that, and I am in love!

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my client has excellent taste, and I adore her living room!

and, to the left of this painting, is the entryway, which has the most fantastic chocolate brown and off-white trellis wallpaper that is amazing.

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I love that the painting definitely has colors from the room incorporated, but it's not too matchy-matchy. It feels more collected when it's done that way.

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as a side note, a lot of people email me, asking if I can do commissioned canvases for out of town and out of state clients, and the answer is yes! my email is kristen.fountain@gmail.com if you are interested in inquiring about it, and I definitely think that my prices are really fair for an original piece of artwork. Usually clients just send me photos of work that they've collected that inspire them, and I take it from there.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tree in a little girl's room

Last week, I painted a tall tree in a little girl's bedroom, to match her new owl/flower themed bedding. I loved the bright colors in her bedding set (this "Owl Nature Bedding", from Target), and had fun replicating a fun look for her tree!

I snapped some progress shots while I painted it, and thought I'd share them with you guys. I used to always sketch out my entire tree before I painted over it, but now I have kind of gotten the hang of these trees (I've painted lots and lots of them!), so I just do a general guideline with my pencil of the base of the tree, then get the idea of where I want the branches to go in my head, and just paint it out from there. I figure, if something goes wrong, it's nothing a quick swipe of a wet paper towel can't fix.

the only thing I had sketched out here was the trunk, because I needed it to go over the bed:
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I then did a few branches...

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When I do things like bright flowers and leaves, I usually do a layer of white primer for the base. The reason why, is because these flowers needed to be bright colors like turquoise and hot pink, and those colors wouldn't read very well on top of a dark(ish) green wall - they'd turn out more like brownish turquoise and hot pink. So, I do the primer coat to keep the colors true and bright. It actually takes out a few steps and layers of paint. This is something I've learned over the years.

So, this is the photo of the primer coat for all the little flowers and the owl:
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owls are so cute.

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I mimicked the seam lines in the leaves on the bedspread on some of the leaves. I didn't do seam lines on all of them, because I think that sometimes when you do too much detail like that, the eye doesn't have a place to rest. Sometimes, simple is better.

I did an owl on top of the door frame, too (it's one of my signature moves :) )

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I love hiding little surprises like that.

Just for fun, here are some other trees I've done:

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Hah!

well, I painted my living room yesterday :)

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it's off white. today, I'm painting my bookshelves white. I know, I'm kind of crazy. It's nice and bright in here, though, and I'm loving the change.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tangerine Tango

I had to work both Saturday and Sunday this past weekend, but it was fun because my friend was there to keep me company. She brought over this bed she bought on Craigslist, and we got to work transforming it...

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I found these little plastic raisers for painting furniture at Ace Hardware recently. I thought they were a pretty genius, but simple, idea. They just lift whatever you're painting slightly off the ground (or whatever your surface is) so that you don't get the sticking that you do when you paint pieces laying on the floor or a dropcloth. Also, the point of the triangle makes a minimal mark, so you can go ahead and turn your piece over and paint it pretty quickly and you just have a teensy little dot to touch up later (if you want). This was the first time I'd tried them, and they were great!

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here is E, priming her bed:
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I just discovered this "1 2 3" Zinsser primer... it's pretty amazing stuff.

and, the final color - it's very close to the Pantone color of the year - Tangerine Tango! Love it.

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now, you'll have to wait for me to show you the "After" shot (not because I'm trying to keep you on the edges of your seats, but because I have yet to get over to my friend's house to snap a picture!)...but I will leave you with this:

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cat lips.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rustic Table and Chairs

I recently competed this table for one client, and these chairs for another. (you may remember my post about the chairs here) Conveniently, they were both in the studio at the same time, so I photographed them together.

Here's what the table looked like before:

it was your basic 80's-ish oak pedestal table. My client bought it on Craigslist, and brought it to the studio. I turned it into more of a "farmhouse style", similar to when I painted this table, and this table.

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here is more of a close up of the top:
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and, even more of a view of the top:
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to get this look, I start by sanding down alllllll of the pieces, to remove all of the old stain and polyurethane. (Well, most - some of it is still in the grains a little, just because it's nice to have some variation) I hired my poor brother in law to sand down the table, and I'm not sure that he knew what all he was getting into. Sanding is a tough and not so fun job! I can't stand the sneezing, stuffy noses, and itchy eyes that come with sanding (yes, we do wear glasses and masks!) But, it must be done!

Anyway, I do that, then use a few different glazes, and then do more sanding in between coats. It's a pretty intense job!

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I use a wax sealer, so that the surface is not too shiny.

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I feel like it's a little more authentic that way.

Also, you might have noticed that I glazed these chairs a bit:
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they needed to be toned down a bit, so we slapped some glaze on 'em. Much better!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Work in Progress...

A little something I'm working on in the studio right now...

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it was commissioned by a client, and it's pretty much done now -- I have to say that I love the bright colors (I've always been a sucker for turquoise and red together).

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this was before I softened it up a bit.

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adding squiggly lines to it. I've said it before on here, but I think that the key to interesting paintings is adding neutrals with brights...it's unexpected, and gives depth, I think.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little peek. Hopefully I'll have a photo of this painting hanging in the living room it's going in pretty soon here. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

More Wedding Invite Work

Just dropping in quickly today, to show you some more wedding invitations that I drew out. It's just a snippet, but I still thought it'd be fun to share:

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hope you enjoyed :) I love drawing - it's one of my very favorite things to do, and with my painting job, I don't necessarily do it that often. Small, detailed drawings with small gel pens are the best!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

blast from the past

Yesterday, I was looking at something or another on my blog, and saw a post from 2009, when we first moved into our condo. I was really into white, and so I painted the whole place white, and this is what it looked like:

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I had it divided into two little sections (crazy for this room, which is pretty small to begin with!), which were an office area for Jordan, and a living room. That's my same couch I have now, before I had it reupholstered (and before Mika, my cat, destroyed it with his sharp little claws). It's a pretty big departure from where we are now:

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For some reason, I've been craving another change in here :) I'm surprised that I haven't wanted to change things up before now - our living room decor has been the same for almost an entire year, which has to be some kind of record for me. Anyway, I still love all my living room decor, I just want a switch-up. I'm considering painting the walls, or maybe just the bookshelves white. What do you think?