Monday, December 26, 2016

USING A DARK GEL STAIN ON LORI'S FAMILY ROOM CABINETS

USING A DARK GEL STAIN ON LORI'S FAMILY ROOM CABINETS

In Lori's home all of the cabinets use to have a pickled/white washed finish.
 She had me paint some of her cabinets black/distressed.  The black looks amazing with her wood floors and decor.  Then, she asked me to darken her kitchen cabinets just a little bit so they would look distressed.  I used a gel stain on the edges and a little in the middle of the doors. The gel stain really toned down the pickled finish.
Recently she called and wanted me to use gel stain on her family room cabinets.
Even though the cabinets were pickled/white washed, the wood was a little different and the wood soaked up more of the gel stain than in the kitchen.
 I painted on and wiped off with a rag. 
 It looked really, really nice with the brick on the fireplace.  
She is especially happy with the way the new color looks on the mantel.
There are so many different ways to use a gel stain.
This turned out to be a really good one.
Lori is very happy with the final result of her family room cabinets.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

STAINING DECORATIVE CORBELS FOR A STOVE VENT-A-HOOD

STAINING DECORATIVE CORBELS FOR A STOVE VENT-A-HOOD

My client wanted to replace the corbels on the tile under her stove vent-a-hood.
She found these really beautiful ornate corbels.  
They were natural wood and didn't have a finish on them.  
She asked me to stain them to match the decor in her kitchen.
Her vent-a-hood was faux painted with a brown glaze. 
 Her granite and the tile behind her stove had a lot of brown tones, too.  
She held the corbel for me so I could take this picture.
I think they will look really beautiful when she has them attached to the tile.
You can put corbels under a  stove vent-a-hood, under a shelf, under a mirror, on either side of a mirror...there are so many ways you can decorate your home with corbels.
You can paint them any color, stain them or even leave them a natural wood color.
Look online for corbels in a store near you. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

HAND PAINTING MARSHA'S DINING ROOM FURNITURE A GRAY & WHITE DISTRESSED FINISH

HAND PAINTING MARSHA'S DINING ROOM FURNITURE A GRAY & WHITE DISTRESSED FINISH

Marsha asked me to paint her dining room furniture.
She wanted a lightly crackled and distressed gray and white finish.
Of course crackle, distress and aging are my favorite things to do.
She chose a beautiful gray and white fabric for her chair cushions.
The rug has lots of green, gray and rusty rose colors.
This is a close up of the finish on her buffet/sideboard.
After painting and distressing I rubbed a very light gray glaze over all.
Before she had the cushions covered, she sent me a picture of the fabric.
Isn't it beautiful!!
She wanted me to paint the top of the dining table and buffet a lightly crackled gray.
Wonderful little Zoey & Zeus.  
Sooo cute and fun!
This is one of my favorite kitchens. 
A while back I painted, glazed and distressed the cabinets.
The white granite is amazing!!
This is the large kitchen island that I painted and distressed a dark gray green.  
Then I applied a heavy coat of glaze over the green to antique or age the piece. 
 I love the handles that Marsha chose.
They found this stained glass piece in rural Texas.  It came from an old church.
They put a light behind it and it looks really, really nice with the light on.
The dining room is so large it was easy painting the furniture right there in place.  Marsha will be replacing that china cabinet in the background.  She has a larger cabinet that is full of  antique family quilts and I think she is planning to put it on that back wall.  Also, she is going to paint the frame on the mirror in gray and silver tones leaving a little gold.
Her furniture was really beautiful before, but is really, really nice now.
Marsha is very happy!!
Me too! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

HAND PAINTING MIRROR & PICTURE FRAMES FOR PAULA'S NEW HOME

HAND PAINTING MIRROR & PICTURE FRAMES FOR PAULA'S NEW HOME

Remember that  
I posted back in September?
Paula is still working on her decorating and asked me to help her change the colors on a mirror frame and a picture frame.  They were both metallic gold and very beautiful, but she thought they no longer looked good with the gray tones she picked for this new home.
Thank goodness she has this huge island in her kitchen.
It was a perfect work table for the painting.
This is the very large picture frame.  On the right you can see the "before" metallic gold.
 Paula had several colors of paint from her renovation and asked me to use a dark greenie gray for this frame.
I painted on and rubbed off the greenie gray.  On the smooth areas I rubbed more off, leaving the paint a little heavier around the decorative design.  That gave it an "antique aged" look.
This is where Paula plans to hang the painting.  Those walls are gray and my camera made them look kind of greenie blue.  The new color on the frame looks really nice.
And, this is wonderful Hank.  He's a huge Maine Coon Cat and a really cute personality.  When I laid down my bags, he immediately sniffed around and then laid on top of them.
His mom says he likes me...I LOVE him!!
Last night Paula sent this picture to me.  
He's so funny!
This is the mirror frame.  Paula wanted it to be a soft gray.  
When I finished painting it she thought it didn't look dark enough with the walls in the dining room, so I rubbed a dark blacky brown on top of the soft gray.  It was a good contrast.
This is how it turned out.  Looks really good on the soft gray walls, now.
In the first picture above you can see Paula's kitchen light fixture.
This is the light fixture she chose to go across the room above her breakfast table.
Here is another post to some frames I painted last year:
If you have any questions about painting frames, please feel free to message me.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

Your trees are begging you not to throw their leaves away.
Their roots are deep and bring up the minerals and good things in the earth for nourishment.
Those minerals go straight to the leaves.  Then in the fall as they flutter to the ground, they are putting those minerals and good things back into the soil to nourish the roots.
Those leaves are organic matter and as they decay, all is returned to the soil.
Healthy soil is what makes a healthy garden.
(Be organic~no chemicals, please)
Most of the leaves in my yard are soft and will decay pretty quickly.  I don't mind the look of the fallen leaves.  If they bother you, you can mow over them to break them up.  Then you can rake over them and they will settle to the ground and be a good mulch, then compost for the grass and your landscape.
If you think you have too many leaves for your grass, rake them into the flower beds and extra piles around your trees.  Or, you can share them with your neighbors.

FALLING LEAVES IS HOW THE EARTH REPLENISHES ITSELF.
PLEASE DON'T THROW THE LEAVES AWAY.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

REUPHOLSTERING LIVING ROOM CHAIRS & PAINTING LEGS TO MATCH THE FABRIC

REUPHOLSTERING LIVING ROOM CHAIRS & PAINTING LEGS TO MATCH THE FABRIC

My client is redecorating her living room.
She's painting walls a gray brown and found this new fabric for her chairs.
It is so beautiful with grays and browns.  It looks like a silk blend.
Originally the legs of these chairs were a pickled oak.
Several years ago when she was redecorating and recovering the chairs
 she asked me to paint the legs a brown to go with the new fabric back then.
This time I rubbed a gray brown color over the existing brown stain that I painted before.
This is how the legs looked when I painted the pickled oak with the brown gel stain.
They felt the brown was a little too outdated for this new fabric.
I do appreciate her remembering to call me again because
 This is the work I love to do.
This is wonderful, sweet Dallas. 
 He was born on Christmas day.  Many years ago I met him in the winter after he was born.
They had just gotten him and LOVED LOVED LOVED him!!
This Christmas he will be 14 years old. 
 He's looking at his daddy.
My client is redecorating this powder room, too.
I painted the cabinets with a gel stain over pickled oak.
And I applied a tissue paper technique on her walls. 
 I think it still looks really good, but she's wanting to change things.
Well ok, then!