Sunday, March 12, 2017

PAINTING A DISTRESSED & GRAY GLAZED TECHNIQUE ON NEW KITCHEN CABINETS

PAINTING A DISTRESSED & GRAY GLAZED  TECHNIQUE ON NEW KITCHEN CABINETS

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned I was working on kitchen cabinets.
I showed you the tile floor that looks like wood flooring.
Well, here it is!
And, all of this flooring that looks like wood is tile.  Amazing!
I mentioned this kitchen was remodeled and built for wheelchair access.  The carpenter that was working on this remodel built these cabinets especially for the client.  He did a great job.
This is my favorite cabinet that I painted.  Not sure why. 
 I love the white tile backsplash and the silver handles.
The decorator wanted me to paint a distressed and glazed finish.
  I painted a white/grayish first coat and glazed with a light gray that the decorator picked out.  
The silver handles look so good with these colors.
Above, the granite guys will cut out the opening for a stove.  
The appliances, vent-a-hood and sink are stainless steel. 
 By the sink they brought the faucet forward to the edge of the counter for easy access.
Those two little knobs are a pull out table, also for easy access.  
It's a chopping block table and is on wheels so it's easy to pull out.
All the walls are a soft blue gray with white ceilings and trim.
These painted gray beams really brought all of the colors together nicely.
It's a big open space.
The decorator asked me to paint this barn door with the same finish as the kitchen.  It will be on a black rail and looks really nice across the room from the kitchen.
BEFORE
To the left, they took the china cabinet top off to install the granite.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

HAND PAINTED ART ~ CASTLE MURAL FOR LITTLE MORGAN'S ROOM

HAND PAINTED ART ~ CASTLE MURAL FOR LITTLE MORGAN'S ROOM

Recently Morgan got married.  She was such a beautiful bride!
It reminded me of a castle mural I painted for her when she was 5 years old.
Her mom saw a castle I painted in my playroom and wanted one for Morgan.
I went digging through my pictures and found these to share with you.
I painted Morgan as a princess with blue sparkles on her beautiful dress and
she was tossing a rose to her prince.
Turns out her new husband has dark hair, too.
Sparkly daddy blue bird carrying ribbons to his nest.
I added sparkle paint to his feathers.
This is a picture of curious, sweet Simba and
Mama bird rushing to protect her nest.
On either side of her bunny bed, 
I painted larkspur with a lady bug and a butterfly.
Morgan was tiny and 5 years old. 
 I stood on my ladder and held her up to draw her name with a pencil.
Then, I painted it blue.
So cute!!
Painted a large tree in her dressing room.
Daddy sparkly bluebird, again.
I love, love, love this castle mural that I painted for little Morgan.
She and her mommy LOVED it, too.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

HAND PAINTED ~ TROMPE L'OEIL ~ BIRD NEST & EGGS

HAND PAINTED ~ TROMPE L'OEIL ~ BIRD NEST & EGGS

There are three bird nests in my yard, maybe more.
I can hear the babies in the front yard.
Sweet baby birds!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

HAND PAINTING PINK FLOWERS ON A WHITE MIRROR FOR A BABY GIRL NURSERY

HAND PAINTING PINK FLOWERS ON A WHITE MIRROR FOR A BABY GIRL NURSERY

This mirror was an older plain white mirror.
I painted the pink flowers to match new bedding for a baby girl.
The white paint finish looked like lacquer, so instead of repainting it I sanded really well before painting the flowers.  I used craft paints because they are so durable and wipeable.  The mirror was older and had only a few small chips and scratches. 
 I used Ceramcoat white craft paint to touch up.  
Usually, when I'm touching up something that is very white, 
Ceramcoat's white is a good match.
These flowers are so sweet.
 I finished painting it just in time for the baby shower today.
(click on picture for a larger view)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

LOVING MY RETRACTABLE CLOTHESLINES IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM

  LOVING MY RETRACTABLE CLOTHESLINES IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM

 A couple of years ago I came across a retractable clothesline.  
It occurred to me that it was perfect for my 15' long laundry/sewing/work room.
Rags, rags, rags...
I use so many wet rags in my studio and working around the house.  To let them dry out before putting them in the dirty clothes I would hang them on the laundry sink, the washer, dryer, just any place I could find a spot. When I found the retractable clothesline I knew it would be perfect to hang those wet rags and would look so much neater than rags hanging everywhere.
I really loved "hanging out those rags".  I guess it was a little nostalgic.
So, since I had plenty of room I purchased another clothesline and started hanging out other pieces of my laundry.  THEN, I purchased a third one because I wanted to hang out my sheets.  You would not believe the difference between dryer dried sheets and hanging them out on this inside clothesline.  The sheets are sooo soft and even smell good.
I placed the clotheslines so they are above my head when not in use.  I do have to maneuver around the wet clothes when they're hanging out to dry.  But, I don't mind one bit.  
I truly LOVE hanging my clothes on a clothesline and 
I love taking the clothespins off and folding everything.
Do you remember hanging out clothes?  Do you still hang out clothes?
(I found the retractable clotheslines at Lowe's)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ROAD RAGE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT

ROAD RAGE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT

(for a larger view click on YouTube in lower right corner)

Monday, February 6, 2017

TILE FLOORING THAT LOOKS LIKE WOOD

TILE FLOORING THAT LOOKS LIKE WOOD

Right now I'm working in a nice older home that is being remodeled.
One of my favorite things is the bronze colored metal roof.
This new floor fools everybody.  I know it looks like wood, but it is tile.  
I just had to share it with you.
The grout lines are very narrow, not wider like regular tile. 
 I think the thin grout lines help it look even more like wood than tile.
This owner is in a wheel chair.
So, the tile is very appropriate for the wear and tear it will be getting.
My job in this house is painting her brand new kitchen cabinets. 
 The new kitchen is also wheelchair friendly.  
They asked me to paint a white/distressed finish.  
The distressed finish will help if her chair bumps the cabinets hard enough to chip them.
The carpenter on the job built this kitchen especially for this client's needs.
I'm hoping I can share it with you when I'm finished painting. I will if I can.
In the meantime, I wanted to show you this flooring...so nice!