Monday, December 11, 2017

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S RED BREAKFAST ROOM CHAIRS TO BLACK & METALLIC GOLD

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S RED BREAKFAST ROOM  CHAIRS TO BLACK & METALLIC GOLD

This is the breakfast room table I painted for Anita.
She asked me to paint it a metallic silver finish.
Her chairs were red and she liked the red, but thought she would be happy with them painted black since she was making a lot of changes in her decor colors.
So, I painted them black with metallic gold artwork.  I used a stencil for the design.
Painted black, they look sooooo beautiful with her metallic silver table.
As I painted the table, I left those dark streaks.  That really ties in with the black chairs, too.
I love, love this picture!!  It's been hard for me to catch the silver "metallic" finish with my camera.  After Anita picked up the chairs and took them home, she sent these pictures to me.  You can see the "metallic" silver table and "metallic" gold on the chairs "reflecting" light.
On the chairs, I painted a hard finish black satin paint and sealed with a satin sealer.
They should hold up very well to the natural wear and tear of family use.
These colors are just wonderful with Anita's new breakfast decor.
The stencil I used looks like rooster feathers to match the chair cushions.
Painting chairs in my studio.
Anita's paint projects are almost completed.
 I'm really proud of the way everything has turned out.
"Before"
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PAINTING ANITA'S KITCHEN CABINETS
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S FRONT DOOR FROM STAINED DARK TO AN OFF WHITE DISTRESSED FINISH

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S FRONT DOOR FROM STAINED DARK TO AN OFF WHITE DISTRESSED FINISH

Anita's front door area is so beautiful with a very tall arched window over the door.
A grand entrance!
Her door was a stained dark brown finish.
She asked me to paint it off white, the color of her shutters.
When I painted the off white, she said it needed a little distressing to fit in with the entry and rooms on either side of the front door.  So, I scraped and distressed it.
This is her painted front door.
Here is lovely Anita.
While I was working on the door, she and Blondie watched and talked to me.
Front door "before".
It was beautiful "before", but the lighter color lightens the entry area a lot.
Her grand entry "before".
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A couple of years ago, Anita asked me to paint the exterior of her door blue.
Here is a link to her blue front door:
PAINTING ANITA'S FRONT DOOR TO BLUE ~ EXTERIOR
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PAINTING ANITA'S KITCHEN CABINETS
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

PAINTING & STENCILING ANITA & GERALD'S LIVING ROOM ARMOIRE TO DARK GRAY

PAINTING & STENCILING ANITA & GERALD'S LIVING ROOM ARMOIRE TO DARK GRAY

So, we move from Anita and Gerald's kitchen to their beautiful living room.
Their living room is a large area open to the kitchen.
The huge tv armoire had a natural finish on it.
Since Anita was changing her decor colors, she asked me to paint it a dark gray.
I just love Anita's home and the way she decorates!
After I painted the armoire dark gray, she said it needed something else.
Because she leaves it open most of the time, she wanted artwork on the drawers.
I showed her several stencils and she chose this one.
Such a good idea to add the artwork on the drawers.
 It made that dark gray corner of the room special.
This is the armoire "before".  Everything was already beautiful, but painting the armoire really, really changed the whole look of her living room.  The mantel in the background was painted the woodwork/trim color.  I painted on and rubbed off a dark gel stain and made that more noticeable, too.  I've loved working in Anita's home, again.
I do have a few more posts to share of painting I did while I was working there this time.
Thank you, Anita!
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LINKS TO:
PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN CABINETS &
PAINTING METALLIC SILVER TECHNIQUE IN ANITA'S KITCHEN
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Friday, December 8, 2017

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE & METALLIC SILVER KITCHEN ISLAND & DINETTE TABLE

PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE & METALLIC SILVER KITCHEN ISLAND & DINETTE TABLE

Anita and Gerald's beautiful new kitchen.
About 15 years ago, Anita asked me to paint her kitchen a french country style.
I crackled, distressed and amber glazed her kitchen cabinets.
I crackled and distressed red her kitchen island.
(Last picture...you won't believe the difference.)
A few weeks ago, she asked me to repaint everything.
She asked me to paint the kitchen cabinets a soft gray white and the island a metallic silver.
Love her chandeliers!
Kitchen chandelier.
Breakfast room chandelier.
Right now those red chairs are in my studio and I'm painting them black.
Will post them soon.
I love her new white kitchen.
"Before"
This is the finish I painted years ago.
Such a dramatic change with her newly painted white and silver kitchen.
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LINKS TO OTHER PAINT PROJECTS DURING KITCHEN CABINET PROJECT:
PAINTING METALLIC SILVER TECHNIQUE KITCHEN ISLAND & DINETTE TABLE &
PAINTING & STENCILING ANITA & GERALD'S LIVING ROOM ARMOIRE &
PAINTING STAINED DARK FRONT DOOR TO AN OFF WHITE
PAINTING RED BREAKFAST ROOM CHAIRS TO BLACK & METALLIC GOLD
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

PAINTING A METALLIC SILVER FAUX TECHNIQUE ON ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN ISLAND & KITCHEN DINETTE TABLE

PAINTING A METALLIC SILVER FAUX TECHNIQUE ON ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN ISLAND & KITCHEN DINETTE TABLE.

Anita and Gerald have been my clients for many years.  Around 15 years ago, I painted their kitchen cabinets and island to a french country finish.  Recently, Anita asked me to help her change the colors in her kitchen.  She wanted her kitchen cabinets painted white.  Her island and dinette table to be painted a metallic silver.  I will talk about her kitchen in my next post.
I think Anita told me this was the first piece of furniture they purchased when they go married.
This is the metallic silver finish I painted.
My undercoat was a dark blackie brown.
Next I painted the metallic silver with a brush and skipped areas so the dark undercoat would come through.  Then, brushed on a brown/gold glaze and sealed with two coats of hi-gloss sealer.  I've, finally, decided the only way to get metallic paints to look metallic through sealers is to use a hi-gloss one.  It's really shiny, but does look metallic.
 Real metals do shine/reflect light.
Here are Bandit and Blondie.  Sweet doggies!  They love their mommy!!
Here is a picture of the island.  I painted the same metallic silver and technique on it.
This silver looks really beautiful!! with her white kitchen.
A close up of the finish.  My flash didn't catch the metallic reflection in this picture.
I put her original silver handles on the doors.  This first door and drawer are connected.  Her pull out for a large trash basket.  I love that it looks like the rest of the doors and drawers.
Their table "before"
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TO VIEW ALL OF THE PAINTING ON ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN PROJECT:
PAINTING ANITA & GERALD'S KITCHEN CABINETS
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GLUING BACK TOGETHER~BEAUTIFUL BROKEN DISHES FOR ANETA

GLUING BACK TOGETHER~BEAUTIFUL BROKEN DISHES FOR ANETA

Aneta moved to a new home and in the move several of her favorite beautiful decorative dishes were broken.  When I was painting her kitchen cabinets, she asked if I could do anything with them.  She wanted to hang the blue platter and the bowl sits in her dining room.
I used E6000 glue and it seemed to work really well.
These pieces were so heavy I had to hold them together for a little while for the glue to work.
I used craft paints and mixed and blended so the cracks would look ok from a distance.
I didn't paint the cracks on the back.
This bowl was really, really heavy, too.  
My touch up paint worked well on this one.  
Isn't this absolutely beautiful!!  I touched up with blue and added metallic gold where the pattern was gold.  From a distance you don't really notice the repair.
I wanted you to see the sparkle and beauty of this bowl.
The value was lost when they were broken, but Aneta will still be able to enjoy them.
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PAINTING DARKLY STAINED KITCHEN CABINETS TO AN OFF WHITE GLAZED FINISH FOR TRACY & NICK

PAINTING DARKLY STAINED KITCHEN CABINETS TO AN OFF WHITE GLAZED FINISH FOR TRACY & NICK

Tracy and Nick's kitchen cabinets were very, very darkly stained.  The cabinets had a beautiful finish on them, but made the kitchen and surrounding area very dark.  They had lived with the dark kitchen for several years and decided they wanted a change.  
So, their original builder called and asked me to paint and glaze all the cabinets in the kitchen, wet bar area and butler's pantry.  There were a lot of cabinets to be painted!
It was amazing how much lighter everything looked.
They thought the lighter paint made the kitchen look much larger.
They added dark knobs and handles.  The contrast to the light cabinets was beautiful!
Here are Bailey and Winnie.  They are the sweetest dogs.
They love company and LOVE greeting you.
I've never been greeted so joyfully :)
Kitchen cabinets "before".
Nick and Tracy were very happy with their new kitchen.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

PAINTING A WROUGHT IRON BED TO A DISTRESSED RED FINISH FOR DEBBIE

PAINTING A WROUGHT IRON BED TO A DISTRESSED RED FINISH FOR DEBBIE

Debbie had a beautiful wrought iron bed.  The color was very dark.
 She decided she wanted it painted red, so she called me.
One bedroom wall was papered with this metallic damask patterned paper.
The red looks amazing!!
I needed some way to make the headboard and footboard stand so I could paint both sides at once.  I already had hooks on my ceiling, so a neighbor helped me tie them so they would stand. That made it so easy  to paint.
 Debbie wanted the finish distressed.  Here is a close up of the finish.  Besides the dark color coming through the red paint, I scraped a little harder and let the white undercoat come through in a few places.
Debbie was excited to find this comforter.  She said it was exactly what she was looking for.
BEFORE
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE LORD OF THE RINGS HAND PAINTED MURAL FOR A NURSERY

THE LORD OF THE RINGS HAND PAINTED MURAL FOR A NURSERY

Melissa and Chris LOVE!! The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
They love the stories and the philosophy behind the stories.
They, even, went to New Zealand for their honeymoon.
When they found out they were expecting their first child, Chris made this poster.
Isn't it great!!
They showed me lots of pictures they took in New Zealand and asked me to paint a mural for their new nursery.  So, this is the mural I painted from their pictures.
I added lots of flowers and color.  The wall is about 10' w x 8' h.  
The undercoat for the sky and clouds.
Chris drew the circle for the green door.  I used dinner plates as my patterns for the windows.
Drew and painted the green door and bricks around door and windows.
Drew and painted the clouds and the rock walk and steps.
Started landscaping.
My tree "grows" up the wall  and onto the ceiling.
  Chris said the original tree in New Zealand has died.  
The trunk and limbs are still there, so, the caretakers taped or stapled leaves on the limbs.
In New Zealand the area is very hilly.
I painted bright sunflowers.  They really brighten up the other colors in the mural.
This nursery is ready for that sweet little hobbit
Melissa and Chris were great to work with.
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