Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SELL YOUR HOME FAST ~ PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR

SELL YOUR HOME FAST ~ PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR

Today I received this text from my client Lori:
"Lynda, look how beautiful you've made the house and it sold the first day is was on the market!" 
Wow!  The first day!!  Painting cabinets really does make a difference.  The past few years, I've painted nearly all of the cabinets in Lori's large home.
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Below is my post from March, 2014.
PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR
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Lori wanted to change her wet bar area.
  She had a new cabinet built and had beadboard installed on the wall under the bar.  Also, she added new tile on the back splash.  She showed me a picture of the special finish she wanted on the new and old cabinets.  The original cabinets were the pickled/white washed finish.
She wanted black distressed.
(She's having walls and ceilings painted and she said the other painter could touch up my messy lines.)
This wet bar is kind of in the middle of her living area and the new wood that she added and the black distressed finish look just wonderful!!  
Black is such a good "accent" color and for this wet bar, such a great choice. 
Remember Panda Lu?
  When she was tiny, Lori taught her to ring that bell when she needed to go out and it's the cutest thing!  She will keep touching and ringing the bell until someone notices and lets her out.  Her sister, Buffy, is a senior doggie and doesn't think much of ringing the bell.  But, when Buffy is standing at the door to go out, Panda Lu will ring it for her.  I was working right there by the door and it tickled me to watch Panda Lu managing all the "going out" time.
Selfie of my leg :)  
I always sit on the floor to paint the baseboards and bottom of whatever I'm painting and since the floor is cold in winter, I wear long socks and they're so warm.  I have colorful socks to match all of my paint clothes.
 I'm really colorful, but I'm good with that!!
I just love the black contrast with her lighter floors and walls.
Lori planned, very carefully, the design of her new wet bar.
So glad I got to paint it for her and she's very, very happy.
 This sweet message was in an email she sent to me.

                                           Thank you Lynda, and Brian is home now and loves all your work.
                 Thank you again, you’re the BEST!! Your talent is a true treasure and I couldn’t ‘create’ without you!!
                                                                                                 Lori
 That makes me feel really good!
 Thank you, Lori!! 
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A link to Lori's upstairs bath cabinets that I painted:
PAINTING LORI'S GUEST BATH CABINETS TO AN AGED GRAY BROWN FINISH

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HAND PAINTED (TROMPE L'OEIL) CLOTHESLINE IN A LAUNDRY ROOM & TUTORIAL

HAND PAINTED (TROMPE L'OEIL) CLOTHESLINE IN A LAUNDRY ROOM & TUTORIAL

My client wanted to dress up her laundry room.  She asked me to faux paint the walls and paint a clothesline on one wall.  She left the artwork up to me.  This is what I painted:
 
She had a grandchild, so I painted a teddy bear.
They were huge SPURS fans, so I painted this t-shirt on the clothesline.  
My client was really happy with her new laundry room.
It's a nice surprise when you turn the corner into the room.
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TUTORIAL
It would be so easy for someone to paint this clothesline and laundry.  There isn't a lot of detail in the artwork.  You might be more comfortable drawing and cutting out patterns of  the different laundry you want to hang on your wall.  Then trace it onto the wall and paint it.  It would be really cute to paint this in a girl's room, too.  Maybe, something on a clothes hanger.  
Use your imagination and have fun!! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

PAINTED BLACK DISTRESSED KITCHEN CABINETS ~ SELL YOUR HOUSE FAST

PAINTED BLACK DISTRESSED KITCHEN CABINETS ~ SELL YOUR HOUSE FAST

Below is my post about a kitchen I painted about three years ago.  Yesterday, Shanna called me to say she sold her house.  She told me she compared their kitchen to other kitchens in houses for sale in the neighborhood and there was no comparisan.
 She sold her house in FIVE days!  That is amazing. 
 The buyers loved the kitchen.  A few times, through the years,  clients have told me when the potential buyer would see their kitchen that I painted with a special finish it sold the house.  Very  nice of them to share that with me.
So, if you are wanting to sell you house fast maybe you should upgrade your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.   Everybody loves a nice kitchen.

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For a very long time Shanna planned to re-do her kitchen. 
 She felt the floor and the cabinet colors ran together. 
 She said you couldn't tell where the floor stopped and the cabinets began.
  She didn't like that!  
For a while she had been dreaming of black cabinets in her kitchen.
So, she called me.  I had painted her mother's kitchen island and she said that was exactly what she wanted in her kitchen...she thought!!  She was concerned about the rubbed edges not looking right in her kitchen, her white counters and back splash not matching the black and several other worries.
While I was painting, she got happier and happier and, even thrilled! 
 She was loving her black kitchen.
It really did turn out soooo nicely!!  
Her white counters, back splash, trim and shutters looked just beautiful with her new black.  They were a wonderful contrast and kept her kitchen from looking like a black hole.
This was her kitchen island "before".  She and her husband designed a new look for it and called a carpenter to build their new design before I painted the kitchen. 
 And, she added a new granite top.
This is her island "after".  I think they did a great job designing. 
And, the carpenter did a great job putting it all together.
This is her butler's pantry.
I painted it to match the kitchen. 
 As you walk into the house, it looks really nice from the dining room and front door.
And, this is Charlie in front and he was FULL of personality and just had fun doing his own thing, getting in trouble (a lot).  He was so cute.  And, that is Little Bear and he's very old and Charlie just couldn't keep from pestering him.  They were so cute together.
Shanna's new black kitchen turned out so, so nicely. 
She couldn't stop saying how happy she was with the major transformation. 
 The black and white really did look like a "show" kitchen.
Thank you, Shanna!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

FAUX PAINTING WALLS WITH BLACK PAINT & CABINET CLEAR COAT DILEMMA

My client wanted me help her with her guest bath in her new home.
The walls were a beige that she didn't like, the medicine cabinet was one shade of stained brown and the sink table was another shade of stained brown.  Her window shutters, floor to ceiling tile in the shower, doors and frame were white.  I made a few suggestions.  She wasn't sure about any of them. So, I said how about a black and white bathroom.
 She thought she would like that.
With my client's approval, I used the finish and colors on the mirror frame as inspiration for the medicine cabinet and sink table.  I painted a metallic silver paint, rubbed black paint over that and added a stain over all.  (I think she's going to add wood floors.)
Notice that I painted the pipe/p trap underneath the table. 
Then, I painted the design on the table with metallic silver.  
Rubbed gold on top of that with my finger and added the same stain over all. 
 Usually, I use a satin or lower sheen clear sealer.  Because this bath didn't have a lot of light I used a glossy sealer and it made the medicine cabinet and table show up better.
The glossy finish made the metallic paint look metallic.  
A lower sheen can make metallic paints look dull and not reflect.
Reflection is what I, usually, want with metallic paints.
This picture didn't turn out well, but these are very beautiful antique purses and look so fabulous on the black faux painted walls.  The frames are gold and black.
....sooo pretty and so elegant!
She wanted me to take the door off of the medicine cabinet and is going to decorate inside.
Then, we talked about the walls and ceiling.  Nothing sounded good, so I said "well, would you want me to faux paint with black?"  I painted a small sample on the wall and I was surprised she said "yes".   She's very happy and I really love the way it turned out. 
This is her beautiful great room/family room.
The finish on the entertainment center, hall linen cabinet, laundry cabinets and the bath below didn't look good.  The finish was shiny and had lots of dull spots.  I told her I thought everything just needed to be sealed and the finish would look even.  My client thought the previous owner had done something to mess up the satin finish and wanted me to try to fix it.  Oh dear!!  Trying to figure out what someone else did is a bit harrowing.  I tried a couple of things.  One thing I tried made my water based sealer crackle and that told me I should probably use oil paint.  Then, the oil paint actually took the existing finish off in places and caused lighter spots.  OMGoodness gracious!!!  I used craft paints and mixed them to match the dark finish, touched up the spots and sealed again.  
Thank goodness it looked good and she was happy.
There were only a few things in her new home that needed to be changed.
Thank goodness I was able to figure it out, but it was VERY stressful!!  
This home was so beautiful and I really enjoyed working with this client.
Thank you!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

MAKING ART WITH MOLDS & PLASTER OF PARIS

MAKING ART WITH MOLDS & PLASTER OF PARIS

 I love working with plaster of paris and molds.
Some of my molds are vintage candy molds.  
When I see a mold I can't do without I purchase it because I see creative possibilities.
This weekend I'm working on a gift for a friend. 
 She's a wonderful artist and I know she will do something really special with these pieces.
Once I get the forms out of the molds I still have to scrape around the edges.
I use a small knife to smooth out those edges.  My washer has a big flat surface and I like working on top of it.  There's a utility sink beside it, so easy clean up.
This is a heart I made for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago.  I called her "black goddess".  
I textured and painted the heart.  My favorite thing to do is placing the pieces.  I painted the pieces a metallic gold and sealed the heart with a clear sealer to protect the paint.
I'm planning to place some p of p pieces around my arched door to my studio.
When I finally get around to doing that I'll share it with you.

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)