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Open For Business June 23, 2009

Filed under: At the Mercantile... — bonflourish @ 2:24 pm

Open for BusinessWell, I have the window looking presentable… some of the furniture filled in and space left for more.  I will be loading and painting all week, I’m sure.  It’s really amazing how much furniture and stuff a small space will hold!  Off to do more…


No Water Needed June 18, 2009

Filed under: Creative Projects — bonflourish @ 7:38 am

Make a TopiaryLast summer I searched high and low to find a live topiary.  I finally found one at Home Depot no less!  The tag on the beautiful little tree/shrub/plant said it derived from Australia.  I over watered it.  Then I under watered it.  Until finally, all the leaves shriveled up and fell off.  I had finally killed the poor thing.

My next quest was to find a really good fake.  They are around in stores… a nice one can be pricey… and I would have most likely purchased one or two if I hadn’t read a great tutorial on how to make your own, by 320 Sycamore.  She’s very creative, you will definately love her blog!  Filled with design projects turning junk into treasures.  So above is my version.  I purchased foam balls, green moss and glue sticks at the dollar store.  The green leaf bunch was purchased from Michales for maybe a couple dollars.  All together the project took an afternoon and the cost was under $5 using a pot I already had.  Cut the “trunk” from a tree branch in the yard, you can even add a little grape vine to wrap around it adding texture! Isn’t it cute?

So easy to do.  Start with a round green foam ball (I started with a square and rounded the edges with a knife).  First you need to remove the leaves from the stem that forms the bunch.  Then, tear your leaf sections in half so that each measures roughly an inch or so long?  I used the stem to poke holes in my ball and then dipped each leaf section into hot glue and inserted.  As you are close to covering the entire ball, poke a hole in the open space of the ball with your branch (trunk).  Put hot glue on the tip of the branch and insert it into the hole.  I then hot glued the square foam into my vase. Repeated the process with the branch inserting it into the vase foam with hot glue.  To finish, add green moss to the top (no glue necessary, it should just stay in place).


Setting Up Shop June 16, 2009

Filed under: At the Mercantile... — bonflourish @ 8:37 pm

Setting up shop

The preparations have begun. I am gathering up my collection of finds, painted furniture and primative treasures to sell in the Mercantile Mall.  I will be “setting up shop” all week in preparation for my June 22nd move in date.  I am excited to be involved in storefront sales again.

I’m feeling a Birds Egg Blue theme here… I think I should rotate my stock based on color.  I am also really excited to have a window space in the store… 104 Main Street, Milford, Ohio.  If you’re strolling by, take a peek in the window and see the treasures.


It can be painted… June 7, 2009

It can be painted…

With everyone talking “Green” and the current state of our economy, we need to rethink the way we decorate. When redecorating or updating a room, we don’t need to use our entire budget buying all new items.

Instead of buying new, RE-New.  It can be painted!

Here are a few great re-new make overs:

Once upon a time there was a client that didn’t like her fireplace mantle.
Can you blame her? Her earthy import style decor DID NOT go with this Victorian inspired fireplace mantle.  She was having the mantle inset tiled with Slate.
I removed the excess decoration, added a little texture, painted, glazed and… voila,  new mantle!
This was not only a more affordable solution, but time saving and stress saving as well.  They would have had to have the mantle removed and undergone lengthy construction otherwise.  My clients were very happy, I was glad I could help, and they lived happily ever after.

Another great project was this dark stained armoire from the 1960’s.   It was my clients when she was a young girl.
After priming and painting,  I then glazed it to give it an aged patina. A final layer of decorative painting gives the finished touch.
The left side shows the “before” side with out the decorative painting.  What a difference a little paint can make!
And a dresser painted to match…
This  light Oak cabinet was too contemporary to fit into to the “new” vintage bathroom design and color scheme.
White paint, gray glaze, a touch of distress for age, new hardware… and  it’s whole “new” cabinet.

Next on the list… removing an old (too new looking) cabinet and replacing it with a new (old looking) cabinet.  Here’s the “before”

I’ll be removing the small cabinet in the center (Knowing I was removing it, I had tested out the black paint on it to see how I’d like it in the room.  The upper cabinets will be painted black when the carpentry is finished).  I’ll post the “after”  soon.


Beautifully Economic in the Kitchen June 5, 2009

Filed under: Beautifully Economic Design Solutions — bonflourish @ 8:26 pm

A New Home for the Microwave


Welcome to the Flourish Decorative Painting Beautifully Economic Design Solutions series.  I will be exploring, experimenting and executing design solutions for your home and garden in an affordable and hopefully “green” way by reusing, recycling and repurposing.

Look for future posts on cabinetry, furniture and beautiful home decor.

As the first installment in the series, I wanted to be sure to include this quick and easy space saving Kitchen design project.

Problem: This microwave on the counter top takes up too much space and would look much better as a built-in.  I needed to find an extra space in the kitchen that could easily hold the dimensions of this microwave and have an electric access.  Possibilities, inside the pantry, inside an upper cabinet, build an additional cabinet or, inside a lower cabinet:


Solution: Install into a lower cabinet in the island.

First step, remove the Cabinet doors (That was easy, removing a couple screws… not so committed, I can always change my mind).


Remove the  cross bars by cutting with a jig saw closely to the outer trim leaving a flush surface saving that nice strip of horizontal oak for later (Ok, now I’m totally committed).  Sand any rough edges. Fill any gaps or holes with wood patch.  Sand smooth again

Add more surface on to the existing  shelf to give enough width to hold the microwave. Drill a hole to access the electric.


It’s a fit!


Attach that saved piece of horizontal oak with trim nails and glue to the edge of the shelf to give it a nice finished look.


Add baskets and cookbooks, you’re done!  Fast and easy!


I will post when I am ready to paint.  The plan is to paint and distress this cabinetry, add larger crown moldings to upper cabinets, add shelf’s onto the back side of the island, raise the island counter top to 1/2 worktop height, 1/2 bar height, and move the refrigerator.

If I put this in writing …. I will have to get it done! Right?

Stay tunned…