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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.


I’m not (usually) a fan of vinyl wall decals… May 3, 2008


(images from danielle thompson)Until I came across this incredibly cute application created by Danielle Thompson. It was featured on  Every aspect of this room was so well designed and the use of vinyls is perfectly clever and appropriate!

She has a full description on how she created this masterpiece with several more pictures on her blog:

Another great application of this design would be to have these frames adorn the walls of a staircase that lead to the toy room.  Or, put them in the toy room and create an ever changing gallery of your children’s art!

Love it!


Some friends dropped by the other day… May 2, 2008

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These two stopped by the other day and visited with me for a while. They were actually curious about what I was doing!  Don’t they know it’s Turkey Season (or is it wabbit season)?

I’ve been getting things painted! Yeah! These serving trays are two of the smaller items that I will be putting on my soon to be open Etsy (  site.  I’m trying to keep the Etsy stuff small-ish for easy shipping. 



Before I get back to work, I wanted to show you these incredible pillows!!  They look pretty ordinary, I know.  The incredible part is that they were on clearance at Garden Ridge for $3!! They’re down… with zippered slip covers… for $3 and $4 American Dollars!! I had stacked my cart full, but think I’m going back for more (so leave some for me)…


gathering and organizing April 26, 2008

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I’m gathering and organizing for summer sales.

I have several clip boards, chalkboards, note boards, magnetic… 

 A few storage pieces like this bench. Some trunks, painted vintage wood boxes and cans…

Some decorative pieces…

Three finished beds to sell.  Two of them are to sell as a matching set.

This is one of the two:

Children’s bed or play room art…

Organizing my studio, in preparation for at least two art/street fairs this summer and  I will be starting an Etsy site (

I have a lot of small items in my studio that are ready to go, but I need some larger items.  Waiting in line to be painted: 2 chiffarobes, dresser, armoire, library table.  vintage high chair, makeup/jewelry table, table and four chairs (I’m thinking of a game table design), architectural finds (carpentry first, then paint), chairs chairs chairs, canvas murals and a toy chest!

Hoping that by revealing my huge to do list, I will get these painted, posted and purchased.  I will be posting my  Etsy site as soon I get that going.


love your furniture April 21, 2008

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When I say the words “painted furniture” do you envision bright colors covering a chair with flowers, checks and polka dots?  Often, people do.  But, painted furniture can be many things.  From vibrant designs (polka dots and plaids) to subtle hints of time worn use. 



I painted these two pieces for a french inspired nursery.  Pink, brown and taupe toile fabric by the yards and yards required the furniture to be a subtle compliment to the room.  My client already owned these pieces.  She had used this armoire when she was a child.  I had also painted a gorgeous antique upholstered chair and side table for this room. 

I never did get around to taking pictures of those. (A really bad habit that I have had for years!  So many rooms and pieces of furniture that I have painted and not taken pictures of.  I’m usually so exhausted, I just want to clean my brushes and be done for the day! But this blogging is fixing that – I am taking pictures of everything.)

Painting all of the different styles of furniture with the same colors and designs brought everything together.  Instead of selling these old pieces they didn’t know what to do with, they re purposed them into a beautiful nursery.  And, these designs are so sophisticated (not child like) she will be able to use them for a very long time. 

You can search for a piece to purchase that you’d like to paint or have painted.  Or, you may already have something you love that just needs updating and style.  Painted furniture works in any room of your home and with any personal style. 

There’s a connection between a painted piece and the owner.  It’s more that just a piece of furniture, it’s a memory, it’s a gift, it’s a loved object with a history that you helped create.


The soffit that never was April 19, 2008

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I created this design for a client with a very french country kitchen. 

  She wanted a mural on a soffit above an opening between the kitchen and her living room, that tied in elements of her love for cooking and nature and her arts and crafts furniture collection.  She loved this design.  Unfortunately, she was not able to have it completed.  

I am truly disappointed because I was looking forward to painting this. 

 I want to give it a home somewhere… here seems a good place.


“Mommy, there are monsters in my room” April 15, 2008

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Yes, it’s true.  Wild Things are in the nursery… but don’t they look gentle?  I am hoping that when baby Augie arrives, he will love his new bedroom. His soon to be parents put together a great nursery with leopard pattern bedding, a beautiful round crib, jungle green walls and the Where the Wild Things Are inspired murals. 



They even requested that the hanging Wild Thing have leopard spots to match the fabric. A great idea that turned into my favorite part of the mural.  I loved painting this room!