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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.


5th Wall inspiration April 7, 2008

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You may have heard talk about the “5th wall”.  The forgotten wall.  There are so many beautiful ways to enhance your room by simply accenting with your ceiling: plasters, accent colors, medallions, patterns, designs, texture, woods, papers… the list is endless.  But the trend to look up is definately upon us.  Designing your ceiling is not a new thought by any means.  But perhaps, it has been left out your design focus for many years.  We tend to incorporate ceiling design into smaller more manageable rooms like the powder room… but now,  the trend to utilize the 5th wall as an essential part of your home’s decor is in full swing and I’m seeing great ideas everywhere…

This room from House Beautiful is fantastic (also link to their new on-line newsletter and subscribe, it looks like it’s going to be really nice).  White walls are the matte for the ceiling canvas.  Can you see in this picture (hard to see), how the kitchen island’s base color mimics the ceiling color? Tying everything together – I love this.

I only grabbed a few to show and they turned out to all be in greens!  No surprise, I love green it’s very tranquil no matter the shade or hue.  But I have done ceilings that I love in Blues (from a soft sky to an almost black navy), terra cottas, yellows, taupes, metallics … and of course many many greens.  Each creating a specific mood in the room.

You do need to let one dominate, either the ceiling or the walls. They can’t both be competing for your attention.  If one is not more predominate, then they should be equals…

Did you happen to catch the Oprah show with Nate Berkus saving homeowners from living in a time warp?  Great episode.  I especially loved this room makeover

Again with the green ceiling and the white walls.  So inviting!