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Furniture Makeovers - The Turquoise Iris

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This Isn't Always Pretty But Always Worth It

Happy New Year, Friends!!
2016 was such a great year for my business but 2017 better get ready for me. I'm coming at it with determination, excitement and commitment. 

I opened my Etsy store in 2010 but it didn't really take off until 2013. 
That's when I really zoned in on furniture painting and began working out the shipping aspect of running an online shop. Please don't be fooled by my photos...

This isn't always pretty.

I have second guessed myself in every aspect of my life but working alone and convincing others to believe in my work has hands down left me feeling more uncertain than any thing else I've experienced. 
Confidence is a tough one for me. 

This isn't always pretty.

I always receive comments about my photos..."Where do you take your photos?", "Do you just use things from your house?", "How do you do all of this so quickly?" 
You get the idea. These are common questions I get asked and I 
wanted to answer them in a post. 

This isn't always pretty.

 I take all of my own photos...in my own house...in what is designed to be a formal dining room but serves as my "staging room and holding room". Occasionally, I'll buy things that I plan to just use for staging my more times than not, all of the things you see in my photos are somewhere in my house, always moving and looking for a new shelf or table to rest upon. I can make a pretty huge mess while staging a piece to photograph.

This isn't always pretty.

As far as painting pieces so quickly...I don't know for sure how to answer the question. I'm one to start a project and get through it at a pretty good pace, however, I've learned to be flexible with my constant changing schedule. This has taken time for me to learn. I prefer to start a piece and not do anything else until it's finished but for those of you who also paint, you know this is close to impossible due to drying times or in my case, my hand/arm/back needs a break.
I don't feel like I'm "fast", though. I do all the furniture hunting, pick up my furniture ( 95% of the time ) paint alone, stage alone and photograph alone. I even do all of my social media outlets. The one thing I do always have help with is unloading furniture from my car ( thanks to strong boys at my house ) and carrying the furniture in and out from our garage. 

This piece has a base color of white...this was on this dresser when I purchased it.
The lighter blue is Beaufort Blue from CeCe Caldwell's Paints.

This gorgeous dark blue is an Aurora Staining gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint called Boy Blue. It's so fun to use and I just let it drip and drip and drip. 

So, yes, I'm always learning and trying to better my work but I will honestly say, this job isn't easy. The photos may be pretty but working alone is tough. I do things around here I shouldn't while ignoring the little voice in my head telling me to wait for help. Wait and get an opinion. Wait and ask a few more questions....

This isn't always pretty.

I painted this armoire in Old School Gray and accented with this Bohemian Blue, both colors from Debi's Design Diary DIY Paints.

Staging with holiday decor is so much fun. Poinsettias give the bold color
 and texture that make a photo really pop. 

I used Klein Blue on this little antique cabinet. I adore this color, as I always say, and when it's paired with Patina Green, well, Bam! These are colors from General Finishes and are on my list of favorite paint colors

YOUR kindness AND support are what drive me to get better.  Maybe, I won't always be working alone.  Maybe, I will hire someone to pick and haul my furniture. Maybe, I'll trust someone to do my social media advertising for me. 

Maybe I won't.

This isn't always pretty but always worth it.

I would LOVE to hear what your plans / goals are for this year.  Have you made your list yet? I'm working on mine and plan to share in my next post.

I hope you all are off to a great 2017!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Three, Yes Three, Really Fun Furniture Makeovers

 We are having temperatures in the 40's today so I'm getting to raise the garage 
door and do some sanding...never my favorite thing to do but always happy with 
sunny weather and temps over freezing!
I'm sharing three really fun makeovers in this post today. For this makeover,  I used Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint in Cowboy Coral and Bohemian Blue. I love this piece because of the chunky, stout design.  I knew it needed to be layered with color so technically, I used six different colors. 

Look at all that yummy goodness piled inside every nook of this piece. And, the hardware? YES!!!

This next piece is my interpretation of faded denim jeans.  I used colors from CeCe Caldwell's paints in Newport Navy and Blue Montana Sky.  Oh, and I also added Thomasville Teal for fun.

This piece is available to purchase on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

Isn't my Santa the most jolly Santa ever?!!?

Lastly, I painted this little side table to be roomies with the coral piece, also in this post. 
My client and I went back and forth about the new knobs but we are both really happy with the 
peacock ones from Anthropologie. These colors are Windsor Blue and Sante Fe Turquoise, also from CeCe Caldwell's paints.

I also painted those fun little abstracts and sold them as a set. 

I really adore blending colors and layering different shades of blue. 
This photo shows those layers perfectly.

This will probably be the last post I do before Christmas, so I hope you all have a very merry holiday full of love and joy!! Thank you all for making this year really fun for me.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

I've Been Dabbling and In Your Face Vulnerability

Hello! Dionne here.

I hope you are all finding a warm cozy place to tuck your feet today.
It's a bit chilly here in Oklahoma City. 

I've been dabbling here and there...
My Church

I'm always painting furniture but I wanted to share a few of my newest dabbles. Is that a word? 
You other creative people can surely relate to always dabbling here and there. I've been painting canvas art and took the plunge to share here on social media.  Crazy, now that I look back. I haven't really had time to look at how quickly these paintings of mine are selling until I sat down to put this post together. This is just a portion of my most recent ones.  Several are still available on my site, www.theturquoiseiris.com.  I also created a "Barn Series" last month. Those are sold out but I've had requests to do more so you can bet that will happen. 

Enjoy the View

Here Comes the Sun

I will admit, this may be the most vulnerable I've felt in awhile. Throwing my canvas art out there for all to see and criticize has been completely right up in my face! My approach has been to just for it. I have nothing to lose...( other than my confidence, my credibility and maybe my mind ) but seriously, my followers have been AMAZINGLY supportive. How'd I get so lucky?

People ARE kind.  People ARE generous. 

Still Waters

Popsicles on the Beach

Popsicles on the Beach II

House on the Hill

Raspberry Skies

Lemon Skies

Lemonade Skies

Blue Door


Good Evening
Thanks for letting me share these with you! It's not easy but completely worth it.

Stay warm my friends,