Thursday, January 28, 2016

I Learned a Little Something Today

My client contacted me over a month ago looking for a piece of furniture like this one.  I was thrilled when I found this one on Craigslist! I never find anything good there.  He requested "white Nordic ornate" with heavy distressing.  



 1. I didn't know what that meant, exactly. He expressed her ideas with me for the finish and explained a heavy Jacobean contrast.  

2. Since it's a custom, I felt added pressure to get it just right.  He had a very clear vision for this makeover.  

3.  His confidence in me and my work gave me the assurance I needed.  I blazed in to this unsure but ended feeling pretty proud! 






I sent him photos but I can't wait for him to see it in person next week! It's headed to Waco, TX.



Here's an image showing the progression with the paint finish. I'm smitten.

~Dionne

Saturday, January 23, 2016

When White Jumps Up and Bites You on the Derriere

     If you've followed me for awhile, you have noticed I don't paint furniture white very often. It's not that I don't like white, but I know white furniture is easier to find...in furniture stores, that is. I've prided myself on using colour and not shying away from the boldness it brings. 



However, this buffet is all white.  I take that back - I used a creme to highlight the details and bring out the original charm. Friends, I can't stop looking at this buffet now.  I adore the one cobalt blue agate knob, it's a crowning jewel on a tired piece once stowed away in a garage. 


The turquoise marble paper adds a simple but elegant look to the single drawer. 


"There is a kind of beauty in imperfection".
~Conrad Hall


I can say for sure, you will see me painting with white more often, 

Happy Saturday!:-)

~Dionne

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Best Gray Ever

I painted this entire antique bedroom set for my client.  We settled on this perfect shade of gray. She wanted blue and her husband wanted gray. Don't you think this is the perfect compromise?



Show me one person that doesn't love the design of this bedroom set! The original style is so unique and well made.  The paint just brought out the "pretty" in it.


I mean really....LOOK at this table!





Upon seeing this finished dressing table, my client said it brought tears to her eyes.  Now that makes me smile and warms my heart. I also painted the bed but forgot to get some good photos! oops;-)

Have a wonderful week!

~Dionne

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Turquoise Cabinet painted in Highfalutin Chalk Paint

This piece is special because I used Hifalutin' chalk paint from Brush & Bristle
They were generous enough to send me two colors to try out and I absolutely loved it! 
The colors on this vintage cabinet are Petty and Yonder. Gorgeous colors, right?


Click  HERE on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris, to view more details.




BEFORE & AFTER 



Most of you all probably prefer one chalk paint over another but if not, you need to give this a try!

Happy Sunday;-)

~Dionne

Friday, December 18, 2015

Antique Buffet in Gray & Creme

This is very neutral for me to do, right?!?!
I've been wanting to try the Amy Howard Home paints from Ace Hardware. So, when I bought this buffet I knew this was just the right piece for her paint.  I love it and I think these colors are beautiful.




I had the best time staging this buffet, too!  I haven't even put everything back up yet.  I'm just enjoying it all for now. 





It's freezing here in Oklahoma today!  Look, even my little statue friend needed a scarf!

Hope you all have  a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

~Dionne

Monday, December 14, 2015

French Country Cabinet Makeover

     So, I saw an image on Pinterest of an amazing French Armoire, painted in various shades of colours. I pinned it and I've been waiting to find the best piece to try and mimic that look. Well, this antique cabinet had to be the one.  Any piece of furniture that's over 100 years old deserves some serious attention, don't you think?




I used five different colours to paint this cabinet.  Did I get it exactly like the one I pinned?? Nope, I didn't.  Do I love it anyway?  You bet I do!!!





Christmas time is so much fun to be staging photos, too.  I grabbed that fallen branch off the side of the road yesterday to use for photos! No shame it that at all;-)



BEFORE & AFTER

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season!

~Dionne

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ombre' Buffet Makeover in All of My Favorites

So, I forgot to things this week! Both of which, made me so mad:-/
First, I realized two days after my weekly grocery shopping trip that I left the 24 pack of bottled water in the bottom of the cart.  Yep, I guess I left it for someone else to use...grrrr!
Second, I forgot to take a before photo of this buffet. This is not the first time this has happened and will not be the last.  It better be the last time I forget about the water bottles, though! 
I was too excited to start painting this piece that I had it finished before I remembered.



These gorgeous knobs are Jadeite and gold and super gorgeous!



I love how this photo shows the colors fading so well. Three of the four are on walls in my own house!




Oklahoma suffered an ice storm 2 weeks ago and my brother in law grabbed me some fallen curly willow branches.  I love using them in photos and in our own home.

This piece is for sale on my Etsy shop, Here.

You guys have yourself a great week!  For now, I'm enjoying this 65 degree weather we are having this week! Woot!

~Dionne