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 his 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.


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 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!:-)


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!


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.


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

Happy Sunday;-)