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The Studio is OPEN!

studioafter4Come on in and take a look!  The studio is open and has already hosted 2 events!!!

studioafter2Welcome to the entry…and the “wash up” station!

I found this triple bar sink at an Antique Mall and paid $195 for it…I contemplated trying to do the plumbing myself.  I even watched a few You Tube videos, etc.  Something did not feel right about it and I ended up calling a plumber…pretty glad I did…it ended up actually being a complicated install, and the most expensive part of the studio.  If you look closely you can see that I had to raise the sink height to accommodate the new trap.  I bought some decorative wooden legs for $5.00 each at Home Depot and painted them to match the stainless steel!  I also purchased from Home Depot some faux tin panels to fashion the sink back splash. Just glued them right to the wall…super easy!  Now I have the perfect station for washing brushes, stencils and hands!!

studioafterI love my office nook!

studioafter3I spray painted an old brass chandelier with oil rubbed bronze spray paint, hung it, and then stapled draped burlap for the “ceiling”.  I painted the floor with Graphite Chalk Paint®, stenciled it using the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio, and Old White Chalk Paint®.  I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

I scored the rusty base of the desk from one of my favorite places, Shoppes on Patterson, in Greensboro, NC, and the perfect barn door from Simply Janelle Designs in Summerfield, NC.

This space is perfect for meeting with clients, and looking over sample boards!

studionightschalkboardI made a chalk board wall here….

wine + furniture+paint= Studio Nights

The next Studio Nights is February 27th from 6:30-8:30…or later….because who wants to go home that early after a night of FUN?!?!

studioafter6I’ve got a great food and beverage station and a fab refrigerator I painted with Provence Chalk Paint® and stenciled with the French Menu Lettering Stencil from Royal Design Studio using Old White Chalk Paint® and sealed with a Clear Finish from Artisan Enhancements.

studionightsHere are some photos from last months Studio Nights!

studionights2If you want in for the next one sign up ASAP!

It is designed for anyone who wants to have fun!  It is incredibly therapeutic!  Come learn, be inspired and find your inner creativity!

Before and After Dining Room

meredith1Who doesn’t love a good Before and After Makeover??

My latest client wanted a fresh makeover in her dining room.  She has an awesome, Made in America (Whoot Whoot!) American Drew Dining Set.  Great quality, great lines….but with the dark cherry shine and the brassy pulls….and out dated rugs and fabric she was ready for a change!

Before…

meredith10It would have been a shame to get rid of such a good dining set when it is so easy to update it with paint.  We decided on Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre, distressed with Clear Wax.

meredith7I even painted right over the mirrors in the back of the china hutch!

meredith9Asher and Lanie love to pose in my pictures!

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Pretty distressed curves on the chairs!

meredith5I painted over the brass handles with Old Ochre, Clear Waxed them and then rubbed on some Royal Design Studio Stencil Creme is Bronze Age and rubbed some back off with some more Clear Wax.

meredith2We wanted to bring a little color into the neutral palette on this small buffet piece.  I used Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg, with Old Ochre accents and Clear and Dark Wax.

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I love layering color!

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What a great transformation!!!

I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!

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After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.

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So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?

SHE PAINTS!

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I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….

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The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.

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I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!

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Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!

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How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!

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photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

Painting Outside My Comfort Zone!

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We all have our comfort zones, and I’m admitting that mine are neutrals these days!  I love color, and I’m inspired everyday by all the colors, tones and hues that surround me.  However, it seems the “artist” {I’m so very uncomfortable with that word} in me has not been very adventurous in quite some time!

It seems I’ve found myself in a place of complacency.  I’m very comfortable in my Pure White, Old White, Paris Grey, and French Linen world.  Boring maybe, but clean and comfortable.  Simple.

In walks my dear friend Susie Blackwell, who owns one the fabulous and very vibrant Splurges Boutique.  She had a vintage Bassett French Provincial dresser she wanted overhauled as a display piece in her store.  I took the assignment and assured her it would be over the top fabulous…..and then I FREAKED OUT!

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Here is the before photo of the dresser after I cleaned it up and sanded it a bit.  I sanded it because it had been painted in oil based paint that had a lot of drip marks in it, and I wanted it smooth before I started my unknown creation.  Truth be told I agonized over this piece more than I ever have any piece!

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I finally settled on a color plan of Florence, Antibes, Provence and some English Yellow and perhaps a chevron pattern…..and then just started taping if off without really concluding on a final plan….because I like to “wing it!”! No precise plan every works out anyway, right?

billySusie brought her brother Billy in while I was painting the dresser!  I’m so in love with my special friend Billy!!!  I was so excited that I got to share some Chalk Paint® with him!

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I’m pretty sure I made this whole piece much harder than I needed to, but somehow, by the “Grace” of God it came together! Speaking of Grace…here is the back of the dresser.  Because this piece was to be displayed in a store, I had the added pressure of making the back spectacular as well!!

backThankfully she all came together just in time for the amazing Connie Kissel, from Liquid Time & Co. , Jewelry show!

splurges1Me and Connie!! Check out her jewelry online!

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Make sure you check out Splurges, one of my favorite shops in Greensboro (and beyond!)

located at 1564 B Highwoods Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27140

Before and After in the Studio…

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Now that the kitchen makeover is done, and the master bathroom is complete (reveal coming soon!) I’ve been back in my studio doing some custom work!  I just completed a lovely headboard using Old Ochre and Napoleonic Blue!  I am LOVING Napoleonic Blue and was so excited my client wanted it on her headboard!

The before was not bad at all…it just did not match her decor and she was ready for a change.

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I sketched out a idea and got to work…

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I was thrilled when the only guidance she gave me was color and let me do what I felt the headboard needed!

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I painted it all in Old Ochre, highlighted it with Napoleonic Blue, finished it all with Clear Wax and then added some Dark Wax.

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My Kitchen Makeover

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 Give me a can of paint and I am Dangerous….

Dangerously Good!

My kitchen makeover is almost complete…is anything ever completely complete?

Here it the official before photo, taken on the day we moved in.

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I love this kitchen!

I love it because it is really big and functions really well for us.  I know lots of you are ripping out the kitchen desks (mine is located on the wall on the left), but I love a desk in the kitchen! The kitchen is the central place in a home, especially with kids.  We have our computer in the kitchen.  I think with kids that is a very good idea! One of the biggest reasons we bought this house was for the kitchen.  I could see right past that outdated oak cabinetry because I knew that I could paint it and love it.  Also, the counter tops and appliances were fairly new.  Knowing I did not need to replace them right away really helped.

The first thing we did was have the popcorn ceilings scraped and the walls painted.  That alone was a huge improvement!  I lived with it like that for several months trying to decide how I would paint the cabinets.  I LOVE white cabinets, but I did that in the last house.  White cabinets are fabulous, but a pain to keep clean!

On a whim one day, I broke out the Paris Grey Chalk Paint….because I had about 20 million more pressing things to do…but oh well….

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These cabinets are 21 years old, they did indeed need a super duper clean job.  ALL kitchen cabinets, regardless of age, need to be THOROUGHLY cleaned an prepped….no matter what kind of paint you are using.  I lightly sanded them with 150 grid sandpaper (to loosen the debris)…and used some child labor for this one.  I then SCRUBBED the heck out of them with TSP cleaner and a Scotch Brite Pad, and then wiped them down with Denatured Alcohol.

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I applied 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint, lightly distressed the edges, and then wiped on some clear wax.

Look, I even painted over ALL of the hinges!  I did not want to invest the money and time in purchasing and installing new hinges for cabinets that I hope to replace in a few years.

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I got all new brushed nickel hardware online from Cook Knobs and Pulls for $63 for the ENTIRE kitchen, and that included shipping!

kitchen2I painted the inside of the shelves above the desk in Pure White Chalk Paint.

kitchen4I removed the cabinet doors from this section, and painted the insides with Pure White Chalk Paint.

Kitchen1We also removed the wooden valance board that was over the sink.  It was hiding a super ugly florescent light.  We trimmed out the sides with the pieces we took off and had a pendant light ($89 from Home Depot) installed.  While we were having the bathroom done, I sporadically decided to do a white subway tile backsplash…that made a huge difference as well!!

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The cost of the materials for the backsplash was only $200, plus the labor to install.  Very pleased with this decision!

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I’m so, so, so in love with it!  It feels so light and bright!

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I also installed a $29 brushed nickel barn light from Home Depot to replace the oil rubbed bronze one.

I still need to do something about that ceiling fan.  I will either replace it with a flush light or paint it white so it just blends into the ceiling.

If you want to read more about my fabulous kitchen table here is a post I did on that. 

Basically in 6 weeks, and not a whole lot of money, I was able to completely give my kitchen a whole new look and feel!

And because many have asked, my counter tops are actually laminate, although they look like granite, and I really love them! I’m surprised at how much I love them.  Many of my friends with granite have complained about the clean up of their counters. These wipe up great!  And ironically….we have the same countertops in our RV….CRAZY!  It was meant to be!

Now I can just kick back and enjoy the fabulous view from the kitchen window!

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Here is a resource list for materials used and costs:

Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – Purchased 2 cans, used about 1 and 1/2 cans (I did not paint the inside of the cabinet doors so this saved a lot of paint and time)  $83.16

Pure White Chalk Paint® – Purchased 1 can, used about 1/3, for the inside of the cabinets – $41.58

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax – I used about 1/2 a can, but still need to finish putting on a second coat – $28.78

The kitchen back splash was tiled by Andy Beach of Champion Tile, based here in the Triad area of NC.  Cost of tile $200 plus labor.

Walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Lighting was purchased at Home Depot

Brush Strokes & Chalk Paint®

brushIn case you don’t know, I work for my local Chalk Paint® stockist Total Bliss.  I spend Tuesdays and Thursdays interacting with our customers and helping them with Chalk Paint®.  I love it!  My 5 hours a day there feel like 5 minutes….good problem to have huh?

It seems lately that much of our dialogue has been about Brush Strokes and Chalk Paint®.

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Yes, you will definitely have brush strokes if you use Chalk Paint®!

Is that bad or good?

It’s a good thing and even and awesome thing most of the time.  Annie created Chalk Paint® as a decorative paint primarily for furniture.  She created it to do lots of different things, and many of those things are based on the texture that you can create with the paint. You create that texture primarily using a natural bristle brush. If you are using the Dark Wax you can achieve a much better look with it by having brush strokes, especially when they are in different directions and length.

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Can you see how the Dark Wax sits in the strokes here?

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On this piece I only used the Dark Wax in small areas, so my strokes give it texture only where I want and the other areas the strokes are really not noticeable at all unless you really look closely.

There are ways to lessen the appearance of strokes…

First of all the lighter the pigment of color, the more brush strokes the color seems to show.

1.  You can control the paint and lessen the appearance of strokes by using some water to thin your paint.  I always like to keep a spray bottle of water by my side to either mist my brush or the actual work surface.  The paint drys so fast that if you brush through drying paint, you disturb it and create “texture”.  Spritz that spot with some water and “paint it out”.

2.  You can also be more “anal” about your strokes. Painting in one direction with longer strokes helps.

3.  You can also vary the tools you are using to apply the paint with.  I have found that using a flat brush that is either all synthetic bristles or a blend of natural and synthetic bristles produces a much smoother look.  Foam brushes and rollers also are great ways to apply the paint for a smoother look.

4.  You can also perform a light sanding between coats, or after your final coat to smooth out your surface.

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I generally use 150 or 220 grit sandpaper…but you can even go up into the super fine grits like 600 to really smooth our your surface. Yes, this take extra time…but if that is the look you want then a few extra minutes to do this really is not that big of a deal.

I’ve had people come into the shop and be very frustrated because their pieces have brush strokes.  They are under the impression that the furniture we paint in the store is “perfect”.  I usually walk them around and show them our pieces and our brush strokes.  It is funny when they realized that they are really just being hyper focused on their piece, and when they step back and look at the piece is really is beautiful and perfect.

Don’t hyper focus on the strokes!

That being said, if you are extremely OCD and just can’t handle it….then maybe Chalk Paint® is not the right paint.  There are lots of other paints and products out there.  Choose the one that is right for you and your desired look!

What I’m Painting…..

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 I’m kicking off the new year with some custom projects from some really great clients!

It is a honor when they trust me to “do what I want” on a piece.  But, at the same time I totally stress out  What if what I like is not what they like???

I recently picked up this chest from a designer to do for one of her clients, whom I have not met. I was told she wanted Provence with Dark Wax and was not afraid of color.

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I painted it with Provence Chalk Paint® and then applied the Clear Soft Wax and then added Dark Wax on the top.  It did not feel “right”.  I looked at it everyday for 4 days and I could “not like it”.

No worries….I just painted right back over all that wax (just on the top)…easy peasy!!

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It just felt “too bright” with just distressing and clear wax.

I love my collection of Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes.  I dug into those and picked the Aged Nickel.  It felt richer and darker to me, and had the metallic element I feel this piece needed.

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I also used the Aged Nickel Stencil Creme on the handles and hinges.

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Here is a funny story about delivery of this gal.  She was loaded in the back of my car, and I often take my dogs in the car with me.  Well, I had to slam on my brakes and the chest came flying forward and …..

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…OOPS…somebody got stuck!

Even funnier…my son grabbed my iPhone and immediately snapped a photo! Poor girl!

Shades of Blue are Hot for Spring!

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 I’m swooning over the latest issue of Pottery Barn!

They have done a fabulous job of showcases all the HOT shades of Indigo Blue for the upcoming season! The blues are perfectly paired with my favorite neutrals as well!

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I love, love, love this bed….but sadly I fear my darling Shih Poo would lift his leg on it!

Am I the only one that has an annoying, but so sweet and cute, male dog that must do this?!? Why?!?

I’m feeling like breaking in to some Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® and some French Linen Chalk Paint® very soon!

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mixed with some fabrics like these!

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I’ll be sure to share with you my rendition of Indigo Blues and Neutral Linens on some furniture very soon!

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