Archive of ‘Provence’ category

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

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!

A Twist on Provence….

I was beyond giddy when a friend of mine asked me to paint this antique oak dresser she had recently acquired!  Of course I forgot to take a before photo!
The oak was natural and beautiful and thirsty for some paint….
Does that make sense?
What I mean is that it is a treat to paint real natural wood.
I was even more thrilled when we decided to go with a 50/50 mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Provence is one of my favorite colors and I think I loved it even more with the Old White in it!!
The natural grain of the oak was beautiful so we decided to keep some of it showing through by doing a wash of Old White on top, and sealed it with some Clear Soft Wax.
The original handles were a great aged bronze.  So instead of Dark Wax we used Royal Designs stencil creme in Bronze Aged and rubbed in areas to add an aged look.  I then sealed it all with Clear Soft Wax.  I was super pleased at how the stencil creme finished this piece off.  The “predictable” outcome of distressing and using Dark Wax just would have been too “predictable”! Ha!
My friend is using this as a nightstand on her side of the bed!

Sharing some of my home……

When we were in New Orleans we learned a lot about STYLE!
It really made me think about my own style and how I have decorated my own home.
 I get asked ALL the time when I teach class if my entire house is painted in Chalk Paint®?!?!
Is it?  Let’s find out…..
I snapped a few pictures of my living room…..I did not clean up or fluff….so this is pretty much is it….average ordinary day in my house….
Lanie is very happy that I put this old French Provincial dresser  that I painted behind the sofa….she uses it as a chin rest daily….I’m so glad its there for her…..as she crushes down my couch cushions further and further everyday!
So, yes I like the curves of French Provincial furniture, and I like turquoise blues……
I’m also very much like coastal things, shells and blue glass and rusty crusty things too….
Driftwood is also a big part of the decor in my house as well.  I collect tons of it when I go to the beach and use it all around my house…..and hoard it in the garage!!
I also like words and sayings……
So here is the big picture…..
not too much Chalk Paint® going on….at least in this room… ha ha!
The chair to the left of the fireplace is a $25 yard sale find….painted in a mix of French Linen and Old White and a grain sack cushion.  It has a cane back….I thought I had a better picture just of the chair, but I don’t…so sorry…maybe next time!
Ok, so what about that big glaring piece of wood on the left???  
I so can’t even believe that it even exists!  My husband has very little opinion on anything in our house and does not want it painted….but trust me….it will be!!!
I’m feeling some Pure White, Old White and French Linen in some combination on it….

Any thoughts???  Please share!!!

 

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