Archive of ‘Royal Designs’ category

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!

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!