Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Painting Ceramic Plates

Have you ever looked at decorations but just can't find the right colors or pattern? Try painting ceramic plates. 

Ceramic plates are easy to paint, and you can be as creative as you want with them.  Plates are a beautiful way to bring your kitchen to life.  And, they make a huge statement in your every day decor. Your options are endless.

I started with these two large ceramic plates and treated them with a good primer.  Then.... based on the client instructions to "be creative" with pinks and yellows....I did just that. 
You can keep your design simple or go all out.  Once painted, I sealed them with a polycrylic.

Look how beautiful these plates are sitting on that precious table beside the water and their beautiful chairs?  Don't you want to just sit there?  I know I do.....all day long.  And night too!
Don't be afraid to customize pieces to fit your home.  Make it work for you.  It's so easy!  If I can help, let me know.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Little Pink Fish Cabinet - Mackenzie-Childs Like

With a little paint and creativity, this plain little old white cabinet transformed itself into the cutest little pink fish cabinet!
A friend of mine had this little white chest sitting around.  She asked me to do something Mackenzie-Child's like but asked that I use pinks and yellows.  As I pushed for a little more direction, she said "I don't care, be creative."  Sometimes that is a good thing and other times....that means I have to really think about a piece and think about where patterns and colors need to go.  Mapping out a piece - especially when you have a lot going on is helpful. 
After I painted this piece all white -  I began painting checks on top. That was my focal point.  Then I made sure the colors were working together and that my sizing was proportionate.  
Then I started to map out the sides, drawers and other details.  
The piece really looked pretty even with its plain knobs.... but once the fish knobs were added - this went to a whole different level of cute!

We took a little white chest from its plain old boring life and transformed it into a truly whimsical and fun piece of furniture.  

If you have a plain little white piece of furniture, don't be afraid to transform it.  You'll be amazed at what you can do with it.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Old Music Cabinet Meets Mackenzie Childs

So my friend had this awesome old music chest.  And it was as cute as can be, but no one in her family wanted it.  It was brown and just kind of melted into the background when placed in a room.  
With a piece like this, there are all kinds of choices you can make.  But if you really want a "wow" piece, you do something fun with it.  In this case we decided to "check and stripe it up".   Starting with some muted checks on the side...(sprawled out on the floor...that's how i work) I begin to work on its transformation. 
And more checks...
And then I try to work in colors that match my friends room and add the little details that make the piece pop. This piece took a lot of work, but really turned out fun and very funky.  But it totally works!

My friend finished this piece with some real MC knobs.  Here is the old music chest in all her checkered glory.    

I'm so lucky to have friends that trust me with their furniture and allow me to creatively transform their pieces.  

Hope you are having a great week!