Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Primer Red Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets


We were recently hired to paint some outdated, blonde wood cabinets.  The homeowners replaced their countertops with granite and decided to have their cabinets painted, rather than replaced with new.


The kitchen looked drab before and needed to be refreshed.  


Our clients chose Primer Red Chalk Paint® for the cabinets, which added a vibrant warmth to the, once dull kitchen.  We sealed the Chalk Paint® with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.


The homeowners decided to have us paint the wall adjoining the countertop because they could not find a backsplash they liked and they wanted to keep it simple. 


We painted the backsplash and the wall above the cabinets with a custom mix of half Chateau Grey and half Old White Chalk Paint®. The pretty, pale green is a nice contrast against the Primer Red and both colors enliven the kitchen.


This home is in the forest and, despite the skylights, tends to be a little dark.  To counteract this, I recommended that they find a window and have it made into a mirror for above the sink.  They found the perfect size, old window on ebay. Besides reflecting light into the space, the mirror also allows them to see the outside, through the reflection of the doors on the opposite wall, while they do the dishes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

French Provincial Hutch with Chicken Wire


I recently came across this french provincial hutch at a yard sale.  I can never pass on a frenchy piece, so this one came back to the shop with me for a little makeover.


The hutch was done in the typical cream and gold, which is a common look for the reproduction french provincial furniture made in  the 1970's.  I wanted to make the piece look more like an old world French antique than a tacky, vintage reproduction.


I gave it a softer look by painting it with Coco Chalk Paint®.  I wanted to create a weathered look to make the piece look authentically older. After applying two coats of Coco Chalk Paint®, I made a wash by mixing 50% Old Ochre Chalk Paint® with 50% water. I painted the wash on in sections and blended it over the Coco with a rag.

BEFORE

AFTER

The Old Ochre muted the Coco and transformed it into a soft, warm, neutral grey. After the wash dried, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, which made the color even more beautiful and added a smooth, creamy look. I coated the brass hardware with rustic brown spray paint to offer a nice contrast with the paint.

I painted the, previously gold, back and shelves with Old Ochre to brighten up the inside of the hutch.


The final part of the transformation was taking the glass out and replacing it with chicken wire that was also sprayed a rustic brown.   


The transformation from 1970's French provincial to antique French country is complete!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pink Dream Bedroom


This little girl's dream bedroom was created with mostly vintage furniture that the family chose to salvage, rather than buying new.  This dark stained desk and mirror, were brightened up with a couple coats of Pure White Chalk Paint®.  The brass hardware was changed from gold to silver with gilding wax.

You can see the other sister's purple dream bedroom, the family's chesterfield sofa painted with Chalk Paint®, and their dining room, also transformed with Chalk Paint®.


The vintage nightstands had lost their charm, but were still functional with three nice size drawers for extra storage.


Nancy and I painted the pair of night stands with Coco Chalk Paint® and silver gilding wax for the handles.  Coco is a pretty complement with the pink bedding.


We also painted this tallboy dresser with Coco Chalk Paint.



Before

After
After Nancy and I finished painting all the pieces of furniture, her mother put it all together to create her elegant pink and Coco dream bedroom!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Purple Dream Bedroom


Nancy and I helped create a little girl's dream bedroom in purple and white.  Last week I showed you the sofa we painted with Chalk Paint® and the dining room makeover, now we are moving upstairs to the bedrooms.  Later this week I will show you the other daughter's pink dream bedroom.


They had vintage, waterfall style furniture pieces that needed to be transformed to complete their youngest daughter's dream bedroom in their brand new home.


We painted the waterfall nightstand, trunk, and dresser with Old White Chalk Paint® and made a very thin wash with French Linen.  We succeeded at matching the finish of the beautiful bed that they ordered from Restoration Hardware.


We applied pewter gilding wax over the previously brass drawer pulls on this tallboy dresser.


Our client found this cute little desk for her daughter's bedroom and we decided it would look lovely with light purple drawers and new crystal knobs. We painted the desk with Old White Chalk Paint® and used Emile mixed 50:50 with Old White on the drawers.


The daughter was overjoyed with her new purple and white dream bedroom!



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