Friday, October 16, 2009

Champagne Finish on a Tight Budget

We are on a never ending quest to find dazzling finishes that will fit a variety of budgets. Many of the finishes in our portfolio are created using high quality proprietary products. Most of our clients are watching their money a little more closely than usual and have started asking for finishes with lower product costs. Brooks did a little experimenting in our dining room this week and came up with a pretty cool finish that he created by mixing about 4 different colors of regular latex paint.
Before After Before After I love it so much that I think I will pick 4 different colors for my daughter's bedroom. This finish could also work in a variety of interiors, it could be traditional, transitional, modern, old world, and contemporary. I also had to show you the medallion he made a while back. This is a piece of foam board that he finished to look like granite. He added a couple of art imprints of cherubs and a few more decorative touches and now it beautifully accents our light fixture. Wow, I really need a new camera. And, maybe we have a slight lighting issue in our dining room too. Maybe Santa will read this and bring me a new camera and a new light fixture for Christmas.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Office Makeover

There is a dentist in our town who I felt like I knew long before I ever met her. Dr. Kellye Rice has a very successful practice in Franklin, TN. I had seen her picture for years in magazines, on television commercials and direct mail pieces. When I was finally introduced to her she was everything I thought she would be warm, cheerful, intelligent and thoughtful. Our task was to help her with an office makeover that would be an extension of herself. The office had not been updated since the 80's. We love when we can get our hands on a project like this. It makes for some really good before and after pictures. Before and after Brooks applied an Old World Tuscan villa treatment to the walls. He also painted the trim and door moldings a rich chocolate brown. He glazed and aged an existing cabinet and added an embedded design to the cabinet door. Dr. Rice put the icing on the cake by replacing the carpet with rich hardwoods and installing new granite counter tops. The end result is a relaxing comfortable reception area that is a welcoming spot for her patients. Photo credit for "after" shots goes to Nancy McNulty of McNulty Communications.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Painted Furniture

Last year for the Home Decorating and Remodeling Show in Nashville, TN we had a huge booth space and were racking our brains for ideas to fill the space and showcase Brooks' beautiful paint treatments. We came up with the idea to paint some furniture. We found some pieces on Craig's list that we picked up very inexpensively and then gave them a makeover. The pieces he painted turned out to be the hit of the show. We gave away a dresser last year at the show. We also painted this table. This year Brooks painted another table and a buffet. I had been begging him to paint the buffet for my birthday and the Home Show was the perfect excuse for him to get it done. It now has a new home in my foyer. The table is still for sale. If you are interested, drop me a comment or an e-mail.

Well, we met so many wonderful people who stopped to admire the buffet. We also had about 100 people stop to tell us they had a buffet just like it. About half said, "I would never paint it. I can't believe you did that". The other half said, "I love it. Will you tell me how you did it?". So, for those who loved it, this one is for you. We started with the original stained furniture finish. We used a brush to paint it with a product called Set Coat Black by Faux FX. Next we applied a crackle medium to the top along with some smears of Vaseline in a random pattern all over the surface. Then we sprayed on a coat of Sherwin Williams 6758 Aquaduct. After the paint dried, we wiped off the Vaseline areas which took off the top layer of paint creating a distressed look. Lastly we took a fine grit sandpaper and distressed areas that would traditionally see a lot of wear. Then we finished it off with a top coat of a non yellowing polyurethane for protection. There you have it.

If you're not brave enough to attempt this DIY paint project yourself give us a call. We will be glad to help.