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Playful Purple Metallic Home Office

I was recently asked to custom paint two pieces for a new home office.  I love the furniture my client selected, which have been in my inventory for some time.   The armoire, which will be used for storage, has eye catching details while the french provincial vanity, to be used as a desk, has wonderful lines.  She wanted both pieces painted in a metallic purple,  created by combining an eggplant color with silver metallic paint.

Painted in metallic silver and glazed, the armoire’s embellishments create a sense of glamour.  I discovered  these knobs a few years ago and they are perfect with the armoire and vanity.

The entire armoire is glazed in a mixture of black latex and gold metallic paint.

My client will add shelves to the armoire, expanding its storage capacity.

The french provincial vanity before its makeover.

The drawer pulls were converted to knobs.

My client wanted the desk top to be painted black and then distressed to show the metallic purple and the various accent colors underneath.

The original gold detail on the piece was enhanced.

I really enjoy when my client’s expand my palette horizon.  Purple metallic is a unique choice but it works wonderfully!

A Kitchen Reborn

I’ve had grand fun these past three months, helping a lovely couple revamp their kitchen, entryway, living and dining rooms.  Initially they approached me to help them with the myriad of design choices for their kitchen.  They had selected the tile, countertops plus they were adding a built in bar, but they wanted my help with other decisions and to give the room some personality.

The kitchen definitely needed a fresh look.  You can see the dated lighting fixtures from the  fluorescent light above the island to the fan with the tulip lights and the can lights not to mention the blue countertops and faded linoleum. 

I first tackled the lighting by selecting a number of pendants and chandeliers for my clients to choose for both the kitchen and the dining room.  My clients like overhead lighting so I choose a more streamlined fan with an LED light to replace the one with tulip lights.

A  good friend of my client’s with electrical experience tackled the lighting, including the new fan and pot lights above and the two pendants that hang above the island and one above the sink below.

The kitchen needed a burst of color that would compliment not only the various features in the kitchen, but that would work with the adjoining rooms.  I presented a number of different color schemes for the kitchen walls, the living and dining room walls and the entryway that would flow from one room to the next and recommended using gray and black as accent colors.

My male client is an engineer by training and clinical in his thinking.  As I was making my presentation on different color combinations, he asked me to “defend my position.”  I still smile at that memory.  Working with colors, textures, textiles were all new to my clients as they hadn’t had any color on their walls in many years, and he wanted to understand why I suggested that certain colors worked together.  Ultimately we selected a sage green for the kitchen with black accents to pull in the bar.

There was a piece of wood that connected that two cabinets on either side of the sink, which I recommended be removed.  With the large swath of wall above the sink, I proposed installing a tile feature, picture with tile so to speak.  I thought it would add a touch of whimsy.

I choose subway tiles as the backslash, and to set off the feature, bullnose trim was used as the picture frame for the diamond tiles.  An undercount stainless steel double sink and a sleek new faucet finish the kitchen sink area.

Even though the kitchen cabinets were in good shape, my clients were mulling over whether to have the same company that created and built their bar replace all of the kitchen cabinet doors, which was going to be a costly proposition.

I suggested painting the kitchen cabinets off-white, distressing them and then applying brown glaze plus adding new hardware for the cabinet doors and drawers.   Cleaning, sanding and taking off the cabinet doors and drawers can take just as much time as applying a coat or two of primer.

After sanding and cleaning the cabinets, I used my sprayer to prime the cabinet doors in some cases with two coats of prime.

I am touching up the cabinet doors before distressing them.

You can see on my work table, my handy mouse sander and a water spray bottle, rags and a small bottle of glaze and finished cabinet doors lining up below.

I really love how the newly painted cabinets look in the kitchen.  They immediately brighten the room with their streamlined and more modern look for a fraction of the cost to replace them.

My next post will include a storage solution for the kitchen, a kitchen table and chairs make over plus new curtains.

Buffet and Bar Cabinet

Having seen my furniture for sale in The Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport, my client asked me to paint her buffet/bar cabinet.   When I went to pick up her bar/buffet cabinet, she was watching the French Open and we discovered a shared passion for tennis.  straight on

Her house is full of bright colors and vivid patterns, so she wanted this piece to not be too showy and choose a blue/gray color with white detailing.  As you can see from the photos, there are two different hardware options on this cabinet.  My client decided to go with the darker, more playful hardware on the left hand side.  Frankly, that side was hands down my favorite.


I love the functionality of this piece that you can use as a bar or a buffet when entertaining.  I have painted another piece just like this one a few years ago with diamond patterns.

keli bar 5

One of my first clients had me paint her bar with a diamond pattern and I love how it turned out.

bar open

As you can see from the above photo, the top unhinges to provide a much larger space for any entertaining needs.  I would love to have one of these versatile pieces in my home.


I love to see the before and after photos ~ the furniture almost always looks like an entirely new piece of furniture.  Hopefully this bar/buffet will be well loved for many more years to come.

Luscious Lime Green Bedside Table & Wood Box Accessories

Here is the final bedroom piece that I recently completed for my teenage client (who’s adorable).  In the middle of this project, I was gone five weekends in a row as well as a number of work days, but my client and her parents were understanding and patient.  What dream clients!

bedside before

Originally we were going to paint this piece off-white since there is a lot of color with the teal dresser, eggplant vanity and teal and off-white bed frame.  My client’s mother was concerned that the off-white would look lost, which was an excellent point.   The fun vanity stool fabric has lots of colors to choose from but lime green was the most playful.  (The actual color didn’t reproduce well in these photos).

top view bedside table_edited-1

Like the other bedroom set pieces, I glazed this piece to bring out the wonderful details.  I especially love the grills in the cabinet doors, which are original as are the cabinet door knobs.  The drawer knob matches the middle drawer knobs on the teal dresser.

subject break

I know I took before photos of these pieces, but darn if I can’t find them, so you only get the after pictures.


I love older wood pieces like these three.  It was fun to breath new life into them.


This wonderful old tool box will be used by my client’s bed for books, magazines and probably a few other things as well.  The wood on the handle and inside of the tool box received an application of Danish Oil in Natural to give it a boost.

Orange Jewelry Box

This fun piece will be used as a jewelry box and will reside on top of the teal dresser, which will look fabulous.  My client choose a fun orange chenille bed spread, which this piece should play off well.

yellow blue box

This is the only piece that isn’t part of the bedroom set makeover.  My client’s mother had this piece painted although I’m not sure where in the house she’s going to put it to work.

Just loved working on this project with this lovely family.



Silver Metallic Curio Cabinet

When I spied this unique French Provincial piece at an estate sale, I was intrigued by its unusual shape and lines.  I particularly like the top curves on the cabinet doors.

fp curio

I originally painted this piece in a cream color with accents of white, but it wasn’t speaking to me, so I decided to repaint it in Martha Stewart’s silver metallic.  I love the reflective quality of the paint.

full shot

The silver metallic paint alone didn’t have enough depth and dimension so I glazed the entire piece to add definition to the curves and lines of the piece.

base and pull

I love how glaze settles into the lines and cracks of wood, making the details pop.


The glass in the back of the cabinet and the glass shelves reflect light.

bottom top

It will be a showpiece in any room of the house while not taking up a lot of room.

middle section

This piece is for sale at The Plaid Rabbit.

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