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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.

Sassy Yet Sophisticated Table

I particularly love to help my friends with interior decorating suggestions and consulting on possible pieces of furniture to purchase and paint.  My client (obviously a friend) and her husband had been looking to purchase a small table as well as a secretary and we’ve been trading text messages when either of us come upon something of interest.  As soon as she sent me this picture from a local antique mall, I knew it was the “one!”

close up before

We met in college when going through sorority rush week.  Although I didn’t pledge her house, we remained acquintances and some 20 years later after moving back to my hometown, I ran into her at the local gym.  What great luck!  We’ve been in the same book club and she and her husband just moved into my neighborhood just one block over.

front view staged

We spent an hour or so looking over different hues of red that would complement the color in her rug but not overpower the other furniture pieces in her dining room.

Full Angle View

This table is the perfect size to go almost anywhere in a house.  My clients have it nestled against an angled wall in their dining room.

front view no staging

With such great detail, this piece was just begging to be glazed.  I love how it makes the inlays stand out.

corner leg detail

I would’ve snatched this piece up if I had spied it at the antique mall.  It’s a great signature piece that will look wonderful in any room of my client’s house.

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.



Eggplant Vanity Plus Stool

I am painting a bedroom set for my client, who happens to attend my son’s high school.  The first piece finished was a large dresser that I painted in teal and glazed.  This vanity and matching stool were painted next, using Benjamin Moore’s advance paint.  As many of  you already know, I love the French Provincial style because it’s so versatile, especially if  you like glaze or distressing and this piece got both.

vanity before

The colors for the bedroom set were inspired by the fabric on the vanity stool.  The dresser was selected to be the room’s focus point so teal was chosen and the color eggplant was selected for the vanity.  I’m generally not a fan of anything in the purple, violet, plum family but I absolute love this color.

vanity front

Originally the drawers had pulls on them but my client wanted knobs so I filled in the drawer pull holes and drilled a new hole in the middle for a single knob.  Neither of these knobs were ultimately chosen.

vanity top open_edited-1

The fabric that inspired the color palette for the bedroom set is on the vanity stool.  I love that you can store jewelry or makeup or anything else for that matter in the cabinet below the fold up mirror.

vanity top open_edited-1

My sister in law served as my photo stylist for this shoot and came down with the glass bowl and pearls.  I wish she was here for all of my photo shoots.  Thanks Lori!

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