Can you tell I'm having a ball mixing all these custom colors? So much fun! This deep indigo was inspired by a jacket I saw on twitter, of all things. I wanted something saturated and a little moody, and couldn't have been happier with the result. The antique classical dresser was in excellent condition, so I could fully concentrate on the surfaces and top. I added the pine top, stained an English Chestnut and sealed, and sanded the entire case before painting it with four coats (it took a lot to go from white to deep blue), distressed, and finished with a dark wax. Before and afters below!
I put on makeup to go outside and paint furniture. By the end of the day I'm covered from head to toe in sawdust, polyurethane, and paint splatters. The makeup is pointless, but eh, I'm a little vain, and that's ok. Have I beaten this play on words to death yet?
Ok so, I picked up this antique vanity last weekend at the flea market. It's been done for a couple days, but the weather yesterday was just too nuts to take it out for photographs. I sanded the entire piece and then painted it a cheerful yellow, distressed, and finished with a dark paste wax. The drawer pulls are original, as is the beautiful antique mirror glass, and it's even got the original label on the back!
Did not realize until I uploaded these that I was in this shot. I knew my husband was, though. He thinks it's hilarious to jump into my photos. Here he's eating a sandwich....
So I have a guy who's brilliant at finding furniture for me. Hi Carl!! He deserves a shout out because he's the man. A lot of my pieces you've seen lately have come from him, and I've got another batch to photograph tomorrow. So I bought this desk from Carl on Sunday at the flea market. It literally made my knees weak when I saw it. Antique, mahogany and mahogany veneer, original stamped brass hardware, serpentine front, in fabulous condition with all the drawers working! Um yes.
This green is not custom mixed, aside from being turned into a chalk paint. It's Benjamin Moore's Chrome Green. It was selected by two brilliant clients for another project, and I'm obsessed with it. I sanded the entire desk, applied the green paint in three coats, then lightly sanded it, a very very subtle bit of distressing, and finished it with a dark wax. I sanded, stained, and sealed the mahogany top, and finally polished up those beautiful antique brasses. And look at those original antique brass casters- this desk is the bee's knees for sure.
I know you all love a bench with a dining set. And I do try to indulge, though they're not that easy to come by. I sanded, stained, and sealed the bench and table top in a rich English Chestnut, with a nice sleek glossy finish.
I was asked a few days ago where I get the inspiration for my custom mixed paint colors. The answer is everywhere. I buy saturated hues and base colors from Benjamin Moore and then mix up my own chalk paint for each piece. I like the idea that most of these pieces are fully one of a kind, each with their own individual and unique color. The gray for this dining set was inspired by the Dusty Miller that grows like gangbusters along the path to our guest house. I want to rip out everything else in my garden and just grow it, boxwood, rosemary, lavender, and hosta next year. I picked a "bouquet" of it to stage the table, just so you could see the color match.
This was a custom project I did for a pair of lovely clients. They had a pretty good sense of what they were looking for, and we were able to find the perfect hutch to meet their needs. This was an exceptionally fine piece of furniture, made by Huntley, and was a real treat to work on. I removed the glass and hardware, taped the hinges, and sanded and de-glossed the whole thing. They opted to do the piece in handsome saturated tones of red and green, with a slight dark wax to add a little depth. I polished the brasses up to add even more flash.
The piece reminded me of something you'd see in an English hunting lodge, so to play off that theme, I staged it with many of my animal sculptures, trophies as it were. Also, I wore a smoking jacket and puffed at a pipe whilst taking the pictures...Only parts of that are true.
Before and afters below!