I've Been Busy!

I've been painting like crazy!  While my partner MAK has been lying on a beach somewhere in Hawaii, I've been producing some really fun stuff.  I was in a bit of a funk for a while, painting everything the usual Duck Egg and Old White.  You really just can't go wrong with that combo.  Paint it Duck Egg and they will come!!  But I've been a little obsessed with Pinterest, and it got me inspired to do some things a little bit different.  Here are a few of my recent projects:


This is what I call Red Delicious!  It was a time consuming project - stripping the Mahogany top and drawers, and the mirror.  Stripping a mirror frame is not fun.  Lots of crevices and it's fragile!  But the beautiful Mahogany together with the tweeked Annie Sloan red (a bit of Primer Red with Emperors Silk) look very rich and interesting.  It was well worth all the hard work.














This french cabinet was probably supposed to be Paris Grey.  I was planning on painting it Paris Grey.  But then I got on Pinterest, and all of a sudden I was painting it Provence.  And then I was covering it in a mix of Antibes Green and Olive.  I got completely inspired by amazing images of fabulous interiors in greens and aquas.  I decided to leave the detailed carvings in it's natural wood, as the wood was really beautiful.  It had lots of problems that needed to be painted over though, so a combo was perfect.  I'm really happy with the way this turned out. 











I found this table and benches on Craigslist.  It had been out in the weather too long, and was in sad shape.  The varnish had turned yellow and brittle and looked pretty sad.  The base was a mismatched wood, and it just didn't work.  But obviously there was potential.  Mr. Wilson spent an afternoon with a belt sander and stripped this baby.  We restained it, put a couple of fresh coats of marine varnish and then white washed the base with what else - Annie Sloan Old White!  It didn't last long in the store.  It sold immediately to a nice young San Clemente girl, who is using it for her dining room table.  I'm jealous ;)


This dresser with a secretary top was made from a cheap grade of wood, and definitely needed some paint.  I found some beautiful hand made paper at Cost Plus and I was dying to use it on something.  I painted the outside in Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange, and attached the paper to the inside back of the secretary.  I love it!  Another great transformation.


















 And last, but certainly not least - some Duck Egg and Old White! 


I painted this dressing table that winning combination of Annie Sloan Duck Egg and Old White.  The bench seat needed recovering, and I thought I should go with something plain and neutral.  Kinda "old white".  But my favorite fabric store didn't have anything neutral that would work.  Then I found this fun paisly, and decided to go for it.  And I think it was meant to be.  It sold the first day it went in the store. 




And this is just a detail of a little side table painted in the Duck Egg and Old White.  Heavily distressed and waxed to a beautiful shine.  Yum!

I'm teaching a class this Saturday, March 31st, at La Casa Verde de Granada in downtown San Clemente.  We will be painting in the beautiful back garden from 1-4 pm.  There are still a couple of spots left if you'd like to learn how to turn your tired old furniture into something new and fabulous!  Call me at 949-412-4499 and I'll sign you up!