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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Painted furnishings and accessories.

It has been a long couple of months, but well worth the upheaval and wait.  We started renovating the kitchen cabinets with a faux finish and European hinges.  Hiding the existing hinges, adding the paint to 30 year old cabinets was not an easy task.

We then made the decision to continue the existing wood floor onto the entry hall and the downstairs guest bedroom.
The hall had cracked tile and it had to be jack hammered out and oh the dust!  
 After 3 weeks and furniture scattered throughout the house, it was time to move everything back in place.  Giving me the opportunity to add some new bedding and accessories.
                                              A small open nook.  The violin my dad made.

                                                 Looking for a few more throw pillows. 
                                                    Antique dressers that I have repainted.

                               I painted the mirror to match the dresser.  Love my feather collection!

      Now we can sit back, relax and enjoy our home once more. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New designs and new floors

Working on new ideas is not always easy.  Sometimes I just sit and do not know where to begin.  Other times, I have so many ideas that I don't know what to do first. 

 I love taking on line classes for inspiration and to connect with other artists. This was inspired by Danielle Donaldson on watercolor paper.  Not only did I enjoy my week with her, but I won an original painting from Jeanne Oliver Designs network. A nice added bonus, I should say! It is proudly displayed in a prominent place where all can see.
The painting below part of a series that I now have in my Etsy shop and on Red Bubble. 

It has been easy working in my studio these last two weeks. Staying out of the way and in an area that is somewhat organized. 
 We are continuing our home improvement projects and have installed wood flooring in our guest room and entry hall.  Since our home is 30  years old, the remodeling is needed.  The tile was cracked in the entry and the carpet was out dated in the guest room.  I am so looking forward to redecorating the guest room with new bedding when the floors are completely cured.  They tell me it will be at least 4 days from now.  I am growing some what impatient as it is now well into the second week of this process.  Patience is not one of my virtues!
We have these areas blocked off to remind us and for our little Westie to stay clear.  As I admired them again, I noticed some paw prints in the newly varnished area, coming off onto the older wood that adjoins it.  Not sure when and how she got into it.  Sure hope they can fix it when they put the last coat on in the morning.

As we were working on the kitchen and floor renovations, I came across a beautiful door shutter or panel.  I have always disliked the way the door looked out to the garage.  It was very generic next to the panel doors we have throughout the rest of the house.  So, we painted the door the same color as the wall and that changed it in an instant.  Why didn't we do that years ago?  We also added the panel after a few minor color adjustments.   A great way to add interest to an ever so boring door.