Hi Buddies! What a whirlwind week it has been here... and I can't even pinpoint what made it feel so hectic. But amidst the usual chaos of renovations and painted furniture I did find time to enjoy a 4 hour trip to the hair salon. My first visit in over 2 years!! My hair is still long, but about 6 inches shorter than when I walked in on Tuesday afternoon. It feels really refreshing, and coincides with the change of seasons perfectly. And to cap our busy week off Wren and I danced our cares away at Salsa Tots. So thank you for your patience, and for stopping by today to take in the latest installment of Fresh Coat Friday!
Last week was a special family edition, and while today's feature is not a member of my family (although I sure wish she was!), she is the mother of another wonderful woman you might remember. Dana introduced herself in one of the sweetest emails (check it out here) I think I've ever had the priviledge of opening. Recently I had the joy of seeing of where Dana's talent orginated, as her lovely mother, Deanie, sent me a fabulous email and agreed to open her guest room to us.
Her talent has touched every thing you see in the room and so I will step aside an let her tell you about it.
"We just got home from being out of town for two weeks and was catching up on my favorite blogs and you mentioned sending in pictures of our guest rooms so I thought I would include our guest bedroom. As you can see, I have painted most of the pieces in this room. The bed I bought partially painted and had to finish it. The armoire has been painted with layers of whites which is difficult to tell in the photos. The piece with the marble on it was also painted. The small wicker with the Bibles on it has been painted. The mirror frame has been painted. The oil painting I painted out some red on it as I'm not much of a red lover. I tell all my friends that if you stand still long enough in our house that you may very well get a coat of paint on you. I've been doing this for years and love that with just a little bit of paint, a room or a piece of furniture can be transformed. We live in Texas so finally added a few antlers. Those I haven't touched with paint."
"The sideboard in the dining room was a new piece that I bought at an outlet furniture store in North Carolina 20 years ago. It was a tan in color and very boring and when I changed the dining room colors, I had to change that too. I did the layers of gray, starting with a darker color and added different shades in different areas and added the gold in the relief areas."
"The bed I bought from an antique dealer and he had started painting it and I took it further and added more layers of gray and a stain and then sealed it. It wasn't quite the shade of gray that I like so I tweaked it a little. The gold paint on the relief areas is actually the original paint."
"This is a very very old piece, not sure of its age. I put the marble on top. The piece was brown and was so alligatored and had a very warty looking finish so I dry brushed several different shades of gray over the existing texture with watered down latex paint. I loved the texture but the finish had such a dry look which I lived with for years and finally decided to do something about it. "
" This is an old olive jar but was an ugly green color and I wanted a white one for the sunroom. So, I did a little concrete treatment on the outside and then layered with different shades of white paint, sanded down in areas, rubbed with dirt and then sealed it. An old reno to an originally old pot. Had to keep moving the wire on the handle to keep from painting it as I did not want to remove it."
"There are painted pieces in every room in our house. Nothing is the original color. I love to mimic wonderful vintage pieces. Its like a canvas. I've had no art training, just get inspired by what I see and love to reinvent old pieces, the same as you do. After Dana painted a few pieces in her house, she came to the conclusion that she is becoming more like her mother every day. I predict she will far surpass me in every way as she is a very gifted in so many areas of her life.
I hope this will inspire a person today to pick up a paint brush, sprayer, or whatever technique they so desire, and transform someone else's undesirable piece of furniture into a treasure of their own. Its so rewarding and so much fun and feels great to have done it yourself (not to mention that it is far cheaper).
Happy painting and have a blessed day.
THANK YOU so much Deanie for sharing your talent, treasures and lovely home with us!!! I have a feeling you have many guests asking to stay in that gorgeous room and we will be waiting with bated breath for the next glimpse into your beautiful home~
Has your week been particularly crazy as well? Here's where you show me what you've been working on!!