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I get asked so often "What projects are you working on? What are you doing right now that you just love!?", so I wanted to share a bit of what we've been doing lately. I've tried to take some before and afters so you can follow me along throughout the process. I have learned my strength is not photography!! Hope you enjoy!
We were recently asked how best to tone down this existing fireplace so that it blends in with the room. While the home was absolutely beautiful as is, the homeowners were hoping for a more updated look that mixes their antiques with some contemporary elements. After painting this two-story room full of carved moldings BM White Dove, the fireplace looked a bit out of place and needed some adjusting. Tammy Michaelis, who headed up the interior changes, called us in.
This is a side view of the two story fireplace before - it has lots of wonderful carvings, but it looks a bit too new to be consistent with the new décor.
Here is the sample that we did! You can see how it compares to before by looking at the back tile. The front mantle piece has a chalky finish that's been mixed with grays for that dusty, older look that Tammy wanted. The stone behind next to the wall is still in its original state. Notice that the added white helps mesh the stone with the white walls!
The final fireplace truly looked like it has been aged over time!!
The second fireplace we did for sweet Tammy was in the den. The mantle was a very new looking shiny orangey color and we distressed it and added gray glazes over it to give it character and patina. Love that paint can alter so many pieces, making them work in a new design scheme!
In the process of building her dream New Orleans-inspired house, this homeowner fell in love with the black and white tile in her oh-so-handsome, new master bath!
She wanted to use the same tile for this entrance way, but it wouldn't work as it would result in a different flooring height than that of the surrounding rooms. The homeowner enlisted our help to paint over the installed wood and give her the black and white checkered floors she wanted.
We also decided to paint a star design in this little vestibule to create a transition! Here are my boys at work!!!
I like the tiny detail of the thin, pinstriped line that follows the molding. It looks so much more finished than running the squares all the way to the trim.
I adore the finished product here! It opened up the space, making it feel both larger and more interesting!! Thanks, Ingrid, for letting us paint your floors!
Of course we plastered many rooms as this one shown in the book by architectural consultant Sarah West. During the week I got an exciting call from a European distributer Paulsen-Buchimport who is going to carry the book. Now my friends from across the seas don't have to pay such high shipping rates!!! I am so honored to have been contacted by them!! Please visit their website for more information.
We had finished this home a time ago for one of our sweet clients, Melinda. After living there awhile, she decided to make this cabinet look more like a custom French furniture piece by adding some decorative elements and tying in the different colors in the room.
We created a hand-drawn pattern for her and then began painting the design, incorporating the colors of her drapes.
Here is the finished product! So pretty!
In the breakfast nook, Melinda always felt like it was missing something. Pulling the colors from the cabinet, we painted a stenciled panel to pull the room together and add definition to the space.
Then, on to her bedroom... Melinda loved the size and scale of this piece that she had moved from her previous home, but she didn't think the dark stained finish complemented the beautiful, new room. I thought lightening it up and using a bit of the blues from the fabrics would totally change the feel of the room not just the piece.
What a difference this textured finish in soft greige and blue tones has made!! But we didn't stop there...
Notice the beginnings of a hand-painted design! Many antique French painted pieces have the hardware painted as well. This is a great, inexpensive way to update the hardware without replacing it.
We started a sketch of what I was thinking and got the green light to paint!
I loved how it pulled together the blues and florals in the room!
Here is the finished piece - it's almost unreconizable from the original mahogany finish.
"Oops, before you leave could you...." Another project - we took the oh-so-new looking mirror and gave it century-old character.
The little details and multiple layers really make a big difference!
Melinda changed the red from the back of the cabinets to grasscloth--looks great! (sorry about the pic) Later we are going to work on the wall finish!
The last space was the daughter's room, starting with the four poster bed which was formerly stained! To soften the look, we painted and antiqued it in a subtle blue.
It looks so beautiful with her shabby chic bedding!
This chair, pulled from another part of the home, was left over and placed in the corner of this room. Stained a shiny mahogany, we transformed the piece by priming, painting, and glazing it to match its new surroundings and fabrics.
I love the way this finish looks on carvings - it really brings them out!!!
My last stop of the week was for a client I have been working with for the last 14 years!. I went to pick and exterior shutter color for them and talk about a piece of furniture we were going to paint. Look at the sweet gift I left with! The packaging was as special as the yummy chocolate chip cookies inside. I love how she used a coffee bag for the treats decorated with a label and fun ribbon!! These would made great gifts!!! I hope you liked seeing just a few of the jobs we worked on last week! Don't forget to scroll up and like Segreto Finishes on Facebook on the right side of the blog for a chance to win a free copy of the book, then leave a comment of a project you would like to do in your own home. If you have already liked Segreto Finishes then share the blog with a friend and leave a comment!! Good luck to the winner!! I'm off to California for a project this week and a little vaca.... Till next Monday! xo Leslie