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An Eye for Ornament

I’m elbows deep into a decorative painting project and wanted to share all the beauty it has bestowed upon me. I am in fact restoring and embellishing two woodcut fish end tables with lily pad table tops. Then, I’m off to marbleize a mantle, all for a neighbor of mine. I know it’s a lot to imagine, so I thought I’d pull these pieces to give us all some eye-candy for inspiration.

Instinctively, when I think about faux painting techniques, I tend to shy away. However, this palette of custom effects above are so sublime. I am thinking of doing her mantle using a similar technique from the bottom left.

Scott Waterman is an artist that I’ve been admiring for some time now, his silvery chinoiserie is ultra luxe.

I love the way that his airy murals defy stuffy notions of interior art. This one is soft yet powerful.

One more that I couldn’t resist reminds me of the trees back in Kentucky. This sweeping landscape perfectly accessorizes the traditional wainscot paneling of the room. Scott’s portfolio has so much more depth that I couldn’t include it all here.

In my search for ornament, I came across San Francisco artist, Lynne Rutter whose hexagonal ceiling and faux ripped chinoiserie really caught my eye. Can you believe that rip in the paper is trompe l’oeil? I totally did a double take.

Now on to the brightly powdered walls in Mexico! Color washing is a great technique for adding old world vibrance to a wall or furnishing.

These deep hues may inspire me to do a little faux designing on my own mantle once I finish up with all these projects.

I’m convinced decorative painting can be fresh and modern as these artists have shown us.

I can’t wait to show you what I came up with, once the tables and mantles are ready to go!

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The Bronze Effect

For those of you that have been following my headboard series, today you’re in for a delight! Here’s how I took a boring old headboard from dull to artful.

My first instinct was to try out a faux finish, which I normally reserve for wooden frames and set designs. For this headboard, I created an antique feel with a bronze paint by Modern Masters.  I discovered the company, a while back when redoing a credenza with a Baroque finish. They offer a full range of Metallic paints with special activating agents that cause the metallic bits inside the paint to oxidize. For someone working on set, these guys may become your new fave. I tried out the Bronze finish and chose a green patina as it’s complement.  I allowed the patina activator to drizzle in between the crevices of the wood.

Bronze headboard featuring a green patina

I also rubbed in some Pale Gold by Modern Masters to highlight the curves of the frame. I was ecstatic with the end result!

C’est tres Marie Antoinette! N’est-ce pas?

C’est tres Marie Antoinette! N’est-ce pas?

For this project because of the custom size, 79″ inches wide, I recommend wall mounting the headboard for stability. Then, purchase bedding that will compensate on either side for that extra 3 inches.

Ever wonder how to match headboards to sheets and mattresses? Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you ace the bedding!

Bed Size guide Mattress Size Sheet Size Headboard Size
Twin 39 x 75 inches 39 x 75 inches 41-42”
Full 54 x 75 inches 54 x 75 inches 54-56”
Queen 60 x 80 inches 60 x 80 inches 62”
King 76 x 80 inches 76 x 80 inches 78”
California King 72 x 84 inches 72 x 84 inches 74”

If you’d like to start small why not rescue some wooden frames from the flea market? Or better yet, hang onto that left over paint you never know when you might find a little cement sculpture to upcycle with it.

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