Friday, September 24, 2010

Fresh Coat Friday!

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!!


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Thanks for hosting FCF! It's always fun to get a tour of someones home!

Andrea said...

Thanks for hosting again this week, Holly!

Autum said...

Wow! That is one beautiful guest room. I love the gray painted furniture. Lovely!!

Mandi said...

Thanks for hosting Holly! I love the funky texture on that chest, its really cool!

love your guts

fresh_look_furniture said...

Can you believe this is only the 2nd time I've linked up one of my projects!? I LOVE reading your blog - keep up the great work! :)

Kacey said...


Thanks for hosting, Holly!

Teri said...

A crazy week indeed! Thanks for taking time out of your week to host FCF!

Modern Country Style said...

Thanks so much for having me!


Anonymous said...

oh that is wonderful! I love the sideboard!

Pudel-design said...

This room looks stunning! LOve all the grey!
Thank you for hosting!
Lovely greetings...:)

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Great room! Thanks for hosting Holly!


Chic Little Shop said...

I love looking at other's creation.
Always waiting for FCF.. Thank you for your hosting. I add mine too.

Julie xx

BeachGal said...

This looks beautiful!

I posted a link to my blog where I recently featured my powder room.

Here is the link again:

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

That bedroom set is beautiful! I love how she added different shades of gray. Thanks for hosting Holly!


Sandra Inglis said...

Love the bed! Love the grey!

Chrissie said...

Thanks for hosting the party! I accidentally entered twice, so sorry, I am computer challenged~

sherry said...

Hmmm.....that woman can make some beauty with a paintbrush! Awesome.

oops! said...

I love Fresh Coat Friday!

Allison said...

What a beautiful room! That bed looks heavenly. I love all of the diferent shades of gray she uses with the accents of gold. Just beautiful!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I always get inspired when I visit (stalk) your fabulous blog!


carrie said...

As always, love your talent!! Thanks for allowing us to share our projects with you!

Revamped French Maison said...

That's a beautiful guest room. I love all the pieces. The finish on them is gorgeous!


Revamped French Maison said...

Holly I posted twice....the first time I didn't realize my name was the name of my post and quite frankly, Revamped French doesn't tell anyone at all what my link is. Sorry... All the coffee is making me confused... lol..


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is such a pretty bedroom and I love the bed. The gray painted furniture is wonderful.

Melissa said...

thanks for sharing!
now let's see the hair!

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

I Love that Bedroom.
I know it's now Saturday, but I just posted a fcf. and because I'm not the brightest, I put my name where I was suppost to put the name of my project. Yup thats me!

Sommer said...

First time here! Thanks for hosting, I love link parties, so much great talent out there. said...

The guest room you shared was fantastic.... I am new to your blog but am in LURVE with it!

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

I wish someone would do a tutorial on this type of painting technique! I LOVE it.

Liz said...

I love that vase! I love getting ideas from all these talented ladies. I accidentally posted twice. I am a new blogger and still learning the ropes. Sorry. Thanks again for hosting!!

Shelbie said...

Such a nice job on the glazed grey bed. Looks so nice!

Anonymous said...

Great! Yet more inspiration! I need a second (third, fourth)home! Gah!

Thanks for hosting...


carrie said...

Holly is awesome!!!

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