I Just Love Gorgeous Patina Finishes on Furniture

You know how you always have a lot of little tiny pieces of gold leaf that are left over from a project…I can just never bear to throw them away…

Well I was painting up a finish sample that had gold accents and I thought I would try to use the gold leaf to highlight the pale gold areas.  Wow I love it!

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Paint Couture French Putty, Pale Gold, Italian Ivory and Van Dyke Brown with gold leaf

The finish sample is Paint Couture!™ French Putty all over, then accented in three areas with Pale Gold.  After drying I applied a skant coat of Italian Ivory all over and then rubbed some of that off.  To further increase the patina of the finish I brushed on a coat of Van Dyke Brown and rubbed that off.  I love the way Van Dyke Brown looks in the cracks.  It darkens the crevices like black but in a much warmer way.

I wanted the gold areas to pop so I took some of my tiny gold leaf pieces and applied them strategically to enhance the finish…then reglazed them with the Van Dyke Brown.

Voila…loving this finish!  Hmmm I am looking around the shop right now to see what needs to have this finish on it…!

Join in the fun!  Sign up for one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ and learn how to create beautiful finishes for your furniture projects.  We use Paint Couture! products and you will be amazed at the myriad of possibilities these wonderful products will make available to you!

 

 

Don’t Just Paint – Create Unique “Signature Finishes”

I have decided to create “finishes” instead of “paint samples”.  Hmmm, what does that mean you might ask…

Well I have a lot of paint samples that I created using paint stirrers…I have posted these at the time that I paint them.  However, now when I “finish” something and I love the outcome – I paint a sample board too (for future reference).

This way when I talk to someone about painting a piece I can show them boards of more complex “finishes” rather than a sample of a color with a glaze.  This may sound intimidating because the sample boards are usually combinations of more than two processes.  But if you are going to paint a piece of furniture or an accessory dont’ you want that piece to be out of this world beautiful?  Maybe its just me but I want something spectacular if I am going to spend the time – something truly unique – a signature piece!

so with that in mind….here is a white compote that I decided use as my first victim for this new philosophy…:

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White distressed compote that I decided to give an elegant new life to!

For my Signature Finish on this piece I decided to use Paint Couture!™ Pale Gold, Vintage Flair and Brilliant White paint and  Amber Honey Glaze.

This was a 4 step process – Below is the compote after the first two steps.  First I painted the whole compote with Pale Gold.  When dry I painted portions of it with Vintage Flair.  The Vintage Flair coat of paint was what I call “skant”…a very light coat of paint that did not cover the gold entirely.  I chose accents to leave completely gold (arms and the decorative band on the base).

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Compote painted Pale Gold and then paint with a skant coat of vintage flair

Then I put a dry brush coat of Brilliant White over everything.

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Brilliant White Dry Brushed over Vintage Flair

When dry I glazed the compote with Amber Honey Paint Couture Glaze as shown in the picture below I glazed heavily over the gold and then only wiped some off strategically here and there to give a gold highlight effect.

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Amber Honey Glaze – The Compote is complete!

On the portions of the compote that were painted with the Vintage Flair I wiped off a lot of the glaze.  On the inside of the compote I used a swirling motion to apply the glaze.  The inside reminds me of the Universe…!  Only there are no planets…hahaha.

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I used a swirling motion when painting and glazing the inside of the compote to mimic the shape of the piece

Here is a side view of the finished product!

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Compote is now finished with a complex “signature” finish!

Voila! A beautiful, rich complex Finish!

Attend one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk and learn techniques to help you create your own Masterpieces!

 

There Are Two Sides To Every Door! Duh!

I have a door in the shop that leads to a little foyer and the back door.

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Before I got my hands on this door…it looked like this!

The door is in my little “Paris Boudoir” so you can see that it just wasn’t making it in its “silly brown” color…

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Paris Boudoir at The Whistling Elk

I like to show my customers what they can do with Paint Couture!™ but I keep selling the pieces that I paint so I decided to paint the door…my landlord would not like it if I sold his door so I figured it was safe to paint it with Paint Couture!™ in order to have a ready sample at all times!!!  P.E.R.F.E.C.T.

So the door got a very light uneven coat of Italian Ivory with Dream in the area around the raised panels of the door and Pale Gold on the moldings around the raised panels.

  Remember the movie Romancing the Stone when the smuggler says he’s going to get his “li’l mule” and smiles…well I feel that way about my li’l hand sander.  So yup I got it out and beat up that door!  I did get a little carried away on the “back side” of the door.

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Paint Couture on the Paris Boudoir Door at The Whistling Elk, Chester, NJ

Yesterday I stenciled the front side of the door with Pale Gold…but I couldn’t decide if I was really done…that happens a lot when I paint.

Sometimes when I am not sure about how I feel about something – I go home and sleep on it – it never fails that when I wake up I have the answer…actually it came to me before I even got to sleep…A Door Has Two Sides…who said they have to be the same?

This morning when I came in I glazed the back side of the door with Light Brown Sugar on the raised panels…lightly rubbed in.  Then I glazed everything but the raised panels in Champagne.  Ha! I used some different stencil designs so it looks completely different than the front side.

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Paris Boudoir Door Front
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Back of Door with light brown sugar on the raised panels and champagne glaze on the frame.

So now I am having one of those moments where I am thinking, Yah, you can  have your cake and eat it too!!!!

The Versatile Mirror

Mirrors make such beautiful design statements…now take this one for example….the top is just breathtaking.

And the finish is wonderful because its a champagne metallic….a little gold…a little silver.. and just the tiniest bit of black.

You can put it almost anywhere (that it will fit – it is tall at 63″) and it will blend into almost any color scheme.  It will add an architectural element to your room.  Of course the “old world elegance” makes it look like you carried it back from les puces de saint-ouen.   Mmmm let’s go back!

Beautiful Iron Scrollwork makes this mirror extra special 63"h x 43" w
Beautiful Iron Scrollwork makes this mirror extra special 63″h x 43″ w

There little ovals are perfect for powder rooms….at 31″ L x 25″ w but they will make for a pretty collage too mixed in with some great artwork.

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Pretty Oval – simple clean lines with just the right touch of embossed decoration
Oval Mirror in black with a little gold accent
Oval Mirror in black with a little gold accent

 

This last mirror is one I have blogged about before.  It is so elegant and versatile.  You can lean this 73″high mirror or hang it.  You can hang it vertical or horizontal – design your room around it!  Simple.Beautiful.Elegant.  Perfect!

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Versatile and Elegant – The perfect Mirror

Gotta love that little hand sander!

Gotta love that little hand sander!

You may remember that I wrote a post on November 12, 2013 called “Mantel Madness with Paint Couture”.   I had a lot of fun painting that mantel and it was beautiful…but I always knew that it would take on a new personality yet again some day…well that day has arrived!  Here it is after I finished it the first time…

Mantel Painted with Abundance Paint Couture!™, Brilliant White and Verde Glaze Couture!™
Mantel Painted with Abundance Paint Couture!™, Brilliant White and Verde Glaze Couture!™

I watered down some Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory  and brushed a thin coat all over the mantel…effectively whitewashing it.  After it dried I got out my hand sander and beat the whole thing up!  Gotta love that little hand sander.

Mantel after whitewashing with Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory and distressing with my hand sander.
Mantel after whitewashing with Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory and distressing with my hand sander.

So now I have a “new” mantel…again!  The Paris Boudoir is looking verrrrry nice!

Mantel refinished again with Paint Couture Products!
Mantel refinished again with Paint Couture Products!

10 Tips for Creating Memorable Lighting in your home

Good Lighting makes a huge contribution to the beauty and functionality of a home.  And the addition of beautiful fixtures – chandeliers and lamps – creates delightful design elements in any room.  Whenever someone tells me they have recessed lighting and don’t need any lamps the designer in me just cringes at their lost opportunity.

Having just received some new lamps in the shop got me to contemplating lighting and thinking about my own home so I thought I would share some lighting information with you.

Beautiful Lamps at The Whistling Elk (The red damask shade is opaque and you can see that the light shines up and down)
Beautiful Lamps at The Whistling Elk (The red damask shade is opaque and you can see that the light shines down)

10 Lighting Tips

 

A truly beautiful room will tend to have soft pools of light that come from a variety of sources – Use lighting with different wattages and and place light sources at various heights.

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Picture found on Geisen Designs website – shows well balance lighting all around the room and at various heights.

Position lighting all around a room to dispel dark corners.

 

Table Lamps are excellent decorating tools…use them even if they do nothing!  They are not actually doing “nothing” because they are creating great verticals which enhance the beauty of any room filled with horizontal lines.

 

In a lamp that has double bulb sockets use two different wattage bulbs and you will create a medium and low setting!

Lamp shades that are opaque will create a more dramatic atmosphere as they throw light up and down and emit little side light.

 

Fabric shades will create the warmest most glamorous light.

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Picture from Homedit.com shows the warmth of light emited by fabric shades

Paint your outlets to match the walls to minimize the distraction of cords and outlets.  Have lamps wired with clear or fabric cords.

When placing a reading lamp the height is lower than seems intuitive:  it should be below eye level so it lights your page, not your head.

Albert Hadley said “I personally try to avoid all ceiling lights because i think that overhead light is a tragedy.”   Well I agree with that in reference to recessed lighting…but as to chandeliers – What could be more beautiful?  A general rule of thumb for a dining room  chandelier is 30″ above the tabletop.  Bulbs should not be bright…lower wattage is better for creating ambience around table gatherings.

Dimmer switches go where you want to be able to create ambience.

The bottom line is that lighting needs to be functional but it can take a room to another level if you think in terms of ambience and beauty.  It’s an essential design detail!

 

 

Juggling at The Whistling Elk

Juggling at The Whistling Elk

I have been posting a lot about painting lately!  I guess I am pretty fascinated with Paint Couture™ products so I am really enjoying using them and teaching about them….but don’t be deceived there are always other things going on at The Whistling Elk.  It’s the usual juggling act!

Freight coming in, new merchandise being unpacked and lots of garbage….grrr not my favorite activity.  Lots of beautiful art though!

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Art at The Whistling Elk

While I was painting the vanity … pictures to follow … I was also working on hanging new art that showed up…and my first hit of Christmas items…yes! Christmas…So anyway I’ve been working on this little vanity in between unpacking new goodies for the shop.

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Of course the Christmas is “blingey” as usual!Ch

OK… Here is the little vanity…it is actually laying on its back on the floor….when I first looked at this picture I was thinking why can I see my feet….haha ! as usual I almost forgot to take the before picture and was starting work on it….

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I wanted the vanity to say “pink’ and I wanted to use Paint Couture “LOVELY” but I was afraid it would be to faint….so I decided to undercoat it with French Polynesian Pink…hmmm that really did the trick.

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Paint Couture French Polynesian Pink with some embossing started

I did a lot of embossing on this piece and in addition added just some plain stenciling later to fill in some of the designs.  I wanted a lot of embellishment on this piece.

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Vanity with the Lovely over the French Poly then embossed and gilded with pale gold

I did distress this piece somewhat to show just a faint hint of the French poly pink.  I also lined the piece wherever I could with Angelic Paint Couture to make the pink stand out even more.

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Close up of the side detail
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Vanity Finished in Light Brown Sugar Glaze Couture and Matte Lacquer

Confessions of a Gilded Dresser

Confessions of a Gilded Dresser

Inspiration is a wonderful thing…Good design is always based on inspiration…    Sometimes you are on a design path and you take a right or left turn…in that case I know that something along the way changed my inspiration…

Painting is like design in that you start with an inspiration and then work in that direction…adjusting as the piece you are working on speaks to you…

The trio of pictures following was my inspiration for a dresser that I am just finishing up painting with products from the PaintCouture – The Collection™.

 

Ok, here is the dresser….BEFORE…it was a nice old dresser painted blue and the drawers were whitewashed.  It was dirty from sitting around so I cleaned it with TSP really well.

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Before I started painting the dresser I painted up a sample using the paints and glazes that I decided were going to achieve the look I wanted based on my inspiration…I chose the below Paint Couture™ products: Vintage Moss, Brilliant White, Lite Brown Sugar Glaze, and Pale Gold Metallic Paint and here is how they looked on the sample I painted.

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painted frame using Paint Couture products based on my inspiration

So loving the way this frame turned out!  I love finishes that have depth and look “vintage” – with a little of the dirt of age on them…ha!   I couldn’t wait to start work on the dresser.  It’s funny but this is one case where I never deviated from my inspiration…it was soooo clear where it was going!

First I painted everything with the Vintage Moss.  After 24 hours I dry brushed the piece with Brilliant White.  I then used the Paint Couture Embossing Medium and stenciled on some designs.  This always takes some time because you have to plan your stencil layout.  I used parts of two different stencils.  After drying the PC Embossing Medium I laid my stencil back over it and applied PALE GOLD – Paint Couture’s beautiful metallic paint! (one of their many metallics)

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Paint Couture Embossing Medium is Amazing.
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Dresser embossed and embellished with PALE GOLD Metallic. Paint Couture has great metallics!

The combination of the BRILLIANT WHITE and the PALE GOLD gives this dresser a metallic gleam…it sparkles!

Next I glazed everything with Paint Couture’s Lite Brown Sugar.  It’s such a pleasure to work with – very creamy.  I happen to be a light glazer…I would rather put it on and take it off and then glaze it again.  I feel very much in control when I work this way.  You can always go darker!

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Paint Couture Lite Brown Sugar Glaze over Vintage Moss, Brilliant White and Pale Gold

You can see the French Polynesian Pink PC peaking out on the sides of the drawers…I love the pink with the Vintage Moss…I decided not to the glaze the pink – it is less subtle and I love the contrast it creates of the Bright against the Aged!

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French Polynesian Pinks Drawers…I painted the outsides of the drawers because I thought this would show more than the insides…

After thoroughly letting my piece dry I applied a 2nd coat of Lite Brown Sugar Glaze.  This really deepened the finish on the dresser.  It’s very rich!

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After the 2nd coat of Paint Couture Lite Brown Sugar
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Pale Gold Embellished Embossing
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Embossed Stenciling embellished with Pale Gold Metallic Paint

The Brilliant White reminds me of fairy dust and the Embossing Medium painted with Pale Gold makes this very ordinary dresser a piece of art.

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Painted Dresser with the Hardware back on
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Hardware reapplied over the embossed design

Because I am impatient…I didn’t want to wait for new hardware. I didn’t really love the hardware that was on the piece originally but I decided to play with it to see it I could get to like it.  So I planned my embossed stencil to enhance the hardware.  I painted the hardware with Brilliant White, then Pale Gold, then glazed it and applied little crystals.  I then hung it upside down to change the look of the design.  I love it!  It’s so not typical!

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Paint Couture will enable you to create a masterpiece.
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At The Whistling Elk we will teach you to paint your own masterpiece.

When I have paint on my brush I often look around for something else to paint since I have a paint can open and a dirty brush.  The PALE GOLD was open and I had a little pedestal.  It almost became my problem child.  I knew the pedestal had wax on it so I had cleaned it earlier with mineral spirits and then TSP’d it.   Woe is me.  It wasn’t enough!

After I painted it with the Pale Gold it just didn’t feel right – I knew it was going to peel.  So I sanded it down and of course there was still wax on it…sigh…curse…

I had some Mylands Sanding Sealer so on Mike’s advice (The Father of Paint Couture) I brushed on the Mylands.  WOW.  It.Worked.Great.  I put it on over the remnants of the Pale Gold and after it dried you could just feel that the paint was going to be o.k.

I actually liked the way the pedestal looked all chippy and messy and now that it felt right too…it almost had me making one of those left design turns…humph…should I leave it that way????  But in my heart I knew that the really messed up look would not appeal to most customers.  Here it is in all its chippy glory…

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My Problem Child – This pedestal almost made me make a left design turn

I ended up having to clean that brush and put away the paint while the Mylands dried and I considered what to do.  This must be my week for not deviating from plan…I ended up brushing on more Pale Gold, Embossed a stencil on top, Brilliant White went on the stencil only….then finished with BLACK WALNUT GLAZE all over…(my favorite Paint Couture™ glaze).  Pale Gold with Black Walnut gives a very beautiful, deep and rich metallic finish.

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Painted Pedestal – Paint Couture Pale Gold Metallic

I made the right decision.  Its very beautiful and elegant and all it needs is a glass of wine sitting on it next to a comfy chair.

Come learn to create your own masterpieces at one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk.  You will learn all the techniques described in this post and you will have fun!

What Has Happened to My Humility?

What Has Happened to My Humility?

Heres a nice frame with a shabby worn finish…it’s O.K.

But that is just it – for me its just o.k.  

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Frame before Paint Couture Black Walnut Glaze and Pale Gold Accent

I know I can change it and make it better than just o.k.

What has happened to my humility????

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Pale Gold / Black Walnut Glaze –
Paint Couture!™ products used on this frame

I really love this about the Paint Couture Collection.  Not only can you paint something that needs to be refinished but you can also transform ordinary objects into something more lovely,  something that works better in your current décor environment.

Paint Couture!™ is like having a Toolbox Stuffed with Tools to Create Lovely!

I have always advised my clients:  “If you run into the right object but its the wrong color and you can paint it….buy it – you could spend 10 years looking for the right object in the right color and never find it.”

Come and participate in one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ and learn how to Paint, Glaze, finish, stencil, gild and more.  It’s fun and I guarantee you will put the knowledge to good use!

Finger Painting With Gilding Wax…it’s bringing back memories!

Finger Painting With Gilding Wax…it’s bringing back memories!

I always had so much fun Finger Painting when I was a kid and now I get to do it again…

with The Couture Collection – they have a great selection of Gilding Waxes which I love to use to accent a painted finish – any painted finish…even one I didn’t paint!  (heehee)

This cute frame was pretty before I started but now I like it even better.  It had an all over copper look and now it has touches of green moire and the gold lame that I finger-painted on which gave the original finish a lot more depth.

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Gilding Wax adds depth to a finish

That is the beauty of the Paint Couture line…you can paint something one color, OR paint and glaze, OR paint, glaze and gild for a finish that has deep, layered and elegant dimension!

We will be happy to teach you all of these techniques at our Paint Workshops!

Call for the date of the next scheduled Class and make a reservation to attend.  You will have so much fun!  I guarantee you will leave class contemplating all the objects around the house that you will be painting or glazing or gilding or maybe all three!

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Paint Couture Gilding Wax

To enhance a painted finish you simply apply the gilding wax with your finger or with a small artist brush! and voila the perfect way to accent your finished paint project!  If you decide to finger paint – a little coconut oil will clean up your talented fingers.

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Decorating the Street

Decorating the Street

It’s so good to be able to showcase merchandise on Main Street Chester NJ again!

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Not to mention to be able to stand outside and smile in the sunshine!!!!

It’s a perfect shopping day!

I’m Diggin Van Dyke Brown

I used the Van Dyke Brown Glaze today over Imagine and I’m diggin it!

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Paint Couture!™

While I was painting the pedestal the other day with IMAGINE  I painted up some paint sample sticks too.

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Paint Couture!™ Paint and Glaze on sample sticks

Today I glazed/painted them 10 different ways – I used a new philosophy when glazing these sticks…all the other ones I have done were glazed/removed pretty evenly.  This time I decided show different degrees of removing the glaze…all my paint students have different ideas of how much/little glaze they would remove…so these samples look uneven but I did it with purpose to show variety!

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Paint Couture!™ paints and glazes in Chester NJ

I also used 3 of the gilding waxes on some of my Paint Couture!™ samples.

So all the samples were painted with 2 coats of Imagine and part of the stick was finished with Matte Lacquer Couture!™.  (The glaze does not bite in as much over the lacquer and gives you more flexibility to work with the glaze.)

So from the left here is how I finished each stick:

In the first group photo above

1. brilliant white & rich gold metallic paint/Blue Organza Gilding Wax

2. Brilliant White Paint/Green Moire and Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax

3. Verde Glaze

4. Black Chiffon Glaze

5. Zinc Glaze

and in the 2nd group photo:

6. Black Walnut Glaze

7. Champagne Glaze

8. Amber Honey Glaze

9. Lite Brown Sugar Glaze

10. Van Dyke Brown Glaze

So after making all the samples I decided to glaze the pedestal with the Black Chiffon.  The pedestal was an older piece and had a lot of marks and texture (which I kept because I liked the character) and I love the way the black chiffon kinda highlighted the “age” of the piece….so here is the finished pedestal with Imagine, Brilliant White, Rich Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture!™.  (Also in the photo collage is a before the glaze photo).

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Still having fun!  Call and join one of our Paint Workshops!

My Pedestal Has A New Friend

Now I have two beautiful pedestal tables!

I don’t know who I love more…here’s the new one…

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Pedestal Table at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

Call me crazy but I have never been a fan of painting with a 14k gold-type color…I always gravitate toward the deeper, more brassy golds….

I deviated…oh-oh.

I painted with Paint Couture!™ Rich Gold Metallic.  Yup put it over Imagine and then hit it with some dry brush Brilliant White.

W.O.W.

I am going to glaze this pedestal…but right now I am enjoying what is going on with it as is!

I dunno though I still love this one…

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Easy Make Over

This adorable little pedestal/table got a make-over

this week at The Whistling Elk.

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Paint Couture!™ Painted Table at The Whistling Elk

In our Paint Workshops you will learn how easy it is to create beauty where there was none (or little) before!  Not kidding here!

This little pedestal table was painted white and in a very chipped condition…it was cute…I mean looking at it I knew that it had POSSIBILITIES…and that is the key! 

So with really very little effort on my part and my Paint Couture!™ products it’s lovely!  It looks rich and expensive!  (I want to take it home ;))

You don’t have to be a Do-It-Yourselfer to use this paint or to create a great piece.

Come to one of our Paint Workshops and see for yourself how easy it is!

Call and register for one of our next scheduled workshops:

Thursday, April 10th – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sunday, April 19th – 9 am – 12 pm

You will learn to paint, glaze, gild, stencil and emboss…also to distress so that you can create masterpieces with an aged European style finish!

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At The Whistling Elk you will find everything to make your house a home.  From furniture to home accents to personal items…everything with design and quality in mind.

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We will be selling tickets for the MANSION in MAY Designer Showhouse…

May 1 – May 31

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Talk About Tight Spaces…

I had a fabulous day today…I really love what I do and
now I can even say I am a bit of a contortionist!

My client had an armoire that was a nonedescript green and she wanted to jazz it up but she did not want to (couldn’t) move it.  So I gilded and glazed it in place…talk about  getting into tough positions in tight spaces…hahaha…I am smiling just thinking about those back legs…  Glad no one was there with a video camera…

Here’s the before picture…although as usual I started gilding before I took it!

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Armoire Before Glazing with Glaze Couture!™ Amber Honey

and here is the finished product!

Amber Honey Glaze Couture!™ was perfect for the job.

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The armoire is really pretty…

Paint Your Own Masterpiece!

Several new mirrors have arrived at The Whistling Elk – The mirror pictured is one of my favorites and I set it up behind a little cabinet I was planning on painting. Sitting at my desk I can look out and appreciate the mirror – the chandelier reflected in it and now the little cabinet that I just finished painting.  Love this little vignette!

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The cabinet started out just a mousy brown and it is actually a new piece (not old) – I bought the piece with the specific intention to paint it.  I painted  a faded blue on the inside glazed it with champagne and stenciled some small  Fleur de Lis  randomly on the back panel.  (sorry didn’t photograph that)

I embossed the stencil so it stands out nicely and the zinc and brilliant white that I used on the piece make the stencil design shimmer.

Silver Star is dabbed on the hinges and on the teardrop door handles.  I took almost all the glaze off the top as I wanted it to look slightly different than the body of the piece.

It’s a lovely little French cabinet now!

French Cabinet stenciled and glazed
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Our next paint workshop will be March 20th…that is also the first day of Spring!

I can hardly wait.  Sign up now and learn how to paint your own Masterpiece.

La Vie est Belle!

La Vie est Belle!

New merchandise arrivals always make me happy!  La Vie est Belle!  At The Whistling Elk it seems that all the new shipments include a lot of bling.  I confess I am always into beautiful, sparkly bling! Just a little bit in a room adds a little something…We just received a lot of pretty crystal…there are candlesticks, vases, pitchers, salt & pepper shakers and salt cellars with little tiny (very cute) spoons! Even the new artwork has bling! There are tiny crystals embedded in the prints which add just the right element of ooh la la!

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Crystal Cream & Sugar and Salt Cellars

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There are four of these chic lamp prints all with embedded crystals.  Love the carved gold frames…and the bath print below is the most gorgeous shade of green…there are three prints in this collection.
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Great Gifts at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

The “red” vase I just finished painting this morning even expresses some bling.  It has a certain richness – it was a nondescript cement color before I gave it a coat of red paint and followed up with some gold stenciling and a bit of Black Walnut Glaze Couture!™.  Now it is quite elegant! Ahh, La Vie est belle at The Whistling Elk!!!

Well, It’s Snowing Yet Again…So I am Painting…Yet Again!

French Polynesian Pink

Paint Couture at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ
Paint Couture!™ French Polynesian Pink with Various Glazes

This beautiful,  vibrant color was the perfect choice to be painting on Valentine’s Day…its  just perfect!

For these Paint Stick Samples I used Glaze Couture!™ Verde, Black Walnut, Lite Brown Sugar, Champagne, Zinc, Copperhead and Red Mahogany.  I glazed 2 sticks with  Brilliant White Paint and then put Red  Mahogany glaze over the Brilliant White on one of them to show a layered glaze effect.

The last paint stick I coated with Micki’s Magic (an accessory paint).  I love the Micki’s Magic over the French Polynesian Pink – it adds so much dimension and variation – like a shimmering rainbow of color!

I think that a very sheer coat of Brilliant White under any of the glazes would create a beautiful specialty finish.

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Glaze Couture at The Whistling Elk
Paint Couture!™ Angelic with various glazes

For these Paint Stick Samples I used Glaze Couture!™ Lite Brown Sugar, Red Mahogany, Verde, Black Walnut and Copperhead.  On these paint sticks I glazed and wiped off. I used the Champagne Glaze but with this one I glazed the piece twice and as is often the case with Champagne I did not wipe it off.  I also painted two coats of Micki’s Magic on the paint stick sample.

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Paint Couture Brilliant White and Zinc combinations

I did one paint stick with zinc glaze and 2 sticks with Brilliant White.  On one of these Brilliant White paint sticks I applied Zinc over it.  You probably cant really see it in the photo but this sample with the triple treatment is my favorite – it’s very rich and has a lot of depth to it. (its the one in the middle)

Paint Couture is such a great product for all those paint projects you have around your home!  And, its a lot of fun on these snowy winter days when you are stuck inside!

Don’t forget we offer great workshops at The Whistling Elk and will teach you how to create a beautiful piece of furniture using Paint Couture!™ products.

It’s “Sweetheart” Central at The Whistling Elk

It’s “Sweetheart” Central at The Whistling Elk

Need a  special gift for your Valentine Sweetheart?  Of course you do!

We have lots of ideas…

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Lampe Berger, LoLLia, Shelley Kyle, Paint Couture!™ and of course La Vie Parisienne Jewelry..for your Valentine

We have a great selection of new Lampe Berger lampes, a full stock of Shelley Kyle and LoLLia…and for you do-it-yourselfers…Paint Couture!™ products plus the new Gilding Waxes will be arriving soon!

Just checking in lots of new arrivals from La Vie Parisienne – necklaces, earrings and bracelets!  LOVE!

La Vie Parisienne at The Whistling Elk in Chester
La Vie Parisienne at The Whistling Elk in Chester