Heading uptown:The large pic on the left is the famous Dakota building, where John Lennon lived
My client’s small NYC kitchen had looked darker and smaller with mid toned maple cabinetry – which was in great shape but the somewhat dark tone of the cabinets didn’t help the small space. I wish I had taken shots of “before” but who knew then I was going to have a blog!!
Pardon my fat, old unmanicured fingers – but I thought it would be helpful to new faux finishers/DIY homeowners to see how how I gently age a painted cabinet. The cheesecloth is great for moving the glaze around – you have more control of how much you want to remove. The cheesecloth can also help you push some glaze into crevices etc to get the look of built up dirt and age. The badger brush – which should be in everyone’s arsenal – softens and smooths out a glaze. It helps to give the cabinet a more natural, softer look.
While I was antiquing the cabinetry 6 years ago, the powder room in the apartment was one of the tiniest I had ever seen. I suggested to my client that while I was painting and antiquing the cabinetry, I could have one of my artists come in and paint a quick, impressionistic mural that would help make the room seem larger…more expansive and interesting. She agreed – and so it began. Here are some images from the room.
See how tiny this powder room is? You really need something interesting in here – or else you’ll get claustrophic being in this space!
So, after a day’s work it was time to fight the traffic again and head back home. It took nearly 3 hours to drive back but I felt great that the day went well and that my client was happy! I took some parting shots while driving (bad girl), but I thought you might like to see them!
Hope you enjoyed my day in New York City. Let me know if you have any comments or questions – would love to answer them.
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Oh how cool! I've been to New York only once and that was over 20 years ago during my college senior trip. I was an art major and we went to tour all the wonderful museums. thanks for sharing your day with us! It is amazing just how little the apartments in NYC really are, but your art techniques make such a huge difference to your friends space. Great job!
Thanks Dee. I had fun doing this . You have to come back to NYC some day. I had a funny feeling you were an art major! You must have been on heaven visiting them
What a day to have to go into the city!!! Loved reading about the steps you went thru to match the finish in the kitchen! And the bathroom – it looks like you can hardly turn around in it! Now it so cozy and cute!
Have wonderful 4th!
An incredible creation for this space. Love it. I will be in NYC next week. It has been ten years since I was last there! Thanks for sharing your time in the city and your creativity with BeColorful this week.