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Hi, love your blog! Saw the mora clock you antiqued and was wondering where you bought it and if it is still available. I can’t afford a “real” one! Thanks for your help, mary
Hi Mary – yes, I should have stated in the post that my clock was made by Howard Miller. As I said, it was all white when I got it, but I antiqued it to make it “mine.” I paid about $800 for it – brand new. But, I think you could find something like it – even a used Howard Miller on Ebay or perhaps Craigslist for much less (which, looking back, I should have done!!). But – I priced the antiques – and most were in the $3000-4000 range and up!! So for $800 and some sweat equity – I had an “antique” that fit my budget! Let me know if you find something like it – and how you progress with it!
I am interested in having a select parts of a wrought iron railing in my home gilded. I live in East Northport and the railing is about 30 feet in length from the start of the steps to the upstairs landing. If you do such a thing, get back to me via email or phone (631-499-2476) and I can supply a photo of a five foot section so you can get a better idea of what is in involved.
Hi Stuart! Thanks for writing to me. Yes I do that. As a matter of fact I am working on a restaurant in Smithtown right now and I am decorating a wrought iron railing! No gold leaf on this one – but I have done that many times before.
I will be in Smithtown all week so I could come see your railing in person. I will call you over the weekend. You can also email me the pic at Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org
i am the bathroom designer who put together the plumbing and the tile on both of the melville baths. i see you are featuring one of the baths and having just been over there, i know that the faux paint looks fabulous. actually the client gave me your phone number when i was there and am looking forward to using you for a reference in the future. please contact me at
email@example.com at your convenience. my name is gina
Hi Gina – yes, Adele said that she gave you my contact info. You did a beautiful job on these bathrooms! Would love to meet with you – and would love to work with you in the future!
Thanks for your kind words. I am in awe of people with your skills! Best wishes. Anne
I love the orange color on the walls with the weathered wood wall piece and creamy colored table. Can you tell me what color this is? I am in search of a color for our den and am struggling with the “right” orange color. Thanks much!
Hi Tammie- I didn’t do that wall but perhaps one of these Benjamin Moore colors would come close – Golden Gate (034) or Spiced Pumpkin (035), which is the darker of the two. Please let me know how it turns out – take pics and I will post a before and after!
If I can help further, let me know!
I absolutely love your posts! I came across your blog while searching for some lime green and fuschia accent inspirations for my new apartment. I am hoping you can give me advice but it’s a bit of a long question so please bear with me. I have a few colours that I want to use throughout my new apartment that I think would work well together but selecting the exact shade/brand of paint etc is driving me crazy because there are so many options! This post is going to be very long so please accept my apologies in advance but I’m in need of your help
Here is where I stand: I’m moving into a 2 1/2 bedroom apartment which takes up 2 floors. The main entrance has a narrow hallway and a flight of stairs you have to go up to get to the main floor, then the bedrooms are another set of stairs above that. It is quite large for a first apartment which I why I have no idea what to do with myself. My furniture is also very minimal and I will be slowly adding pieces throughout the next year once I settle in. My landlord is painting the place before I move in so I have only had about 5 mins to get acquainted with the place at which point I snapped a few pics to try and come up with a paint scheme. She has asked me to select the paint colours I want and to keep it somewhat simple for the sake of relaying the information to the painters that she is hiring.
There are two entrances, one is the stairs I mentioned which is kind of dark, narrow and lonely and the other is directly in front of it which is a walk out to the patio (I will be using this entrance during the non-winter days of the year). I want all the hallways and stairs to have a nice inviting and warm colour that opens up the place. I was thinking a yellow but I’m not sure what the best yellow would be in such a narrow and long space. The foyer area in front of the patio entrance has a great focal point that I would love to throw a contrasting colour on with a small table and mirror there (I was even thinking something as bold as black or a really bright blue) and to the right of this accent wall you can walk into the living room and the focal point through here is another accent wall in lime green with the other 3 walls white. The kitchen is kind of old and boring with white cupboards and appliances that aren’t that special. There isn’t much wall space so I was thinking of painting the backsplash and the area above the cupboards in either black or the same bright blue of the accent wall from the foyer to really make the white cupboards pop. There is a bathroom next to the kitchen and the stairs up to the top level. There is another bathroom and 2 bedrooms as well as a small office/storage room which I would like to convert into a meditation room. For my bedroom I would love to paint the walls yellow, however my furniture is a light beige/brownish colour which doesn’t offer much contrast. The handles of the furniture is black so I would love to incorporate yellow and black into my bedroom somehow but I don’t want it to be too dark or overwhelming. Any suggestions on how I can have yellow walls with some black accent behind the headboard and dresser only?
Sorry again for the long message, hope you can help!
I will email you some suggestions!
Hi Linda, I just tried to put painters tape on a chair I painted with Annie Sloan’s pure white chalk paint. I had to put three coats of paint on the chair to cover it. When I pulled the painters tape up (I only used one strip to check)…the chalk paint came off in chunks. I repainted and am waiting over night to be sure all is dry. What I want to know is, should I wax the chair first and THEN put the painters tape on to do the small red details? I’m using the Emporer’s silk chalk paint. The chair is all white with small red embelishments on the back and around the base. Thanks so much for your help!
Hi Patti – I have only had a little bit of trouble with the Chalk Paint not adhering. It’s been pretty reliable. I think that 1) the paint wasn’t cured enough so when you pulled the tape – it lifted or 2) there could have been wax on the surface – or the surface is very shiny and needs to be sanded and cleaned and perhaps primed beforehand. I did a client’s dining room set once – that was waxed and waxed and so I did prime those pieces…just to be sure. I didn’t want to get a phone call from the client saying the paint lifted!
Try putting the tape on before waxing. The wax will make the surface more slippery and the tape won’t hold as well. When you finish – send me some pics. I love to put my readers’ images on the blog or on Facebook!
Let me know if you need any more help!
Thanks so much! I sure will. This is my first try at something like this. I don’t think I let it dry long enough. I’ll give it another good day to cure and will try it again. I love having a blog like this to check things out. Thanks for being there! Your work is beautiful as well as inspirational. God Bless you! ~Patti
Hi Linda! Was just wondering if I could get some suggestions on how to give a particle board table an antique look. I had just recently purchased this table at a yard sale and in the beginning had thought it was wood, so I had sanded it down with the intentions of staining it, although once I had reached the particle board I realized that wasn’t an option, and I wasn’t going to get the look of dark wood that I had initially wanted. So as I was looking online at some ideas I happened upon your blog and discovered that you did many pieces with the idea of making it look antique, which I absolutely love, however, it looks like the objects you applied it to were made of no wood at all or wood. I’m nervous to attempt it on particle board for fear that I won’t get the same look, so if you have any suggestions or even some step by step tutorials that would be great! I’m a little new at this and have never done anything like it before, but am excited to attempt it! Thanks!
Hi Katie – thanks for stopping by. I would paint the particle board with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(just google it and you will find some distributors and look on YouTube as well for instructions). It’s a little pricey – but you could do your table with a quart and have plenty left over for other projects. Can you email me a pic of your table? I’d get a better idea of it that way. I have painted everything – glass, tile, particle board, metal – very shiny, enameled surfaces – and was always successful.
Cleaning it is a good start (maybe some TSP) and sanding it with maybe 250 grit sandpaper – to give it some tooth – would be the next step. The Chalk Paint doesn’t require a primer – but just in case it doesn’t stick well (which I doubt will happen), you can always use primer first. Then do 2 to 3 layers of the Chalk Paint (there are many colors to choose from) – but I seem to favor Old White, but I love Versailles, Duck Egg Blue…and many others. Thin coats are best. If the paint feels a bit thick, you can always put a little bit of water in it. Let dry between coats. Do some wet sanding – to smooth (I’ll be doing a tutorial on this soon…so stay tuned!). Wet sandpaper is the black sandpaper – you wet it and sand. Makes your surface really smooth – wonderful to the touch.
After that – you can wax. I like Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax…but Annie Sloan makes wax as well. First apply the clear wax – and then buff after a half hour or so (as long as it’s dry). The you can use antiquing wax – to place darker bits in creases etc…giving it some age.
Hope this helps!! Send me a pic of the before. And then after – we can do a blogpost on your project!
Yes everything you had to say is extremely helpful! Like I said I am completely clueless when it comes to this crafty stuff so I really appreciate your input! Right now the table isn’t at my place because I was getting some help with sanding it down, although as soon as I can I’ll snap a picture and e-mail it to you. Thanks again!
Katie – keep me posted, OK? Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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I can’t believe I found your website by researching off white paint colors! I read the article and it was incredibly helpful to us in picking out the perfect off white color in our soon to be rental apartment. Your site proved to be very useful for our home renovation project. You have excellent taste when it comes to design and amazing insight into color choices. The Colorful Bee is my go to site for any info regarding color or design!!
Thanks Liz – glad to be of help!
I cant wait to see what you’ve done with your mom’s home. I loved her place – many wonderful memories there. But, for obtaining a new renter, you have to be certain that the color scheme will appeal to the client. So glad you found me online (even though I was only a phone call away!!)
I love the kitchen soffit done in the oak I would like to do withThe same to mine.I looked at the resiance scroll that was Used not sure which size to order the 3″ ,4″ or 5″ can you please help me with that. Love the kitchen make overs and the way the steps are given. I would also
like infro the counter top in that kitchen.
Hi Paulette. You have to measure your soffit. I think I purchased a stencil that was a custom size – so that it fit better (I think it was at least 5 inches high). It’s a bit more money and you have to wait to get the stencil – but worth it. See if you can find other similar stencils (try http://www.royaldesignstudio.com) that may be closer to what you need for your soffit.
As far as the granite goes – I don’t know the name of it because the homeowner chose it. You should go to a granite yard and get samples of various granites to see which ones go best with what you have in your kitchen.
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