The Long Awaited Table

This table was so much fun to do! From the moment I saw it I knew I'd love painting it. This was actually the second table, in a couple of tables they had given me, and although a bit more labor intensive then the first, I didn't care because the end result was pretty cool.

The first one I did for them was a smaller table. Per their request I used the same color palette.
  The Miniature Table For Two was an easier transformation compared to its larger counterpart

But I was certainly up for the challenge.  This table had great character and I was looking forward to  expanding on it.  

After priming it two times  I actually took it apart to start the painting process. 

I started with the base first then graduated to the top. 

When I first started I THOUGHT  I knew exactly what I wanted to do on the top, that was until I painted the base. It was then that I realized it was taking me in a completely different direction. This, crazy as it sounds, is when a piece just tells ME how it wants to be painted.

As I started painting the top Graphics Fairy came to mind. 

This website is a virtual GOLDMINE for anyone looking for free, really cool, clip art.  I could spend hours looking around there and find tons of inspirational graphics for furniture I was doing now and future pieces I had yet to conquer.  This is how I knew I wanted to put a vintage label on this piece, because while on the website researching another table awhile back, I came across this label.  

Once I printed it out on plain regular printer paper I used a projector to transfer the item to the top. I then used a white colored pencil to trace it out and a black Deco Art pen to color it in.  I then outlined the swirls in a gold metallic pen because I felt it added a bit of interest and contrast to the black and burgundy. 

When I had originally painted the top, I had painted the entire thing burgundy, but in the end changed my mind and opted for the infamous quarterly checks instead. I guess I wanted the sides to be different from the rest of the table, because when the sides were down I wanted the eyes to move all over the piece, instead of them just blending in. 

I was really pleased with how it turned out.  I think Mike & Joann will be too.

Just a quick note, I have recently joined the team of PaintNite Syracuse 

And will start instructing events in April!  I can't wait to share my passion of painting with others.  It's a very unique opportunity and I look forward to seeing some familiar faces out there in the audience.  You don't have to have creative bone in your body! So I don't want to hear any excuses! All you need is an open mind and willingness to have fun. I guarantee you will walk out with a fabulous picture to hang in your home and a lot of fun memories.  And I'll warn you now,  once you do one, you'll want to do it again, and again, it's that much fun!

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Grandma's Table: Stephanie's Remake

This is just a quick post on a recent redo I finally finished.  I forgot to take before pictures which KILLS me but I still wanted to share the end result with you.

We are moving into a new, larger studio, which has been so exciting and yet a tad bit overwhelming!  Who knew I had so much stuff.  Our house will finally be our home again and I can't wait.  We are moving into the Delavan Center in Downtown Syracuse.  

I have been taking a lot of pictures and can't wait to share the final reveal with my peeps!

In the mean time please come play with us on Pinterest or keep updated on Face Book!


Aymee & Lynette: A Love Story Remembered

Aymee & Lynette were each other's soul mates.  They met in the early summer of 2006 and felt an immediate connection. Although they faced adversity from outside forces, their union was the blessing they both had been searching for.  

On June 3, five years after they first met, the fun loving ladies were married.  Life was good.  They were inseparable and their union grew everyday.

Then tragedy hit. One day Lynette was riding her motorcycle, and the next day she was lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life.  Aymee was by her side every step of the way.  Despite severe complications Lynette was a fighter and showed signs of recovery.  The road would be long, but Aymee took her vows "in sickness and in health" very serious and would be by her wife's side, loving her through it all. 

Then, again without warning, Lynette was gone and Aymee was left to navigate life without her soul mate.

This past Christmas was the first holiday Aymee would be spending alone.  She reached out to family and friends and asked, if they felt moved, could they send small items that would help her memorialize Lynette.  That's when a mutual friend of ours reached out to me.  She really admired these two ladies and wanted to have me design a personalized gift for them.  After going back and forth on a variety of items, Marcia decided to have me create a memorial table for Aymee & Lynette.

Lynette's favorite colors were hot pink and neon green, so that would be the color pallet.  
Also, they would often say to each other, "Live everyday as if it's a gift.  That's why we call it a present." So this quote had to be incorporated as well.  

Lynette called her bride "sweet pea" and Amyee affectionately referred to Lynette as "babee girl". These would need to be represented too, but most of all she wanted butterflies.  
Aymee felt that butterflies symbolized freedom. 
"Therefor, we are free to love whomever we fall in love with." 
Butterflies would be the focal point.  

With all this beautiful inspiration I started to paint.  As I reflected on the memorial table set before me I couldn't help but feel so sad for Aymee's loss, yet inspired to create a piece that would represent Lynette's love of life, as well as, the love these two women shared.  I was emotionally invested.

The heart with wings is something that came to me one night when I couldn't sleep.  I often will find inspiration during these times.  I felt it was wonderfully symbolic of  Lynette and decided to include it, along with their wedding day.

I think Aymee was touched by her memorial table. 
 I know I was touched by their story. 
I hope you were too.  
I am so honored to be apart of people's lives this way. 

"Live everyday as if it's a gift.  That's why we call it a present." 


"chair" me up

I love painting chairs!  

They can be a great accent, to any room. No matter what the decor, if you use a coordinating color palette it can be a great way to add a bit of fun.
The above picture is the latest chair I had the privilege to redo; but more on that in a minute.

The first chair I ever painted was this one.  It was love at first sight!


The reason I love redoing chairs is the great curves, and various shapes that each chair provides.  Its cool how the same two chairs can be completely different by just changing the color combo, or use the same color combo on different chairs and make them match.

  Here are just a few  chair redos that i have done over the years.  Maybe they'll inspire you. 

So, now back to the most current chair.  

Jenny is a fabulous customer of mine.  She allows me great creative freedom in all the projects she hires me to do-LOVE her!  

For this project, she wanted me to paint a chair of hers to match a desk that her friend had painted for her a while back.

She had said it didn't matter if they matched exactly just use a similar color palette, so that's exactly what I did.  

Here they are together

I used Benjamin Moore colors in 

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And just a reminder that the Etsy store is closed until Dec 20th so we can get caught up on all of our Holiday orders!

Also, if things weren't crazy enough, we are moving into our new, larger studio Dec 1st!  I am so excited and can't wait to share it with you all!