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‘Stranger Things’

Well, it’s the first day of spring, and here we are in Virginia with this crazy winter storm!.. Pretty Strange… BUT- it inspired me to write this blog post just for fun. I often get asked by people, “What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?”

Below find my Top 15!… Not that I would say these things are ‘strange’… just unexpected for someone who typically paints on walls. Here we go:

Amy, What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?

Inside an elevator shaft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The background for a model train set.

The inside of an old bank vault turned into a hair salon studio.

Tire cover for a Jeep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large cable spool – turned into a fun kid’s table!

Inside a very small closet under the stairs- I painted it to look like a dollhouse:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simpson-themed dance floor on vinyl!

Russian nesting dolls.

A Monogram on a Driveway:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A canvas sailboat sail for a parade.

A fan and its blades to resemble an old propeller plane.

150 ft of canvas to look like a castle for a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed party:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tabletop to look like a pizza.

The floor of a small indoor basketball Court:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, a huge metal storage container ( 2 actually! ):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my sometimes unexpected career!

Wanna make the list?… Use your imagination, and see what you can come up with that’s unusual, but fun!

Oh Baby!…. Adorable Nursery Accent Walls

Just wanted to share with you a couple fun nurseries I completed this fall. This first one- an adorable outdoor nature-inspired nursery looks amazing all decked out with the final touches. I don’t have too many photos of the process, however, but I’ll share what I have.

The mural painting began with a series of ragged taped lines. I’ve become a huge fan of Frog Tape for creating clean lines. One of the hardest parts of this mural was finding colors that looked good together, while blending into the light blue-gray background.

Inserting the trees was the final touch that gave the wall a fun, whimsical feel. But of course, adding the furniture gives it the real WOW effect!!…

Next nursery- started with a beige wall. The client and I really liked the white trim and navy blue, so we decided to keep that aspect of the room, and created the mural on the bottom 6 feet.

If you pop in on me working during the early stages, you might lose total confidence in me- ha ha ha!… that’s why I think it’s fun to show the progress in these blogs. You get instant before, during and after photos with none of the in between panic!

In the ‘7th inning,’ so to speak- dad decided he wanted to add a Louisville Slugger bat since he had one as a kid. So I begin re-creating the wood grain look on the bat while adding texture to the old leather glove. Notice too, I painted the electrical outlet face plate so there wasn’t a distracting white square in the mural. In the end, you barely noticed it.

The end result was bold- yet beautiful and soft at the same time. I really love how this turned out.

Not your grandma’s stencil

I’ve recently become very fond of painting with stencils! The Type-A perfectionist side of me that loves striping and plaids- enjoys the same kind of precise repetitive work. And-  they look amazing! Stencils afford you the ability to create just about any intricate pattern in an endless array of color combinations- something you simply can’t get with wallpaper. Word of warning though- anyone trying to sell you a stencil kit will tell you ( and show you ) how easy it is… but in fact, they are not for the faint of heart. This recent powder room ( below ) took me close to 20 hours to complete- but the result looks like a million bucks! So keep your vacation days and leave this tedious work to me– I LOVE doing it!!!

Now, onto this dining room:

Sure, it’s faster than hand-painting this bad boy- but stenciling requires effort to perfectly align the design both horizontally and vertically. Otherwise, your pattern can get WAY off track!  In addition, the right amount of paint must be applied with light pressure or the paint runs and causes a mess. The stencils eventually fill with paint and must be cleaned- which I have to admit- I like peeling off the paint- but still, cleaning it can take an hour or more. This particular one soaked for 45 minutes and then I carefully scraped off the soft paint with a credit card for another 45 minutes. You can see in this photo below that I had to individually stencil on each ‘loop’ of this ornate dining room design. The other difficult part is the corners- often I had to hand-paint the corners to get the pattern to line up perfectly.

 

This next nursery project kinda plays an optical illusion on you. If you didn’t see the blue on the other walls, you’d think the blue pattern was the stencil, when in fact, it’s the white paint that was applied over top. Either way it goes, it looks great!

I really like this next pattern- the Marrakech Trellis. I’ve done this several times by hand, but really liked how the stencil version of this turned out as well. I used metallic silvers on a light beige paint to create the desired effect.

And finally, I had a lot of fun creating this custom design on a stairwell ( below ) using a medallion stencil- the Prosperity Mandala. I used the same stencil to create 3 distinctly different medallions and alternated the paint colors for even more of a variation. The random layout makes this pattern super fun!

Lastly, I gotta give a shout out to Cutting Edge Stencils and Royal Design Studios. Both companies make incredible quality products and have a HUGE selection to chose from. Check them out online and when you’re ready to get started, give me a call- pretty please!