Saturday, May 26, 2012

Faux Bois Master Suite

Faux Bois is the artistic imitation of wood and woodgrain.  In this master suite, the new construction was made with several different woods, including oak, poplar and pre-primed windows.  The clients had purchased distressed and gold leaf embellished furniture which I was requested to match.  All doors, windows, molding, grates, coffers and cabinetry was finished with a 5 step treatment which included applying gold leaf and antiquing it.  The project took about 3.5 weeks to complete.  A very labor intensive project, but the results were stunning.



Monday, May 14, 2012

Giving Jesus a Hand

A perfect Mother's Day project...

These are the before and after pictures of the Madonna Della Difesa statue that has been handed down in my family since the early 20th century.  My mother recently inherited it and asked a couple of months back if I could try to fix it.  With Mother's Day approaching I thought it was the right time to undertake the tricky prosthetic for the baby Jesus.  Crafted from "Sculpey" and then baked, it took two tries to get it right.  The Madonna received a deep cleaning facial, manicure, a little bling with new gold leaf and refurbishing of her crackled paint gown.  A pretty appropriate Mother's Day gift for her!  I think I made my own mom very happy yesterday, as the hug seemed to last forever.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Little Spring Projects

With a bit of spring fever, I personalized a mailbox and made a child's monogram wall hanging.  Bright and pleasant, like the warm & sunny days ahead!