Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Different Kind of Blog

If you follow my other blog, "Hey look, a chicken" then you may know that I'm a painter. Clients and potential clients are always asking me if I have a website. To which I tell them no, but I plan to someday. Right now, I'm doing well just to blog a little here and there between family life, home projects and paying gigs.

But I thought it might be cool to share some of the projects I've done and perhaps inspire some of you to take on a project or two yourselves. Sometimes I will give step-by-step instructions, sometimes I'll just post pictures. If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try my best to answer them. While I'm sure I'll add some stupid commentary here and there, this will primarily be a painting/home decorating/diy blog; as opposed to "Hey look, a chicken", a blog about, well, whatever that blog is about...

I've done a bunch of projects -- some for paying customers, some for charity, and some just because I wanted to create something (the latter fall under the category of home projects or gifts for friends). I didn't know where to start, so I thought I would post my most recent projects and work backwards. That's not nearly as overwhelming as trying to post everything I've done.

So without further adieu, I give you "Audrey's Kitchen".

Audrey is a friend of a friend. She has a beautiful home. What I especially like about her home is that it reflects her personality. One of my big complaints about homes that are professionally decorated is that while they are usually tastefully done and well thought out, they tend to reflect the taste of the decorator, not the lives of the homeowners. I'm sure there are professional designers that can pull this off; I just haven't run across any.

Audrey was looking to update the outdated wallpaper in her kitchen. If you know me, you know that I deplore wallpaper. It may look great for years, but eventually it's going to date the space. And once it's up, you either have to paper over it, pull it off and re-float the walls, or do what I did. Namely, check to see if all the seams are tight, put an oil-based primer over it and paint it - preferably a faux finish.

Why a faux finish? Because straight painting is rather unforgiving when it comes to hiding seams. The finish itself is fairly easy, it just takes some practice. The treacherous part is the prep work - especially taping off everything, which I hate almost as much as wallpaper.

I love the way this turned out. Her kitchen was nice before, but now it ties in with the rest of rooms adjacent to it. She really likes it too -- which is what matters most.

Audrey's Kitchen Before:

Audrey's Kitchen After:

I love the splash of red here. It's also easier to touch up scuff marks.


jamie in rose cottage said...

Gotta love a blog where there is a label called "wretched wallpaper."


katdish said...

Which is not to say, that this wallpaper was particularly "wretched", just wallpaper in general. Plus, fellow blogger JML uses that word all the time and it just makes me smile! How ya doin' girl?

Helen said...

I like the way you suggested it should reflect the lives of the homeowners, rather than their personalities. I am always afraid to redecorate because I thought decor was supposed to reflect my personality, and then would get caught up in what my personality is and what I wish it was (figure that one out for a moment). I could try thinking about decor reflecting my life rather than my personality. I hope I don't get caught up in between what my life is and what I wish it to be :) Just kidding. Nice blog. Nice blog.

katdish said...


You are a nut! (And I mean that in the best possible way!)

Helen said...

Ah, finally I found someone who understands me while not looking in the mirror:) I just learned keyboard smiley faces, can you tell?