Large-Scale DIY Painting

It’s been nothing but taping and painting since I last saw you here!  I finally tackled the wood panels that Chris made for our dining room wall with candy-colored paints and a trusty level.  It’s mod, bright, and in-your-face–I love it! www.tphblog.comRemember the circle-shaped canvas?  It arrived and I’m still playing with it…but I moved it into this shot for fun.

www.tphblog.comI love the play of the white chandelier, pillows, and chairs with the room–it’s like reverse silhouette.

www.tphblog.comThe new wallpaper and painting are getting along just fine.

And,  I love the view of it from the kitchen.

Chris did the hard part by making the panels for me out of 1/4″ plywood and trimmed in bullnose 1x2s.  He put a cleat on the back of each panel and the wall out of 1x3s that holds the panels securely.  Next I went to the paint store and picked out the possible palette for the painting.


Once I knew my approximate colors, I color matched the paint cards with craft paint so I could play around with the colors on a small-scale mock up of the actual painting.


I painted the composition on small (but not proportional) canvases to get the general idea of what I wanted to do.


Then I jumped in and started painting, a slow and steady process of tape-paint-dry-repeat.IMG_6534

Those crisp edges are courtesy of the old paint trick of painting the tape your basecoat before painting your topcoat.  In the photo below I taped out the yellow to prepare for my next green layer, but before I added the green I sealed the edges of the tape with the yellow to prevent the green from seeping under the tape to the yellow layer below.  If any seepage occurred, it happened with the yellow onto the After I had my outer layers done, I moved the panels up to the dining room to finish the layers.  I wanted to see it come to life in the space and have the chance to see any changes I wanted to make ahead of time.IMG_6542Now I feel like we have a proper place to eat our quesadillas.

I’m off to the next project now–follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks.  Thank you for stopping by!

Flit and Flutter | A Butterfly

Wood cut-outs have a special place in my beating heart.  I’ve written about some I’ve made (or seen) before, and I have ventured my love of ribbon painting from canvas to wood in our guest bedroom–and I’m anxious to try more!

Then the need arose within me to make a butterfly cutout–no doubt inspired by Chassie Post’s butterfly room as seen in Domino years ago on that classic Schumacher wallpaper.

I gave a little peek on my Instagram of the butterfly in progress, but now it is finally done and flitting about the house to show you some ways in which you might need a butterfly at your home.  Like above the sofa, but don’t hang it crooked like me:
www.tphblog.comAbove the

Above a chest or console in an entry or hallway:
www.tphblog.comAbove your work desk:

Above your bed:

Okay, the bedroom was a stretch–I just propped it on the bed because it wouldn’t fit anywhere.  I better not show this pic to my daughter or she may find it hard to sleep for fear of the giant lepidopteran snuggling in on her pillows and possibly devouring her.

This one may go live above the bed at the cottage:www.tphblog.comI think this butterfly needs to be aged and distressed a bit while my husband thinks it could be brighter.  But that’s the cool thing, butterfly art can be as various as there are flutterflies.  Don’t you think you need one?  Of all the colors and shapes and patterns, there’s one for you, darlin’!  Let me know if I can make you one!

Let’s Make Some Easy Art

Let’s just say some very wrong types of art can be done on these beveled edged canvases.  I’ve seen it.  However, I have ordered a 40″ round canvas from Dick Blick to hopefully make something the opposite of wrong (I received 20% off and free shipping).  To be precise, I just want to paint it one color (but I’m toying with a shadow line).  It’s like I’m deconstructing Lichtenstein to the very smallest element–I like this reference because of the dots I like to do in my own paintings.

I envision it going here above the sideboard in the dining room, where I desperately want some color.  Maybe it will be too many circles on this wall, with the fire alarm taking the motif over the edge.  Maybe it won’t be enough circles.
www.tphblog.comHere are some looks from my inspiration files:

francois halardAD Spain

Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 1.27.59 PMDelphine & Reed Krakoff | Francois Halard Photography

dimore studio dimore studioDimore Studio

I love the idea of breaking down painting to just shape and color–think, Ellsworth Kelly, who just died, or Frank Stella.  Brice Marden, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Barnett Newman all did some version.  Why not consider buying the largest canvas you want to part dollars for and paint it that one amazing color for your room?  Boom.  Done.  And you can get away with it thanks to these gutsy guys who knew straight up color and shape is worth something to try.

Just Busted

This simple vignette in the home of designer Luis Bustamante was the lightbulb moment for me on how to solve an awkward space in our kitchen.

Screen shot 2014-05-15 at 9.24.40 AMThank you, BUSTamante, for the inspiration!

Thank you to my daughter and her friend for creating the fireworks art.

This enormous chalkboard in the kitchen has become a favorite spot for me.  I’m definitely leaning toward over-scale in this house–fewer things, but bigger.  Over-scale, ever-evolving–this chalkboard (with hidden closet–you can see a wider, in-progress shot here) was the perfect solution for this space.

And it’s a fun photo

Of course I don’t keep the beautiful torso on a tiny pedestal in front of the board–she’d fall over into a heap as soon as the kids ran in the door.  My very favorite decorative piece, she stays safe and sound in the living room.  Until next post, see you on Instagram!

Loft Tour | Bunkroom

While the loft mainly served as my painting studio (and mommy escape, let’s be honest), we wanted to accommodate the whole family for city sleepovers and extended fieldtrips.  We reoriented an existing closet next to the front door to serve as the kids’ bunkroom. loft tourChris made a chevron door to the bunkroom, too. loft tourWe squeezed three twin beds and four storage drawers in this 9×6′ space.  Thankfully the 18′ tall ceilings offered some breathing room in what would otherwise be a tight, I’m-hyperventilating space. loft tourI cut FLOR squares for “wall-to-wall” carpet in the bunkroom. loft tourThe kids spent many hours creating their own art at the loft and spontaneously came up with the idea themselves to paper the bunkroom with their drawings.  I LOVE how it turned out, and the drawings never failed to make me laugh.  Kids are funny. loft tour

We painted one wall with chalkboard paint  and attached permanent frames that could be switched out with new art by using clips. loft tourWe sandwiched two IKEA magnet boards together in a frame for magnetic clips and magnetic architectural puzzles. loft tour loft tourThe best view was from the top bunk–great spying potential! loft tour

And, it offered a cool perspective of the lanterns and mechanical operations of the loft. loft tourThe loft tour continues:

The Loft Bedroom

The Loft Bathroom

The Loft Living & Dining

The Loft Before

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