A BEFORE AND SOME JELLYFISH ART


First of all, thank you for your advice on my side tables and marble end table. I have decided to keep the original wood. I am in agreement with you all. My room needed the warmth and balance of the wood. Covering the beautiful burl finish might be a sin.

As far as the marble table goes….I am going with fingers crossed, hoping that the soft gray you all chose will tone down the pinky undertones of the marble. I’ll be sure to show you what it looks like when I am done and hopefully it will sell.  Thank you!!

I worked all day today finishing up a server with a fantastic finish on it. Here is a little sneak of what it looked like before and with one coat of paint……

 

 
The china cabinet top is what all of the pieces looked like before. Over time, the finish had turned orange and they had some heavy scratching on the surfaces.
I finished it up late this afternoon and then realized my knuckles started hurting. Weird right? I thought I may have had a paint brush in my hands too long but then my shoulders neck and legs started aching. My husband has had body aches for the past couple of days and it just hit me,  accompanied by the dreaded fever and chills. UGH….I have too much to do to be sick. 

All that to say, I didn’t get my after pictures done so you will have to come back and see what it looks like when I am back on my feet.  It’s a great little piece…… a Lexington, with silver drawers, and the top folds out for extra serving space. The china cabinet will have the matching finish on it as well.

 Another thing that I accomplished was editing our aquarium pictures. My aspiring Marine Biologist is wanting to use photos of real fish in her room as art.  I took my SLR Nikon D70 with us to the Chattanooga aquarium a few weeks back. I put the setting for ISO on the highest speed, which for my camera is not a whole lot, 1600. If I had more light come in, the pictures would have probably been better. 

I don’t use the expensive version of Adobe Photoshop. I have the light version, Adobe Photoshop elements. It does  so much more than I even know how to do. I LOVE it.  I was able to sharpen the color and eliminate some of the fuzzies from shooting through a tank. I thought these pictures turned out pretty good being in very low light and shooting through glass.

Now, we have free art and a great way to remind us of a special trip we took as a family this summer.

I purposely didn’t put my logo on these in case you ever need one for school projects.  These are going in some simple white frames like these from IKEA and hung in a group on her wall.

(picture of the picture frame from the IKEA website)


This one isn’t a fish but a gorgeous lantana  I shot in the butterfly garden. This picture is an example of perfect light. This is straight out of the camera….no editing.




If I can get my fanny off the couch tomorrow I will shoot the sideboard.

Don’t forget about the chalk paint contest! You can enter to win an autographed copy of Annie Sloan’s book as well as some chalk paint and brushes. You don’t want to miss it! More details
here……..

Comments

  1. This is my first visit here & I enjoy the warmth of your blog site.

  2. This is my first visit here & I enjoy the warmth of your blog site.

  3. Wow! Fantastic aquarium pics!! Well done!!
    Great idea for her room too!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  4. Wow! Fantastic aquarium pics!! Well done!!
    Great idea for her room too!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  5. Oh my gosh, those aquarium pics are beautiful! I love the seahorse!

  6. Oh my gosh, those aquarium pics are beautiful! I love the seahorse!

  7. mareathome@sbcglobal.net says:

    Love your blog and watched your tutorial on using dark wax. My question is this…For a beginner with chalk paint, which Annie Sloan book will give me lots of techniques and tips on using the paint?

    I'm painting a french prov. double dresser w/mirror in Old White. It was originally cream that had yellowed badly. It has nice curves but no intricate details. How can I incorporate the dark wax? I think I should have bought another color to use with it. mareathome@sbcglobal.net

  8. mareathome@sbcglobal.net says:

    Love your blog and watched your tutorial on using dark wax. My question is this…For a beginner with chalk paint, which Annie Sloan book will give me lots of techniques and tips on using the paint?

    I'm painting a french prov. double dresser w/mirror in Old White. It was originally cream that had yellowed badly. It has nice curves but no intricate details. How can I incorporate the dark wax? I think I should have bought another color to use with it. mareathome@sbcglobal.net

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