I am finally back from my little break! I missed you all! I wanted to thank you for all your lovely comments on my Mother’s Day post, I was really touched by your beautiful words and heartfelt prayers, it means more than you know.
It has been wonderful to have the time away as it allowed me to get some things done around my home. I am actually typing this from my new office, it is not finished but it is SO close to being done and I cannot wait to share it with you. I am finding all the little touches the hardest part, the overall layout and furniture choices are easy but making the space not just functional but pretty is hard. I know I am completely going to over style it and have lots of “stuff” I don’t need, but I am fine with that, I want to make a space that is completely me and sometimes I am a little over the top…..so that suits me perfectly.
I had something else planned to share with you today, but I just couldn’t wait to show off this furniture makeover.
This is a custom order for a client who also bought the Pottery Barn Knock Off, she asked me for a similar dresser but not the same. She needed two pieces for her home (one for each of her sons rooms) and the room this would go into had a New York Taxi Cab print on the wall so we used that to inspire the design. I love custom projects like this as they really challenge me as an artist. I gave my client two different design briefs, the first being a licence plate design and the second a New York street name design. She choose the Street Name design so I sketched a design and she approved it! I would like to point out not all custom jobs are this simple but I am blessed that I have such trusting clients. You can see the sketch below……
I always love working with people who understand my vision and are willing to take risks with me. It is a really an act of faith on my clients behalf as they really do not know what the final product will look like. I started out by painting the outside with MMSMP in Typewriter. The hand lettering was done with white acrylic paint, I only used masking tape in one section and that was to do the “One Way” lettering. Doing this amount of hand painting does not take as long as it looks, I got this done in about one hour. I will do a post to show you how I do this type of hand lettering, it is quite simple, you do not need any artistic talent! I painted the inside of the drawers with Fusion Mineral Paint in Bedford and then heavily distressed the outside before sealing it with wax.
Styling this piece was fun! I don’t have a little boy so everything I know is all about life with a girl! Fortunately, I have access to photography props so I shopped my studio and embraced all things boy….it is how I imagine I would style a room if I had a son, it’s a little bit edgy with a lot of vintage feel. Just for anyone who is curious the licence plate is real…it is my favourite souvenir we bought on our trip to New York a few years ago…..and the photo collage behind is something I designed in Photoshop with images I took.
I think my favourite part is the “One Way” arrow….I love adding unexpected elements! I would love to know what you think, I love hearing from you. I hope you have a wonderful week and as always thanks for stopping by.
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