Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Custom School Sign and Art/App Mash-Ups

I've been working on a welcome sign that will go in my kids' school office!  It will be one of the first things that visitors, parents and students see so we wanted it to fill up the space and have a big impact.  It is 3 ft x 8ft and certainly big!  It could barely be contained within the walls of my studio and required an "extension" to my already huge table!

My husband dropped it off up at the school this morning. This was such a fun project, but I'm glad to get it out of my art room!  I'll show you another picture sometime, once it's hung up in the office!

Here are a few photos of our artwork that I recently enhanced using the Rhonna Designs iPhone app and instagram.  (Follow us on Instagram for even more app/art mashups and lots of puppy pictures!)
We already shared these on facebook,  but thought you might like to see them here too:

And, just because she's irresistible, here are a few recent pics of Mabel for your viewing pleasure!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Painted Piano

One of the projects we were most anxious to tackle after moving into our new home was painting our old piano!

We only felt confident attempting this because we had gotten the piano for free from a coworker of my husband's who was moving, we knew from our piano tuner that the piano was not an expensive one, and it was not an heirloom.  I don't recommend this project for expensive pianos!

My husband first did some sanding to roughen up the veneer.  He used his paint sprayer and we asked Sherwin Williams for their advice on what kind of paint to use.  They recommended a tough primer and   a semi gloss trim and door paint for the color.

I love how it turned out!

The color is Sherwin Williams "Drizzle" and it's the same color we used on our front door, the panels of our garage door and studio barn doors, and the insets of our dining room ceiling.  Some of the following instagrammed photos make the color appear more green than it really is, but you get the idea!

I've begun adding pops of orange into our blue and grey color scheme, so I found this orange metal vase on clearance at Gordmans!  The "Home" blocks are part of our line, "This Thing Called Family" and can be purchased here.  I recovered the seat cushion with a cool green, blue and grey leopard print upholstery fabric that I was able to get with a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby!

Here are some short videos of the piano painting process:
Here are a few photos of the same "Drizzle" color in other areas of our home.
Garage Doors:

Studio Barn Doors:

Dining Room Ceiling:

Front Door:

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