Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pilot's Powder Room

A friend of mine was remodeling her entire old beautiful home into an amazing and fresh, new beautiful home. One of the projects for her new finished basement was to create an interesting powder room to go with the airplane theme of the bar and recreational space.  Her husband was a pilot and she had fun plans for the room including a lit up airplane sign and a good sized model plane for over the bar.  She wanted my help for the bathroom after she saw some inspiring wall paper that resembled the riveted metal panels of an airplane cockpit.  The wallpaper was soft and "carvable," allowing for fingernail graffiti- not good.  So, we came up with a design where she would paint the entire room metallic silver (ceiling too) and I would do the rest.

I painted two windows looking out over the ground, capturing the patchwork feel of the land below.  I included  her tiny house and other little dwellings.

The instrument panel was basic, as she planned to get her hands on actual old dials and controls.  I did include the attitude indicator, though, and other official looking gauges.

The tromp l'oeil bomber jacket and goggles hung on the opposite wall, ready for an immediate take off.

And the faux seams and rivets that I painted ALL OVER the walls and ceiling made you feel like you were in an actual plane, not just using the potty.  It made it look authentic!

The bathroom is a hit and is often enjoyed by guests visiting the biggest hang out room in the house.  So, don't neglect your basement bathroom, as it often gives you a chance to do something fun and unique with the decor and have personal meaning for you!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Toy Boxes!

Have kids?  Then I know you have toys.  And they are most likely scattered everywhere.  You have a pile of stuffed animals in the bedroom corner.  There is play food scattered around the house, not even close to the play kitchen set.  And you have a no idea where to put the "dress up" clothes.

Most of us have our kids' toys in the main part of our house, tucked behind the la-z-boy, or in the front room where guests walk past.  Or maybe you have a few toys that stay in their bedroom the rare times your kids are not playing right under foot.

The bottom line is you can always use a place to store toys and why not have it be in a unique painted storage box that will look great for many years to come?  Don't you remember YOUR toy box from your childhood?  Mine was a greenish painted wood with a spindle back and a cushion on top.  We used to ride that cushion down our stairs (whee)!  The toy box is still at my parents' house, still holding our favorite old toys.  So, think about what you would like to give your kids to always have and cherish.

Currently, I have 4 toy boxes that are looking for a home.  They are all solid wood and very durable. They will not slam shut.  I can personalize then with your child's name and make them truly unique.  Their style and theme will last for many years to come and they will serve perfectly as memory chests as your kids grow.

 This baseball themed box is sharp and slick and your little guy will go nuts (your big guy will go nuts too). 

I can paint their name in the scoreboard too!

  Go team! 

And for girls, I have two styles.  One that is yellow with an arrangement of flowers.

And a white box covered in butterflies.  Again, I can personalize!  These suckers are big (36" x18"x 18") and will hold those dress up clothes nicely!

And this turtle toy box is used (I wonder whose toys it held before?) but is ready to serve.  Again, it is solid wood and is painted with a charming turtle and wrap around pond scene.

  How can you resist this?  

All of my toy boxes are sealed with 4 coats of a protective finish, inside and out.  Prices range from $185-$300, so please contact me at if you are interested in purchasing!

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