Sunday, October 21, 2012

Custom Painted Furniture etc

Part of our growing business here at Maison Decor is doing 
custom painted furniture for clients and decorators.
Colin is using one of our new Annie paint brushes and 
we love how nicely these brushes work and apply the paint.
Of  course we paint a LOT of furniture and in the course of 
doing so we have a couple of things to share with you.
 This is not a custom job~its a french bed that I bought 
as part of building a display area for the new Annie Sloan 
fabric collection.  This bed has seen better days 
and you see how yucky it looks~it needed a paint job
for sure! I imagine this bed to one day 
be in a girls bedroom~its so darling.
The footboard is curved and it was just the thing
 to hide the radiator in the front window.
I built a small dummy bed out of lightweight wood 
that would serve as the mattress.
 I decided to shellac the entire thing before we painted it 
because I felt it would probably end
up bleeding due to the discolored look of the finish.  
If you encounter bleed on a piece, which means
your lovely Chalk Paint finish is turning brown or streaky with pink~
Get the Zinsser Clear Shellac and apply a coat. 
It dries quickly then you can resume with your Chalk Paint finish.
 Colin came home to help as he often does on weekends to make a little
cash~and I set him to the task of bed painting!
The bed was looking soooo much better painted!
A pretty rose applique was added to the headboard~
I had given up trying to save the decal applique that was there.
This little detail would make the bed very girly and frenchy!
 The perfect touch to go with the new 
Annie Sloan Normandie Toile draperies and pillows.
 I also wallpapered the niche to add a little extra oomph~
this paper is another great example of what you can find at Lowes!
I am not sponsored by Lowes~I just stumbled across their limited but nice
selection last year and I love how elegant some of their damask papers are,
and how wonderful the prices are too.
 The window vignette is getting installed~
its always amazing at what a difference
custom draperies make in a space! 
This toile is a dusky lilac and it is very pretty.
Our bed~I need to add a fat puffy base and work on the bedding some
more, but here it is at this point. I painted a white and gilded mora
for the bedroom nook too~
and will soon have Mr. Maison Decor electrify the chandy.
I started out talking about our custom furniture painting services that we 
offer and this table base is an example.  A decorator referred her client to us 
with a brown wood  coffee table base.  They were looking for a way to update
their table to use it in their redecorating.  So it got a French Linen paint job
with a dry brush finish and then a touch of gilding~
Its light and airy and elegant now!
One piece that is not custom is this large antique dresser.
 I begged Betsy to give me these numbers that
 she worked on for Miriam's chairs.
Since she had the No. 2 drafted and ready to 
go I used that on the second drawer 
for an embellishment.
I used chalk on the back of the paper
and then taped it to the drawfront and drew over the 
outline of the No. 2 leaving a chalk impression.
 Then I hand painted it with Old White Chalk Paint. 
After that I distressed it back to reveal some of the mahogany
finish and it came out like this~
It is a handsome piece~
 Another before and after with Chalk Paint
 is this danish cabinet that sold quickly.
It had a quirky look with some green stripes 
and then a black outline that looked like
giant eyebrows~
I hated how that looked...
I added an applique and did a coat of Old White Chalk Paint.
It needs to be finished~but you get the idea of how 
great furniture can look with the right paint job.
So if you are looking for a custom painter~
and you are in the Boston area, give Maison Decor a call!
 I have a rocking chair to do, a large dining room table 
and this latest piece~
a hope chest that will go from cutesy to
 elegant with a French Linen coating.
 Of course you can join me at one of my 
furniture finish workshops and give it a go for yourself!
Until then~
I'll be blogging and painting and trying to keep up!

linking my post to 

and showing off my wings at



  1. Amy!!! This post is AMAZING...I am in total awe of all you have done and continue to do. Every time I visit you it makes me want to load up a truck of dark brown furniture, drive to Boston and let you do your magic!! Seriously you a master and furniture hero in my eyes, and you have a great eye and know how for colors/finish,etc...I would trust you in a heartbeat to transform something. Amazing how that coffee table looks totally different, went from drab and ated to gorgeous and fresh. Do you have any of these pieces online to sell? Will you ship? My mind is a You are a genius!

  2. Amy, love the bed was going to say I didn't even notice the detail on the headboard before you painted it! You are sneaky adding it changed the whole thing, very cute for a little girls room. LOVE the wallpaper not sure our Lowes carries wallpaper, I will have to check. Paint transforms EVERYTHING. You are doing wonderful things in your stores.

  3. Hi Amy,
    It seems like just yesterday that you were just showing pictures of your lovely home and your decorating styles and ideas and look at you now. You are an amazing woman and your creations are divine!!!


  4. I really adore the coffee table! Gorgeous. You also find the most unique pieces!!

    Hope you have enjoyed the weekend Amy!

    2012 Artists Series

  5. Amy your shop looks AMAZING, love the new window vignette and that coffee table turned out fabulous!!

  6. Boy your life sure has changed in the last few months. You seem happy and I love all your projects! Your custom painting is an awesome thing--not everyone likes to do it themselves. Love that white clock!

  7. Hi Amy~ ~
    I always look forward to a new post in my email and this one did not disappoint. Can't wait to see the chest when it is finished. Thank you for all your hints and helps for those of us attempting to do it yourself.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  8. All I can say is, I wish I lived closed to Boston! Everything in this post is beautiful and I love the Normandie Toile fabric. Could you please let us know how you accomplished the finish on the mirror in your last picture? Thanks so much.

  9. I swear that Normandie Toile looks beautiful everywhere you put it. I love love the window display with the bed and the clock and the pillows and the wallpaper. I want to redo my whole room in those colors now! It's also amazing how the pieces of furniture are transformed with the paints... The coffee table change makes it sooooo much better. Thanks for all the ideas and tips... it's fun to watch whats going on in the shop!


  10. WOW you have been busy! You always make a worn piece of furniture look like a million bucks :)

  11. Amy, I'm loving your little bed display. Adorable! I also love that antique dresser in typewriter. Love the knobs and the numbers. That is a great transfer method. I usually use carbon paper, but now I know how I can do it over dark colors. Thank you!

  12. Everything looks beautiful Amy! I really like the black bureau and I don't usually like black, maybe because it's a soft black and it looks worn.... That's great that Colin comes back on the weekends to help!

  13. Love the entire range of this antique furniture, its really great and much fascinating specially the chairs and center tables, would love to buy such antique pieces...

  14. Amy, I love your painted furniture! :D I especially like the typewriter black. Great color!

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

  15. Love it all, the wings are beautiful!!! The number two dresser should go fast it is awesome!

  16. Love that numbered dresser...your work is magical...!

  17. I just love how the coffee table came out, Amy! My client is so happy with the results. She calls it a work of art (which it is!) When we have the entire room finished, I will send you a photo of the painted table in the newly decorated space. Love, love, love the gray!

  18. Really like the way you have transformed the bed. The painted look is so appealing and evergreen.

    Love your blog


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