Saturday, December 26, 2009

Recreating your old mirrors with paint

What did all of these mirrors have in common? Their home owners didn't like the way they looked anymore. One of them had been under a bed for several years another one was on it's way to be stored in the closet of no return, the last one was on it's way to a consignment shop. We gave them a new updated color and back on the wall they went!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chair transformation

Feather Your Nest is a consignment shop in Greenville, South Carolina that I frequent. I love the challenge of taking someone's castoff and turning it into a treasure. I picked up four of these babies for a song. Jeremy did his magic then we recovered the seats in a french black and tan check. Voila!
They will make a lovely addition to our breakfast nook and just in time for Holiday guests. Don't you just love 'em!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nyberg's Rough Luxe Hotel

Homeowner Denise Nyberg and Residential Contractor Shirley Curry needed to find old wooden beams for Denise's home add on.

Otis the Job Super, told us "Finding old wood shouldn't be a problem. Right? Wrong, they called everybody. You can find it on the west coast but not here!"

Then Denise remember us from a project we had worked on for her a year ago! We went over and looked at what they wanted.

Denise and Shirley decided it would be best on installing new cedar beams and having us distressing them.

Returning a few days later with a heavy chain over my shoulder, a pick sheathed into my belt, a tomahawk in one hand, and a brick in the other.

Curious? How many of us can go whack on someone else stuff with a brick, and chain, and or a tomahawk for several hours and not get into trouble!

Check-out the plaster job next to the faux beam support by the light switch. We distressed it and cracked it to give that Rough Luxe Hotel look, as our good friend Denise would say.

Shirley Curry
President of Curry & Co.
can be found at Tel: (864)370-2644

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Greer's 09

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This year we wanted to add a few more lights to the tree. While we were out looking, we found these old timey cinnamon brooms. We wanted to add some texture to the tree, so we bought three of them, I broke them apart and stuck them into the tree like pheasant feathers. Looks and smells great!

We would like to take this moment and thank everyone, who helped make this year, another success! We could not do it without our clients, designers, builders, and our suppliers!!!

From our house to your house Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brass Medallion Installed

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Here it is installed, our faux brass medallion, hard to believe its white foam. The medallion weighs around three pounds or less and the light fixture weighed over or close to three hundred pounds. Pat the homeowner had to have a special pull installed to support the weight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Faux Antique Brass

Here is something we have been playing with for the last couple of nights. This medallion has four different colors of gold painted onto it with a blackish brown glaze pushed down into the crevices giving it an antique patina. Pat Jordan a good client and friend of ours went shopping and found the perfect light fixtures for her foyer, she needed a large medallion to help set it off. When the electrician installs the light fixture we'll get a picture of the whole thing together.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Updating your built-ins

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Just finished painting these two built in wall cabinets. Heather Baughman wanted something special. These cabinets were originally painted to look like dark wood. They looked like they were right out of the 1980's. The walls had a terrible sponge paint job, so Designer Carol Waters had the walls painted a light gray to soften the room that will coordinate with the fabrics and rugs to come. After some creative consulting we came up with a look that was more out of the 1880's and much easier on the eyes.

Friday, November 6, 2009

White ceiling medallions on a white ceiling are beautiful, but rarely seen.

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White ceiling medallions are great if the ceiling is painted a different color, other wise they get lost up there. Often designers will send us a piece of a light fixture with a medallion to get it painted to match. The lighting manufacturers will do it for their own fixtures, but they won't do anything custom or any custom sizes they believe one size fits all.

Here are a couple that we custom painted for our designers.
The gold one we gilded with gold leaf with a brown and black glaze to give it a aged patina that matched. The bottom one we painted oil bronze very popular.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Halloween from the Greers 09

Copper painted pumpkins and little black kittens, yep it's Halloween at the house of MacGregor!

Friday, October 23, 2009

From Pickled Poplar to Belgium Gray

Here is a sneak preview that many of you have been asking to see!

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Here is Karen Dobson's kitchen that we've been working on! Now it is still a work in progress the ceiling needs to be painted, the new lights installed as well as the tile back splash.

The wood table top that you see is painted knots and all. The cabinets are painted with two different grays and a wood tone coming through to match the table top. The cabinets were a pickled poplar that were in great shape just out of date. More photos to come as we get closer to finished. Thanks to Mike L. and his crew, Sandy Terry with her design consulting and everyone at the Dobson house.

Paint colors are Sherwin-Williams
Stardust & Silver Fox
Ferret Brown

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Okay, I just got the news about showing the gray settee! It sold before we could get it re upholstered. One of designer Brain Brigham's clients saw it and wanted it. I planned on showing you the whole thing when it was done, but no picture is available.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Old world in the office place.

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Dr. Wenderoth wanted something special for his waiting room so Designer Jones and MacGregors came up with using a monochromatic Capella finish. This finish is tone-on-tone multi-layered peeled paint wall finish that adds a sense of drama and wonder.

For those that like country french, English country or BelgianThis finish looks great in foyers, dining rooms, and powder rooms.

Please comment if you like the walls!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hey guys, how about a "little leg"

Sometimes in business it is necessary to show a little leg. This settee was originally painted robins egg blue with white edging. It is in the process of getting a make over in the current hot trend of Swedish/Belgian style. Jeremy has painted it a dark gray followed with a black glaze. Next he does a wood rub and the final step a distressed gilding.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Painting the fifth wall can make all the difference

Today the ceiling has become one of the most requested surfaces for decorative painting and plastering. We thought we would show a few that Jeremy has done in the last couple of years.
Above is a barrel vaulted faux brick ceiling done for clients wine cellar. This is not just a painted on faux treatment. It is Jeremy's secret formula and it is hand plastered and has grout. You can not tell it is not really brick. The clients and the builder were amazed.

A coffered ceilng in the library/home office with a custom sized stencil by Modello. It always rewarding when we can accommodate a client by giving their home something this unique.

Pictured is a barrel vaulted ceiling in the master bath. We suggested a product called lusterstone which is composed of crushed metallic stone mixed with pigment to create a soft glow that is truly stunning. Click on the pictures to enlarge

The same product in a slightly different color enhances an already lovely chandelier and creates ambiance and drama.
This is a soft statement for a dignified space.

Another dining room with a tray ceiling has a custom mixed metallic bronze application. This client loves to entertain and was looking for the unexpected something that would still be appropriate for her traditional yet formal space.