When not working on my own house lately, I've had the chance to do some fun projects for actual profit. This dining room recently went from typical beige Midwestern to colorful Contemporary Country, with the help of designer Amy Kos. The client actually chose the wall treatment, painted to look like panels of rusting barn siding, embellished with real screws, and her husband chose the wine bottle chandelier. There is a reclaimed barn wood table on the way, and a childhood toy box bench and wooden barn will take their place alongside a buffet and corner curios from Ballard Designs. What a fresh spin on American country style! I'll post pictures of the finished project in a few weeks, along with a link to Amy.
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I was back on the job this morning, putting a quick crackled black-rub finish on their simple oak mantle...just a small detail to give context to the black firebox, and a more rustic finish to better compliment the organic nature of the stone. That's fancy for "A little less builder oak, please."
Hope you have a great Memorial Weekend. Check in next week for photos of "How I Started my Summer Vacation"...yeah, that's as in "What I'm painting next, here at home". Throw a brat on the grill for me!