What an awesome week! Between some great furniture finds and a growing number of Likes on my Facebook page (so exciting!), I also finished a project I’ve been working on for over a week. It turned out better than I hoped for! Sometimes I surprise myself, and I’ll explain that more…
Being in a creative business is totally new for me. Like, totally. I picked up a paint brush to put my design ideas to furniture for the first time EVER in August of this year (4 months ago). Boom -passion was born! I had the feeling I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. Has that ever happened to you? An ah-ha moment when you learn something you know will change everything…? It’s the best feeling. Prior to that, I had an eye for design & decor that I put to use in my own home only.
So, every time I finish a project and it looks like something I like I’M FLOORED. I get excited. I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family, and now, all of you! I’m so grateful 🙂
I’m constantly thinking, creating, mixing colors, reading blogs, studying techniques, -you name it. I’ve logged hundreds & hundreds of hours studying my new love.
I still get nervous before I start a new piece. I will attempt anything my mind can come up with, big or small, and it is so.much.fun!
I’ve learned I need to retain creative control over my creations. I feel much more comfortable working on things I own. I go out and scout for things I absolutely love and have a vision for, and I buy them to work on. As more folks discover The Little Red Door, I’ve been getting requests for things (custom pieces) and I love that!!!!! It’s exciting and challenging. So, for example, if someone wants a dresser “finished in blues for a baby boy” -I will create the best creation possible, in Little Red Door Style, and then offer it to the person who asked for it. Here’s a photo that very dresser I did for baby Rory “finished in blues” … She loved it and scooped it up 🙂
So, recently when I had a request for a dresser to be finished in white with purple flowers for a little girl, I went on the hunt for the perfect dresser. It had to be small (3 feet x 2 feet) and hold a reasonable amount of storage. I found a 1930’s Depression era dresser & had an instant vision. The scary part for me? I have never, ever painted flowers before, especially over a large area.
There is tons of inspiration out there. Miss Mustard Seed’s Apron Strings dresser. Shades of Blue Interiors had a few. They are SO NICE. I wanted mine to be of that caliber, but I also wanted it to be original, free-hand painted, and most importantly, designed by me 🙂
This is the initial sketch. I tried lilacs & tree branches, too. They weren’t right for the dresser.
I wanted a feminine, beautiful, curvy vine that appeared to grow up from the bottom of the dresser; small at the bottom to full blooms at the top. I also wanted the quality of the flower to suit a little girl.
I chose Old White for the body & Pure for the centre back drop. The flowers are in Emilie, and the new buds are a slightly darker purple. It’s distressed to show off the amazing vintage lines & finished in 2 coats of clear wax (3 on top). All colors are from the Annie Sloan line, which I currently use exclusively, though I’ve been thinking of trying milk paint.
In progress: adding the centre dot, before I added leaves & little buds:
Happy painting & see you next time.