All posts by southerngracetransformations

Hi Friends, I am a decorative artist specializing in painted finishes for furniture. I also finish cabinetry, walls, and decor. From the time I was 12 years old, I realized that I felt happy and at peace when I was creating something. I redesigned most everything in my room ...always wanting to add my touch to it. I work mostly from the right side of my brain :) I love writing, decorating, and of course, painting! I would paint everything if I could! It's amazing to me what paint can do to transform a piece, a wall, canvas, etc. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are blessed with two amazing children, my son Christopher whom we call Bubba; and Emily. They are 12 months apart in age; sort of Irish twins :). My priorities in life are this: (1) Jesus and Faith (2) Family -LOVE- (3) Creating Designer finishes with Paint for my business and touching the world in a positive way. I hope you join me in my day to day musings and sharing of work!

Old Pine Chest of Drawer Redo

Hi Friends,

Sorry I have not posted in a while, but thankfully with the New Year….I am busy with an influx of new jobs! Thank You, Jesus!
Below is an old vintage pine chest. I refinished the top in chestnut and a mix of espresso. It was very banged up, but that adds the the “distressed” look. The base is done in one of my favorite colors, Dove white ( made into chalk paint). Clear wax applied then dark wax to give it an antique vibe.

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“Metallic Marvel” Dresser

Here is another metallic silver dresser that I just completed for a client. This dresser is Asian inspired and was in a deep mahogany like finish. After prep work, I painted black…a little trick for metallics is to paint the base coat in black flat. Then I painted in my new favorite Modern Masters, silver shimmer. My client wanted it to look aged and classic. I chose to shade (glaze) in copper penny bronze. The bronze complimented the original hardware nicely. Usually I seal in polycrylic satin, but for this piece I decided to go with a semi gloss. I absolutely loved the result. I hope you enjoy this transformation.

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Christmas DiY (gift) Jewelry Holder

Every year for Christmas, my family plays the gift swapping game “dirty Santa”. The gifts range from practical to prank because we plus a few little treasure to entice some “steals”. For one of the gifts, I made this up-cycled, repurposed jewelry frame organizer. It was very easy and you can make it a number of ways. I chose wire for the backing to hang necklaces, but you can do chicken wire, burlap, cork board…..cool retro fabric, etc.

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French Inspired Accent Table

I created the design for this accent table over a year ago. It’s still one of my favorites that I did for a client. It was originally a deep brown finish with a flat top. I painted and distressed the base of the table. Then for the top I heavily textured it with plaster, and added crackle finish. I stenciled the top with the French design then added gold accents to the lettering. I distressed the lettering, then glazed and sealed with polycrylic. Voila!

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Directional Sign

A client requested I make a directional sign that held all of the places they’ve lived. At the top I out a sign “established” to show their wedding date. It was made with 1×4″s fasted together and cut into arrows. The signs were then hand-painted and distressed for a weathered look. To finish, they are fastened to a stake….in her case, because of the many places the stake is 8′. This will also allow room for her to plant it in the ground. I made her two blank arrows for future destinations (not shown).

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