January 22, 2015

New Name, New Look, New Page

Picked & Painted is now known as Helen Nichole Designs

Everything will be the same except for the domain (.com) and business name. 

Wanna check out the new page?!

Trust me, it's great and you'll love it.

Click the link below

Some pictures will still have the Picked & Painted watermark and the link will redirect you to the original post. This blog will stay up for all Pinterest images too. 

Thank you all & I hope you check out the new page! 

November 25, 2014

Corner Cabinet: Before & After

I was bringing my daughter home from school when I saw this piece of furniture on the curb. 

The back leg was missing and the side was broken and stuffed inside the cabinet. I knew my husband could fix it and I knew I could paint it and make it usable!
I wish I would have taken pictures of the back.

I posted a picture of my find on my Facebook page and a sweet lady named Sarah had been looking for something just like this for her dining room. 
She loved the posh red w/black glaze pieces I've done in the past so that's the look we went with!

Here is a side-by-side.
Sarah's going to get this gorgeous red cabinet just in time for hosting Thanksgiving!

I used posh red by valspar, lightly distressed and glazed. 
It was sealed with wax and the top was sanded and re-stained.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

November 17, 2014

Buffet in Basil w/ a Textured Linen Dry Brush

I usually start decorating for Christmas once Thanksgiving is over. 
This year is different. I want to decorate...TODAY.

Since I still have two weeks, I will use my decorations for staging this gorgeous buffet I painted. 

Here is a quick before and after with many, many pictures to follow. 

If you made it through all of those pictures, you're a trooper! 

Now for all the details. 
I used basil by General Finishes for the base and I dry brushed a thin coat of linen. 
I loved the dry brush because it showed so much texture on the wood. 
Plus the linen ties in with the white pulls. 

I sprayed the metal circles on each corner with thin coats of oil rubbed bronze, metallic gold and aged copper spray paint to have them blend with the gold on the pulls. 
I found the pulls at Home Goods.

I am so happy with how great this piece turned out! 

October 27, 2014

Salem Red Empire

I want to keep this short and sweet. 
I have a great before and after of an empire to share with y'all. 



I used salem red old fashioned milk paint. It's a great shade of red with orange undertones. 
I'm not always a fan of gold but I was inspired by the gold keyholes. 
I found the all of the pulls from Hobby Lobby. I sprayed the tear drop pulls with a metallic gold paint to match the arrows. 

This piece weathered a lot but I like it. I don't always like super distressed pieces but it works with this one. 
I used a champagne colored fabric to line the drawers and I re-stained the top. 

I love this piece!

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