I am amazed at all the wonderful blogs about furniture and painting that one can visit. It’s obvious that there is a real boom in furniture painting and refinishing. Like all fashion, it won’t last for more than a few years but I am going to enjoy it while it’s here. I have seen so many great pieces in the last few weeks that I can’t help but share some of them and bring some recognition to the talented people who have created them.
Katrina Barclay owns Malenka Originals in Ottawa where I live. She is the only retailer for Annie Sloan in the area and she has turned a little shop into a successful business. Katrina’s customers love her because she is so helpful, down-to earth and interesting to talk to. On top of that, she is a wonderful painter and stylist; all of her furniture is beautiful. This is one of her recent pieces; it is a 50’s-60’s dresser that was painted in a mix of Greek Blue and Florence. You can read about it here. It also has lovely knobs. It’s just a great example of a terrific transformation.
Another painter, Suzan, from Simply Vintageous is a prolific blogger and well-known to a lot of people. She writes funny blogs about herself and her husband, she takes readers on house tours of Montreal( which are all fabulous by the way) and she paints great furniture. She seems to specialize in white and white/grey combos. There is something very sophisticated about her work , like this wonderful dresser. I often visit her before and afters when I am looking for inspiration.
I have also recently come across the blog Orphans with Makeup which showcases the work of another Montrealer, Mary Vitullo. I love the variety in her work and the definite creativity. This pink dresser painted in AS Antoinette is perfect. I love the fact that she chose to make the top a light oak colour since everyone, including myself, is staining things dark. It really compliments the softness of the piece. You can read about it here.
I have written about Martha Leone before in previous posts. Martha brings an artist’s eye and sensibility to her work and she has many pieces that I admire but none more so than her waterfall dresser. I didn’t like waterfalls until I saw this and I have to say it is iconic. She really created a work of art with it.
I have also been hopping around Facebook pages and I want to mention a few of the great things that I have seen:
Look at these wonderful birds from Paint it Shabby. I believe they were done with Miss Mustard Seed colours.
And this antique dresser from Vintage Ground. His furniture is incredible, especially what he does with Mid-Century Modern.
I also love this red table from Lark. I don’t know what she did to it but it is wonderful.