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hi wise parents,
i've got a few pieces of furniture that are meaningful to
me, but may not be worth much to the world at large. i'd
really like to keep and refresh the quirky pieces i have
rather than swap everything out for whatever the stores are
they're wooden pieces, like an old 1970's lane chest, or a
chinoiserie-inspired armoire, and i love 'em and don't want
to get rid of them. being a daydreamy-pinterest-collector
type, i have often thought it would be wonderful to
restore/paint them, but i have had zero luck finding anyone
who seems interested in that type of work.
i've got my colors picked out, and can even offer a
workspace and help out if need be... i'm looking for someone
reliable and experienced. i'm not terribly crafty, so i
hesitate to take on a job like this myself since they are
pieces i actually would like to showcase in my home and not
cut my teeth on.
thanks a bunch!
quirky home maker
Mignonne at http://mignonnedecor.com/ does this sort of
work, and I like her style. We had her recover some wood
and fabric dining chairs (thanks to my cat's destruction)
and it was a very professional job. She does repaint and
redesign older items and does a great job. She will
willingly work with items you have, as well. I thought her
prices were pretty reasonable, and she also encouraged us to
find the fabric we wanted and bring it to her so we wouldn't
have to pay extra by choosing her fabric. The store is on
San Pablo Avenue at Dwight Way. Kirstin
Have you seen the article in Tuesday's SF Chronicle?
They have a website with contact information and other
photos of their work. http://bricolageshop.tumblr.com/ Good
luck! SF Chron reader
I have an old rocker that belonged to my grandmother, and I'm
looking for someone who can turn it into a keepsake for my
daughter. What i have in mind is colorful decorative painting,
maybe flowers, something really beautiful. Does anyone know of
a local artist who does that kind of work on commission?
Thanks so much for your help!
B of Berkeley
expecting stormy weather in the E. Bay
If you are looking for a decorative furniture painter, you
couldn't do any better than Heidi Tarver. Her work is
absolutely stunning, and her prices are amazingly reasonable.
You can check it out for yourself at her website,
heiditarver.com. Take a look... it is a pleasure just to look
at the images of some of the furniture. She is located in
Berkeley... give her a call, you won't be disappointed. Her
phone number is 510-928-5591.
Good luck with your project!
Magpie Decorative Painting is FANTASTIC. Two women with a
wonderful aesthetic, creative and great to work with. They have
done furniture for us as well as glazing and decorative painting
of walls and cabinets throughout our house.
I have several chairs, including a rocker, that were painted by
Heidi Tarver. Two of the chairs have been in my family for a
long time (I don't actually know where they came from
originally) and were old and pretty ratty, but had a lot of
personal value for us. Heidi worked with us to transform the
chairs into beautiful family heirlooms which are both
functional and highly decorative. We love them, and it was a
real pleasure working with Heidi; I felt that she really
listened to what we wanted and worked with the chairs to create
something special that we will treasure for many years. I would
really recommend her work to anyone who is looking for a
decorative furniture painter
I have bought painted furniture from Heidi Tarver-- she also
gives classes, and I'm sure she would do a commission piece.
Her contact info last I knew was 510-549-1538 and
htarver[at]home.com (from a commercial postcard of hers that I've
kept). Good luck-- her work is amazingly beautiful
Laura Cusack just painted an old bed frame and desk for my
teenage daughter. She was great to work with, very clean, and
did a beautiful job. I would highly recommend her. Her number is
I met a muralist and furniture painter yesterday. She does
regular oil painting as well, and I saw one yesterday and it was
You might want to give her a call...
I would like to highly recommend Julia Storrs 510-533-5688
Painted furniture and chairs in particular is her specialty! She
is very creative and talented. Please call her to discuss your
Does anyone have a recommendation for someone who does faux finishes
on funiture? I'm looking for someone who can skillfully paint (blue)
and give an aged apearance to my antique vanity and kitchen cabinets.
Contact Mike Brown. He does beautiful faux finishes on furniture.
Michael Brown, Preservation Painting
Decorative and Faux Finishes
955 Jackson St.
fauxbea AT earthlink.net
I know an amazing artist who does lots of furniture work, just as you're looking for (she also does faux work on walls, and beautiful murals). She has a keen eye for detail and color and she is incredibly fast. She has done several things for me -- most recently a faux finish on my new bathroom wall. Much of her furniture work is sold at specialty shops. Her name is Chris and you can email her at Christine6940 AT aol.com
I am wanting to have my son's furniture painted and am
wondering if this is something that I can easily do or if I
need a specialist. It is all very high quality furniture that
is currently painted white (I purchased it painted) and I would
like to have it painted a different color. Any recommendations
on someone who can do this well?
I painted a futon and a dresser for our kids room and it came out
great. It did take time and some effort (most annoying: sanding
down the existing shiny top coat), but I enjoyed it (not to
mention that it would probably cost a fortune to pay somebody
else to do it).
I just went to Lowes (Whipple exit on 880 S. - they still have
knowledgable people working for them who can give you advice and
help you chose the right equipment). As far as I recall, I got:
drip cloth, 2 kinds of sand paper (I think 60 and 120 grit; they
have a brand that has some sponge on one side, which made it
easier to sand corners), brushes, and paint (I chose Laura
Ashley, which can be bought in pint size and have nice bright
children's room colors). They also have a large section with
books about furniture painting techniques.
You can probably do it over a weekend - one day for sanding and
first coat, and then second coat on the next day. The one thing I
did not do and wish I did: finish the dresser with a clear (matt
finish) top coat, as it got a little abused after a while.
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