Can I Stain Over Paint To Produce A Patina?

  Adding stain over paint on furniture, or exterior wood surfaces such as siding or a deck can give furniture and any other project a new lease on life. Clear or semi-clear stains can provide a distressed appearance and add patina. They highlight those areas where the paint has worn away or where the paint… Continue reading Can I Stain Over Paint To Produce A Patina?

Mary Taylor Smith’s Gray Washed Butler’s Desk

This vintage butlers desk has the perfect lines for a Swedish Gustavian styled home.  In the picture above you can see she updated the look by replacing the glass with a metal radiator cover.  These metal sheets can be purchased at your local Home Depot.  Purchase a Snip Cutter which is ideal for cutting through… Continue reading Mary Taylor Smith’s Gray Washed Butler’s Desk

How To Avoid Yellowed White Painted Furniture With General Finishes Products

Christine Adams Wood Finishing Technical Writer at General Finishes October 21, 2017 A TUTORIAL ON WATER BASED TOP COATS YELLOWING OVER BRIGHT WHITE PAINT Many you may have noticed that the labels on our bright white paints, Snow White Milk Paint and Chalk White Chalk Style Paint now carry a warning label regarding the yellowing… Continue reading How To Avoid Yellowed White Painted Furniture With General Finishes Products

24 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors From Do It Best Hardware Stores

Picture Credit- Creative Co-op Grandfather Clock Soft & Cool,  White Noise, Moonstone Blue From Do It Best Take a look at the paint colors in your local hardware store the next time you go shopping.  You might be surprised at the colors that are available. As I was getting paint mixed up at our local… Continue reading 24 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors From Do It Best Hardware Stores

12 Designers Pick Their Favorite Paint Colors – House Beautiful

House Beautiful often features the best designers with their favorite go-to paint colors. Sometimes having the just-right color can make a tremendous difference in a room, or on a piece of furniture.  Here are some of my favorites that work with the classic Gustavian/ Swedish interior design themes. 1. Ann Wisniewski – Sherwin-Williams Emerald Fawn Brindle… Continue reading 12 Designers Pick Their Favorite Paint Colors – House Beautiful

12 Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Swedish Paint Colors

House Beautiful’s September 2014 issue- Photographer Michael Croteau Seen In House Beautiful’s September 2014 issue, interior designers spill on their favorite “Swedish” inspired paint colors. Tori Golub suggests- Only Natural SW 7596 From Sherwin- Williams Shea Soucie suggests- Blue Gray 91 Farrow & Ball John Danzer suggests Pavement C2-988 C2 Paint Jill Dienst suggests Donald Kaufman Color… Continue reading 12 Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Swedish Paint Colors

5 Faux Wall Painting Techniques That Are Easier Than You Think

Lars Sjoeberg  The Swedish Room  Photo Credit Ingalill Snitt  If you are wanting depth to your walls, here are some of the very simple faux finishes you can do yourself. Start by selecting a color theme for your room.  In this post you will see a variety of color examples from pale blue, to lighter… Continue reading 5 Faux Wall Painting Techniques That Are Easier Than You Think

Paint It White He Says….

Darryl Carter on One Kings Lane- Swedish Armoire Washington, D.C., interior designer Darryl Carter certainly has made a memorable mark on the color white.   Fifteen years ago he had a busy career as a lawyer when he decided to change course and open his own interior-design firm.  He made a name for himself by transforming… Continue reading Paint It White He Says….

5 Pro Painting Tips For Black Furniture

Anyone can paint a piece of furniture black, but there are certain tricks to make your painted pieces appear more valuable than they really are.  Many of us feel that sensation of discovering a beautiful piece of furniture at a garage or estate sale, and then dreaming of what to do with it next.  If… Continue reading 5 Pro Painting Tips For Black Furniture

Designers Pick Their Favorite Gray Paints

Picture Credit –Scandinavian Antiques Co On Ebay Featured above are the colors, Top Row: Pratt & Lambert’s Argent 1322, Farrow & Ball’s Claydon Blue 87, Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue 84, Middle Row, Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue 22, Benjamin Moore’s Sea Star 2123-30, Benjamin Moore’s Wolf Gray 2127-40 Bottom Row,  Benjamin Moore’s Graytint 1611,… Continue reading Designers Pick Their Favorite Gray Paints

HOW TO: Paint Gustavian Finishes

Andie, from Divine Theatre Blog, posted an amazing transformation of an outdated Mexican armoire, which was converted into the classic Gustavian styles with layers of distressed paint and new hardware. Andie shows us how to do it ourselves…. “These pine Mexican Armoires are outdated, having seen popularity in the mid to late 90’s, they are… Continue reading HOW TO: Paint Gustavian Finishes

The Shocking History Behind “Emerald Green” Paint

Seglora Church -Relocated From Western Sweden *Disclaimer*-The pictures contained in this post are to illustrate the BEAUTY of yellow and green paint used in 18th century interiors.  We have no knowledge what so ever of the paint used in the rooms or furniture.  Emerald Green and Yellow colors are absolutely stunning colors to decorate a… Continue reading The Shocking History Behind “Emerald Green” Paint

Fired Earth’s Anniversary Paint Collection

  These beautiful paints  are the result of a recent collaboration between Fired Earth and the National Trust. Founded in 1983 , Fired Earth began as a Terracotta supplier, and later expanded to offer bathroom and kitchen cabinetry, and hardware.  Although Fired Earth has a wide selection of house products, they are best known for their beautiful paints.… Continue reading Fired Earth’s Anniversary Paint Collection

Painting Swedish Looking Furniture – 3 Tips / Part 3

Picture Credit Habitania Work Rooms As we discussed in Part 2, Accent furniture, such as Gustavian chairs, smaller tables, drop leaf tables, stools, and benches can be brought into the home, and used instead of the larger scaled furniture that we are used to today to achieve that Swedish Gustavian look. Another element that draws people to the historical Swedish look is… Continue reading Painting Swedish Looking Furniture – 3 Tips / Part 3

Breathtaking Weathered Dining Tables You Can Buy Online

French Louis XVI Directoire Provincial Walnut Dining Table- Quality Is Key On Ebay $765 French Louis XVI Style Drape & Bow Carved Painted Dining Chairs $1436 Quality Is Key On Ebay Vtg White Furniture French Directoire Style Oval Dining Room Table $775 Quality Is Key On Ebay Maison Dining Table Solid Oak Weathered Grey Oval Table Consider this… Continue reading Breathtaking Weathered Dining Tables You Can Buy Online

Designers Pick The Best Milk Paint Color For Furniture

Pictured, Slate Blue and Oyster White , both by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. In House Beautiful’s “Add a Pop of Color to Your Furniture” key designers revealed their best paint colors for furniture.   Brian McCarthy’s reveals his favorite colors from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint line. “Find a piece that has good lines and trick it up. I’ve taken a plain… Continue reading Designers Pick The Best Milk Paint Color For Furniture

How To Decorate Around Pastel Greens Part 2

You wouldn’t be making a mistake if you choose green to base a room around.   Martha Stewart has brought pastel color tones into the spot light more than anyone else over the last 20 years.   Pastel tones were at their height during Rococo period (1725-1775) which was an 18th century reaction against the grand Baroque style.  Rococo is a lighter, more whimsical… Continue reading How To Decorate Around Pastel Greens Part 2

Paint Your Cabinetry Gray Like Martha Stewart’s Kitchen

Tour Martha Stewart’s Home-Between Naps on The Porch 6 Bright Kitchen Lighting Ideas- Martha Stewart Martha’s Bedford Farmhouse Kitchen – Martha Stewart Remodelista snapped some incredible shots of the set of the Martha Stewart Show showing a fabulous kitchen modeled after her her very own kitchen in Bedford, New York. Open shelving displays an amazing collection of… Continue reading Paint Your Cabinetry Gray Like Martha Stewart’s Kitchen

Gustavian Swedish Painted White Mora Clocks

Original Transition Mora Clock 1764 This clock has a beautiful face and has inscriptions “A. A. S.” (for Krång Anders Andersson (1727-1799) of Östnor,) and “Mora”. Finely chased bronze hands. The body is in the transition style (between Rococo and Gustavian) made of soft wood and has a cream and gold patina. Antique Swedish Clock… Continue reading Gustavian Swedish Painted White Mora Clocks

3 Spectacular Blue Painted Mora Clocks

Unusual floor clock from Norway. Crafted in the Swedish Mora tradition, this floor clock is signed by clockmaker Sven Nilsson and proclaims “Bjerke” as the area of origin. This “Bjerke” is known as a large estate in Norway. Swedish Tall Clock from Mora, circa 1820, with elegant rococo case surmounted by a carved urn. Hand-painted… Continue reading 3 Spectacular Blue Painted Mora Clocks

Wonderfully Painted Swedish Mora Clocks

18th Century Swedish Mora Clock in its original finish and retaining its original works and pendulum. Beautiful color, shape, and details. Sold by M Naeve in Houston, TX Early 19th century Decorative Swedish Mora clock retaining its original surface. Charles Spada Antiques Mora clock, Sweden circa 1820, with classic rococo style. Early secondary paint in… Continue reading Wonderfully Painted Swedish Mora Clocks

Furniture Painting, Distressing & Glazing

Painted French Chair Baroque Chair Raymond Goins The next time you get ready to paint a french accent chair, consider painting the frame a color and keeping the upholstery neutral. This chair is one of the nicest painted french chairs I have ever come across. I cannot say if it is the lighting, but it… Continue reading Furniture Painting, Distressing & Glazing

Painted Console Tables- Swedish Faux Finishes

Swedish Furniture Ideas- Suzanne Rheinstein November Elle Decor This lovely photograph is from Suzanne Rheinstein’s archives.  A table such as this would often be seen originally gilded in a gold or painted gray.  Look how terrific it looks painted in muted blue with white accents!!  The paint appears to be on the chalky side, which is quite commonly… Continue reading Painted Console Tables- Swedish Faux Finishes

An Interview With Tara Shaw About Her Swedish Furniture Line

(These pieces are no longer on Amazon…sorry) A few select pieces from Tara Shaw are now being sold through Horchow. Reminiscent of favorite antiques imported from Europe, Tara Shaw Maison offers reproduction furnishings and decor for the home that will become your new classics. Simple yet elegant, this handcrafted birch Swedish side chair is hand… Continue reading An Interview With Tara Shaw About Her Swedish Furniture Line

How To Decorate With Yellow For A Historical Look

Yellow & Green Floral Applique Antique Quilt – French 72 On Ebay Swedish Decorating Colors- Blue, Yellow, Navy And Gray- Painting of King Gustav III Antique Yellow Rococo Chest- Scandinavian Antiques  1st Dibs Yellow along side blue and white are colors that are known to be distinctively Swedish, so when it comes to picking a… Continue reading How To Decorate With Yellow For A Historical Look

Tour Through Drottningholm Palace, And Drottningholm Theatre

Drottningholm Palace also has a theatre that sits directly beside the palace.  The Drottningholm Palace Theatre, or in Swedish called “Drottningholms Slottsteater” is an opera house from 1766.   Today it is run by a private foundation, but still functions as a real theatre!  The theatre was built for Gustav III by his mother in 1766.   Gustav III loved the theatre so… Continue reading Tour Through Drottningholm Palace, And Drottningholm Theatre

Falu Red- A Prominent Color In 17 and 18th Century Sweden

The color red has been distinctive color in Sweden in the 17 and 18th centuries.  Falu red  (pronounced “FAH-loo”, in Swedish Falu rödfärg) is the name of a Swedish, deep red paint well known for its use on houses, barns and cottages. The paint originated from the copper mine at Falun in Dalarna, Sweden.  During the 17th… Continue reading Falu Red- A Prominent Color In 17 and 18th Century Sweden

Stunning European Paint Colors For Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The Beautiful colors found in the Farrow and Ball Paint Line Plain English Kitchen Designs in the UK shows some beautiful kitchens painted in various blues.  The kitchen featured lovely English styled cabinetry with recessed cabinet doors.  Recessed doors allows the door to be painted as well as the capability to match wall colors because the cabinet face blends… Continue reading Stunning European Paint Colors For Painted Kitchen Cabinets

7 Secrets From Suzanne Rheinstein To Pull Off A European Decorated Home

Suzanne Rheinstein The photos above and below were taken in a room designed by Suzanne Rheinstein at the Greystone Estate, the site of Veranda’s annual showhouse Picture seen on lusterinteriors.blogspot.com Architectural Digest & House Beautiful magazines both publish annual lists of current successful designers, and Suzanne Rheinstein always is noted as one of the top designers in the LA area.   Other established… Continue reading 7 Secrets From Suzanne Rheinstein To Pull Off A European Decorated Home

How To Wash Raw Wood For The Perfect Swedish Finish

Swedish Furniture & Decor Ideas – Directoire Chest By Wisteria This chest from Wisteria is one of my favorites. The minimal carving paired with a calming hue of a painted wash gives this mango wood chest that Swedish feel. The Swedish have always been known for their wood furniture and in North America, many people identify… Continue reading How To Wash Raw Wood For The Perfect Swedish Finish