Monday, 25 July 2016

Shower Curtains are not just for showers!

Hello Hello Lovelies!
My main floor bathroom has  been left out compared to the rest of the house! It has no theme and a bunch of random decor gets thrown into it. Sad.
Here my husband is measuring the wall so I know what dimensions I'm working with and how big of an image I can fit on the wall.

 I am in love with the wallpapers that have giant images on them. BAM the creative wheel turns...
Here is the picture that I was inspired by

I wanted my bathroom to be magical. Why not? I wanted to find some art that swept you away into another place when you entered my bathroom, something that was large but not overwhelming. After all it's just a little bathroom...everyone has them and I wanted mine to be remembered.
 I started my search. I found wall paper but I just know my patience level can't handle that. I called my graphics guy (yes I have one!!) I could get giant flowers cut and apply them myself, ok great! Then I thought, what is like an art print but comes in a giant size, and cost's no more then $100? So I punched in shower curtains on line....Let me introduce you to Society6.
It may be the most wonderful site I have come upon AND all the work is from artists!
 I found a polyester shower curtain and I instantly knew it was made for me and my half bathroom and a whopping $68 usa. Being in Canada and adding 30% more for the exchange still makes it under $100 and for an art piece that size I won't find a better deal. I ordered it!

I now needed a huge frame so I had my husband cut some casing for me in the shape of a picture frame. I am an artist who has a studio at home and I have amazing products on hand at every moment. I grabbed my Fusion Mineral Paint soft gold metallic and got painting the frame.

We then layed out the shower curtain and upholstery stapled it to the top frame piece so we had a starting point when we hang it on the wall. I folded the sides in to make it more proportional on the wall.

Once we nailed the initial piece of frame to the wall we carried on adding the frame and pulled the curtain tight as we continued to nail it to the wall until the frame was complete.

Oh My Goodness it's turning out just like it did in my head!! 
I added some small Whimsical decor items and BAM done! I wanted it to look like a giant framed art piece that sweeps you away if even for a moment!

This small marble top table was found at the thrift store. The swan and her pearls is a piece I've had for years!

I love the flowers and the airy little shelf.

Here is a closer shot of the print. 
So romantic. I love the lanterns coming out of the castle at night but I super love the little couple in the boat!
This curtain is polyester and water proof.

Here is the before & after photo...

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!
Super Love,

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Antique Chair Save Of The Day

Hello Hello,
OH MY GOODNESS, I LOVE LOVE Super LOVE when I blow my own creative mind!

I actually saved this antique chair from going to the dump! GASP! I literally saved it's life! I reached down as she was passed to me straight outta the basement storage. Clearly she was barely alive, her body was layered with antique and new age dust, and her finish was crackled!!
This type of rescue makes my heart burst with fulfillment!!
Don't you worry your sweet bones, I will save you!


I knew exactly the formula to showcase her personality!

ORANGEAPALOOZA here we go....

I used the color Orangeapalooza by designer Amanda Forrest for FAT Paint (Artisan Style Chalk Paint) and instantly she started to shine!
I'm also a collector of decorative's actually more of an addiction...the more the merrier right??
This particular paper (I actually hug daily, it's just so beautiful) I've had for a while and I've been trying to marry it off to a bunch of pieces with no luck in the love match department, until today!!!

I decoupaged the paper right to the seat and KAPOWBAM...lights flickered, sparks flew and just like that she came alive! I mean come on!?! That paper...the gorgeous lady swinging on a tree swing in the wild and flicking her fancy shoe into the air....TO.DIE.FOR! Never-mind the absolutely perfect color matching!!

HERE YOU GO, grab a tissue...I drooled too!

I found out that she is an Antique 1943 Bentwood Bistro Chair.
 We danced and sang all afternoon! What an amazing rescue for a Sunday Funday! GAWD I LOVE my job!

Here is the before and after pics together for your pinterest boards! 

 I think this chair would be AH-MAZING  for a vanity (painted to match of course) or in a corner of your bedroom, or BAM in an entryway or anywhere really. This chair evokes happiness and spontaneity on all levels!
What do you think?

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Ikea Wall Art To Restoration Hardware Letter Hack All In One

 This post contains way to much excitement for the average heart, please sit down with a cup of tea or wine before proceeding with caution...
 I am so very excited about this hack!
Firstly you must know it has always been a dream of mine to own the Restoration Hardware Giant French Letter Wall Art priced at $1500.00 BUT my vintage up-cycling soul just cannot fork over the dough when I know I can re-create it myself! 
FINALLY I have a space for it.

Here is the situation...In the living room of my 2014 home we have these weird windows on either side of the fireplace. The entire back wall of the house is ALL windows and we have a west facing backyard so there is no shortage of light here! I actually hate these small windows. They take up wall space and leave no room for art, anything you place above or below the window just doesn't look right, and any decor you place in the window will be sun bleached or melted by the direct sun.

I decided I need to cover them and so the search began on all the kijiji/swap and buy sites for 2 frames.
GASP....I found two Ikea vilshult pictures were the exact size I needed, and they were hardboard type wood, framed and $25!!! My up-cycling/re-purposing mind exploded!!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Painted Suitcases Un, Deux, Trois

Painted Suitcases??? You Bet!!
I scooped this 3 piece set of suitcases off of my local swap and buy site. They were perfectly plain, and NO smell!! Double Yahoo!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Church Pew to Paris New

Hello Lovelies!
I am so excited to share this transformation with you!
I scooped up this 1940 Vancouver BC Synagogue pew from a local salvage guy for $10 t.e.n.d.o.l.l.a.r.s!!!
I bought 3, if I could have fit more in my truck I would have grabbed more! 
The pews are close to 8 feet long, solid Oak and the frame is cast iron, they are BEASTLY heavy and totally awesome!


I pretty much knew the graphic and look I wanted on this pew from the moment I layed eyes on it!
Here she is all ready for her transformation

I chalk painted this pew in a neutral taupe from FAT Paint called Jute. 
I wanted a soft french look so I glazed the entire piece with Alberta Dames White and Grey Glaze.
You know I cannot resist a french graphic! I combined this French Ville De Paris and the Paris 1889 transfers from my favorite site Graphics Fairy and drew it out on the back side of the pew. Simple yet it gives it the look like it came from an old church in Paris.

If you haven't tried chalk painting faux leather or fabric you definitely NEED to do it now! I painted the seat tops in Jute as well and  waxed them with the FAT amazing wax to keep it soft and movable. I left the sides with the original plush wine colored fabric because A. it looks wicked with the Jute color and B. I always love to leave a little of the original piece within the creation.

I LOVE when creations turn out EXACTLY how I planned it in my head!
How perfect is this pew for a large entryway, seating for a dining room table or a bench for your living room ~happy sigh~

One down, two to go.
Stay tuned to see how I re-created the second made me go straight out of my creative comfort zone and was totally worth it!

Super Love

Friday, 29 January 2016

East Coast Postcard Dresser

Hello Hello Lovelies!

AHHH Good old pine dressers ....they really make for a perfect canvas!

I scooped this not so beauty up...

I knew exactly the look I was going for...
I chalk painted this beauty in FAT Paint's Gull Grey, the softest grey ever!
I did a light layer of warm white on the front middle to outline my perfect canvas area.

I have a stack of old postcards from all my antique store trips, and one of them was addressed to Miss DC Fader, I added an address to it. I LOVE that is from sisters and talking about the old being new again!!  I free hand drew out my post card on the front and then filled it in. ALL free hand.
The post card says 
 Miss DC Fader
16  Spring Garden
Halifax NS
" I'm in Montreal where everything old is new again. You would love it here"
Your Sister NLC
How COOL is that?!

The glass knobs were the perfect touch!

What I LOVE LOVE LOVE about  my pieces is the client feedback on how everyone notices their pieces on their homes. TOTAL conversation starters and uber personal style for each home!

Here is your before and after together!

THANKS for tuning in!
Super Love,

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

FAT Paint pairs up with Amanda Forrest ~NEW Colors~

Hello Hello Lovelies!

Just when you needed some new inspiration the FAT Paint Company comes to the rescue!
The FAT Paint Co. has teamed up with Amanda Forrest the gorgeous and talented designer from The Marilyn Denis Show.
 They have 6 new colors available starting today, Navy State Of Mind, Blushing Bombshell, Can't See Me Camo, Greysful, Couture Linen, and Orangeapalooza. 

Here are some pieces I created with the new colors...

Navy State Of Mind
I am in love with this Navy.

The tone of this blue is so dreamy and it pairs EXCELLENT with Gold!

Blushing Bombshell
This color seriously grabbed my heartstrings and will not let go!
It's hard to tell the exact tone in pictures but to me this pink is the perfect modern antique pink. It can be used on a piece of furniture with a distressed look and dark waxed or brown glazed for a perfect time worn feel OR painted and top coated for a fresh modern look OR painted and paired with gold for a glam look! I LOVE it!

Orangeapalooza has the sweetest tone, here it is on the antler.
Can't See Me Camo is on the book and looks awesome with the gold Alberta Dames small Chandelier Stencil in Gold on the cover.
Greysful is on the little box and will look wicked on any piece.
Couture Linen is on the stool top and is a perfect neutral.

Are you inspired to get painting?

WATCH my Ava Blake Creations FB Page for SIX Paint Pack Giveaways of the new colors!

Happy Painting
Super Love

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Fusion Mineral Paint...prepare to be mind blown...

Hello Hello Lovelies!

I've totally neglected my blog this past 6months and it sucks! I can tell you it's not from me just lounging around and reading books....although that sounds dreamy!
I have been so uber busy and so many new thing have come along for me!
FINALLY I can blog about it!
Have you heard about Fusion Mineral Paint? 
I feel like I'm slow to jump on board with this amazing line but never to late...right?
Fusion Mineral Paint is Canadian made from Homestead House Paint Co. right in Toronto Canada. You know I LOVE to support my Canadian made products!
Fusion™ is a 100% acrylic, water-based paint. The “mineral” in Fusion Mineral Paint™ refers to the pigments used which are harvested from the earth. Using natural rather than synthetic pigments allows for greater depth in colour and better durability to UV light and time. Once cured, a surface painted with Fusion™ is both water and stain proof. No primer or top coat required, making it more of a one-step kind of paint.
Did you see that line...."ONE STEP kind of paint???" Sign me up!!
Fusion also carries the The Alberta Dames Stencil Line Which I co-designed. YAHOOO! 

**For this next part of the blog, PLEASE buckle up or go wrap your head in tin foil because I'm about to blow your mind!!**
What you are about to witness is a $4 dollar furniture makeover.....f.o.u.r.d.o.l.l.a.r!!

I got this little half moon table and mirror set given to me from a friend.

It had already been a sloppy, choppy, some spots missing paint and some spots chipping kinda way!
*major tip here* A little prep goes a long way!
I sanded it down. NO, not in the way you kill your arm and strip it right down. I sanded it in the easy get the old spots off so it's smooth to touch and no left over chippy paint kinda way AND roughing it up enough for that fantastic Fusion to adhere to it! Maybe 10 minutes of work!

I took this little sample pot of Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue off my shelf. 
 This is 37ml, that is 1 ounce and 7ml. Retails for $4.00

I painted the entire mirror in and around all the roses...

AND the entire table...

I re-PAINTED this ENTIRE set with 1 ounce and 7ml!!!!! OH MA GAWD! I blew my own mind today!!
Did this just happen? YES it did!
I could have left it done here, at a $4.00 makeover BUT...

I wanted some added bling to the piece so I then took the Fusion tint-able glaze and mixed up some Coal Black glaze and went over the tops of the roses and over a stencil on the top of the table. I love how glaze is very transparent and subtle but punchy in the spots it needs to be. I used maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of glaze.


What do you think??
THANK YOU for tuning in!
Super Love