How you can restore a $130,000 table too

Do you have expensive luxury furniture that needs a touch up? Do you have high end clients or want your own furniture to reach a high end finish? I have the absolute perfect way to do this.

My last project I did had me on edge because I was working on a table worth $130,000 in one of the highest and most luxurious mansions I have worked in. Click the video below to see inside. All of the gold you see in this home was leafed on!

This mansion had gold leafed trimming everywhere! So my client was obviously a huge fan of gold leafing. Gold leafing is melted down gold deposits that form a super thing and delicate sheet you can put on anything. They called me in to restore this table because the outer rim of it was worn down, had finger print smudges, and was dull. They needed me to restore it to a pure solid gold rim!

The outer rim was dull, smudgy, and had fingerprints in it. My client said it was "unacceptable" but when it was finished she was telling me it was "perfect" :)
The outer rim was dull, smudgy, and had fingerprints in it. My client said it was “unacceptable” but when it was finished she was telling me it was “perfect” 🙂

My crew and I took two days. one day to prep and the other day to get it done perfectly! You can restore a luxurious piece with gold leafing because gold leafing is for more luxurious furniture but it can go on anything! Leafing also comes in silver, copper, and other metallics too if gold isn’t your thing.

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The clean edge is super key!
The intricate gold design.
The intricate gold design.

We did it a more perfect and solid way because this mansion is designed more clean and perfect like. You can also do this other ways like breaking it on pieces for a distressed look.

I am teaching my summer of finishes program how to do this EXCLUSIVELY. You can only learn in there so make sure you join by clicking here if you are interested in this.

Gold leafing is an art form in itself and there is no one way to do it. It is worth all the risks and can really give a piece of furniture, moldings, trims, or frames a more interesting and elegant look.

I hope you learned a little bit more about a different finish. I also hope you can join me this summer for my summer program.

Stay gold,

Kari

Trend Alert: The perfect shade you never knew you needed!

Attention all people deciding to paint their home an ugly off white: read this first!
My last four clients have all had trouble finding what perfect color they want for their homes interior and all of them fell in love with this perfect color. No two homes are a like and no two people are alike but somehow everyone is on board with this sophisticated color.
After a color consultation with me I learned that they all needed a cool color to bring them to a sophisticated and modern tone. But how can you do a cool blue color without getting to childish and intense? With this spectacular color you might not even knew about.
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Meet Sherwin Williams “Silver Strand”(SW 7057)  the best color for people looking for something fresh that can work in every single space! This color is a perfect blend for people who love blue and cool tones but don’t want a childlike baby blue. Looks great in every light and shade.

Here are some cool examples of Silver Strand in action:

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This color looks so fresh and blue in many forms of light. Gorgeous in dinning rooms.
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This color stands strong against a brick. Balances out red tones perfectly. Looks so calming in family rooms.
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Bathrooms look clean and fresh with this color
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Clean and fresh
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Adds character to any office/ craft room/ bedroom.

Are you in love yet? I am, and I am telling you Silver Strand is a must if you are needing a new look and you’re considering painting. Remember, this is the first layer to great design!

If you’re crushing hard go to your local Sherwin Williams or head over to their site and order your paint! It starts with the walls first!

P.s.: Are you free this summer? Come hang out with me! Join my summer painting program “a Summer of Finishes” and get to know me and my painting technique. This is a program for all levels of painters! Beginners to advanced. You always need to keep up and sharp on skills and never stop learning. Click here to read more about this program.

I hope you make some changes you need and get a beautiful space

-Kari

I am always getting asked about my inspiration

Hey,

Do you ever get burn out? A creative block? I do too, and you know what I found the best motivation and inspiration. It’s traveling!

I know not everyone gets the joys of traveling as much as I do, but you can find inspiration anywhere. Just stop outside your box a little.

My friend invited me to stay with her in Manhattan so I painted and worked hard to get a trip out there for a weekend. I was a little anxious for we all know the little fear of a big city. I actually went and walked around blocks and blocks by myself, took the subway, explored cool shops, and people watched. That is the peak time when I fuel my inspiration.

I personally love traveling and experiencing different places other than my area. I hope I can inspire you too as much as New York inspired me.

-Kari

Ps: Have you reserved a space for my online virtual painting course?

Click here to purchase and reserve your space, it starts June 20th. You do not want to miss it! I will be showing you new painting techniques, new diy videos, and talking with you individually! Hang out with me virtually this summer 🙂