Saturday, June 16, 2012

Just In - Small Canvases from Melissa Payne Baker

One of my very favorite artists is Melissa Payne Baker, who was recently voted Best Atlanta Artist in 2012 by JEZEBEL magazine (yay Melissa)! She shows her abstract work at several galleries, and will participate again in our Celebrate Art! show this fall (more to come about this soon). Last year, she painted a beautiful commissioned painting for our living room, which I wrote about here. 


I love her large canvases, but I'm equally crazy about her little pieces. They are perfect used as a little pop next to a bed,
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To fill a bookshelf, 

To brighten a cabinet door, 
or to freshen a tabletop. 



Melissa just sent me a shipment of some small canvases, pictured below. I'm bringing them into the shop next week, but here's a sneak peek: 

Petite Landscape
6" x 12"
$325

Petite Landscape II
6" x 12"
$325


Fallen
8" x 8"
$285


Petite Landscape
8" x 8"
$285


Tweet
6" x 6"
$185


Petite Landscape
6" x 6"
$185

Shipping is available throughout the United States.

Lindley Arthur Antiques
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209
(214) 616-2582
lindleyarthur@hotmail.com


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painting Furniture for Dummies

I've never been very good at do-it-yourself projects. Stroud is really handy around the house. I, on the other hand, have made enough messes with a paintbrush to know better.

So when I heard about Chalk Paint from British decorator Annie Sloan, I was skeptical. My mom's girlfriends were raving about it at Round Top. Apparently there's NO prep necessary - no priming, no sanding. You just slap on the paint with a brush and you're done, unless you want to add a little wax on top. And the palette is pretty. The soft colors are inspired by antique Swedish furniture and come in shades like French Linen, Paris Grey and Duck Egg Blue. 


So I popped into Uptown Country in Snider Plaza and bought a pint (Country Gray) and a tub of soft wax, which when applied after the paint, gives an antiqued look. Then I chose my guinea pig, a table that sat beside my bed in my first apartment. I still love its cute curvy lines, but the wood is super rough and ugly - in other words, in need of a large piece of sandpaper and the perfect candidate to road test this supposed no-prep paint. 


I got to work in my garage one afternoon while Leighton and Benton rode scooters in the back driveway. True to its promise, the paint went on smoothly and didn't leave a single brush stroke. I mean, even my six-year-old could do it! 


After just one coat, it almost can pass for a Swedish antique, don't you think?


So, I'm sold - and now completely obsessed with finding things to paint!