Design Techniques used
When I bought the house 8+ months ago...
... it had a beautiful remodeled kitchen... but the rest had the wear and tear of raising 3 boys, an earthquake and an air conditioner with a very unbalanced blower assembly. Walls were decorated with enamel oil based paints in a couple of wild locations; the kids had a field day with stickers; and, jelly needed to be removed from the exotic places including the ceiling.
What follows are details of the paint techniques and a view of some of the decorate corners. "No white walls!" was the war cry.
The decorations needed to blend in with the "Country Modern" kitchen and some how "bent" into a slight "Lord of the Rings" theme... maybe something about running LOTR Costume... However, I did not want to go over the top so stencils are adapted from graphics related to the film.
Life changes... and I must sell it... but I want to share the techniques after all the work.
Click on any picture to see more detail. Each of these rooms is documented in detail on other pages.
Not a track home!
The house was built in 1950 as part of a track developed south of Victory and west of Sepulveda. The previous owner lived in the house for 17 1/2 years. He worked doing painting and carpentry at the studios and was able to make numerous modifications.
All the little 1950's closets have been replaced by full wall closets with part of each closet having built in shelving. I added sliding doors to all the closets.
The master bedroom back wall has been opened up into a sliding glass door to show all the beauty of the back yard.
The fire place has a gas jet and the mantle is brick.
Of course the best modification was opening up the kitchen and the service porch to give a grand size kitchen area. The adding of all new solid maple cabinets and countertops updated the look.
This site was last updated 01/18/08