Project: The Hutch

by Meredith 10. October 2020 21:51

Other projects got in the way (including kids starting pandemic school at home), however I finally got the glass panels painted and reinstalled. I used mirror paint and used the antiquing process where you spritz vinegar water onto the glass before you spray and gently dab off the paint. It was a learning process and took several passes (and repasses) to finally make something that I was happy with.

We got the glass panes reinstalled and the doors are now up. It looks really good. I love it! The hutch is finished (except for wall mounting the TV). Unfortunately we cracked one of the glass panes while putting the rubber backing in the frame. Not sure what we are going to do to fix it. I suppose we should buy a new pane of glass and I just paint another one. /sigh I want to just live with it for now. It's invisible if you are in the far left side of the room.

Project: The Hutch

by Meredith 8. July 2020 12:45

I love it! I still need to paint the glass panes with the antique mirror stuff. But we have it set up and are reconnecting the TV now. Not all of the game console stuff is hooked up yet but the internet works and the TV is connected so we can watch movies again. I was going to paint the hardware but couldn't figure out the right color so I decided to just put it back on and decide later. Turns out I like the color as is.

Project: The Hutch

by Meredith 4. July 2020 22:42

Further layers are all about blending. I'm going back and forth with adding a bit more of the orange where I want it more prominent and then dry brushing the blue over the top to tone it down. I think I'm going in the right direction. It has been taking a long time. The final layer of paint is a lightened version of the blue that I was adding as highlights to all of the raised areas of the woodwork.

Project: The Hutch

by Meredith 3. July 2020 21:37

Layer #2 is a gray color that I made by mixing the blue with the rusty orange. I applied the color into areas that I thought would look best shadowed. The layers are fairly thin and the temperature warm enough that everything dried quickly so more layers could be applied. A 3rd layer was then to dry brush the orange. This is to create the worn off old paint effect.

Project: The Hutch

by Meredith 2. July 2020 21:31

This old china hutch was a free piece of furniture we had acquired about 10 years ago. It is a solid piece of furniture that came as a set with our dining room table (also free) and for years just held some collectibles and office supplies. When the office space got a makeover we decided to turn this hutch into an entertainment center. I will have to make a separate post with the construction modifications, but Hunter deconstructed the top so that it would open completely and the doors would fold in and tuck away. Hunter also deconstructed the drawers so that they hinge and drop open for access to devices. The back is open so the TV will eventually be mounted to the wall.

My job is to paint the project. I sanded and cleaned all the surfaces and then put a base coat of a primer/top coat combo of blue.

Map Collage: Finished Photos

by Meredith 6. August 2017 17:50

The maps were sorted geographically, starting with North America/US in one corner of the room, Canada above the door, then onto Central and South America. The next wall crosses the ocean to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Arctic around the door. Even the light switch plates are covered. A significant amount of wallpaper paste was used to adhere these maps but I am wondering if I should apply a top coat of some sort to protect the whole thing.

Map Collage: In Process

by Meredith 5. August 2017 14:45

My parents had a subscription to National Geographic for decades. When it was time to clear out the collection we saved the maps and turned them into a wallpaper project. The steps were to layout all the of maps into a general area. I then started overlapping and taping them into place each piece, cutting out the parts of the maps that I wanted. As I worked and finished up a section, my mom would come in behind me and start pasting down the map pieces. This was challenging when sections were taped together. The paste also would cause the map paper to wrinkle if it got too wet so some layers had to be done in sections, hours apart to allow for the bottom layer to dry first before the upper layer could be applied. It took two, very long days to complete.

Arianna’s mural is finally finished!

by Meredith 12. June 2013 22:28

I started working on her room back in October of 2011 with texture painting all of the walls and adding new paint to the trim. In November of 2011 I painted the arches of night sky and then the project sat, and sat, and sat until January 2013. Granted, was 6+ months pregnant and Arianna was born during that gap. After that it only took me about five months of working on the room off and on. It was definitely much harder to work around two kids than one.

Arianna's Mural: Moving into the Room

by Meredith 9. June 2013 06:30

Busy weekend getting stuff done! Arianna has been moved into her bedroom and I think she likes it. She slept there last night and seemed to do OK. She did cry out a few times but resettled easily. Madeline was a super awesome builder girl and helped me put the shelves together for Ari's toys. Both girls had a blast pulling out and putting away all of the toys. We still have little projects to finish up in there like power outlet covers and curtains. The murals look even better with furniture in the room.








Leaving a Mystery for Scholars to Ponder Over

by Meredith 5. June 2013 06:22

All the painting supplies have been cleared out of Arianna's room and the walls have been washed. I'm going to vacuum tonight and maybe steam clean (children willing). Pretty sure this will be the cleanest her room will be until she moves out.

I found a minor mistake in the mural, something I marked to edit but then forgot about. I've decided to leave it. Years after I'm dead and scholars are studying my work they will wonder "what was this mark supposed to be?"

About Meredith Cook

Welcome to my repository of creative expression. I'm not a happy camper unless I am making something and over the years I have dabbled in quite a few different kinds of art projects. Some projects come from taking art classes, others are completely hobby driven, and projects like home decor come from a need to customize an item and make it better or unique. The overall theme behind what I do is to learn how to manipulate objects and practice what I know about visual aesthetic and good design. Oh yeah, and to have fun.