Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Do Windows!

Painting windows that is. Well, I have been known to wash a few windows in my time too. But painting is lots more fun, then washing windows. Recently I found a great large vintage window at one of my favorite antique malls. This old window was exactly what I have been searching for to complete my backyard area beside the potting bench. The bench needed something to balance out my little corner for gardening. After much thought and brainstorming, an old window with a flower box was the answer.

First I cleaned it well.

Washing the glass really good.

Then I painted the frame and inside wood the pretty green used on the potting bench.

Next the real fun begins. How do you like how it turned out? I painted the background a soft sky with light clouds, added a vine of pink roses with a sweet bluebird perched on a branch to keep me company when I garden.

Then is was my dear hubby's turn to make a flower box for under the window. I added purslane in 6 pots which fit the box nicely. I want to be able to change the flowers with the seasons. I used a plate to scallop the edge before he cut out the wood front. Again, painted it the same soft green. To the front, we found an iron garden sign at Hobby Lobby for $1.20 at the end of the season sale. This addition seemed to finish it off nicely coordinating with the rose arch in the same iron color.

Now you know one thing leads to another, right? So over the bench I needed a sign. Hubby measured and scalloped a nice sign board that I then stenciled GAREN CHIC over the pretty soft green. Now I think it's done.
To do the stenciling, I make a pattern first for placement. Mark where the letters will go and then use my stencil to follow and paint the letters.

The finished project hung on the brick. Turned out to be a cozy garden spot.

Lastly, I worked on an old chair for my studio. I purchased this great find for 15 dollars (SCORE) at the same antique market. The seat can be changed when I tire of the fabric as I sometimes do, but for now this works nicely.
Before and After~~~~

Okay, look at that chair back. Looks like a nice surface to paint and decorate. Should I leave it or paint it? AHH~~ what do you think I will do? LOL!!!

Of course, paint it!!! Added some roses and a stencil in the center. Now that's better.

Now it's on to more redos and redesigns for my etsy boutique. Thank you for stopping by. See you next time. Blessings, Bluebirds and Blue Skies be yours, Celestina Marie


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste!!! Oh that window is soooo beautiful and looks just perfect with your potting bench! I love it :) I love the sign too!! Your new items in your Etsy shoppe are gorgeous too, I am having Celeste withdrawls so you know I will be in soon :)

We just got home and had such a wonderful time! I dont even want to be home, lol! I am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things around home! I did take some pictures and plan to post this week.

I hope you and Larry are doing well! Please kiss Miss Beazy for me :)
Love you sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

Oh celeste~ Gorgeous!! I think my favorite part of blogging is finding inspiration in other artist works. I love the window. My Aunt's husband used to take a special paint and do up the huge 4x6 foot plate glass windows and do sceneries of ponds with fish jumping, fisherman and mountains scenes. He was extremely good with his art. I admire it so much how you work with a brush. I'm going to teach myself how to do roses this winter when things settle a bit. I think it would be nice to touch up my favorite pieces.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Gorgeous my friend. Simply beautiful work. Your hands continue to be BLESSED by the Giver of Life. I'm sooo excited when I see others who share my passion for painting do amazing works with the talents they've been given. I love it. I love it. I LOVE IT!

Want to know what I love even more? Your encouragement of me even though we are in the same decorative business. You fill me with grace and have touched my heart with your lovely, inspirational, selfless spirit.

Today I prayed and asked God to bless you 100 fold. I know He will. He already has.

Love to you sister...


Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste!!
I am very interested in painting some windows. I have 3 very interesting vintage windows that were here when we bought this place.
If you don't mind, could you tell me the type of paint you use on the glass & if you use a sealer. I see some who do this that use oils & I am really not interested in using oil paints.
I would like to use these windows suspended on my back porch. I would be so appreciative of any information you could share.
Your window is adorable..... Isn't it so nice to have a Hubby who is willing to help out!?!?!

Unknown said...

That is awesome! That little garden chic niche in your backyard is absolutely adorable! Love the chair, too! You are so talented!

Hey! Guess what!?! I am so excited!!! I found a fairly inexpensive wooden tatting shuttle and ordered it and as soon as I get it I will be sending it on to you for some of your beautiful painting skills! YIPPEEEEEE! I can hardly wait!

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Beautiful!! Did you paint on the glass? That must be hard. And the chair will be pretty in your studio. I am glad you painted the back. Wish I could find a few chairs to paint but it is too hot to go to yard sales so I will wait a bit. Love it all,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the blessings, bluebirds and blue skies! That makes me happy! Love all of your projects and how they turned out. I was thinking of doing a window for above my kitchen sink in the condo. I think you have such great ideas!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celestina,
Both projects could not have turned out better. Your window with the bluebird is darling and goes so well with the potting bench. What a great little area to pot and repot your plants. I love the bronze plaque you put on the front of the window box.
I like the back of the chair painted better than plain. You made the right choice. I love the little roll pillow on it. I'm sure it enhances your work area.
Isn't nice to see things come to life. Whether it's a sewing or paint project.
Have a great week!
Till next time.

Celestina Marie said...

Thank you Ladies,
Yes, the painting is right on the glass after proper glass primer. Sealed with exterior satin varnish.

Hey Tatt Chic, I look forward to painting your tatting shuttle. It will be a fun and challenging project.
Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie said...

Marilyn, I emailed you all the info you need to paint your windows. Have fun and let me know how they turn out. Hugs!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

How very, very beautiful your new window and chair are.
I would want to be potting around in the garden area every day. That is so beautiful and I marvel at your talent my friend.

Have a lovely week

blushing rose said...

G'eve, Celeste ~ What an amazing gift of talent you have ... the creation is so life-like you feel as it you could reach out & touch the bird & smell the roses. You truly are blessed with a very special gift & talent. TY for sharing.
I love this more than describable ... TTFN ~ Marydon

A Southern Rose said...

Your window is so beautiful! I love the roses and the little bluebird. Your potting bench is perfect! I need one of those! I love the color that you chose. I bet it is so handy whenever you are repotting your plants. I love the window box. I wish that I had those across the front of my little cottage under all of the windows! Maybe one day! I love all of your work! You are so talented. The chair is adorable too!

Lee Laurie

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Hello Celeste,

When I saw the finished window, I thought somehow you painted it in another medium. But you painted it in the glass! You really are amazing at this. Oh and I love the bird - what a lovely companion he is (is it a he? :-) )

I remember seeing your potting table. The window is such a nice addition to it. This is a lovely corner you created. I love, love, love this corner of yours! Oh very much so! LOL


(almost forgot, that little sad looking chair - You made it cheerful and beautiful too. I can not do that so I always enjoy seeing and admiring transformations like this. And to actually know the "someone" who made this, even better :-) Ok, ok maybe only through blogs but that still counts, yes? :-)

Here's me wishing you also a wonderful start of the week)

Angela said...

Sister, you can do my windows anytime you want,,LOL..I loved the pictures...just beautiful. More inspiration for me found here once again!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

CELESTE!!!OMG!!!Its the most beautiful thing.I cannot even express the words to tell you how much i love the window and alls its glory.Tell your hubby nice work too.I'm going to show this to my man tonite.XXOO Marie Antionette

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

hi Celeste.. how I wish we are neighbours! hehehehe.. coz am surely gonna visit you often and coz you are so creative and I just cant stop drooling at those handpainted roses you did.. just awesome!

have a great day!

Ginny said...

Ohh, I love everything that you did! The garden center of your yard is beautiful! I often thought of what I would do with an old window....and I REALLY like what you did. The planter box is so cool, too, and the potting table...It is so you really use it?LOL!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Just when I think you there couldn't possible be anything else clever for you to come up with you surprise all of us!! I am in such awe of your window painting!! Absolutely incredible Celeste! And Larry did such a fabulous job on the window box & sign too. You make such a great team. The whole potting shed scene is so beautiful Celeste. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I would be really interested in knowing how you painted on the glass. Looks like fun!!

Big warm hugs to you & Larry! Sherry

Edie Marie's Attic said...

And hugs to Miss Beazy too! Woof-Woof!

Anonymous said...

I just can't get over how beautiful everything looks. Inspirational.


Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, everything is just beautiful, however that is so STUNNING!! I think this is my favorite painting that you have created, just magical.


Unknown said...

OMG Celeste, this post belongs in a magazine. That window, sigh it is just gorgeous, and your husband's handiwork with that window box and sign!!! I love that corner of your garden. Truly this should be in Somerset Home magazine.

Thank you for the tutorial also. I have always wanted to paint one of these windows, but I never thought of painting the glass. The possibilities are endless.

Have a lovely day, I would think you are sitting in your garden with a cup of coffee this morning admiring that corner of your beautiful garden.

Blind Fly Theater said...

Sparkle On, Celestina! WOW, what a creative, energetic, and prolific soul you are! It's so good to be back with inspiring friends like you. Magnificent.
Gotta love that glass painting you do! What a fine artist and decorator you are. Also love that beautiful fabric on the chair... and I'm afraid I can't help you with an opinion on that chair back. It looks fabulous to me, but, then again, I know anything you decide to do with it will be delightful.
Inspiring, indeed!
Thank you, Celestina!

vickie said...

Hi Celeste, thanks for stopping by, yes, the photo on the left is me. Love, Love your little garden center area. The window is beautiful, as always! The chair is 2 die 4!!!

Kris said...

Hi Celeste,
I've seen many garden windows, but none as pretty as what you've created. I love the soft green color and the iron plaque, great touch. Just beautiful. It goes so well with the rest of your outdoor garden theme.
The chair......yet another perfectly designed redo. Your paintbrush gave it new life.


Melissa Miller said...

Hello Celestina Marie,
It's so nice to meet you! I really appreciate the sweet B-day wishes and kind visit to my blog. Thank you for following along as well. I'll do the same. Your blog is so elegant and pretty. I'll be back to visit with you often.

What amazing transformations you have made. The window is so beautiful! Love the soft colors and creativity. You are talented!

Have a blessed day my friend.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Marilyn in NM said...

The window is absolutely gorgeous as is the entire vignette. You are so talented, what a wonderful gift you have.
Thanks for being such a great inspiration.
Marilyn in NM

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,
I just love your attention to detail! No rock is left unturned! I wish I had an area like yours so that I could create a little corner like that..we have the south HOT sun so no our yards have no fences. Your bluebird is gorgeous...details again!

And your sweet chair...I LOVE that fabric!!!

We are doing well...still no job. We continue to TRUST our Lord knows what he's doing but it is NOT easy. Thanks again for your prayers and love!


Lori said...

What a astounding transformation! The roses are so precisely perfect! Love the chair redo! I hope if even a smidgen of time this fall I can get my desk chair done! So wish i could paint as you do, I have plenty of those blank spots!! Lori

Barb said...

Hi Celestina Marie, it is lovely to meet you. Thank you for joining the Rooster party. I know we will have fun.

You and I have a lot in I did Interior Design for many years and I am a self taught decorative painter. I paint for friends and for myself and have often considered starting a business.

Please come back and visit are always welcome at Bella Vista and I will see you for sure on August 28th.

Smiles and hugs, Barb

A Hint of Home said...

Hey Girl,
Great minds think alike!
I have the tea pot, sugar, creamer and a serving tray that matches my plates. I have two pitchers, one large and one smaller, two kinds of bowls, and mugs that match the pattern but couldn't find large plates. I just love the rich colors in them. I had to go to 3 different Ross's. Once I saw them on clearance I made my rounds. We have 3 stores within 20 minutes of me. It was worth the trips.
I first saw the tea pot in AZ, while visiting Ceekay. She wanted me to get it but I had no room to bring it home on the plane and low and behold I found it here when I got back.

I'm sorry you could not get through on facebook. I'm not sure why, but please try again. I don't look everyday but I will see it eventually.
I don't know that much about it. I guess I haven't spent the time researching things - yet.
Have a great weekend. Till next time.

Natasha Burns said...

Celeste! your window is fabulous!!!! love love love it, you did an amazing job. That bird is SO sweet!

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Sonia said...

You are soooo good Celeste. That window is just gorgeous and I really love the way your gardening corner turned out. The chair is tdf. I love your work!!
I am so glad you have been able to come visit me again.
Hugs and have a wonderful weekend!!

Connie said...

Celeste, it turned out gorgeous, honey! I've always wanted a rose painted window but just never could afford the ones I wanted to buy or someone else would beat me to it. Just beautiful though.......

Secondhandrose said...

Celeste, your window is a true work of art. I would be afraid to put it outside! I hope your summer has been great.


Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Celeste, I love it all! You do windows nicely, and chairs, too! I love the bird motif on your window and the design you chose for the chair back. I would love to meet you sometime!

Celeste Maia said...

How clever and talented you and your husband are! I love the before and after photographs. You have a magic touch, everything that leaves your hands become becautiful. Really enjoyed your entry, very inspiring!
I just returned from the mountains where there was no connection, it was pure bliss. But I am able to be back and to connect with your blog.

Vintage To Chic said...

Hi Clestina, Seems like we should have met before now. We have so many friends in common, look forward to chatting, I visited your etsy shop and you have some beautiful work.
Hope you have a blessed week,

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Your window is beautiful!!! If I could do windows like that I would be thrilled!!!



susan said...

I "stumbled" here and loved my visit! Your "window" is a work of art! I would love to have a potting area--especially one this lovely! I clicked your Follow button so I can come back to visit!

bee'nme said...

Goodness Celeste - it's all so very fabulous!! Love, love, love the looks absolutely perfect in that is so very charming and beautiful! The sign is wonderful and just finishes off the sweet little garden spot - precious! And the chair, be still my heart..I love the rose and toile fabrics mixed...and the paint job on the chair is awesome! OK, I'm running out of adjectives now!

Happy Birthday to your handsome, sweet son!

Have a glorious week, Celeste, my friend!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky S.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..