Friday, October 29, 2010


Upcycling, definition: "The practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value."


Taking this beautiful 19th century, hand carved french server with cabriole legs and original brass hardware (c. 1910)...

And turning it into this absolutely breathtaking 19th century, hand carved french server with cabriole legs and original brass hardware (c. 1910)...

Sometimes when I look at a beautiful piece, it calls to me. I see it and in my mind, I envision it, as in this case, in a beautiful french grey with painted layers of french blue details, darkened brass hardware, gesso, and a faux marble top.
This is a labor of love and hard work, but to restore a piece like this, detail by detail, layer of paint by layer of paint, while keeping all of its original components, history and beauty is what my day's work is all about.


  1. Karina,,, WOW ... this is beautiful...this is truly beyond creative ... its like an artist's canvas just waiting to come to life with her imagination.... You have given life to this piece ... your are truly gifted ... xo HHL

  2. YES, YES, YES.....I believe in tweaking, and you did it here for me...I am loving white and gray tones this year to the point of redecorating my entire studio and family room. So French is the gray; I was watching an old French movie the other night and the salons were all painted in this this love for gray and gold is not an Americanized version of French, but the real deal! So lovely, Karina! Have a lovely weekend, Anita

  3. High Heeled, those are my feelings exactly! We breathe new life into old pieces such that they can be enjoyed again.

    Anita, I love grey!!! Hues of greys, blues and whites....That's all my house is about.

  4. Beautifully done. I would love to see it with my own eyes and fingers! The aging looks amazing.
    Karina do you make your own gesso?

  5. Julienne, I do not. Do you know how? I didn't realize you could make it from scratch.

  6. I love all of these pictures and especially that dinning room. I would love to have that table and all that goes with it.


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