Friday, August 30, 2013

Seahorse mirror

LOVING THIS BEFORE AND AFTER!!  Painted with COASTAL COLORS BEACH CHIC paint that Coastal Star will be selling Oct 1!  This is Seaspray and Turks.
Mirror is available by emailing kim@coastalstardecor or purchasing on my Facebook page.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Coastal Star is GROWING!

I am so thankful for the wonderful support Coastal Star has received so far...and it is time for Coastal Star to grow again!  My journey creating CS is just beginning, yet has already been so rewarding.  Do you know how it feels when you do something that you KNOW you are meant to be doing?  Just like putting on your favorite pair of blue jeans...

Coastal Star is so PROUD to announce that we will be carrying Coastal Colors paint beginning in October! Coastal Colors paint is a high quality decorative art paint used for all surfaces, including furniture painting. NO SANDING, NO PRIMING!
  For us Lovers of the Sea... there are 30 Beautiful Coastal colors...THAT ALL MATCH EACH OTHER! You can't go wrong with Coastal Colors! Created by Sherry Waldman of Belmar, New Jersey, Coastal Star will be 1 of 5 retailers for this wonderful paint. Available locally in Hampton Roads, VA and for shipping though online purchasing. Now taking pre orders! Contact me for questions and pricing. Pricing is almost half of other specialty paints! Double the quality at half the price!  See products using Coastal Colors at Paintin Place Decorative Studio  and a video showing the Coastal Colors Line...
Which leads me to the second announcement...
CS will be having REFUNK YOUR JUNK workshops!  Learn about repurposing and upcycling your used items!  Workshops will be in the form of HOME parties and public venues.  Let me come to your home and teach you and your friends how to makeover your aged pieces into fun unique pieces.  Bring a small piece of furniture to the workshop and leave with a painted lovely.  You supply a small piece to paint, or let me provide one for a small fee... and then I will provide the paints/brushes/everything else you need!  Hostesses will receive half price with 4 guests. 
Home party not for you?  Come to a REFUNK YOUR JUNK workshopWorkshops to begin in October at Chaffin Interiors  in Hidenwood Shopping Center,  Dates TBA. Make sure that you LIKE the Coastal Star Décor  facebook page for the latest information on workshops and home parties! 
Third... Coastal Star will be at the Poquoson Seafood Festival October 18,19, 20! Stay tuned to the facebook page for more info on this as well!  I hope to see you there!!!
Continue to shop my lovelies on Facebook and the web site... Also at Beach Bums in Currituck, Rooms, Blooms & More in Hilton Village and Chaffin Interiors in Hidenwood Shopping Center. Tell them Kim from Coastal Star sent you! 
And thank you so much for joining me in my exciting journey!  LET'S PAINT SOMETHING!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Southern Belle is IN!

Just arrived home from a week's vacation in Edisto Island, SC.  
What a wonderful beach to visit, although a little disappointing for a surfing family (no breaks).  
The island is isolated, which we prefer, and so very quaint. 

They have a great Serpentarium where I tangled with a few of South Carolina's finest Gators...

"No gators were hurt during filming"

Gators handle their stress pretty well...
This little guy fell asleep when I sang "Count Your Blessings" from White Christmas to him.  Yes, this really happened.
The gator feeder said he never saw anyone sing to the gators before...

 Little shopping but a couple of great Art Galleries that kept my attention.  But I discovered another place... CHARLESTON!!!!  HATS, Galleries, HATS, history, HATS, dresses, HATS, horse drawn carriages... this place is loaded with inspiration for artists!  And for you pickers out there... apparently I was there on TRASH DAY!!!!  See this great upholstery that I picked right in front of a mansion on Meeting Street!  My BFF and Mr. Star stood in disbelief as I rooted through the trash boxes... but thankfully I have no shame and was so tickled with my find!  I can't wait to use this!

And in Charleston, it is impossible to not release your inner Southern Belle.  
Welcome to my new hat... LOL...  lots of fun with this southern prop...

Had some trouble managing my hat AND my surfboard...

Hard for a Southern Belle to turn down a photo shoot when wearing her new hat!

But best of all, was spending a week with my Southern Belle sister.  My BFF for the last 40 years...

So... I am back... I am inspired... and I am ready to PAINT!  Isn't that what vacation is for? 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hardware Love- Isn't She Lovely?

Yes, I did have a photo shoot with old hardware.... and no, I am not embarrassed by it.  
There is a reason I restore old furniture.  I love the quality of older furniture.  
These pieces are made to last.  And I love hardware.  
Especially old hardware.  Unapologetically.

Ever since I can remember... I have been able to spend serious time in a hardware store.  
Get me in a small town's Main Street hardware store, with an older gentleman behind the counter,
and you are going to have to deliver me a meal.  
The tiny cardboard boxes of screws, drawer pulls on the wall, smell of lumber... 


Years ago in my hometown, we had a hardware store that also sold sporting goods.  My Dad purchased ALL of his baseball equipment there so, ahem, we were there a lot.  I believe that sparked my hardware store love.  As my Dad would order uniforms and pick out helmets, I would roam the aisles of Denbigh Hardware learning about the many types and sizes of screws and nails that are necessary for us to build and repair things correctly.  
I believe that is what sparked my hardware obsession.

So when I found this old door... even though it was literally falling apart... I had to put it in my Starmobile.  I mean, seriously, how can you just drive by this gorgeous door knob and NOT frantically stop traffic safely pull over to the side of the road and pick this up???

I had my work cut out for me, some of the screws were just not budging.  
I literally resorted to chipping away the wood from the handles and lock system.
It was installed to last.

And here she is... isn't she beautiful?  I. am. in. love.

 Don't you just wonder who touched this handle... did they touch it when they left the house for happy events... sad days... during the normal routine of heading out to work with their lunch box in their other hand?  Grubby peanut butter covered fingers... clean hands ready for a night out... How many times did the momma wipe down the handle, maybe while preparing for holiday guests?

And who used this lock?  Were they locking in their safety every night?  Locking out the world for much needed down time. Were they ever scared when they locked up?

It's the every day items, the things we tend to overlook that can tell us the most about our daily lives.  The items we use every single day, without even thinking about them.   It's the memories, the signs of use that allow them to tell us so much.   I can't wait to find a project to use this hardware on... it may even be 2-3 different projects that receive pieces of this group.  And they can go on to make more memories for more families... see, isn't she lovely?