Once an eyesore, now a work of art.

One of the most interesting projects I’ve done recently was to custom paint a mural on the side of an above ground pool. The homeowners in Stephentown felt their new above ground pool was an eyesore that didn’t fit into the natural landscape of their beautiful back yard. 

Now the painted boulders blend perfectly into the natural surroundings. What once was an eyesore is now a work of art…very cool! See more photos in my “custom painting” gallery.

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Step up your staircase

I recently had fun transforming this center hall colonial staircase in Slingerlands with custom refinishing. The main focal point in this beautiful home had lost its luster and was in need of re-styling. The very traditional existing yellow oak treads, banisters and posts were re-stained very dark brown which added contrast against with the painted white risers and spindles. Now the staircase has a fresh new look that enhances the overall beauty of their home.

Stairs can be updated with a combination of paint and or stain in many ways and has endless design possibilities in any style… vintage, contemporary or transitional. It’s also a great place to add color and pattern. So remove that dingy carpet, step up the contrast and give your grand staircase the makeover it deserves!

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Take 2 Artworks Featured in Capital Region Living Magazine

I am so excited to be featured in this months issue of Capital Region Living Magazine. The February 2019 issue was on woman owned businesses and is now available on newsstands and waiting rooms. So happy to share page 17 with my friends and business associates, Nina Sher and Lauren Laberge. A big thank you go’s out to Carole Kilpatrick and Leslie Horn Trosset for making it possible.

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A kitchen makeover for a very special cook!

As a new grandma there’s nothing that fills my heart more than seeing my little precious granddaughter have fun playing and sharing special moments with her. When I asked my daughter what we could get her for a christmas gift she said, “ a play kitchen.” My daughter had fond memories of playing with the little wooden play kitchen at the Poestenkill Nursery School she attended as a child.

So, I began the search… not online but in my own garage! I was planning to have a garage sale in the late spring and we had this small wooded bench that I considered selling. My sister, Lisa spotted it and suggested the bench would make a perfect play kitchen. She was so right! I tucked it away while my creative juices started to flow.

In the late fall, my husband and I began to work on transforming this ordinary bench into the perfect custom play kitchen for our little one. As in all kitchen makeovers, big and small, it had to have function with updated colors, finishes and storage.

To give it style, I used fun paint colors, fabric, added a chalk board, a window (for takeout orders), pretty curtains and a matching apron.

This labor of love brought us so much joy and we couldn’t wait to give it to her. On Christmas morning when little Nora saw her new kitchen, the look on her face was priceless. She has not stopped playing with it since and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Besides doing custom kitchen cabinet painting, designing and installing backsplashes, I also accept certain custom painting projects, such as staircases, fireplaces and special projects. Give me a call to chat about your project.

Do you have nostalgic items from your childhood, I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below.


Tips on Downsizing...it's never to early to start!

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being a presenter at the Down Sizing workshop held at the Bethlehem Central High School. Nina Sher of Hunt Real Estate is the creator of this very informative workshop for folks that are looking to downsize. Nina spoke about how to price your home correctly in the current real estate market. Discussed the options in the area for condo’s and retirement communities. Cheryl Shaw from CS Property Improvement, a professional home stager, spoke about the importance of decluttering and staging your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible. My presentation was showing examples of affordable kitchen and bathroom updates that have the best return on investment. Here’s a few tips I would like to share with you.

Most of the folks I spoke with had already started the daunting process of decluttering and cleaning out their “stuff”. It can be an overwhelming task for sure. Earlier this year I had personal experience of moving my mother. It’s a very emotional chore that takes time and energy. It’s never to early to begin the process.

It’s also crucial to get informed, have a plan, a budget for repairs/updates and a timeline. Get advice on preparing your home from a person that is not emotionally connected to you or your home. An unbiased professional that will not hesitate to recommend the flowered wall paper in your bedroom that you LOVE has to go! Paint is the most dramatic and affordable way to update your home. Get advise on the best neutral paint colors and finishes to use that will compliment the style of your home and appeal to potential buyers.

Have updated finishes in the kitchen and bathroom. Nina, Cheryl and I all agree they are the key rooms that buyers are looking at. As potential buyers are checking out your home online and scrolling through pictures, you have only three seconds to make a good impression and set your home apart.

I always enjoy talking with folks about their homes. Downsizing is a major transition that takes careful planning. As I learned from helping my mom, moving and decluttering is a lot of work. But now in her new home and surroundings, she can begin to enjoy other experiences. That makes it all worth it!

Giving new life to oak cabinets

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The two most recent kitchen makeovers, the clients wanted to save their oak cabinets and brighten their space without spending a zillion dollars. Both kitchens had great bones with cabinets in excellent condition. The kitchen’s open layout and workable countertops made it a perfect scenario for a take 2 makeover. Updating the space without major demolition. 

I love painting oak cabinets. They were the standard cabinets during the 70’s and 80s for good reason. They are beautiful, durable, and a hard wood that has an attractive natural texture. For these reasons they take to paint very well. They can be transformed into shabby farm house, modern sleek, to clean traditional. Even the standard pricey cabinets of today may not have equal quality and durability as an updated oak cabinet. If you got it, Save it!


Spring clean up and refresh

With the renewal of spring also comes the refresh of these recent kitchen cabinet projects. Both of these kitchen cabinets went from showing signs of wear to looking brand new. Not only do I paint cabinets that have a wood finish, I also re-paint previously factory painted cabinets. If you are considering a new color palette for your kitchen cabinets or you want to keep the color the same and need them repaired, call me for a consultation to discuss the possibilities.

To view these makeovers and other projects, please visit my photo gallery.


Vintage rehab

My last two kitchen makeovers where renewing vintage kitchen cabinets in homes that were built in the 1940's. Both kitchens had great bones but the cabinet doors were flat and dated.


For the first project, I suggested adding a frame around the door edge to give it dimension and create a shaker style door. This gave new life to the cabinets that complemented the home and brought the kitchen into the next millennium. 


The second project was to restore the existing kitchen in preparation for the home to be put on the market for sale. For this update it was important to keep the charm and character of the home while renewing the paint & finishes. Now it's sure to appeal to potential buyers.

One of a kind coffee table

A few months ago I got a call from one of my clients who had an old wooden coffee table she wanted reinvented and made “funky”.  The piece was close to her heart after watching her family grow up around the table. When discussing the unique piece, my client described how her daughter would do her homework on it and the evidence of her childhood was visible by the stickers stuck underneath adding to the table’s charm. In addition to the family history the table held, it was a quirky little piece that someone had made a long time ago from an old wooden door. When flipping the table over, I even noticed the notched out hinges from its former life. I felt very honored to have been entrusted with this family treasure and give it its second transformation. As an artist I was thrilled to have been given the artistic freedom as well to create an original design. After hearing that her favorite artist was Gustav Klimt and getting to know her style from the previous work I have done for her, we agreed that a mix of paper and paint would be the perfect materials for the table face. I love working with paper as it reminds me of an art form I also enjoy, stained glass. I am able to take small unique pieces and arrange them together in an organic way to make a complete picture. Using this technique I was able to give her table a new look all while preserving the history and craftsmanship of the piece. 


A funky new look on her table is what she wanted and that’s what she got!



Renew this brick fireplace with a whitewashing paint technique.

Last week I completed part one this fireplace makeover. The homeowner wanted to give her dark and dated red brick fireplace a new look that complemented her new color scheme of white and gray. She wanted a translucent effect done on the brick. White washing was the perfect technique for this job! This project was twice as fun because she had "back to back" fireplaces, one in the large kitchen family room and the other in the living room.  Part two will be to paint the wood mantles a medium gray to add contrast. Talk about a huge impact! 


Community event


On Friday, November 17 Take 2 Artworks attended the 2017 Averill Park Education Foundation Gala held at the Old Daley on Crooked Lake.  So happy to donate design services for this special event as part of their silent auction. This wonderful organization enriches and enhances the students experience by providing support to the arts, music and technology departments in the Averill Park School District.

Another successful Downsizing Seminar

Take 2 Artworks participated in another Downsizing Seminar offered by the Bethlehem Central Schools Continuing Ed program. I enjoyed presenting with Nina Sher with Hunt Real Estate, Cheryl Shaw of CS Property Improvement and Roberta Sandler from Grassroot Givers. We shared a lot of helpful information to all that attended. A special thank you go's out to Leslie Horn Trosset of Leslie Horn Marketing.


Subway Tile Trends & Tips!

Here's a quick video I created to show you several different styles and shapes of subway tile which has not only been around for years, but I predict will continue to be a trend for many years to come.

The key is understanding which subway tile best complements your existing finishes and character of your home. There are so many options which is great, but it can also be overwhelming! I help homeowners select the subway tile that works the best and I install them too.

Please call me at 518-495-4317 for a consultation.

Downsizing Workshop March 2017

Take 2 Artworks recently participated in a Downsizing Seminar offered through the Bethlehem Central Schools Continuing Ed program. Take 2 presented smart kitchen and bath updates that have a big return on investment.  Nina Sher, licensed re estate salesperson with Hunt Real Estate ERA, gave  expert advice on the best "order" in which to sell & buy and the art of pricing your home correctly in the current market. Claudia Tiberia, owner of Fresh Spaces, shared tips on de-cluttering, staging and moving organization. Roberta Sandler from Grassroot Givers, accepting household items for a great cause. This event was packed with very useful information for folks thinking about downsizing. It's never to early!