painted furniture - and so much more!

When Cathy designed the logo for renovate, she chose the words "objects. furniture. home." as the subtext. And when it comes to renovating furniture, one person immediately jumps to mind: Brigitte Howell

Brigitte with her husband, Dwight, at a Houston Astros game. 

Brigitte with her husband, Dwight, at a Houston Astros game. 

Brigitte, far right, with Cathy and client/friend Susie, hanging out at the studio. 

Brigitte, far right, with Cathy and client/friend Susie, hanging out at the studio. 

Brigitte began faux painting twenty-two years ago (at the nudging of her friend Cathy, she notes) and she paints a LOT more than furniture. In fact, the walls at the studio are the handiwork of Brigitte. She used burlap to texture the plaster for an antiqued look in our studio space. You'll have to come in and check it out yourself! 

The master at work. 

The master at work. 

Finished!

Finished!

All of the furniture featured at the studio is unique - and almost all of it is antique that has been revitalized by Brigitte. If you ask her why she enjoys faux painting furniture, she'll tell you: "I view everything as an open canvas. I'm really liking the grays right now, with brown glaze or wax on it." You can see above, she took two simple, plain dressers, and made them spectacular. First, she glazed them, and then she added the brocade stencil over each of the five drawers. Love them? They sold the first week the studio opened for business, but don't worry - we continually put more of Brigitte's work out on the studio floor. 

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This large French armoire was given a treatment called "silver linings" and is really beautiful. You can see how Brigitte removed the doors to paint all the intricate details. (It's currently available for purchase in the studio.)

Below, you can see the dining room at renovate's latest project, where Brigitte treated the walls with Venetian plaster. It's really stunning at night! And, pictured right, notice the vent hood that was custom painted by Brigitte. It's straight of a magazine, if you ask us! 

The Renovate team is lucky to have Brigitte on board, and her work continues to inspire others to renovate to their homes, their walls, their furniture. Her creative eye and incredible talent are rare finds! 

And, would you believe, creativity runs in the family - her daughter, Haley, pictured below, is finishing up her degree in architecture interior design at the University of Texas at Austin. 

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