Chatham has been decorative painting for 11 years. At right, she is shown with painted oak wood-grained doors at the home of Julie and John McLeod.
She also is an expert in chicken-feather painting to create the very popular St. Ann's green marble look shown below on one of three "marbled" mantels at the Spalding historic home in Athens. The mantels were constructed in the 19th century with mis-matched slate, intended to be faux-painted.
In the photo at the bottom, she's shown with painted tortoise-shell panels, which are hung like wallpaper. The panels could also be used above wainscoating or on a ceiling.
Your home can be made more interesting with some textured walls, which add depth and character to any room. Chatham is shown below with a once-stark, now handpainted desk. The same starburst pattern is used on the painted screen to the left. The possibilities are endless in making a plain, functional piece of furniture or a drab room into a focal point.
You can see that almost any surface can be painted with Chatham's special glazing techniques. Contact her for a portfolio viewing.
Chatham is shown here with doors of the restored home of Civil War General T.R.R. Cobb. The door in the foreground is under-painted with glazes that will show through the dark brown graining color, which, even though dark, is also translucent. The result is a colorful, vibrant grain. Scroll down this page to see more examples of Chatham's decorative painting.
The original Cobb house was built in 1830 but restored in 1850 when the Cobbs lived in it and added showy octagon additions on each side. There is a portrait of Cobb's daughter with this pink house in the background located at Lucy Cobb Institute on Milledge Avenue in Athens.
The home was originally built on property now owned by St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Ironically, T.R.R. Cobb's brother, Howell Cobb, lived almost across the street from where this house was moved in 2003. The T.R.R. Cobb House is a gift to the city of Athens from the Watson-Brown Foundation and is to be used as a Civil War museum, showing how Athens was involved in the war. It is open to the public.
A similar starburst pattern on a painted screen.
The faux St. Ann's green marble mantel above and to the right.
A desk Chatham restored by decorative painting.