Wednesday, August 16, 2017

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

I'm building a new blog.
On my decorative artisan blog my tutorials get lost in all of the other posts.
So, this new blog will be a HOW-TO DIY blog.
I will continue to post on my Decorative Artisan blog, too.
It will take me a while to search all of my tutorials and move them to this DIY blog.
Here it is for now:
Still building.
Thank you for your visits!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

Recently, I came across this picture of mantel assembly pieces.
I'm sharing it with you to show how easy it would be to build your own mantel.  
Or, add colums and decorative pieces to your existing mantel. 
If you think you can't do it, a carpenter will know what to do.
You design and pick out the pieces and ask the carpenter to help you. 
Image result for mantels
Sometimes I will see a carpenter working on an existing mantel. 
 At first it doesn't look so good with all of the unfinished pieces being added.
But, once everything gets painted or stained the same color it looks great.
Google fireplace mantels to get ideas for your own creation. 
 I saw several that were $3,000 , $4,000. and even more expensive to purchase. 
Pinterest is another place to find good ideas.
 You can find trim pieces at home improvement stores and online. 
 Try to picture them after everything has been painted.
This is a mantel I painted.  It doesn't have a lot of trim pieces, but beautiful.
Another one I painted.  I love all of the round and curved trim pieces.
They're mostly individual pieces nailed, glued or screwed together.
Another huge mantel that I painted.  It was so tall I had to reach up to work on it.
Thses mantels were all assembled with lots of parts and pieces like the first picture above.
You can do it, too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PAINTING A VINTAGE MANTEL TO A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH & TUTORIAL

PAINTING A VINTAGE MANTEL TO A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH & TUTORIAL

Recently, I found this vintage mantel.  It was from the 1960's and still in good shape. 
It was stained brown, only a few scratches and perfect for a new paint finish.
I always start with an oil based bonding primer.
I painted a brown undercoat so when I distressed the black it would look like wood.
Painted a coat of black paint.
Then, two coats of a low sheen sealer.
This could be a fireplace mantel,
 a nice headboard or
 a fancy shelf.
(this picture is before I sealed it with the clear coat low sheen) 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PAINTING AN ANTIQUE PIANO FOR JESSIE & SAM ~ TUTORIAL

PAINTING AN ANTIQUE PIANO FOR JESSIE & SAM ~ TUTORIAL

Sam was searching for a piano to surprise Jessie on her birthday.
He found this beautiful antique piano.  The owner told him it would be $2,000.  So, Sam kept looking for that special gift for Jessie.  After a while the owner couldn't sell it, so they called Sam and told him if he would come get it there would be no charge!
 Oh my goodness!!  No charge!!
This is wonderful, playful Henry.  Such a good doggie.
Jessie wanted to paint the piano white, so she called me.
Look at the beautiful carved panels.
 I don't know the date when the piano was built, but it was before the 1920's.  
Sam showed me inside the piano where a piano tuner had written a date in the 20's.
Jessie wanted to leave a bit of the original finish, so that is the brown above.
Good idea and a nice contrast.
The white painted piano is on the wall to the right of this picture.
The colors are wonderful together.  Last year I painted the navy cabinet and Jessie put beautiful white antique family dishes inside the glass doors.  She's a good decorator.
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I painted an oil based bonding primer and two coats of oil based paint.
The carved panel is removable, so Sam took if off of the piano for me to paint.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

HAND PAINTED BUNNY MURAL ~ LITTLE GIRL'S ROOM

HAND PAINTED BUNNY MURAL ~ LITTLE GIRL'S ROOM

Bunny Mural I painted in a little girl's room.
I painted colors to match the room decor.
I love bunnies!
Bunny hiding in a flower pot.
See the hummingbird?  I painted green sparkles all over him.
Butterflies are fun!
Hippity Hoppity Happy Bunny

Thursday, June 29, 2017

PAINTING GRAY GLAZED & BROWN GLAZED CABINETS IN A GARDEN HOME ~ TOUCHING UP FIREPLACE SOOT DAMAGE WITH PAINT

PAINTING GRAY GLAZED & BROWN GLAZED CABINETS IN A GARDEN HOME ~ TOUCHING UP FIREPLACE SOOT DAMAGE WITH PAINT

My client wanted to paint and update the kitchen in his new garden home.
Actually, he was changing out everything... floors, tile, granite and paint in the whole house.
The cabinets in the baths had to be replaced, too.  A carpenter built them.
My client and his decorator decided to go with gray on these cabinets.
I made samples in glazed gray, glazed brown and white with gray glaze.
They chose the sample above for the kitchen and brown glazed for the bath cabinets.
This is how they look "after".
Can you believe the transformation!!
This color is dark gray with a blacky gray glaze.
It looks sooo nice, especially with the stainless steel and silver hardware.
The decorator chose the granite and back splash to go with the sample.
The walls are a beautiful gray beige.
The woodwork/trim was painted a darker gray beige.
This is the sample they chose for both baths.
Once again, the silver frame on the mirror and silver hardware look great!
(on the very left is a door frame with the darker gray beige trim paint)
A better look at the granite, back splash and silver hardware.
This is the master bath.  Not a good picture, I know!
 But, I wanted you to see the cabinets, mirrors, granite, back splash and hardware again.
Because a decorator chose all of the colors, hardware, flooring and light fixtures,
I thought it might give you some good ideas, too.
(ran out of screws.  two more handles will be added to the drawers)
The brick on the fireplace was stained with black soot about a foot above and out to the sides.
I told the decorator I could paint over it and match the bricks.  And, I did!
I brought several colors of craft paint.  Colors that were in the bricks.  It took me a little while, but I kept working with the craft paint until I finally had everything matched.
Many of the fireplaces I see have soot damage.  You can do this, too.
Feel free to message me if you have questions.
This garden home was built in the 60's.  All of the changes turned out beautifully.
The silver  light fixtures and stainless steel appliances look so good with this finish.
Glad I got to be a part of it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SELL YOUR HOME FAST ~ PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR

SELL YOUR HOME FAST ~ PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR

Today I received this text from my client Lori:
"Lynda, look how beautiful you've made the house and it sold the first day is was on the market!" 
Wow!  The first day!!  Painting cabinets really does make a difference.  The past few years, I've painted nearly all of the cabinets in Lori's large home.
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Below is my post from March, 2014.
PAINTING A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH ON LORI'S NEW WET BAR
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Lori wanted to change her wet bar area.
  She had a new cabinet built and had beadboard installed on the wall under the bar.  Also, she added new tile on the back splash.  She showed me a picture of the special finish she wanted on the new and old cabinets.  The original cabinets were the pickled/white washed finish.
She wanted black distressed.
(She's having walls and ceilings painted and she said the other painter could touch up my messy lines.)
This wet bar is kind of in the middle of her living area and the new wood that she added and the black distressed finish look just wonderful!!  
Black is such a good "accent" color and for this wet bar, such a great choice. 
Remember Panda Lu?
  When she was tiny, Lori taught her to ring that bell when she needed to go out and it's the cutest thing!  She will keep touching and ringing the bell until someone notices and lets her out.  Her sister, Buffy, is a senior doggie and doesn't think much of ringing the bell.  But, when Buffy is standing at the door to go out, Panda Lu will ring it for her.  I was working right there by the door and it tickled me to watch Panda Lu managing all the "going out" time.
Selfie of my leg :)  
I always sit on the floor to paint the baseboards and bottom of whatever I'm painting and since the floor is cold in winter, I wear long socks and they're so warm.  I have colorful socks to match all of my paint clothes.
 I'm really colorful, but I'm good with that!!
I just love the black contrast with her lighter floors and walls.
Lori planned, very carefully, the design of her new wet bar.
So glad I got to paint it for her and she's very, very happy.
 This sweet message was in an email she sent to me.

                                           Thank you Lynda, and Brian is home now and loves all your work.
                 Thank you again, you’re the BEST!! Your talent is a true treasure and I couldn’t ‘create’ without you!!
                                                                                                 Lori
 That makes me feel really good!
 Thank you, Lori!! 
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A link to Lori's upstairs bath cabinets that I painted:
PAINTING LORI'S GUEST BATH CABINETS TO AN AGED GRAY BROWN FINISH