Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PAINTING A FARMHOUSE ~ BARNWOOD FAUX FINISH ON A TABLE FOR PATTI & TUTORIAL

PAINTING A FARMHOUSE ~ BARNWOOD FAUX FINISH ON A TABLE FOR PATTI & TUTORIAL

Patti has been my client for many years.
  I'm so glad she calls me when she's working on a new project.  
I really love her style and really enjoy working with her.
Recently, she wanted me to paint a faux barnwood finish on a table for her daughter's new home. 
This is a picture of the table "after" I painted it.
I always use brown and gray colors to get this look.
It's not hard to paint a "barnwood" look.  
The table and legs were a white washed light oak finish.  For the base of the table, I used a white oil based satin paint.  I painted small sections at a time and immediately rubbed the paint off of the areas where I wanted to expose the old finish.  I used soft rags for wiping the paint.  I didn't seal the oil paint.  I left the shiny satin finish, hoping to contrast with the duller barn wood look.
To start, I painted a wood colored paint as my base coat.  Next, I brushed on a medium gray color.  With a rag, I gently rubbed off the gray in linear strokes.  Always brush the direction of the wood grain.  In this picture it is painted and you can't see the wood grain, but you can imagine how the wood grain would go.  The brush strokes should be almost dry brushed because you want to see the base coat of tan through the gray.  Try to make long strokes, but it's ok to have shorter strokes, too.  That's the way natural wood looks.  On top of the gray, I painted a dark brown.  I painted the brown in long and short strokes.  As I was brushing it out, I left some of the strokes a little heavier with paint and some a little more brushed out.  I did this so the brush strokes would simulate wood grain.  
This is the "before" white washed finish on the table.
Patti actually fed her children on this table when they were small. 
So sweet that her daughter has it now and will be feeding her children at this same table.
Many times clients have asked me to paint furniture they've kept in storage for years.  Painting and making it new again is perfect for the kids that slept on it, played on it, shared a meal with family, etc.  Many times older furniture has really good lines and painting makes it beautiful and new again.
Today, Patti was doggie sitting.
  Gracie and Stella are her dogs.  In the picture, you see Buddy, Sadie, Stella and Sara. 
 I love these doggies. 
 When I told Patti I wanted to take a picture of them, she said the only way I could get them all was to put them outside and they would, for sure, be looking in the house. 
 All but Gracie.
Gracie wanted to stay inside.  I love Gracie.  I've known her since she was a puppy.
She's an older lady, now.
This is Sara.  
I wanted to take this picture because she looked so pretty with these colors around her.
This is Buddy.  Still a puppy and so much fun.
Patti, thank you for a fun project, again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SUMMER BLOGGING ~ I WILL BE BACK SOON

SUMMER BLOGGING ~ I WILL BE BACK SOON

 I really miss working on my blog and I will be back soon.
 It's been a very, very busy summer with my work and I've taken lots of pictures.

Almost three weeks ago a mommy raccoon and her three big babies kept hanging out in my yard.  Maybe the mom thought her babies would be safe here.  I  could tell they were playing in my yard at night.  Two nights in a row they knocked my birdbath off of the pedestal.  Knowing better, I lifted that heavy concrete birdbath and put it back on the pedestal.
 I pulled a muscle, twisted or did something to my back.
I've continued to work, but I'm uncomfortable sitting at my computer for very long.
Slowly, my back is feeling better.
I will be back soon and share lots of pictures with you.

Friday, June 10, 2016

VICTORIA WOODHULL ~ THE FIRST FEMALE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

VICTORIA WOODHULL ~ THE FIRST FEMALE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin
 (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) 
was an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement.
In 1872, Woodhull was THE FIRST FEMALE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. An activist for women's rights and labor reforms, Woodhull was also an advocate of free love, by which she meant the freedom to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Woodhull

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SIGNS OF AN ORPHANED FAWN ~ TIPS OF EARS ARE CURLED

SIGNS OF AN ORPHANED FAWN ~ TIPS OF EARS ARE CURLED

Wild Heart Ranch The ears stand back up after a few days of eating. So far after at least 10 years of using this sign with callers that if ears are straight, watch from a distance for mom and let us know, 100% of the fawns with straight ears who were NOT suffering from another issue, (dogs, flood, dead mom) were claimed by mom. They DO dehydrate before the ears curl, but this is a sure way to tell from a distance you have an orphan or if ears are straight, lets give mom a chance without spooking the fawn off its spot, potentially sending it into danger or getting it lost. I trust it and I would never deny an orphan, but nothing is a bigger fail to me than taking a baby from a healthy mom.
"Ears are straight, fawn is great. Ears are curled, fawn alone in the world." Look at the ears before picking up a fawn. It takes a few days of not eating for the ears to curl. Here's a photo of both scenarios."

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BEAUTIFUL MANSION WHERE I'M WORKING ~ PAINTING CABINETS

BEAUTIFUL MANSION WHERE I'M WORKING ~ PAINTING CABINETS

This fabulous home is where I'm working right now. 
I know I promised more pictures of Patti's beautiful new home and I will do that soon.
I started this job several weeks ago.  I am painting LOTS of cabinets.  I was supposed to glaze all the cabinets in the house, but the owner decided she wanted them to be a creamy white.  I agree with her.  The decorators are painting walls and ceilings a beautiful taupe and woodwork and trim are a gray white.  My cabinet color is more a creamy white.  The decorators said they wanted the cabinets to be a little different color from all of the other trim.  
These very beautiful, elegant stair railings have been painted a medium brown.  
This crystal chandelier is right by the front door and lots of windows, high and low.
It sparkles all the time.
The floors in this grand entry are marble.  They're covered with heavy paper to protect them from paint overspray and equipment being brought in and out of the front door.
The marble is in the entry and all of the other floors in huge great room, dining room, living room, hallway, powder room and office will be a darkly stained wood, wide planks. 
 Those floors had a thick carpet before.
The kitchen has marble floors, too.
So, I'm telling you why I haven't been posting lately.  When I'm finished painting for the day, I'm tired and always have something on my list that needs to be done.  I don't work long days, but it's all very physical and I do get tired.  This job will take a few more weeks.  The owner said she doesn't mind me sharing pictures with you.  So, I will do that, but it might be a while.
Just wanted you to know I'm still around and will post when I can.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO MOTHER EARTH

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO MOTHER EARTH

"Happy Mother's Day. 
Let us not forget our " Mother Earth", who
 shows up everyday to greet us with open arms and a smile.
 Yes, sometimes, she can have a bitter temper, but mostly she is beautiful. 
"Thank you"!❤️
(MAGNOLIA PEARL)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

ELEPHANT TUSKS & RHINO HORN "SHOW THEM RESPECT" (THE JUNGLE BOOK VIDEO)

ELEPHANT TUSKS & RHINO HORN "SHOW THEM RESPECT" (THE JUNGLE BOOK VIDEO)

BOW TO THE PACHYDERMS
"BOW YOUR HEAD. SHOW THEM RESPECT"
~
"Fiction, of course, but still beautiful and appropriate on 
THE DAY NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA, BRAVELY BURNED 
$172 MILLION WORTH OF ILLICIT ELEPHANT TUSKS & RHINO HORN.
~
I truly hope it makes a difference! :(
(For a larger view, click on Youtube in the lower right corner.)