Sunday, April 26, 2015

HAND PAINTING TOY SOLDIERS ON A LITTLE BOY'S FURNITURE

HAND PAINTING TOY SOLDIERS ON A LITTLE BOY'S FURNITURE

My client had an old chest of drawers and asked me if I could paint it for her little boy's room.
She said he loved toy soldiers.
She was decorating his room with red white and blue, so those are the colors I used for the artwork.
The toy soldiers are guarding the castle.
Her little boy was very happy with his toy soldiers and I had fun painting the furniture for him.
The chest of drawers "before".

Friday, April 17, 2015

PAINTING A GLAZED DARK SPECIAL FINISH ON KATHRYN & SEAN'S KITCHEN CABINETS & STAIR RAILINGS & LINK TO PAINT COLORS & TECHNIQUE EBOOK

 PAINTING A GLAZED DARK SPECIAL FINISH ON KATHRYN & SEAN'S KITCHEN CABINETS & STAIR RAILINGS & LINK TO PAINT COLORS & TECHNIQUE EBOOK

  Kathryn and Sean asked me to paint their kitchen cabinets and stair railings.
Both were that pickled/white washed oak.  
I showed them some samples and this finish is the one they chose for the kitchen cabinets.
It's several layers of paint and sealer.
This finish looked really good with their granite and backsplash tiles.
Their floors were stained concrete and the cabinet finish looked great with the flooring, too.
My hands get a little messy with these special finishes.  But, they clean up just fine.
They were very happy with the way the kitchen turned out.
Then, I showed them a couple of samples for the stair railings.  They chose the one on the left.
Sean had stained his front door a really dark color and they wanted the railings to be dark, too.
The dark railings look so nice, now.
Doesn't that look nice!
The before pictures are below and the paint made such a difference.
Their friend stained their concrete floors and put this design in the entry.  I think it's really beautiful.
It's Fiesta time in San Antonio and you can see Kathryn's Fiesta wreath on the front door with lots of brightly colored ribbons.
Fiesta is a really big thing here.  It's fun! fun! fun! for several days.
  Yesterday, I saw a lady with each one of her fingernails painted a different color. 
FIESTA!!
Stail railing "before".
Kitchen cabinets "before".
It was so easy working there.  They gave me a key and every day I just came right in and started working...no interference and nice and quiet.  I always listen to my little radio.  I love "talk" radio.
Thank you Kathryn and Sean!   
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Here is a link to my new instructional eBook with paint colors and technique to achieve this finish.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HOME WHERE I'VE BEEN PAINTING SPECIAL DISTRESSED FINISHES ON ALL OF THE CABINETS

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HOME WHERE I'VE BEEN PAINTING SPECIAL DISTRESSED FINISHES ON ALL OF THE CABINETS

Finally, I have organized enough pictures that I can show you the wonderful house where I've been working.
From the open kitchen, you look into this huge room   I'm not sure if they call it a living room or a great room.  Up on the right, is the open hallway leading to bedrooms.  I'm pretty sure the railings will be wrought iron.  It's open on both sides and it was open (no railing) while I was going back and forth working on the bath cabinets in each bedroom.  It was a little scary walking on that narrow, open breezeway.
This is the other end of the great room.  The open kitchen.
I love the way they made the cabinets different heights.  
Looking from the kitchen, this is the dining room.  And, that is the ceiling medallion that I painted and shared with you, earlier.
The kitchen with the brown primer.
I painted a white distressed finish over this color.
I believe they left the ceiling the natural wood color.  Not sure if they even sealed it.
This flooring is "to die for"!!
It has gray brown tones and each board is 9" wide.  It truly looks like old barn wood.
Doors.
Alex
This house is around 6,000 sq. ft. of beautiful.
Those garage doors are stained wood.
Several times, I tried to get good pictures of the copper on top of the house.
Real copper is covering the top of the chimney stack at the very top of the house.
And, there are two of those little dormer windows on either side of the very high entry.  There is a 4" or 6" strip of copper around the top of the little dormers.  The copper will patina with age.
Next post, I'll show you more of the cabinets I painted.
Isn't this a beautiful home!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MY NEW VISE-GRIPS ~ MY NEWEST FAVORITE TOOL

MY NEW VISE-GRIPS ~ MY NEWEST FAVORITE TOOL

I was mowing my yard and the muffler on my lawn mower started smoking.  It was really rusty.  I tried to remove the muffler so I could take it to Lowe's by my house and get the exact same one.
I tried and tried to take that rusty muffler off and it wouldn't budge.
At Lowe's I found the replacement muffler and asked the guys how I could remove the old rusty one. 
They said I needed vise-grips.  
Some of them had a smaller width opening and this one is really large so it could fit my muffler.  It can also be adjusted to fit something smaller.  They were under 20.00.
I came home and used those vise-grips and could not believe how easy it was.  You punch that round silver button to adjust the size and then just turn whatever you're trying to loosen.  
I think this will be one of my favorite tools.  I bet I can even open jars with them.
Maybe you already knew about vise grips.  
But, I wanted to share this great find with you, just in case.