Sunday, August 23, 2015

PAINTING TWO MORE BUTTERFLIES FOR KAREN'S GARAGE/CARRIAGE HOUSE DOORS

PAINTING TWO MORE BUTTERFLIES FOR KAREN'S GARAGE/CARRIAGE HOUSE DOORS

Remember the garage door that I painted a few weeks ago?
 Karen wanted it to look like two carriage house doors that open in the middle.
Here is a link to that post:
I painted butterflies and vines on the door(s).
Karen called and wanted me to paint two more butterflies.
Next time I'm over that way, I'll paint a little more black on the caterpillar part of the butterfly.
I loved painting the butterflies.
From the street, it looks like my painted vines might be a part of the foliage in the pot by the garage door.  In the winter my vine will be the only thing green.
I love working with Karen.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PAINTING A BASEBALL WALL TIPS WITH ERIN

PAINTING A BASEBALL WALL TIPS WITH ERIN

Erin was painting a baseball wall for her son's room.  She messaged me for a couple of details and I thought this conversation might be helpful to other's, too.  
I asked and she said she didn't mind if I shared.
A link to:

hi Lynda
I was wondering if you could clarify for me if you painted the red baseball stitching on the wall before applying the glaze, or after applying the glaze? I am doing this in my son's room this week and I am not sure exactly when to put the glaze coat over the base color on the wall....
Thanks! !
Erin
Hi Erin,
     I painted everything on the wall before I glazed.  I wanted everything to look old.  The glazing aged the red stitching and everything. 
     Have fun with your project.
Lynda
Thank you for your response!!
One other question  (sorry)... what did you use for glaze? (Color, Type , etc)
I mixed my own glaze.  It might have been Pratt & Lambert, but you can get any clear glaze and add color to it.  Also, any of the paint stores have antiquing or aging glazes.  
"Lynda
Thank you for your helpful tips!  It turned out so cool!"
And, it did!!
DIDN'T SHE DO A GREAT JOB!  I BET HER SON LOVES IT, TOO.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PAINTING KIMBERLY'S KITCHEN CABINETS FROM DARKLY STAINED TO AN OFF WHITE COLOR

PAINTING KIMBERLY'S KITCHEN CABINETS FROM DARKLY STAINED T AN OFF WHITE COLOR

This was Kimberly's kitchen "before".
I thought her cabinets were beautiful, but she did NOT like them.  She said she thought the previous owner had painted them and they did not do a good job.
When I started painting them, they were sticky and I thought they might have used the wrong stain.  A penetrating stain can take forever to dry on an aleady painted surface and that's what I thought the previous owner might have done.  Also, some paint products are not compatible with each other and that could have left them sticky, too.
Kimberly thought she wanted them dark again, but a little different finish.
I showed her this picture of one of my cabinet finishes and she loved it.
Here is a link to that post:
I kept thinking it was going to be dark like her original cabinets, but that's what she wanted.
So, I got started and used an oil based primer to cover the stain.  I always tint my primers to be a better undercoat for my top coat color.  As I was painting the lighter primer, I kept thinking it looked really good with her granite, floors and stone.
When Kimberly came home, she was amazed at the lighter color and LOVED it.
She asked if I could just seal over the primer and leave the cabinets that color.  Yes, I could do that.  I painted a second coat of primer for a more solid coat and then sealed the cabinets.
The color really did look good and was such a contrast to those darker cabinets.
Here's little Paisley, again.  Her coat colors are so beautiful!
Thank you to Kimberly and your beautiful family.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

DRAWING & PAINTING FAUX BRICKS FOR A TEENAGE BOY'S ROOM

DRAWING & PAINTING FAUX BRICKS FOR A TEENAGE BOY'S ROOM

Kimberly was redecorating her teenage son's room and asked me to draw and paint bricks on the wall behind his bed.
She wanted the bricks and mortar to be in the gray and black tones.
I used a grayish white for the bricks.
And, she wanted them uneven and smudgy, so that's what I did.
This is Paisley.  Beautiful little doggie.
She is one spoiled baby.  She likes to be in her mommy's arms.
Is she snubbing me!
First, I painted the mortar color on the wall as a base coat.  Then, I started painting the individual bricks.  I swiped and smudged with my brush and let some of the base coat show through.  I was going to come back with a little brush and make the grout lines a little darker and more uneven.  Then, Kimberly decided she wanted the grout to be even darker.  So, I used a dark blackie gray and with a little brush I painted the grout lines.  Also, I lightly painted a second coat of  grayish white on the bricks. 
On the internet, she found the cutest large wire bear head.  
I think she's is going to get it to hang over her son's bed.
When I paint bricks, a harlequin pattern, stones or stripes I always draw a grid on the wall.  It's just easier for me to follow.  It takes a couple of extra hours, but I have a guide to paint by.  Every other row of bricks has to be moved over and if I didn't have the grid, I know I would have it all messed up and uneven.  I know that because the very first time I ever drew a harlequin pattern, I started getting them uneven.  That's when I knew I would always have to draw a grid first.
Kimberly told me the size she wanted the bricks to be. 
 I measured at the top of the wall and drew the lines vertically.  Then she decided how wide she wanted the bricks and  I measured and drew horizontally.  
I always use my level when I'm drawing lines.
She had a painter paint my gray base coat color on all of the other walls.  They were a beige.
Monday, I'm going back to Kimberly's to paint her kitchen cabinets.  I'm eager to see if she got that wire bear head for over the bed.  If she did, I'll show it to you.
Thank you Kimberly!!
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Here is a link to another brick wall that I painted and tutorial: