Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PAINTING & DISTRESSING PATTI'S BEDROOM FURNITURE CREAMY WHITE & GRAYS

PAINTING & DISTRESSING PATTI'S BEDROOM FURNITURE CREAMY WHITE & GRAYS

Patti is doing some major redecorating.
Several years ago, when she was designing and building this home, I spent lots of time doing special paint projects for her.  That wall behind her headboard was one of the projects.  Back then, she wanted her new home and decor to be a darker Tuscan style.
It was (still is) sooo beautiful!
 I didn't paint this black distressed finish on this bed.  I do love the finish!!
The insets on the headboard and footboard are brown leather.
I almost forgot to take a picture of "before".
Look at that black and beige carpet!!
This is her cabinet "before" I painted it.
It was really nice, too.
Now, years later, she is wanting everything to be lighter.  For her bedroom furniture she chose a creamy white, light gray white and a medium gray.
She showed me a sample of the finish she wanted and here it is.  
The leather, I primed with an oil based primer and painted the soft gray color.
Then, I sanded the seams and distressed a little in the middle.
There are upholstery tacks holding the leather.
Patti asked me to paint those metallic silver.
In this picture, the silver doesn't shine.  But, in person it does reflect the light and is shiny.  
The metallic silver looks really nice with the colors she chose.
(The picture above is more true to the colors I painted.  In the other pictures, 
  my camera made the creamy white look more creamy than it really is.)
Aren't those bedside chandeliers amazing!!
Patti sent this picture to me.  That is sweet Stella.  She looks so pretty snoozing on the new bed.
It's a king size bed.  Her camera angle makes it look like a twin.
Here is the cabinet painted with the new colors to match the bed.
(Creamy white NOT this yellow)
I used a gel stain to paint the inside of the top and bottom and the shelves.
Also, I used the gel stain to paint the cabinet top.
It was a very large cabinet and LOTS of distressing.
This was Patti's husband's grandmother's dresser.  It goes in the bedroom, too. 
Patti wanted me to paint it the same way I painted the darker areas of the cabinet.
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I have worked with Patti for many years and I always enjoy working with her.  
She has such great taste!
As she is redecorating, I'll keep sharing pictures with you.
Thank you, Patti!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MY NEW "HOW TO" EBOOK~PAINTING FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER"

MY NEW "HOW TO" EBOOK~PAINTING FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER"

Finally, I have finished my second eBook.  In this one, I have shared my technique for painting faux "antique copper" on kitchen vent-a-hoods.  Actually, you can use this technique to paint just about anything that you want to look like "antique copper"
Here is a link to my newest instructional eBook:
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While you're visiting my blog, here is a link to my first eBook about using gel stains:
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~THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISITS~

Monday, October 12, 2015

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

The holidays are right around the corner and I bet you're planning your decorations.
A very inexpensive and fun way to decorate is with canvas drop cloths.
These are the halloween drop cloths that I painted for a client.
You can paint these, too.
They were fun to paint!
I used craft paints.
  For all of the large metallic swipes that you see, I used a very wide brush.
Your kids would have so much fun painting these.
Witches, black cats, spiders, ghosts, etc. are all very easy to paint.
Just spread out the drop cloths on your driveway and let'em go at it!!
Have fun!
(this is a repost from last year with good information about painting fun stuff on canvas drop cloths)
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Here is a link to my tutorial about painting on canvas cloths:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ANITA WANTED A BLUE FRONT DOOR ~ PAINTING ANITA'S FRONT DOOR

ANITA WANTED A BLUE FRONT DOOR ~ PAINTING ANITA'S FRONT DOOR

This is Anita's beautiful home.
The white trim and stained door look very nice.  But, she really wanted a new look and asked me to help her make her front door look more inviting.
She really, really wanted her front door to be blue. 
 Not light blue or dark blue, just a medium happy blue.  So, she and I picked out a blue paint color and I suggested she paint her flower pots blue and plant blue plumbago to enhance the blue on her new door.
This is her new front porch.  She sent this picture to me after she planted the blue plumbago in her blue pots.  It looks so pretty and inviting and she's very happy with her new entry.
I suggested that we paint the frame around her door alllllll the way up, including the arch.
I'm used to climbing on my two story extension ladder and that's just routine to me.  What is a bit harrowing is moving that ladder around all of that glass.
I picked a color that was in the same tones as all of the other light trim on her home, but a couple of shades darker so it would be noticeably different.  
Her front porch looks so pretty, now.
A few years ago, I painted these stripes, this red ribbon and bouquets of flowers all around her guest bedroom.  It was nice to see it, again.  Not painted over, yet.
While I was there, she added a lot of fall decor.  Her decorated chandeliers look so beautiful!!
One day Anita came home and that big rooster was in her yard.  A friend had surprised her and put it there as a tease, but she liked it and it's still there.  It's really cute and colorful.
And, it looks good with her new front door.
Thank you, Anita!