Sunday, April 22, 2018

PAINTING WHITE MIRROR FRAMES TO A METALLIC PEWTER & BEIGE FAUX FINISH

PAINTING WHITE MIRROR FRAMES TO A METALLIC PEWTER & BEIGE FAUX FINISH

My client asked me to paint her mirrors to a metallic pewter faux finish.
I painted a dark gray undercoat.
Painted on and ragged/blotted off a light beige color.
Used a metallic gold for the beading and small trim around the edges.
Painted on and ragged off the metallic pewter.
Then sealed it with a clear sealer.
Getting started.
They sent this picture to show me how everything looks, newly decorated.
They're very happy with the new mirror finish.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PAINTING A KITCHEN VENT HOOD TO A BLACK & METALLIC GOLD FAUX FINISH

PAINTING A KITCHEN VENT HOOD TO A BLACK & METALLIC GOLD FAUX FINISH

This is the kitchen vent hood I painted for the client in the previous post.
It was custom built to fit between two cabinets over the stove.
The decorator wanted me to paint it black and metallic gold for the new kitchen.
I painted black, then brushed on the gold.  Remember, metallic paints "reflect".  
If there is not a light source it won't shine/reflect.  
There are lots of windows and lots of light in this kitchen.
They brought the vent hood to my home for me to paint.  I suggested adding large upholstery tacks on the outer edges and across the front.  It would have looked really nice, but the client didn't want them.  If you build yourself a vent hood, consider the upholstery tacks. 
You can paint them or leave them the original color which is, usually, brass or bronze.
The carpenter put the vent hood in place to see that it fit properly, then brought it to me.
I painted that gray cabinet in the dining area to an aged and distressed finish.
Ready to go it's new home.  
New paint, especially layers of paint for a faux finish
 stay soft for a while.  So, we, carefully, brought it out of the house to be picked up.
Notice that black strip at the top.  The plan was to bring the stained brown kitchen crown molding around the top of the vent hood.  I think it would look much better to take the black and gold finish all the way to the ceiling.  But, I'm wasn't the boss of that :)
I'm not sure I'll ever go back to this house and get to see how it looks with all of the new decor. 
 But, I did enjoy painting and working on it.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

PAINTING A GRAY DISTRESSED & GLAZED TECHNIQUE ON A CABINET & MAJOR HOME RENOVATION

PAINTING A GRAY DISTRESSED & GLAZED TECHNIQUE ON A CABINET & MAJOR HOME RENOVATION

When I was working on this job I got permission to take extra pictures of
the major renovations.  I wanted to share them with you.
This cabinet in the breakfast room was beige.
The decorator asked me to paint it to a dark gray and distressed finish.
This is the sample she and the client approved.
The paint color is BM 1551 La Paloma gray.
I distressed and glazed over that color.
This is the color before I glazed it with a very dark brown color.
I first painted a wood color that would show through the distressing technique.
This is the fabulous view I had while I was working.  It's out in the hill country.
They're building a swimming pool out behind the deck.
This is what I wanted to show you.  That opening in the back of the picture was smaller like a double door size.  They opened it almost the length of the room.  Those kitchen cabinets you see in the back of the picture are new.  There was a doorway there to go into the dining room.  
Since they didn't need a dining room, that is going to be an office.
This huge opening between the kitchen and family room was a small double door opening.
 They opened it all the way across from wall to wall.  It is really, really nice, now.
They built a much larger kitchen island.
They added the beams.
There used to be big cabinets on either side of the fireplace.  
They removed them and added the shelves. 
 I'm sure it looks much better and more open, now.
While the carpenters were there, the client had them build this bed for their dog.
Can you imagine that small opening, before, between these two rooms.
The vent hood in the background is newly built.
They're going to bring it to my house so I can paint it black and aged metallic gold.
I think there was a cabinet above a smaller vent hood, before.
This new one is really nice all the way to the ceiling.
I love the flooring.  It's not wood.  
It's tile that looks like wood in different shades of grays and browns.
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I LOVE THAT I GET TO WORK IN SUCH BEAUTIFUL HOMES.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

BEAUTIFUL WARM GRAY PAINT COLOR ~ BENJAMIN MOORE 1551 LAPALOMA GRAY

BEAUTIFUL WARM GRAY PAINT COLOR ~ BENJAMIN MOORE 1551 LAPALOMA GRAY

If you're looking for a beautiful warm gray paint color, I just finished painting a teenage boy's bedroom with Benjamin Moore 1551 LaPaloma Gray.  Painted walls and trim 1551 and ceiling was 1/2 formula of 1551.  Kind of a browny gray.  Looks really good.  
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Friday, January 19, 2018

"PAINTING GIRLS" ARTWORK BY LYNDA B.

"PAINTING GIRLS" ARTWORK BY LYNDA B.

I'm learning to paint girls and this is my first one.
It's hard, but I'm having fun.
This is my second one.
I'm going to keep painting and hope to get better and better.
Number One again.
Some day I will put these in my Etsy shop.
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