Sunday, January 22, 2012

Can you fix this?




It's just paint! 
That's what I always say.
If you don't like it....it can be fixed.... or painted over.

Ms. M is a dynamic, professional woman.  
But hidden beneath her corporate image
is a creative spirit that begs to be expressed.
It was that force
which led her to faux finish
the dressing area in her master bath one night.

The call came the next day. 
She wasn't particularly happy with the result.  
Could I stop by and take a look? 

Actually, she did a great job
 for a first attempt at glazing a room. 
 She admitted that it was more difficult than it looked.  
 Some areas were darker than others,
the corners and edges were heavy
and the color wasn't quite right.  

And while she was willing to repaint the room
and have me start over,
I suggested adding a second layer of color.

A new layer of color - this one dark mahogany -
 would blend into wall
and make it look a bit like distressed leather. 

Here we go. 
Let's see if it works.
Remember, it's only paint. 

This is Ms. M's room

I'm adding a second layer of dark mahogany,




using a brush to apply the glaze. 
And a rag to blend and take it off.




Novices will use a rag to apply the glaze
and try to push it into the corner with their fingers.
It doesn't work well.


You can see how the second layer
is beginning to tone down the color
and even it out...


for a very pretty result.



With Ms. M's beginning and my finishing,
her dressing room now looks the way she'd like it to.

Don't be afraid to play with paint.
You'll surprise yourself!

Enjoy!


8 comments:

  1. That is a great tip and the added color gave the color more depth.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Traci

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  2. I always love when people try a finish themselves! They are surprised at how it turns out, and they always appreciate our art form a wee bit more!

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  3. I can understand why she tried to do it herself, you always make things look effortless.
    Then when you try it yourself you suddenly realize how difficult it is. As always your project. Is beautiful!

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  4. I can understand why she tried to do it herself, you always make things look effortless.
    Then when you try it yourself you suddenly realize how difficult it is. As always your project. Is beautiful!

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  5. I can understand why she tried to do it herself, you always make things look effortless.
    Then when you try it yourself you suddenly realize how difficult it is. As always your project. Is beautiful!

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  6. I can understand why she tried to do it herself, you always make things look effortless.
    Then when you try it yourself you suddenly realize how difficult it is. As always your project. Is beautiful!

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  7. Much better! Looks almost tortoiseshell, very elegant.

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  8. Just lovely! You are one talented lady! Hope you're having a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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