Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chippy Old Paint



Do you lust after vintage architectural elements?
You'll find them at flea markets and salvage shops, 
but they cost $$$$$!!

Like this one I came across recently in an Ohio shop,
that was my inspiration for a client's project.



 Not able to find the authentic  "right piece" for her home, 
my client decided to buy a new piece of gingerbread trim,
and asked me to paint it "OLD" for her.

This beauty is from Wholesale Millwork.



Out came the  brushes, blades, sandpaper and paints
and we ended up with this!


It's chippy with just the right amount of "OLD."
Honestly, if I had a place to enjoy it in my home,
it would never leave me!



Surprisingly, this didn't take long to do.
The layers are slip-slapped on randomly
in any way that pleases your eye.
It probably took longer to dry, than it did to paint it!

If you'd like to try this, 
here's what you need to make this chippy paint effect:
  • joint compound (Home Depot)
  • sanded grout (Home Depot)
  • 3- coordinating paint colors
  • Crackle Medium (Sherwin Williams)
  • clear polyurethane, spray can or quart (Minwax Polycrylic)
  • Glazing Medium (Sherwin Williams)
  • dark brown craft paint 
  • rag, brush, flat edged drywall knife or trowel


1. Tickle on some PAINT.  
Leave some background showing.
    This is the accent color that will peek through. 
      (I used Benjamin Moore Wyeth Blue,  HC143)



2. Mix paint into PLASTER.  
     (I used a pre-mixed plaster from DuRock with grit,
      but you don't need this product for success)
    Instead,
   Toss some sanded tile grout into drywall compound
   add paint and mix.
     (I used Sherwin Williams Spaulding Gray #6074)

   OR.... Opt for no texture.  Keep it smooth.




3. Slip-slapTINTED PLASTER onto the wood. 
    Smooth it out in some places, leave it rough in others.

    I went back an added 
a deeper blue-green over the taupe plaster.      
(I used SW 6428, Watery)
    This is the UGLY STAGE!  
But be patient, it gets better!


    Let everything dry.



4.  Apply CRACKLE MEDIUM 
Again,be patient;wait for it to set up.

5.  With a roller, apply the FINAL COAT OF PAINT.
  Don't fuss about coverage. 
 You want this to look OLD and JUNKY!
    As the paint dries, CRACKS appear. 
It's magic!


6.   BLOT some of the cracked areas before they dry.     
   You'll see more of the colors underneath.
   Let dry.


7.   SEAL with Polyurethane.

8.   GLAZE on top if you'd like.
 Make an antique glaze 
by mixing Glazing Medium with dark brown paint



TA-DA!
And then it was time to hang it on the wall.




 Enjoy!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knotty Pine to White Kitchen


There's too much orange here!
My client was updating her 1970's kitchen 
by painting the cabinets white and adding a stylish backsplash.  
She asked me to help with choosing a color for her cabinets as well as her walls.
             
It's not enough simply to choose a color for my clients, 
I want them to understand why the color was selected,
so I keep large samples of various whites for my clients to compare.
We spend time studying the various undertones of each color,
until the right one is found.

It was apparent that some whites were too yellow, others a bit to greenish,

while others were too stark in her room. 

And that's the key phrase --'in her room."

The same white color that you love in your friends home, will look different in yours.
The color you choose will be effected by the natural light in your room,
and it will depend on the hard surfaces like flooring and countertops that will remain in the room.

 We settled on Sherwin Williams AESTHETIC WHITE #7035 

because it's a cool, off-white with subtle grey-green undertones.
It's a good choice for this room because of the green/black granite countertops
and the new glass and metal backsplash.


Benjamin Moore's REVERE PEWTER (HC #172) 
was the perfect choice for the kitchen walls.
Because the hallways and family room open into the kitchen, 
I recommended these areas be painted with Revere Pewter, too.

Often I'm just one small part of a larger project and I don't have the chance to see how things turn out.
That's what happened here.  
How I wish I could see the finished rooms because this transformation was huge!

The freshly painted cabinets would be fitted with new hardware, 
but the screws were too long and fit poorly.
They needed to be trimmed.

If you've had the same problem, read on, for how to fix it.
____________________________________________________________

HOW TO CUT AND RE-THREAD HARDWARE SCREWS
  1.  You will need:  pliers, a nut to fit the screw, a screwdriver and small crescent-wrench
2.  Attach the nut onto the screw to the depth of what needs to be taken off.

3.  Place the edge of the pliers against the nut and crunch off the excess.
4.  Wind off the nut.  Use the screwdriver for leverage 
and grasp the nut with the wrench.
5. Rotate it back and forth until the nut moves freely.  
(it will be difficult at first)
       This re-aligns the threads of the screw.
 
 6. And it's ready to be used!


Enjoy! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Color Test



Jackson Pollock -
1941
I'm working on kitchen cabinets this week
and there aren't any finished photos yet,
so let's have a little fun.
If you love color as much as I do,
you'll enjoy challenging yourself
with this Color Test.
Each of us has a unique ability
to distinguish subtle variations in color.

How good is your eye?
Let me know how you do.....

Enjoy!






Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grey & White Nursery





Baby J. will be here soon.
His parents are so eager to meet him,
and I was delighted to help with this special room.

Our Mom-to-be had an idea,
but wasn't certain know to translate it onto the wall.
 She wanted a white tree in the corner behind the crib,
 but wondered how it would work
because as you can see in the photo,
 the room has angles and slopes to navigate.
No problem. 

 My "Low-Tech" overhead projector
would get the design onto the wall. 
 We adjusted the design on the wall
until we found just the right spot. 

From there it was simply a matter of tracing the design
and painting inside the lines!
Here we go!

Little blue owls (like the one hanging on the crib) and a bird house
added a touch of color to the grey and white scheme.
So very, very cute!

I really like the crib floating in the middle of the room,
don't you?

Enjoy!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Picket Placemats

I'm not a crafty person. 
Artistic, yes. Crafty, no.  
There are clever people who make their own lipstick from crayons
(really!)
instructables.com
and cute little bracelets from buttons,but I'm not one of them!

However, my creative itch does beg to be scratched occasionally,
so when something looks interesting, I have to try it.
A few months ago,
I jumped on the burlap and ruffle bandwagon
and made this table runner.

While I was at it, an old lazy-susan got a splash of simple black and white checks.
Continuing with the rustic table top theme, I decided to make........
Gosh, what would you call them?
Trays? Chargers?
How about Picket Placemats?

I stumbled upon this clever idea  at Claire Gillam's She Knows.
Thanks for the inspiration.
You provided me with an evening of fun1

Here's how I made my Picket Placemats.

The mats are made from 15" red cedar wooden shims.
The shims are readily available at any Big box Store
and cost $3.98.
Two placemats can be made from one bundle.
What could be more economical?

I lined up 12 shims,
then used 3 shims across the back to brace them.


Gorilla Glue held everything together.
The 2x variety dries extra fast --letting me assemble 8 mats very quickly.


Adding 4 shims on the front, created a frame.


Once the edges were trimmed, I sanded the wood to soften the edges
and prevent slivers.


White-washing the wood gives a distressed Picket Fence look.
I recommend light sanding after painting to eliminate any roughness,
because water-based paint raises the wood grain. 
A clear cost of poly to finishes it off nicely,
and makes the placemats easy to wipe clean. 

Once dry, it was time to set the mats the table.

True to form, anything new in the house has to be thoroughly investigated 
by Murphy, who decided these placemats were just right.

 With her stamp of approval,  I'll use them for a  "gal-pal" luncheon next week.

Tied up with ribbon or twine, and a set of napkins,
wouldn't they'd make a great hostess gift?



Enjoy! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boy's Room a la Mondriaan




When a designer brought me this inspiration photo for one of her projects, I was intrigued.
It reminded me of Mondriaan's paintings, but with more color.



Her client's son wanted all four walls colorfully striped, 
but we worried that might be overpowering.
Instead, we painted only two walls with the graphic design,
and the other two walls painted solid using his favorite color, bright green.

To begin, the striped walls were painted Charcoal Grey.
Then the painters tape rolled out.
Lots and lots of tape.

The design was finessed to fit the scale of the room better,
and I freely admit that I grumbled a lot about the red paint that didn't cover well.
After 5 or 6 coats of red, the room was done,
and the result was perfect for him.

(note:  new bed linens are on the way!)



What did I learn on this project?

I came a way with a sense of satisfaction
knowing that a child's vision had been fulfilled.
He wanted something bold,
and thanks to a Mother who understands,
this young boy's room fits his personality perfectly.

Have fun Scotty!


Enjoy!
  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lamps 1 and 2

Usually, I'm not looking for anything specific
when I'm poking though estate sales
 
but if something interesting appears,
who am I to refuse it a ride home? 
 
This beauty caught my eye recently.
It's not my normal purchase - or style,
but it seduced me.


 

 
With it's distinctive woven metal shade,
the lamp vaguely looks mid-century modern.  
I like its texture and color and size -- a whopping  32" tall.
 
The base is silvery-gold, almost like mercury glass,
but I suspect it is pottery with a metallic ceramic glaze.

I'd love to know more about it,
so if you recognize this style, please let me know.

 _____________________ 
 
This vintage Lucite boudoir lamp came from junk shop
 and now is on the bathroom vanity. 
 However, before it could make its debut,
it needed a new shade. 
 
 
A treasured friend, Sherry,
taught me how to re-design a shade.
No one does it better than she,
but I'll give it a try.
 
Work along with me.
Here's her tutorial.
 
Heat from a hairdryer releases the old trim.
 

Then, cut away the fabric from the frame
and use it as a pattern for new fabric.


A glue gun holds the new fabric firmly in place
and snippets of trim finish the edges.
 
Love my new little lamp!
 
 
Enjoy!




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