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.
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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!






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