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!
Let's give this 1970's knotty pine kitchen a fresh look
by painting the cabinets white.


Painting the cabinets white makes a dramatic change!
Suddenly the room felt lighter and brighter.

 Sherwin Williams AESTHETIC WHITE #7035

is a cool, off-white
with a whisper of grey-green in it.

It is a good choice for this granite

 and the tainless appliances.


But color for the walls?

She needs neutral color,
to complement the Verde granite, (green-black) as well as
 the new glass tile and lighting.


Benjamin Moore REVERE PEWTER (HC #172) 
was the perfect choice.

It's light grey with very subtle green undertones,
a workhorse neutral, that works in so many homes.
Neutral, but never boring!


For this home, Revere Pewter is the ideal color.

I recommended that she use it the adjacent rooms,
to unify the entire house. 

Here's a paint tip:
Have you ever purchased new knobs
only to discover that the screws are too long?


HOW TO CUT AND RE-THREAD HARDWARE SCREWS
(So, am I the only one who didn't know how to do this?)

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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