Posts Tagged ‘Painted’

I have to head out the door to do demo’s at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes Open House today but, the ever so sweet Nancy Jansson from ‘Affirming Spirit’ http://www.affirmingspirit.com/ sent this over to me this morning and I just had to share it with all of you.

This girl rocks!!!!  Design student Sara Watson Decorative finished her car to DISAPPEAR!!!!  read more here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8030766.stm

sara-watsonHave a colorful day everyone!!!!  lulu

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dsc02683 Steph is one of my most treasured clients.  The reasons for this are endless…her great sense of style, keen eye for color, willingness to look beyond a project and take it to a whole other level.  This is the client that when faced with a most ugly old metal heating and plumbing exposed pipe system in her front entry…smiled with excitement when I suggested we paint everything in a silver metallic in order to work beautifully with her clean white trim, slate floors, and organic tweed style wallpaper. Here you can see for yourself below on the right!


If you were to walk through Stephs house you would notice little tastes of some of the most loved and valued colors out there in the world.  Some of my favorites being: Split Pea, Harbor Fog, Kendall Gray, and Atrium White all staples in the Industry and all demanding a certain type of client and pallet for display.

Recently Steph showed me an old bench she found at her parents house years ago.  Still with dirt worked into the cracks from being outside for one too many year.  The wood had split into cracks from too much moisture and water exposure, and there were cob webs nesting underneath the seat of it.

It was a faded….FADED green, and Steph had the perfect place for it, but it wasn’t the perfect look.  To my great delight she decided on Peacock Feather by Benjamin Moore as the color for the bench.  We then decided we would stencil the bench, to add a little more flavor, but simple tones as too not be too cutesy.

We choose a cream.. well actually she trusted me on this one… I chose a cream..picked up the bench, and brought it back to my studio to work on at my leisure.

First thing I did was sand it 100% with a fine sanding block.

I used Aura Paint which is self priming as the base, then taped off my focal stencil zoned using the Green Froggy Tape, available at any hardware store.dsc02742

I rolled two coats of the cream tone into the taped off areas and let dry over night.   I chose a stencil from Wallover Stencils (I used the Maya Rose one) because I just love there detailed designs, great for all over applications or simply on there own.

I sprayed glue adhesive to the back of the stencil and placed the design over the cream.  I then simply stenciled in with the Peacock Feather paint on all three sides of the bench.

Lastly, after removing the tape I put one coat of Safe and Seal over the whole thing for a little added protection.  What a simple and fun project it was.  I loved the bench so much, I really didn’t want to give it back.  It looked lovely with our chocolate couch.  I did the right thing though…  Now its back happily at home, with its loving mom…just past that room with the silver pipes, holding lamps, and looking lovely.


Thanks for the fun project!  LULU

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