Friday, May 25, 2012

FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER" & METALLIC GOLD VENT-A-HOOD WITH DISTRESSED HONEY-TONED KITCHEN CABINETS ~ "HOW TO" PAINT FAUX "ANTIQUE COPPER" EBOOK AVAILABLE

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This is a kitchen I painted for Saundra's new home. 
 At her other home I did a lot of texturing and painting.  But, the one finish that she wanted me to repeat in this new home was a vent-a-hood that I faux painted an "antique copper" special finish.  Also, she wanted me to paint a special "aged" finish on her cabinets.
There was not a vent-a hood in this kitchen.  So, they removed a cabinet and she designed the shape of this vent-a-hood to match her newly renovated kitchen. 
The vent-a-hood was unfinished wood and newly built (very last photo, below). 
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Her cabinets and island were a pinky pickled light oak finish. 
 I applied a special glazed and distressed finish to give the cabinets an "aged" look. 
 It took several coats of paint and glaze to achieve this "old" finish.
  The color is an off-white, brown sugary, honey glazed tone.
The island was also a pinky pickled oak finish.  
I embossed the design on the doors and drawers then primed, painted and distressed it black. 
 Last, I carefully painted the embossed design a metallic gold.
Believe me!! that was not easy.  
Newly built vent-a-hood and cabinets before I painted them.
 The "antique copper" vent-a-hood, distressed cabinets and the black and gold island look sooo good in her new kitchen.  She also got new granite and it was "to die for" with all the new colors.  
They all blended beautifully!!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

PAINTING METALLIC "ANTIQUE SILVER" FAUX FINISH FOR DEBBIE

PAINTING METALLIC "ANTIQUE SILVER" FAUX FINISH FOR DEBBIE

THANK YOU, DEBBIE, FOR "TWEETING" SO NICELY ABOUT ME!!
Today, Debbie Tweeted:
METALLIC WALL BY SAN ANTONIO'S BEST ARTISAN...LYNDA BERGMAN. 
 ADD HER TO YOUR TO-DO LIST!" 
Today I finished Debbie's bedroom wall.  This is my "antique silver" faux finish.  Being metallic, it does reflect light and looks metallic silver.  But, in this lighting and photo you can't see the metallic effect.  Her walls and ceiling are painted in a smokey gray color, 
off white woodwork and the bed is a silvery bronze. 
All looks fabulous with this new "antique silver" wall.  
She designed and planned her new bedroom colors around this wall. 
Great job, Debbie!!
DEBBIE TWEETED: A cat...A colorful ladder...My favorite artist, Lynda! http://pic.twitter.com/y22uXMk7
This morning while I was working, I had to go get Debbie and ask her to get her cat off of my ladder. I needed to start working!  Cats always love my ladder.  I think if you will get a ladder for your cat and paint it or decorate it to match your room, your cat would Thank You! 
Debbie has a house full of happy girls, (two dogs and two cats).
     If you paint a ladder for your cat, be sure to use a flat paint or a non-slip product.  If it's slippery, I don't think your cat would want to climb on it.  Or, you could sand a glossy paint really well on the steps.  Maybe that would be ok.  This little Lola girl was just so comfy perched up there on my ladder. While I was working, she came in a couple of times and laid on the floor close to me.  I was sitting on the floor working on the lower part of the wall. 
 So cute!!
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MORE "ANTIQUE SILVER" FAUX FINISHES I PAINTED FOR DEBBIE:

Friday, May 11, 2012

TREE ART ON A HANDPAINTED PINE ARMOIRE

     Through the years this pine armoire has been in different places in my home.  Finally, it landed in my living room.  I kept thinking about painting it and painting a tree on it and finally got around to doing it.  I painted it a distressed greenie beige. Then, I thought the black and gold would look real good with the colors on the armoire and around my living room.  It was fun to paint.  Since I'm a painter it helps me be brave enough to try something new.  If I don't like it, I just re-paint it.  But, I do love the way this turned out and it looks so nice with my living room furniture and colors.
     And, talking about re-painting something if I didn't like it:  One year I painted an old apartment in a very nice part of town.  It had large rooms, wood floors and very large moldings.  They wanted me to paint the walls gray and it looked so, so nice with the  wide woodwork and ceilings painted white. I liked it so much that I came home and painted that gray color in my sewing room.  It was so dark and I didn't like it.  So, I painted it another color and didn't like that, either.  Then, I just painted it back to the original peach color.  I was happy again.  Three coats of paint in one weekend.  But, I just couldn't live with those colors!
     Then, one December I painted a dining room red for a client and it looked sooo nice that I wanted to paint my living room that color.  I loved the color in their house and really DID NOT like it for me.  So, I kept it red through the holidays and then painted it back to the original color.  A contractor friend came by and told me that one of these days he was going to drive by my house and it would be sunk into the ground from the weight of so much paint on the walls.  That was funny!
     So, here's my armoire:



I love it!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

SPECIAL FINISH: PAINTING WHITE CABINETS TO LOOK LIKE STAINED WOOD

     My client felt their master bath was outdated, so they did a complete renovation.  They had someone take down the wallpaper, got a new jacuzzi bath tub, beautiful travertine tile in the shower, new faucets, sinks, granite, etc.  Instead of replacing their white cabinets, they asked me to re-paint them to look like stained wood.  I did this finish on their kitchen cabinets and they really loved the way it turned out.  So, they knew how that finish would look in their totally new bath room.
     Several times, clients have asked me to do a special finish on their cabinets.  It is so costly to try to replace them and such a very big mess in their home.  Each day, when I'm finished working, I always leave my work area very clean and neat. I am very careful and respectful, always remembering I'm working in someone else's home.  My clients often comment on how they noticed that and how they appreciate me respecting their home while I'm working there.


     This finish is with a stain and it's very important to make your brush strokes look like woodgrain.  If you would like to know how to do this finish, just ask and I'll try to guide you. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

HOW TO BUILD AND PAINT A DISTRESSED FINISH ON A SHUTTER CABINET

     When I found this shutter, it was painted white and a little bit of wood was showing through.  I wanted it to look more distressed, so I left it outside for three or four months.  After being rained on several times, I decided I finally liked it, just fine!  So, I distressed it a little bit more and added white and gray to it.  Then, I added the subtle stencil on top, middle and bottom in a soft metallic silver.  From the rain hitting it, there is a bit of decayed wood on the very top, but I like the way it looks with the distressing.
     After working with the finished look, I built a frame the size of the shutter, out of 1 x 6 boards and cut and installed 7 shelves. 8 including the bottom of the frame.  I just used the wall as the back.  That way, it kept it narrow, since I didn't have a lot of room in the hallway.  At Lowes, I found some perfect legs to attach to the bottom.  I painted the frame and legs a steel blue and then painted and rubbed off metallic silver.  The color looks so nice with the distressed and faded white and gray shutter.  It needed a knob, so I found a wooden one and painted it to match the shutter.  At the very end, I sealed everything with a "dull" clear coat.
     Finally, I added the hinges and attached the door and really love how it turned out. 



     Ok, I do need to touch up the blue paint.  I painted the inside blue and love it with my yellow walls.
     My home is small and I desperately needed more storage for the bathroom.  So, I attached the cabinet to the wall in my hallway, just outside of my bathroom and it is PERFECT for so many bottles, perfume, toothpaste, hair products, etc.  I used "L hooks" to attach it to the wall and hold it in place.
     This cabinet is sooo easy to make and is a perfect size for a very narrow space.  If you would like instructions on how I built it, just ask.  I'll be very glad to help you!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

PAINTING EXTERIOR LIGHT FIXTURES

     My client got a new front door.  She has very nice exterior light fixtures, but the finish on them was looking old and worn and she asked if I could paint them for her.  And, since I think EVERYTHING can be painted, I told her I could.  I really liked the red finish on them, but my client wanted them to look newer and left the finish up to me.  Also, I painted the light fixture by the garage to match these.
     On these fixtures, the first thing I did was clean them.  Then, I painted a dark, exterior paint on them and rubbed most of it off with a rag, so the red still showed through a little bit.  Then, I swiped on and rubbed off a little black paint, all over.  The finish is new, but makes the fixtures look a little old.
     My client is very happy and loves how it looks, walking up to her front door.
     If you want to know how to paint your light fixtures, just ask me.  I have painted lots of indoor light fixtures, chandeliers and exterior ones, too.

They will look much better, when the glass is clean and sparkling.  I cleaned the outside, but it was a little complicated and heavy to lift the top to clean the inside.  So, my client will take care of that.