When you live in Arizona, like I do, the harsh sun can cause extensive damage and fading to anything you leave outdoors. And, in our case, the backyard concrete that had been stamped to look like slate had become quite an eyesore. Not only was it discolored, there were permanent rings of water damage caused by the overflow from sprinklers and a drip system to our plants. It was downright ugly…and it was time for a backyard makeover. Since my contribution was the painting, I thought I’d share with you How to Paint Concrete to Look Like Slate. Continue Reading →
This Look of Leather Accent Wall not only makes a statement, it serves as a sophisticated backdrop for an entertainment center, photos and other artwork. You would never guess you can achieve this look by using plastic grocery bags! But that’s exactly what I used. Don’t ever accuse me of not doing my part to reduce our carbon footprint. I’m all about recycling and repurposing, when I paint! And you can be too. Here’s how I did it: Continue Reading →
I could look at Before & After photos ALL…DAY…LONG! The subject matter is irrelevant. So long as the difference is dramatic, I’m all over it. That’s probably why I love painting so much. Because even going from one paint color to another, you could look at the very same thing in a whole different light. When something, like an old piece of furniture, has been neglected for a while…and it gets a fresh coat of paint…it’s even more gratifying. It’s almost like I could see the clouds parting and hear the angels singing the sweet sounds of redemption! I’m not even exaggerating. That’s how I feel. So I encourage you to take Before & After pictures of any projects you take on, so that satisfying feeling can last as long as you hold on to those photos. That said, I thought I would share some of my favorite Before & After photos of projects I’ve done.
When I first started experimenting with different faux finishes, I thought I needed to Go Bold, or Go Home. Red, purple, burnt orange… those were my go-to colors. My house was psychedelic! I even faux finished my garage! Don’t get me wrong, I still love bold colors, but I’ve learned to use them more sparingly now.
Take my home office. Seven years ago I painted it a cherry red, then put a black glaze on top to give it the look of leather. You can do this glazing technique using a stipple brush, or do what I did and use lots and lots of plastic bags (Yes, the ones you get from the grocery store). I crinkled them up and used them to pound over the freshly rolled on glaze, creating dark and light areas throughout. It took FOREVER…. but the end result was AWESOME!!! Seriously, the pictures do not do it justice. The only problem was, the whole room felt heavy and dark.
Whether you have a coved ceiling, an archway, or a little niche, painting is one of the best ways to call attention to the architectural features that are unique to your home. You can faux finish them, or use them as an excuse to introduce a different color to the room. Just look at the difference a pop of color can make: