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Paint Concrete to Look Like Slate

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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 →

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I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad (Train Murals – Part 1)

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When I was a kid, I remember singing, “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad…all the live long day.”  I hadn’t thought about that song in years!  Until recently, when I really was working on a railroad for days on end, as I painted Train Murals for my church’s Kid’s Ministry.  After years of worshiping in a school gym, we’ve moved into our own building, and I was asked if I could paint a mural or two to make the children feel as if they’re going on a journey aboard “The Grace Express.”  Well, fire up the locomotive and say no more!  I spent six and a half weeks getting completely carried away with trains, a train station, railroad tracks on the floors, props, etc.  There’s so much, I decided to take you on a video tour before breaking it down into individual blog entries.  All aboard!

After seeing this video, be sure to see how these train murals came together, beginning with the Train Station.

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Painting children's rooms, exterior murals, exterior paint, faux finishes, interior murals, canvases, holiday canvases, wooden plaques, beds, cabinets, dressers, furniture, party decorations, props, and other DIY crafts!