I wish I could say I kicked out a piece or two of furniture this week… actually, I managed to squeak out a small night stand, playing around with aged botanical papers (that post to follow)
but for the most part this last week was a whirlwind. We’ve been busy changing out seashells and lake decor for pumpkins and leaves, which leads me to Blow Ups.
When the kids were younger, and the front yard bigger, ghoulies sprinkled our landscape this time of year. But time flies, things change, and now the family of air ghoulies live in a storage bin. I decided to bring Frankie to the store , and painted his ‘shirt’ and ‘belt’ with several American Paint colors – Home Turf, Orange Grove and Home Plate -
Recycle and Repurpose where we can, right?
A couple weeks ago, Terri, one of our customers, came in sporting a fresh purple cast. I twisted her other arm into letting us jazz it up a little, before she left
Isn’t that fun?
The funniest is, she popped back in a couple days ago, the blingy purple cast was gone, and in its place was a pretty blue one! I didn’t get a picture, but we dressed that one up too :)
I finished an accent table and mirror for a customer – it arrived VERY gold
Love it – based with Caromal Colours Reclaim Licorice, metallic silver over the top, bronzes for the base, a highlight on detail, and black glaze to finish -
If that’s not enough gold, how about a project I finished this week for a customer in New York City?
Multiple coats of protection…
and lastly, adding a little sparkle to the crown -
Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leavin’ today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York!
Customized a couple stars for a customer, using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Candy Apple and Blueberry
two coats, brushed and stippled on for some texture, and light sanded when dry.
Caromal’s Toner brushed on
and a couple for the store
Some BIG nuts, gilded with varigated tamise flakes-
a ceramic rooster, painted with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment and Caromal’s Perfect Plaster – both brushed/stippled on at the same time, light sand when dry, and glazed with Caromal’s Coffee Glaze
and this shelf, originally hunter green – gave it a light stipple of Caromal Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, let it dry, then stippled/brushed the Perfect Plaster on, let dry, light sanded, and glazed with Coffee Glaze-
The best part of the week was the addition of a wall that was constructed Wednesday
and 24 hours later it looked like this
Let’s just say my contractor was surprised Thursday morning when he came back to tape and mud the drywall :)
I rolled right over the sheetrock with Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Chocolate, and some TB Putty, and some of their Perfect Plaster – all three, all at the same time, randomly rolled, and bladed to knock it all down and organically move it all around. To complete, I bladed on a tight coat of Liberon Medium Oak Wax.
You can see the drywall seams, but that didnt matter to me – I didn’t want the dust in the showroom from mudding drywall…
This is the other side of the wall, it faces out to the street. Its deep enough for customers to walk in to, and it gives us nice hanging space to display our wares. We also moved the 4 wall finish boards from across the store, and now they are a decorative focal point.
I love how the endcap turned out – we decided to rip apart a couple skids and use those to ‘trim’ off the sides. Inside the framed box will be an ‘aged botanical paper’ wall finish. I started it but only had three sheets left. I’ll complete that when the papers arrive-
Love the little front cubby area! You can see the wall samples better – portraying 4 simple DIY wall finishes – Glazing, Stenciling, a one-layer glazed texture plaster and a two-layer plaster . All of the crown pieces have finishes as well.
The wall finish in this cubby area is one coat of Caromal’s Perfect Plaster rolled right over the sheetrock, (Caromal Colours advises against that, saying I should have gone over a primed wall, but I decided to test the ‘cheat method’) . The next morning the plaster was dry and intact – so I continued and bladed a mix of Lusterstone Weathered Bronze and a shimmered pearl over the plaster base. It’s a pretty neutral, and in the end saved me time, and I know money -
Best of all, we’re ahead of the game, everything is falling into place. When the new Botanical line arrives (hopefully next couple weeks) we’ll be more than ready for it!
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