If I Could Blink Blog Posts…

Maybe it’s growing up with these TV shows –



but I SOOOOOOO wish I could just blink or twitch my nose, and put my thoughts to printed blog posts….

There isn’t a day that goes by  (14 days since the last post) where I don’t think to myself  “gotta share that!”  or ” great tip”  “great color combo…”     It’s the GET IT DONE part that I’m struggling with… if I could BLINK, or TWITCH,  or nod my head and have a post appear I’d be a happy camper!

Hopefully, if you’re here to find new inspiration, you can instead poke around a bit and read some of the  other posts I have here to inspire you, while I work at getting back on track …

So where was I hiding the last week or so?    At home .

It was time to dedicate a few days to  family life  – we moved a few months ago and really haven’t had any free time to get things in order.  The garage was loaded to the gills,  not a picture hung,  no rooms personalized…   the basement bar was recently completed  but we did it with plywood and stock cabinets, awaiting my finishing touch…

I checked out of  ‘work’ mode and spent 4 days with hubby and kids, getting items checked off the list.

The bar was first –  I used my tried and true Aurastone products for the counters


I get asked alot about the Aurastone/Granicrete epoxy system by homeowners that want to use it – I offer so many DIY options at my studio that folks tend to think everything I do is user friendly.  It’s not considered a DIY finish,  I  cant teach it or sell the products –  Im only an installer, not a distributor.

It’s messy, and I complain every time I use the products, but in the end it makes a nice finish, making it worthwhile –


The colorants, and stains, get shot from squirt bottles…. they clog.  It sucks…   but I get to sprinkle cut glass and mica flakes  onto the surfaces so that makes up for it…


The more I can layer the tints, the more authentic the finish will look…


Then the added prayers  while I ready the epoxy…   if you’re not precise in your measuring and mixing the epoxy won’t cure evenly – resulting in a do-over… I’ve had that happen before, don’t want it to happen again…


The next morning, all looks good –  except a surprise visit, from a fly that died landing in the then wet now dry epoxy…   (we gouged out what we could and called the rest a fossil)


The epoxy really intensifies the colors and adds so much dimension –



With the counters behind me, I focus on the rest of the bar –  I used Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin and brushed out a layer on the  base – to make it look more plumped upDSC_5543

The thicker paint really does a great job at hiding flaws, like unfinished seams… DSC_5545


When the pumpkin dried I brushed a watered down layer of American Paint’s Lincoln’s Hat – it looks grayish here because it’s dry and not sealed,  but Lincoln’s Hat once sealed will be black.    My plan is to sand the black back and let some pumpkin through, and then seal-


The new stock cabinets got a simple straight grain glaze finish using a mixture of Faux Effects Stain and Seal and some glaze.  This isn’t something I recommend for ‘used’ cabinets – stains can be tricky and going over surfaces that have ANY kind of wear – be it from weather elements, human touch, or every day use – can be a challenge, resulting in an uneven finish thats impossible to fix…


Only got 1/2 way, but a good start, right?


I stained the inside cubbies,  and need to Pumpkin/Lincoln’s Hat the edges still…


I think I might seal the finish with a dark Liberon Wax – I have an old Georgian Mahogany color from my wall days, maybe mix that with the dark walnut – that will seal the paint AND antique it at the same time, and I like the idea of antiquing the black.   Liberon Wax can really add a grungy instant age,  this island  could use that –


Are you guys done yet?


With the bar in order, we gutted the garage and sorted every last box.  My car  is in the garage for the first time since we moved –


We hung art, and mirrors,  and got BOTH kids rooms painted – something I really wanted to accomplish before they started back to school…

We went dark olive green on my son’s walls, and hung simple brown side panels to dress up his room darkening shade – DSC_5655

He wanted NOTHING hung on his walls, so I surprised him and hung a tiny wood sign next to his light switch – maybe it will motivate him this ‘last year of high school’….


We used 2 colors of turquoise for my daughter’s room – a lighter for the raised ceiling panels and darker turquoise for the rest.    She’s been waiting to personalize her space for awhile now, so it was nice to knock this one out…


She added a faded stencil – something she plans to do randomly, here and there,  and she’ll finish it off with a few blingy swarovski crystals …

Did you notice I said  “She…” ?   She is planning on finishing the stenciling herself…


A glitzy knob, to update her old ‘Reclaim-Licorice-painted’ furniture…




We readied the nest for a new school year – in Michigan most kids head back after Labor Day –  and the first day of school was smooth.   We didn’t get EVERYTHING checked off our list, but we certainly made a huge dent 🙂

Back at the store I finished this corner piece


I also received our new stash of American Paint MICA POWDERS –  Silver, Gold, Pewter, Copper and Black –


and American Grit, a dirtying agent used with the wax –


Those will all be added to the online store this weekend, if you’re looking for them beforehand just give us a call.

Our fall workshop schedule is posted, but I still need to post photos of the Level II finishes -hopefully I can get those up by the weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll share a post full of recent workshop finishes, to get you motivated – this is the perfect time of year to knock out a piece or two of your own!



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4 responses to “If I Could Blink Blog Posts…

  1. Wow…that was a lot of work! It looks fantastic. Congratulations on your new home, and Happy Fall!

  2. ps…I triple love your daughters dresser. I just snagged a Thomasville Dining Room set with table and 8 chairs. I was going to go grey and turquoise but her dresser is making me second think that this morning 🙂

    • thanks Debra – her bedroom set originally was cream with a silver glaze – a laura ashley (pricey set) that ended up being what i’d call ‘garbage quality’ – your thomasville set i’m sure is much nicer quality. even so, we can make it look nice right? the black has worked for her, which is a good thing cuz i dont feel like repainting it right now!

  3. Wanted to tell you about a countertop paint I have used and have gotten many neighbors to use. It is by a company called Gianni. It is so easy to do. I even used it n faux marble countertops. Check it out online sometime, there is a video. Have a great weekend. Ronda Puzey They also have a stainless steel kit for appliances that I have used.

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