Monthly Archives: October 2013

How Often Do You Repaint A Piece Of Furniture?

Sometimes I repaint a piece before it’s dry-   we’ve all done that right? I won’t like how it’s turning out, and next thing you know I’m off on a whole different paint planet.

This desk was a different story.   I painted it in March, and it’s been on the showroom floor ever since.     Last week I pulled it BACK to the workroom to give it a paint makeover, and go figure, I never shared the details from the FIRST paint job!

So, let’s back up…

The FIRST paint job had visions of CeCe Caldwell Georgia Clay and American Paint Co Saddle, a newer saddle brown color – with some dark dirty Liberon wax to richen it up like old leather –

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I spruced up the tattered leather top by troweling multiple layers of old wall metallic plasters, that I still have on hand from my faux finishing days

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and went to working painting – first layer CeCe Caldwell Georgia Clay

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By george, she really does paint with those cheap chippy brushes!

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Here’s that newer brown color from American Paint Company, a true leather Saddle brown –

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That would be my second coat, and while I was at it, I figured I’d brush on a little more Georgia Clay  (wet on wet ) to soften it up

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Someone recently asked me about  ‘wet on wet’. I happened to have a photo of this, where I have two colors on the same plate –  I’ll grab one, or the other, or sometimes both at the same time, most always using the same brush,   and then I’ll paint those on, using water in the mix (see my water dipping bowl?)  to help soften and blend

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Once the desk was dry, I sanded to smooth out and refine my finish, distressing areas of interest, and then I grabbed my Liberon brown bison wax.   I don’t usually use this wax, as it IS solvent based – kindof defeats the purpose of using these 100% all natural,  chalk/clay based paints, right?   I prefer the all natural dark wax by APC – it dries quick and buffs up fab,  but for this finish I wanted dirty and grungy, and I knew the Liberon would do that better

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When I was doing faux finishes on walls I’d often trowel the Liberon wax right over our metallic plaster finishes – it would add a richness  and sheen (it burnishes like a charm)  that was beautiful – only problem with this wax is you REALLY need to make sure you remove it before repainting ( mineral spirits, straight white vinegar works too) else you’ll have problems with adhesion

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This picture below shows you the one side still unwaxed, and the difference it made in the final color.

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That liberon dries so fast, by time I was done applying I buffed out the whole piece

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I was happy with the results, but one small regret was that it looked too much like an original wood finish –

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Love how the back is detailed and the sides rounded out…

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Last week I pulled the piece to try something new.  I had previously finished this desk last year using Vermont Slate and black stain

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and I knew that was the direction I wanted to go.    Now here’s where it gets BAD!

BEEP BEEP!  

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY BREAK! 

DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING!

I painted right over the old finish, KNOWING it was waxed, KNOWING it need to be be cleaned with a remover first,  knowing all that but not paying any attention to it.       I decided on American Paint color Lincoln’s Hat, and sealed it with APC’s  dark wax –

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I must think I’m invincible right?  That somehow, my painting will stick to a previously SOLVENT waxed finish.  Right?

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W R O N G.

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Don’t cut corners.  If you wax up a piece,  and plan on re-painting it, give it a cleaning first  – mineral spirits work or full strength white vinegar (I’d use that for the natural waxes like APC and CeCe but not sure its strong enough for solvent based waxes).  I’d even give it a light scuffing.    If you don’t chances are you’ll end up like me, with a new paint finish thats soft and  will scratch off any and everywhere.     I literally had to sand the WHOLE piece down –  stupid stupid stupid!

The blacker Lincoln’s Hat was pretty but I wanted more dimension, so this THIRD time I grabbed CeCe’s Vermont Slate and Mississippi Mud….

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Mostly this was a one coat finish –  I used both colors, blended together to make I’m not sure what but I liked how it was turning out…   relying on water to keep me going, and areas that were too thin got a second going over, right away.

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The plasters on top didn’t work to my liking so I used the Slate and the Mud on top, then layed a plastic bag into to and smooshed, so it would give it a little bit of leathery texture.  The desk top edges were mostly Slate, to give it more definition

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When that was all done I  sanded a little, then sealed it up with a custom mix – clear wax, apc dark wax, and some black pigment –

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These little spots were just perfect for a smoky black diamond swarovski

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as were the front’s of each knob…  you know this girl’s gotta have her bling!

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Hopefully  Mr. or Mrs. Right finds their match with this pretty piece

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Happy Painting!

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Happy Customers Share Their Painted Wares…

Well, the plan was to post about our recent workshops – cool stuff happening

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and then I finished my desk this week and wanted to share that…

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Instead, I decided to first share some projects that I’ve been receiving from our happy customers –

Megan transformed thismegan before

into this sleek chest

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Nancy shared her project:

I looked through all of my before photos of my house and never took a picture of the bathroom that included the tile floor because I hated the grout work someone did so much.

New painted tile bathroom…started with 2 coats of Caromal Parchment paint, then filled in tile squares with American Paint’s Surfboard and stenciled in zigzag with Cece Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green. sealed as instructed and love the result…

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How cool is that??   LOVE the way she used the chevron stencil!

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Lori painted  and stenciled this pretty table

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even modge-podged a butterfly – our customers are SO creative!

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Tammy liked our store brass ‘repurposed’ chandelier so much

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that she painted her FABULOUS vintage chandelier  the same way, using Caromal textured basecoat chocolateas the base, a metallic silver blend and toner

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Wish I had that one,  love it!

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Christine painted this lovely 1890’s credenza using CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and dark wax for the harlequins –

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My mom shared these ‘after’ photos of her kitchen island that we recently painted black, using CeCe Caldwell’s Beckley Coal –

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we distressed it back to her original cherry finish, and sealed it with multiple layers of APC Topcoat Finish-

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I told her next time I visit I need to take some close ups with my Nikon… this kitchen is loaded with wood — the contrast of the black cabinets against all that cherry is perfect

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Patti from Rochester Hills shares,

Thank you for all your help and guidance (bringing the 4 cabinets to the class was what gave me the confidence to go home and continue on).  The total cost to refinish all of the kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinet was $398.00. I even was able to get my husband involved once he realized how much it was going to save us. We replaced our Formica countertop with an updated Formica (feared the old 35 year old cabinets would not hold the weight of granite), and then put down a laminate floor over the old linoleum.

This is an older home that we are planning to sell in the next year or two.  We did not want to be in a position where we overspent and would not get our money out of it during resale. We also wanted to have a nice refinished home to present to buyers, which I definitely feel we achieved.   We get tons of compliments from the neighbors and they can’t believe that these are the same cabinets.

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W O W Z A!

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After – Caromal Textured Basecoat Cobblestone with Toner

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You can’t help but look at the after, then peek back at the before in disbelief!  What a transformation… just love it!

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And the bath

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And last but not least,  Barb writes:

You have been such an inspiration for me, I follow you all the time.  I have tried to paint the two step distress and wax but I just can’t stop there…. this was a recent project – thanks for your help

Look how beat up this piece was –

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and check out her transformation!  I think what she meant about not being able to stop at just a single or layered color, is,  this piece  looks to have some texture, layering, and an allover stencil as well (which I LOVE!)

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Not certain the colors she used (I emailed her to see if she’ll share, if so I’ll post it back here) –  my guess would be a tissued metallic silver blend base, stenciled in either a wash of Lincoln’s Hat or Born on the Fourth, and then antiqued –  whatever it is, its gorgeous!

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transforming…

repurposing

The

POSSIBILITIES  –

are endless!

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Hearts, Stars, Primitively Chippy, and A Challenging Table

This week  pretty mercury glass hanging hearts arrived

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They are even prettier in person

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We painted some stars for the showroom – gift giving season is just around the corner

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The first layer was a dark gray custom mix of Caromal textured basecoat peppercorn (black)  and wisteria (white), then we used various colors of our chalk/clay paints over top, sanded back, stenciled, and waxed for a nice sheen –

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Lastly, we added a little pizazz to each one

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APC Home Plate, stencil Wild Horses, Silver Mica Wax

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APC Smoke Signal, stenciled Wild Horses, Home Plate, Metallic Silver, Pewter and Silver Mica Wax

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CeCe Caldwell Young Kanas Wheat, stenciled Beckley Coal

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CeCe Caldwell Portland Rose, stenciled Seattle Mist and metallic silver

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CeCe Caldwell Simply White, Stenciled Beckley Coat, Seattle Mist, Nantucket Spray

I worked on a pair of primitively chippy chairs-  here we have CeCe Caldwell Chesapeake Blue and Caromal Colours Colonial Blue as the base –

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then we dragged Caromal textured basecoat Chocolate and a dabbling of Peppercorn-

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The sloppier the better….

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Over that went a layer of Caromal’s Chipping Creme,  a medium that needs to be applied between Caromal paints if you layer multiple colors –

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Chipping Creme is a product designed to work between separate layers of Textured Basecoat, like peanut butter between two slices of bread. This material creates a poor bonding layer between your Textured Basecoats, allowing you to remove the upper layer of Textured Basecoat in decorative patches, exposing the first or background color layer. The result is a chipped or worn-off “old world” paint finish look. Chipping Creme can be brushed or rolled on your surface.

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When the chipping creme dried we painted the chairs Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment

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caromal textured basecoat, chip creme, barnworn, primitive, fabulous finishes

and when that dried, sanded to reveal everything we’d layered on!

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I usually use the mouse sander where I can, then switch to 120-150 grit sand paper for the rest –

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I wanted these chairs to look grungy and old, so I got out the Toner-

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Brush it on

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and wipe it off.  That simple.  It REALLY likes to age up the light colors (white/offwhite) so I work one part of the chair at a time

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See the difference? The left one is toned.   Did you notice the difference in the chairs too  Pretty cool I thought,  same but different…   the one on the right reminds me of that face guard that Hannibal Lector wore in the move Silence of the Lambs!

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If I didn’t topcoat these chairs this finish would still survive – Caromal’s paints rock this way – they’ve got ingredients in their paints that make it not only stick on the front end (no sanding, no stripping, no priming etc) but ALSO on the finished end…

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Good  luck wearing THAT finish off!

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Thing is,  the finish, unsealed, will be very matte – I  like it for these  chairs and I’m leaving them as is

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Caromal’s paints make it beyond easy to create really authentic, dimensional,  weathered, primitive, chippy finishes…

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caromal textured basecoat, chip creme, barnworn, primitive, fabulous finishes studio, for sale

caromal textured basecoat, chip creme, barnworn, primitive, fabulous finishes studio, for sale

And FINALLY wrapped up this Jacobean gathering table

chalk and clay paint, jacobean table, wood top, fabulous finishes studio, for saleThis table has the prettiest legs,  and those were easy enough to paint – we used Cece Caldwell’s Simply White –

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but the top was a real struggle for me.  I wanted to keep the wood top, and thought it was in good enough condition to just lightly sand and restain

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but it wasnt.   I tried SEVERAL times to sand and redo, but each time, even with fiddling and tweeking,  I’d still see these three spots that  (you can see 2 below) I wasn’t okay with…

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I tried a thin base of diluted chalk/clay paints, laying that on and sanding back some –  that can create a really pretty underlayer for a faux grain…

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I sealed it, then added stains and grains and tints….  (trust me, this was getting OLD!)

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and it STILL didn’t  hide those troubled spots.  The chalk/clay base was too sheer….

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So I started AGAIN – this time using Caromal’s textured basecoats thinned down – a mix of black and white – and thinly coated the surface

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When it dried I sanded to give it a smooth feel…

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Applying it thin enough, and sanding, can result in some nice organic dimension.   For this surface, it did the job of ‘masking’ those areas that were visually and texturally different-

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Over that I added an overglaze, to even out the overall color –

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I’m still not 100% sold – I’d love to just strip it naked again and do the top gray….

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UUGGHH!

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Spending too much of this

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on this table.   I need to leave it alone and move on to the next project

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Like store hours today 🙂  And a sold out Paint a Piece Workshop tomorrow  🙂  🙂

Enjoy your day!

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The Pewter-fied Desk Amplified – Drawer and Knob Detail

I posted yesterday about the student desk project

that I completed using APC Smoke Signal, a bunch of stuff on the top, and APC Dark Wax and Clear Wax mixed with APC Pewter Mica Powder

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I forgot to snap a peak inside the drawers,  today I remembered-

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Not sure why I like to stencil inside drawers, you know it will end up unseen as the drawers fill…

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Maybe it’s that desire to add SOMETHING, but not wanting to add too much – if it’s hidden like this, it won’t be a deal breaker 🙂

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A closeup of the knob I crafted…

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and the flash gilded balls 🙂

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Cute little writing pads ….

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After I took the drawer pictures,  I walked back into the workroom and noticed the cork board that hangs by our back counter –  it was my daughter’s old beat up bulletin board that I’d painted Reclaim Mocha, and zebra’d in silver blend using a stencil –

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I did that combo  once before on  a flip bench back and loved it

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I thought it would be cool to add that to the drawer sides…    The drawers were already painted a Mocha Reclaim blend,  so I was 1/2 way there – I added a zebra print using a silver blend metallic to just the outer sides…

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I just have to price it,   always the HARDEST part!

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Now I can move on to finishing something else that I’ve already started,  like this table that needs some fun –

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Something whimsical like this Stripe Console Table, a mere $3700.    It would be interesting to see the transition of pricing for MacKenzie-Childs painted furniture.   Did she start out more reasonable, and then soar?  Or did she start out from the beginning with pricy prices?

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or this 12″ x 34″  Dark ‘Tiny” Table,  more affordable at $2350  –

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I’m drawn to the randomness of these pieces  – so many textures, patterns, mediums, mixed into one –  look at that drawer pull!  The beaded fringe,  we’ve done that before on table edges…

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And look,  crystal knob looking feet.    I’ve done that on a few pieces too –   heck , I need to add a zero on the end of my prices!     Just kidding 🙂

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I’d read awhile back that MacKenzie lost everything and it was taken over and continued on – wouldn’t that suck?  You started something, but hit troubled times, and lose it all, only to have someone else carry it on?

I have this pair of chairs to finish too – maybe something primitive for Karen 🙂

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or this piece that I plan on doing a dirty grit white –

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Maybe I should focus on finishing this table top that’s been kicking my butt??

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I have this chair to start,  it could go with the desk I just finished….  hmmm, that’s tempting….

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Either way,  I  need to wrap this up and get to work – I still owe about 500 people emails,   (Pat R I’m ON it this morning!) ,  and I pledge to do that not-fun job before I delve into the paints.

HAVE A FABULOUS, BLESSED DAY!

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