Monday, September 1, 2014

Cool Idea For Fireplace

I have been creating some wood grain pieces for the interior of the big remodel job I posted about in my last post.   Let me show you a picture first.


The fireplace was existing but everything else is new.  The stack stone is new, the small tile around the fireplace is new, the hearth, the wood trim.  Those two wood pieces above the fireplace are doors that roll out to reveil a niche.  That niche is wired up for a tv.  I think it's a cool idea to have the wood doors roll to close over the opening and hide the tv.  Those wires hanging down are for some lights that will get installed.


My contribution to this area is indicated by the blue arrows.  I painted the trim pieces, the rolling doors and the 'beam' to look like wood and match to the front doors which are in the same space.


The next photo shows a closer look at the beam.  This beam had texture on it and was painted like the walls before.  So it was sanded down smooth and I painted it to look like wood.  When you look at the top photo you can see how nicely it helps to balance out that entire wall having the beam look like wood.





Sunday, August 31, 2014

Paint Garage Door and Front Door to Match

I completed a project last week which was to paint two single car garage doors to look like wood and then to paint the double front doors to match them.  This beautiful home on the waters of Tampa Bay is getting a total remodel.  I mean total, new everything, floors, the kitchen was gutted and replaced, bathrooms gutted and replaced, walls moved around inside and on and on.

Part of the new look was to paint the garage doors to look like wood.  They were in good shape so they didn't need to get replaced.  The landscaping was not done when I took these photos so you can see the little planter between the doors will get some nice plants there at some point.


Sometimes when I am painting a garage door to look like wood I paint the trim around the door and sometimes I do not.  It depends on the situation.  In this case  the trim was in bad shape so it got replaced.   Then I painted it to match the doors.  The trim I am talking about is indicated by the red arrow in the next photo.  As you can see the garage doors also have this really nice cast stone around them.  The blue arrow indicates a strip between the door trim and the stone that was painted the house color but really that did not look that great to have a different color in there so I painted it to match the cast stone and it looks a lot better like that because now it reads as one unit.


Often when I paint a garage door to look like wood I paint the front door to match.  These doors where a honey oak look and I was able to totally transform them into a darker wood by painting them using the same technique as with the garage doors.  Those door handles are new also.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Clavos On Front Doors

On July 3rd I posted about a project where I had painted two front doors to look like aged wood.  They were a green color and I created a new look for them.  You can see them here.  After they were painted the homeowner purchased clavos to apply to the individual panels on each door.  There are 15 small panels on each door and so a clavo was applied in the center of each panel.  This past week I went back and installed the clavos.  It really makes a big difference and I love the hammered look they have.