Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Slightly Different Panel on Garage Door

I started a new garage door this week painting it to look like wood.  Most garage doors I paint have a basically the same kind of panel design.  This door is similar but slightly different.  Typically there is a beveled area that surrounds the center of the panel.  This door really doesn't have that.  This is only the second garage door I have painted to look like wood that has this particular layout.

You really can't see what I am talking about with these two photos so I will post some better photos soon.  I was going to get some yesterday but I got rained out.  These photos are from Monday when I started.

The first thing I do is scrub the doors down really well with soap and water to get all the dirt off.  Not that they were really dirty but being outside anything is going to have a layer of dust and dirt on it.

So in the first photo you can see how I have applied the primer over the white doors and in the second photo I have applied the base coat of paint.  The base coat I am using on these doors is a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty.

I should be able to get a good day in today as the forecast is much better as far as rain goes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets With A Designer Look

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home.

Have you ever heard that?  Probably you have and for good reason.  Recent polling indicates that 30% of people spend the majority of their time at home in the kitchen.  It further says that over half the time you are visiting with friends it is in the kitchen instead of the living room.

Could your kitchen cabinets use a face lift or makeover?  By far the most cost effective option is to paint them.  It will cost tens of thousands to replace kitchen cabinets in most homes.  The cost of new kitchen cabinets not only is reliant on actual costs of the cabinets but who is going to install them?  You also have to add on a countertop, backsplash, new sink.  It adds up really fast and that is why it is a big decision to replace the kitchen cabinets.

You may find yourself with a set of kitchen cabinets that are beat up, nicked, chipped and just plain shabby.  You could spend tens of thousands – literally - to rip them out and replace or you could turn a lemon into lemonade like I did with the kitchen cabinets I transformed in my new tutorial 'The Painted Furniture Look'.

I call this look I created "The Painted Furniture Look".

paint kitchen cabinets

The cabinet door above was a plain white kitchen cabinet door before I transformed it into a the trendy designer look of 'painted furniture'.  

In 'The Painted Furniture Look' tutorial I explain in a detailed step by step manner the exact techniques and materials I used to create this look.  This look is a bold look and makes a strong statement.  But it could be just the style you are looking for.

There are a lot of resources on the web about how to paint household furniture to give it this look.  This tutorial is the only resource out there that explains how to achieve painting your kitchen cabinets with the painted furniture look and appeal.

This tutorial is 97 pages in length, it has a total of 98 minutes of video and it contains 49 photographs to completely demonstrate how to create the 'Painted Furniture Look' on a set of kitchen cabinets.

There is a certain procedure to follow when painting kitchen cabinets.  I go over in detail all the steps to take to ensure a successful project.  Painting kitchen cabinets is a big project and not something you can do over the weekend.  Because it is a big project you need know how to keep it organized.

Most times when I paint kitchen cabinets I break the job into smaller units.  I will first paint all the upper cabinets and then the lower ones.  Approaching the job like that will make it more manageable

Given the amount of time most people spend in the kitchen you want to feel good about it.  A makeover with 'The Painted Furniture Look' could give you just what you are longing for.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New Industrial Sculpture

I finished creating another sculpture in my body of work focusing on industrial chic.  This piece is hand sculpted from everyday industrial lumber and products plus a piece of driftwood I found on the shores of Tampa Bay.  The sculpture measures 43 inches wide by 17 inches high and 4 inches deep.

industrial chic sculpture

Like most of this body of work it is intended to be viewed 360'.  

industrial sculpture

industrial sculpture

The wood was sculpted to dove tail at each end as you can best see in this next photo.

industrial chic close up of sculpture

A few close up shots of the sculpture follow.