Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Industrial Chic Sculpture

I completed a new industrial chic sculpture this week. I love creating this body of artwork.  I am calling it 'Unchained' .

The piece stands 49 inches high and the base is 7.5 inches wide and 12 inches deep.  I make my industrial sculptures from building materials and found objects.  I age the individual pieces if they are not aged when I find them.  I really like the feel  that these sculptures have.  The artwork has a richness and a sense of history about it that is very appealing.

Here are some close up views.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Faux Painting Repair In Powder Bath

I had a small job earlier this week to repair the walls in a powder bath with faux painting that had been patched.  What happened was someone was trying to find a stud in the wall and kept hammering nails above the sink to find one but ended up never finding one.  See the first picture to get a look at all the patched holes.  There is about 20 of them.  It's hard to see the holes that are in the lighter stripe.

There were some various other holes around the walls also.

The big challenge here is to match the existing colors without knowing what those colors are.  This room was faux painted years ago and there were no records of the colors used.  That is one reason I always write down the colors I use on a job.  If I ever need to go back and repair I can always look up what I had used and it makes it ten times easier.

Finding the color of the lighter stripe was much easier than the green.  The thing is with this type of repair close is not good enough, it has to be dead on so you can not tell at all any difference.  I had what I thought were greens that were close enough but I tried and tried and couldn't get it exactly.  So what I ended up doing is mixing yellow and blue together with some of the green I had and with a little white and on and on but finally got it exact.  You can not tell at all.  After it dried and was done I couldn't even find the repaired spots myself and that's what I like to have happen.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Painting Both Garage Doors Complete

I was able to complete painting both the double garage door and the single garage door to look like wood this week.  And even though I use a top quality exterior paint I got them both sealed with a UV clear acrylic coating also.  I apply the UV clear top coat because I always go the extra mile to give my clients the best performance possible out of the paint job.  It also makes it much easier to keep clean and looking new.

Here are some photos of the single car garage door I painted to look like wood.  The first one shows how I have taped off then entire door so I can paint the center panels of each row.

The next two photos show how I have created the wood grain look by first using the Terra Brun brown color then the Black Bean color over that.

After I get the center panels finished I re-position the tape on the ends of the panels and paint the vertical wood grain pattern in the space between the panels.

Once the rows of panels are completely painted to look like wood I then paint the space between the panels with a horizontal wood grain pattern and finish up the door by painting a vertical wood grain in the vertical space left at each side of the door.

Here is a photo of both garage doors painted to look like wood and the great driveway courtyard area  which is located on the side of the home.