Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Painting Two Garage Doors To Look Like Wood Grain

I completed a really nice garage door project last week.  I painted two garage doors to look like wood grain.  One was a two car garage door and then opposite it was a single car garage door.

The following two pictures show how I have already cleaned the doors, primed them and applied the base coat of paint.  The color of  the base coat is a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty.  This color will give the faux wood grain the warmth of a real wood door.

In the next photo I have painted the wood grain pattern on the top two rows of  panels.  The lone panel on the third row down only has the first of the two colors I use for the wood grain itself.  I always use two color browns for the wood grain painting.  Typically the first is a medium tone brown and the second color is a dark brown.

On the single door in the next photo you can see how I have almost finished, all I need to paint are the two vertical spaces at either side of the door.  When I get that done and it dries for about an hour I can apply the clear acrylic UV top coat.

The next two photos show the completed doors.  The colors I used to paint the wood grain on these garage doors are Sherwin Williams colors.  The first brown I used is a color called Terra Brun,  the second and darker color brown I used is Black Bean.

The last photo here is a closer view of the wood grain pattern.  I created some pretty dark wood grain lines in this door and effect is really great.  The homeowner loved the doors and it makes a huge improvement of the curb appeal for this home.

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.