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.









Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Key West Style Home Gets Garage Door Painted

I painted a wood grain look on two garage doors last week.  These doors go with a beautiful new Key West style home on the beach.  As you can see in the first picture there is a single car garage door on the left side of the home and a double car garage door on the right.  Both of these garage doors are 5 rows high, so they are about 18 inches higher than your standard garage door.

garage doors painted to look like wood.


single garage door painted to look like wood


double garage door painted to look like wood.

The colors I used on these garage doors is Tatami Tan (Sherwin Williams) for the base coat color, then I used SW Java for the first coat of brown and for the second coat I used SW Turkish Coffee.
In the next photo you can see how I have completed creating the wood grain look on the center panels of the top 3 rows.

painted garage door

As you can see in the photo the wood grain in the center of the panels has a horizontal direction to it.  The grain in the space between the panels will get a vertical grain direction to it.  I tape off the areas I do not want to get paint on so I have taped off the space between the center panels.  Once the wood grain has been created in the center panels I re-position the tape so I can paint in the vertical grain.

In the next photo the yellow arrow indicates where the tape is when I first tape off the panels.  The white arrow shows how I have re-positioned it so I can paint in the vertical grain.


In the next photo the white square shows how the vertical wood grain looks after I created it and removed the tape.  The green arrows in this photo show the position of the tape when I first tape off the center panels.  At this point however I want to paint in that horizontal area between the rows of panels.


So I re-position the tape to expose the entire horizontal area to get painted.  In the next photo the green arrows indicate how I have re-positioned the tape along the horizontal lines.  You can see how I have left about a sixteenth of an inch of the painted center panels exposed.  That ensures I get total coverage over the base coat.


The last photo here shows the garage door almost painted to look like wood.  I just have to finish painting the center panels of the bottom two rows.

garage door painted to look like wood

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paint Your Own Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I have written a full length tutorial on how to paint your own garage door to look like wood.  Here is the link to that tutorial  Paint Your Garage Door To Look Like Wood .  I just finished painting two garage doors this week.  A double door and a single door at the same residence.

painted garage door to look like wood

With these garage doors the center panels have vertical planks as you can see in the next photo.  I do a lot of taping off when I paint a garage door.  That is so when I make a paint stroke to simulate the grain pattern I have no start and stop marks.  You can see how I have taped off the panels to paint in the vertical grain on the planks and the space between the individual panels.  

paint garage door

In the next photo you can see how I start the vertical paint stroke on the tape and end on the tape.


When the vertical panels are complete I paint the space between the row of panels with a horizontal grain, that space is indicated by the white arrow in the next photo.  You can see how I have taped off for that.

garage door painted to look like wood

When I tape off to paint the horizontal grain you can see a close up next of how that goes.  The green arrow indicates the beveled part of the center panel that gets a horizontal grain.  The red arrow shows how I leave just about sixteenth of an inch from the vertical grain painting exposed.  That way when I paint in the horizontal grain the brush will cover over that thin area and leave no blank area not painted.  The white arrows show some bleed under from painting the vertical planks.  It is minimal and when I paint in the horizontal grain in those areas you never see it.

tape off garage door to paint like wood

Next photo shows the horizontal grain once painted on, indicated by the green arrows.

paint horizontal wood grain on garage door

Once the center garage door panels are painted with a vertical wood grain I then go around the perimeter of the panel on the beveled part and paint in some dark lines in the grooves that are there.  On this garage door there are three grooves I painted darker indicated by the arrows.  I also (blue arrow) painted in the groove between the vertical planks with a dark stroke.


You might be able to see what I am talking about better by looking at the next two photos of the completed garage door painted to look like wood.

garage door painted to look like wood



The next three photos are of the finished garage doors.  Painting your garage doors to look like wood really makes a huge difference in the overall 'curb' appeal of your home.