Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Paint Ceiling beams to Look Like Wood

I completed a project this week where I took 5 ceiling beams constructed with drywall and painted them to look like rustic wood beams.  Each of the five beams is 12 feet long and 20 inches high with a width of 6 inches.

It is really hard to photograph something of those dimensions so this first pic is one end of a few of the finished beams.

paint ceiling beams to look like wood

This project is part of a much larger remodel going on.  The beams were created by opening  up the ceiling and creating a recessed area.  Then the beams were constructed  and I came in at that point to paint them to match the rustic, wood looking ceramic floor tile that had been installed.  The cut out in the ceiling to the left of the beams in the next photo is where the speakers will go.

ceiling beams painted to look like wood

The next two photos are portions of the beams.  They came out really great and everyone is super happy with them.

beam painted to look like wood


beam painted to look like wood.


This next photo is after I primed the beams.

five ceilings beams primed and ready to paint

Then you can see how I got started on the project.

ceiling beams painting to look like wood

Here is my setup. I used my baker scaffolding and my six foot ladder to get the job done.  I also use a small step ladder on the scaffolding to hold my paint tray.

scaffolding setup to paint ceiling beams

A last look at all 5 beams.  On the far left you can see a cut out.  Those cut outs are centered in the spaces between the beams.  Lighting will go there to light up the beams and create ambiance in the room.

five ceiling beams faux painted to look like wood




Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Valentine DIY for Woodworkers

A created expression of your heartfelt love to another is cherished and kept for a lifetime.  

I made several valentines for this years holiday.  Giving a valentine to someone that you created by yourself can be so much more meaningful to the person you are giving it to than a store gift.  Not that a card is isn't great but you know what I mean.  When someone takes the time and energy to craft a gift it carries with it the love and energy that went into its creation.  And that is a real thing.

When you pick up a custom created piece of work you can just feel the difference between the heartfelt effort of creation and a factory produced item.  The same thing holds true for the gifts you give.  Of course you know this or you wouldn't like woodworking in the first place.  The warmth, the energy and not to get too silly here but there is some essence of yourself that gets attached to the work you create and all of that is perceived on several levels by just holding the creation in your hands.

The joy and satisfaction of creating objects with wood is equal to the joy and appreciation from the recipient of those creations.  Some people keep cards for a long time, most don't.  Flowers last a week or so. Chocolate is chocolate and found everywhere all the time.

The effort, energy and love you put into creating a gift for someone is intuitively felt as a reflection of the effort, energy and love you put into and value from your relationship with them.  A keepsake by definition is something kept because it was given as an expression of affection and love.  I made several little valentines this year that I know will be kept for a lifetime.  Sure, it took some time and energy but to see a face light up with joy because they realized the effort I took for them really makes your day.

Having said all that here is the valentine I made for each of my granddaughters.

woodworking valentine gift

This is a small, desktop piece, being only 3.5 inches high. I used a 1 by 3 for the body of the piece and sculpted it with my grinder.  I dremeled out the heart shape and then created the heart with copper.  Put on the hugs and kisses and mounted the piece on tumbled marble tile.  They absolutely loved it.  On the back of the piece (see next photo) I hammered in more hugs and kisses.

diy valentine gift


If you like woodworking and like to make do it yourself craft projects, this one is a huge hit.  You might be thinking that you could figure out how to do the woodworking part but the painting and copper heart is not something you are used to.  Well, I am working on a comprehensive, step by step tutorial on how I created this gift which is an expression of love from you to another.  The tutorial has many small videos, still photos and an exhaustive written explanation of each and every step.  You won't get lost at any point in the creative process.

This great project is not just for a valentine but also is given for an anniversary or a birthday gift.  There are lots of appropriate occasions that come up during the year and the best one of all is 'Just Because'.

I will definitely be posting when the tutorial is complete.

a gift as an expression of love


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Shapiro's Gallery in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL

I installed 20 of my industrial sculptures  in Shapiro's Gallery.  They are located in downtown St. Petersburg right on Tampa Bay.  The pieces are created with construction materials and found objects.  They range from large wall pieces to small tabletop ones.


industrial sculptures


I am super happy to have my work in Shapiro's Gallery.  The gallery has the best location for an art gallery in all of the Tampa Bay area.  The gallery is located on Beach Drive right across from the Museum of Fine Arts.