Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nice - Nice - Nice

I completed another garage door painting project this month in Tampa.  I painted this metal garage door and metal front door to look like wood.  The matching doors came out great and the client was very pleased.

This door was painted to look like a rich mahogany wood.  For the specific written instructions on how I go about this click on the garage door tutorial tab in the header of this blog.  A few of the intermediate steps below.

I forgot to take a picture of the front door when it was finished but here is one in progress.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

One Week Door Project

I started and completed painting a garage door to look like wood this week in Tampa.  This door was facing south and I had to create shade while painting it.  If I didn't the paint would have dried way to fast to manipulate to get it to look like a wood grain.  I used a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty for the basecoat.  This first picture shows the door after I got started with the first coat of wood grain color.  That's a SW color called Java.

By about 2:30 the door finally got in the shade so here's a better look at the first coat of wood graining.

I got this far at the end of the first day which is quite a bit of work done for one day.  When I first got there I scrubbed down the door with soap and water and rinsed it off and then dried it with rags.  Taking special care to open the door and stop it at a place where I could dry the seams between each row of panels.  Once dried I applied the basecoat then started the wood graining process.

The next day I finished the first coat of wood graining and then started on the second coat.  For the second coat I mix in black with the java color.  This makes the door darker but also using two colors gives the wood graining much more depth and enhances the faux wood effect greatly.  After the door was completely done with the wood grain painting I applied 2 coats of  clear UV protection by using a product from Modern Masters called Master Clear.  The entire job took 3 days.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Finished Up Exterior Faux Painting Home

I finished up the faux painting project out at the beach on Friday.   The work came out great and everyone was very happy with the results.  View from the dock.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Faux Paint Exterior of Home

For the last few days I have been working on faux painting the exterior of a home.  To do this I first scrubbed down the exterior walls to clean the surface.  The home is a Mediterranean style and its located on the intercoastal waterway in St. Pete Beach.  Homes on the water can take quite a beating with the normal amount of sun here in Florida and then add the reflected sun from the water it can put a real beat down on a home's walls.

So after I cleaned the walls real well I applied a coat of conditioner/primer.  After the conditioner dried I applied the basecoat of paint then started the faux painting.  As you can see from the pictures this home has a really great texture that was created for the walls.  So what I am doing is to apply the faux color and then wiping back on the high areas of the texture.

In this picture I show the tools I am using to do this techinque.  I have my paint tray there with a 6 inch roller and a 2 1/2 inch angled brush with a cotton rag to wipe off the paint.   I am using the paint right out of the can without mixing any glazing into it.

Got the first little wall done. 

Then the second one.

Havnig gotten the stroke down as it were I moved to the water side.  In this first picture you can see the basically blank slate I had to start.  I am standing out at the end of dock to take this photo.

This next one is after several hours of work.  This back side of the home gets the morning sun as it faces east.  So I have to wait til about noon before I can start to work on it.  If I try to faux paint in direct sunlight it dries too fast and becomes extremely difficult to get a consistent look without getting overlap lines.

I made it to the end of the wall on the right side there but only above the windows.  Tomorrow is another day and I will finish this water side of the home then.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Paint White Bricks To Look Like Real Bricks

I just finished up another faux painting project today.  The home I worked in was built in 1925.  When the home was built it had a brick fireplace and bricks all around the front porch.  Through the years these bricks had been painted.  The new home owner wanted to get them back to looking like new bricks instead of painted white bricks.  At first the homeowner told me he tried to strip off the paint but could see right away that that was not ever going to work.  So faux painting bricks was the perfect solution.

Here is a couple of pictures that show the fireplace before and after.  The actual fireplace was a darker after I painted it but the flash kinda blew it out some.


Faux painting the bricks on the front porch was a much bigger project.  I guess ideally the new homeowner could have waited to get the home painted but he wanted to start with the bricks so he could use that to help pick out the color scheme.

The first thing I did on the porch was to clean the bricks and then prime them.  Then I applied the basecoat color as you can see in the next two pictures.

After the basecoat dries I start to paint in each brick using 3 other colors plus the basecoat color.  In order to have the bricks look authenic you have to employ a dry brush technique.  Each brick has all the colors in it to a different degree

In the next 2 pictures you can see the completed bricks.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cabinets Painted

I put the finishing touches on a kitchen cabinet painting project.  To finish off the kitchen I painted some wainscoting and installed it at the appropriate locations.

The kitchen cabinets where natural oak.  See the picture above.  The idea was to lighten up the kitchen cabinets.  The entire kitchen was remodeled except for the granite counter tops.

In the picture above you can see the difference painting the kitchen cabinets can make.  Notice the new stainless steel range and microwave too.  Also the flooring was changed out to ceramic tile.

In the next two pictures you can really notice a big difference.  Nice new stainless steel refrigerator to compliment the new look cabinets.

The two following pictures will show you some detail of the piping done.  Two shots of the same cabinet doors.

These next two shots I took while I had the doors in my studio working on them.  The coloring doesn't look like the photo above but its the same color in real life.  The lighting makes a huge difference when taking these photos.  In the close-ups you can really see the two piping lines I painted in.  I actually had to paint each line twice.  Once very dark and then a lighter larger width line over that.

If you look up top at the photo of the kitchen before I started you'll see where under the bar area was flat natural oak with no defining characteristics.  So the home owner had a great idea to install in those areas some painted wainescoting.  I painted the wainescoting with the dark piping and installed it around the bar and at one other location.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rodie's Resturant

I put the finishing touches on the lettering for a new resturant I had done some work for.  The resturant is called Rodie's and is located in Clearwater.

They are open for breakfast and lunch.  I painted their logo sign on a piece of cabinet grade plywood installed it on the wall and hand lettered the words.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wood Grain Side Entrance

The side entrance of this home was completely rebuilt with new framing, glass and door.  In the first photo you can see where I have applied a tinted basecoat paint on the new framing, the door yet to be primed.

After the primer dried I applied the first coat of wood grain color.  I like to use 2 coats as it gives the grain pattern more depth.  You can also see where I painted the window sill and around the window to simulate the wood grain.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Subtle Striated Faux Finish for Kitchen Cabinets

These kitchen cabinets where painted with a very subtle faux finish.  I first painted them a solid color and after that dried I used the next color up on the color strip to apply a striated faux finish.  This resulted in a very nice soft faux finish.  Of couse its hard to photograph these subtle techniques but here are some pictures.

As you can see the kitchen is still under remodeling construction.  These cabinets where a dark purple in color when I started. 

The picture bleow is probably the best at showning the faux finish.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pictures From Summer Job

I received pictures today from the client of the big job I worked on all summer.  Here's a few of them.  This first one is the great room.  I painted the ceiling here and there are 4 of the big trusses I painted.  Only 3 are shown in this shot.  I also created a texture on the walls but its subtle and you can't see it in the photos.

In this next shot you can see the ceiling work a little better.  The ceiling at the peak is 25 feet.  Where the ceiling meets the wall is 16 feet.  In the center of the photo you can see the kitchen opening.

So here's a shot from the great room into the kitchen.  Painted all the crown and base in the home as well as all the window trim and doors.

This is the home office.  Again I painted all the crown and base and doors.  There were something like 24 doors downstairs and 9 upstairs.

Speaking of upstairs, this is one of the bedrooms upstairs.  All the crown, base, window trim and doors were painted a light colored woodgrain compared to the dark woodgrain I painted downstairs.  I also painted the fan blades to match the other trim work.

This is the outside entrance.  I painted the beams and ceiling in this portico just like the trusses and ceiling in the great room.  I also painted the double entrance doors.

Another view of the portico.

A nice shot of the front of the home.