Saturday, December 29, 2012

Orange Base Coat Color On Garage Door

I completed a project here in St. Petersburg in which I painted a double garage door to look like wood.  The garage door really came out great and the client loved it.

In this first picture you can see where I have already scrubbed the door clean  and primed it.  Then I am half way done painting on the base coat.

The base coat is on here in the second picture.  Its not unusual for the client to get a little nervous at this point seeing the orange color.  This color for the garage door is a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny.  Painting around the 'Star Burst' windows is a challenge.  It takes much longer to paint those than if they weren't there at all.

Now the double garage door is starting look good.  In the next picture I have painted the center panels and the vertical areas between them.  I have the top horizontal area taped off and have painted the first wood grain color there.  For this door I am using a SW color called Fiery Brown.  For the second coat I mix black into the Fiery Brown at least 1:1 and maybe even a little more black than that.  I always use at least two wood grain colors.  I find this gives the doors a deeper and richer look.

The door is done and looking good.  You can see how using the orange paint really gives the garage door a rich warm inviting wood grain tone.  Take note of the beveled areas around the center panels.  After the two wood grain coats I go back once again and do what I call 'picture frame' the panels by painting another coat of the dark color on the beveled areas.

Here's a closer view of the panels.  If you look you can still some wood graining on 'picture frame' beveled areas even though they are pretty dark brown at this point.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Nice Job On Garage Door

This garage door project came out great.  I was commissioned to paint 2 double garage doors to look like wood and to match the wood tone of the front door.  It happens quite frequently that when I paint a garage door to look like wood I match it to the front door or even paint the front door to look like wood at the same time so they all look alike.  This project is on the beach in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater area.

This first photo shows where I have already primed and painted a basecoat on the garage door and then painted in the central panels to look like wood.

This next photo gives some insight into how I go about painting the garage door to look like it would look if it were an actual wood door.  With a real wood door the grain direction in the areas I have circled in red would be vertical.  So when I paint a garage door to look like wood I want those areas to have a vertical grain pattern just like a real wood door would have.

So you can see in the next photo with the red circled areas how I painted in the wood grain in a vertical pattern.  You can also see how I tape off each section as I paint them.  The area between the blue arrows is painted in a horizontal pattern and in this photo it shows how it looks after the first pass of brown.  You can see in the panels above and below how much darker it will get after the next pass.  The second pass is with a very much darker brown.

The final look came out great and you can not tell from driving by in the street that the door is not wood.  Heck, you have to walk up to it and knock on it to see its not wood, the door looks that great.  After I painted the other garage door to look like wood it matched this one perfectly.

Monday, December 3, 2012

New Mobile Sculpture

I finished a new kinetic art piece.  I really love creating these pieces.  This was a commission piece and was sent off to Virginia.  It measures approximately 24 inches wide and 32 inches high.  I made the piece with steel and copper wire using objects I found.  Mostly I found the objects on the shores of Tampa Bay except for the Cherub which I found hanging on my fence.

The left side has a bound shell at the top.

Kind of a top down view.

This was a cool idea.  I put an eye bolt in the right side at the top and then just set a bolt in there.  The bolt is removable.  I added this to balance out the piece so it wold hang with the top being level.  So I used different sized bolts until I found one that would balance out the whole piece.

The namesake for the piece is a ceramic Cherub that is bound by copper wire.

Some bound shells and rocks.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Vinoy Mural Finished

Tom and I finished up the mural at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg.  The original mural was created in 1925.
Jonathan Sullivan (Vinoy) created a fantastic slideshow.  It starts with Tom Stovall and his art team in 1992 as they begin the original mural restoration project.  The photographs give you a very good idea of what the word restoration means.
The south wall in Marchand's has a large window in the center so the mural on that wall is on either side of that as you can see in the first picture.

This is the right side.

And this is the left side.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wall Mural at the Vinoy

Here are some photographs of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg mural.

The part of the wall Tom Stovall and I have recreated from the original mural of 1925 has been covered up for 20 years. When it was uncovered we discovered the plaster was all in bad shape and large parts of the mural where just gone. So we photographed what was left and actually put tracing paper on the wall and traced out the various parts to make sure we could repaint it exactly as it was and in the exact same positioning. Then the walls were replastered and painted.  Tom and I then started our restoration of the mural with a blank white wall. I have made some very minor adjustments but that is all. One thing both Tom and I agree on is after a while we both began to appreciate what a great job the original artist did. He really did a masterful job in designing the mural.

 First look is the whole mural from ground level. It's 36 feet across and the part we restored is 4 feet high.  You can see the orange scissor lift in the lower left of the photograph.   We had access to two scissor lifts and without those it would have been a major struggle to accomplish this project.
The next photograph is a shot of the center section of the mural. What we restored is the part that starts with the fruit bowls and up from there. The part below that with the round discus and vine and then below that with what we called the mythical creatures was done by Tom Stovall 20 years ago when the resort received the 110 million restoration of the entire property. At that time the decision was made to place panels over the upper part of the mural  (the part we just restored) keeping in mind that at some future date it would be restored.
The next is the right side of the mural.  One of the many interesting features of this mural is that in the center area of the right and left side there is a 9 by 18 inch Florida landscape painting.  I was able to recreate these based on the photographs we had taken.
And finally the left side.

This next shot is very interesting. On the right is the part we restored and on the left is the original from 1925.  The Vinoy is considering leaving this panel exposed with a sign that says '1925' and then putting a corresponding sign on the restored part saying '2012'.
Couple of shots looking down the wall from up on the lift.

Some closer looks.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vinoy Wall Mural

I am very happy to have gotten great publicity this week from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.  Quite a big spread too as it was the whole page wide and over a third high.

Here's what the copy said.
"Ready to make his mark on history"
Artist Robert Schott, above, inspects some of the original 1925 plaster ornamentation Tuesday around the murals that he and fellow artist Tom Stovall are working to restore at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg. Schott, left, is rising to the challenge to measure the artwork for the restoration project. The Vinoy has uncovered four murals on the north and south end of Marchand's main dining room. The artists are hoping to restore the works before the resort's 20th anniversary of its reopening next month.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wall Mural Documentation

This is post 2 about the mural restoration of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, a five star resort located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

In order to go forward with the Vinoy mural restoration the existing and original mural had to be documented in detail.  The main reason being the wall on which the mural is painted needs to be patched and resurfaced and that process will mean the mural itself will be coverd up.  So we had to make sure a complete documentation was achived.  Basically we photographed and did a series of actual tracings of each image in the mural while taking measurements as to the exact positioning of the mural elements on the wall.

So when we begin to recreate the mural we now know where on the wall each element goes and with the tracings and photographs will be able to recreate faithfully the mural.

As an example here is a photo of one of the sections.  You can kinda see where the plaster is falling off certain areas and the original paint has chipped off and faded.

Now in order to recreate the mural as faithfully as possible we are going to use a series of silk screens to get the basic shape and design up on the wall.  Then we will hand paint in the details and shading and highlights.
Here is a photo of one of the tracings with the image painted in with black.

So the process will be mostly hand painting but supplemented where appropriate with screens.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

I recently started a really interesting and challenging project.  The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is a five star resort located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

The lobby
The Ballroom
This great resort was originally completed in 1925.  It florished for many decades before closing.  After 30 years and 110 million dollars the entire structure was completely renovated and modernized then reopend to great fanfare in 1992.  Since then “Grand Lady of the Bay” has enjoyed world wide recognition for excellence.
There are several restaurants in the Vinoy.  Guests enjoy fine dining at Marchand's and this is where I come in.  The walls in Marchand's originally displayed a mural.  During the restoration the lower portion of the mural was recreated after extensive repairs to the plaster and structure of the walls.  On the walls above the columns you can see the part of the mural which was restored.  The mural part above that area was covered up by panels.
Tom Stovall is the artist who headed up the team that recreated the mural 20 years ago.  At either end of the restaurant the Vinoy now wants to take down the panels and restore that part of the original mural underneath them so they contacted Tom to see if was available for the project.  He agreed to take on the project and contacted me to work with him.
This project has been in the works for several months but just within the last 2 weeks Tom and I have started to work on it.  The first phase of the project is to faithfully record the original mural areas which are to be restored.
In the photos below you can see either end of the restaurant with the panels taken down.  The area to be restored is 4 feet high and 36 feet wide.  The area needs plaster repair and other prepatory work before we can actually put any paint on the walls.

There is a lot of detail in the mural so keeping that in mind we approached this project carefully documenting every detail of the original image.  More in the next post about how we documented the artwork.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Creating and Installing Custom Bar Legs

Last month I completely refinished a kitchen by creating a faux finish over the existing kitchen cabinets and painting the walls.

New marble countertops were installed also and part of that installation was an overhang for a small bar area.  I created a trim piece and painted the rope piano legs to match the kitchen cabinets.

In order to create the trim piece I used a 1 by 8 pine board from home depot.  I cut the end pieces and then the front length then scrolled a curve on all of the three pieces.  Then used my router and routed an edge on them.

After I got the three pieces cut and routed I assembled them together with glue and my nail gun then primed.  The next two photos show the work together and primed but upside down.

After basecoating and faux finishing the trim piece and the legs to match the kitchen cabinets I installed them.  It came out looking great and adds extra support for the marble overhang.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Painting Beadboard To Look Like Wood

I have been working on a lanai ceiling.  The ceiling is vinyl beadboard and it measures 14 feet across and 24 feet long.  The beadboard runs the 14 foot length.  I have painted many a beadboard to look like wood but this outdoor vinyl is a real challenge to work on.  The reason is the slots on either side of the bead part of the beadboard go back about a half an inch and they are so narrow you can't hardly get any brush hairs that deep into them to get the paint to the back.  If you don't get to the back you will see a white line so you really need to get all the way back into the slots.  To further the challenge the slot opening is not square.  By that I mean is does not got straight back, it flars out some so that the rear of the slot is further apart than the opening.  Major hassle.  It took a big effort to get that part of the job done.

In this first picture you can see how I went about it.  I first used a very dark brown and painted in the slots.  Then I used a golden brown as a basecoat.  I rolled that on and back brushed it but it did not go into the slots so the lines stayed dark.

In this next picture you can see the color change after I applied the wood graining colors.  In the picture above I used a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty for the base.  Then in the picture below the top half shows the first pass using a SW color called Fiery Brown.  The lower half of the picture shows the second pass with a SW color called Turkish Coffee.  The combination of the three colors gives a rich mahogany look.
The finish product below came out great.  I also painted the light cans using the Turkish Coffee color for them.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Before and After

Here are a series of before and after photos from the painting of the kitchen cabinets I recently completed.  With a subtle finish like I created on these kitchen cabinets it is very hard to photograph so the first photograph is an attempt to show the faux finish.  You can see how frame around the center panel was treated with the dark lined 'piping' and then a hand rubbed finish was applied to the whole surface of the doors (front and back) and the framework of the kitchen cabinets.