Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PAINTING SKY & CLOUDS ARTWORK IN A NICHE ABOVE THE LINEN CABINET

PAINTING SKY & CLOUDS ARTWORK IN A NICHE ABOVE THE LINEN CABINET

While I was doing other work at Carolina's home she asked me to look at her guest bath.  She wanted me to paint the cabinets black and metallic gold.  There was an open space above her linen cabinet and she asked if I could paint a sky inside of it.  
She added a bird nest.  
That completed the scene and looked just beautiful to me.
There is a light at the bottom, shining up at the sky.
Here you can see it from the guest bedroom.
Before she added the bird nest.
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TUTORIAL
In a small space like this you can paint the blue first and add swirly white or you can paint the white first and paint some swirly blue.  Then, work on the area to get your clouds and sky just the way you want them.  I used brushes, but you can use a rag or a sponge.  If you want to add some branches, use a small brush.  Use the paint colors of green for leaves and brown for branches.  Draw your branches then draw tiny leaves or the size you want them to be for your sky.
I used craft paints.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH DONNIE ABOUT PAINTING FURNITURE

A CONVERSATION WITH DONNIE ABOUT PAINTING FURNITURE

On my blog I have a tab labeled "Ask Me".  A few friends have asked questions there, but I get lots of paint and painting questions through my email address.  I will always give you the best answer I can for your project.  There are a few special techniques that I'm still using in my business and would rather not give out that information, just yet.  For most questions though, please feel free to 'Ask Me" or EMAIL ME.  You'll find my email address on the "Ask Me" tab.
I would love to help you with your projects!
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Below is a conversation that I had with Donnie and thought you might find it helpful.
"Hey  Lynda, I have a dresser and nitestand with bed.  headboard and footboard.  Frame and siderails.  I also have the mirror that matches the dresser it does not mount to the dresser but hangs on the wall behind it.  It is almost identical, drawers and all to the one you did.  How should I finish these.  Please reply back. 
 I am trying to start a small business to help in my retirement. 
Thank you, 
Donnie in Ga."
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My Reply:
Hi Donnie,
     When I paint furniture, it's usually for a client and they're using it in their home and want the colors to go with that room's decor.  I have found that "decor" colors are "regional".  I'm not sure what your clientele will be, but you will need to paint what you think your clients will want.  Your furniture is probably off white french provincial.  You could paint it white and distress it.  You could use a gel stain and make it look like stained wood.  Read the instructions to do that or ask your paint store.  You can get tons of finishes and ideas from Google and Pinterest searches.  To get ideas of what your clientele might be, go to flea markets and craft stores that sell furniture in your area.  Any store that sells furniture would be a good place to visit.  They would, usually, know what is trending.  I do love painting furniture and hope you do very, very well in your business!
     Hope that was helpful.
Lynda"

PAINT & DECORATE...I WANT TO INSPIRE & SHOW THAT IT CAN BE DONE & YOU CAN DO IT!!

PAINT & DECORATE...I WANT TO INSPIRE & SHOW THAT IT CAN BE DONE & YOU CAN DO IT!!

 Today, I was working on finishing touches in this huge beautiful home where I've been working for the last 12 days.  My client wants to start moving in tomorrow.  I was sealing some cabinets that I painted and thinking about yesterday, a distressed a porous brick bathroom floor that I painted metallic silver.  And, there were three chandeliers that I still needed to touch up with metallic silver and metallic copper paint.  These chandeliers were black wrought iron and the copper and silver would tie in better with my client's decor.  
     While I was working I kept thinking about my next post.  I realized that one of the reasons I'm loving blogging is because I can show others what I do and that it can be done.  Like touching up a chandelier.  Whoever thought they could do that!  But, I've done it for many years and is usually an improvement because it's no longer in style, wrong color, etc..  I've touched up and painted the whole chandelier several times.  One time, my client gave me a chandelier that was brass and bronzy, very contemporary.  At his request, I painted it to look very old and rusty and LOVE the way it turned out.  My client had some small white silk shades and he stained them, I think with tea.  It all looked great!
     I work for a very limited number of decorators, maybe three.  The ones that are familiar with the kind of work that I do.  Lots of my clients are very, very talented and creative people.  I love that they call me when they have a new idea or new project!  I've been working with paint for so long that I can, usually,  figure out just about anything they might show me or ask me to do.  At least, I can get very close.
     A few times through the years my clients have said, "you make it look so easy".  And, it is for me because it's just routine, to me.  But, they get brave or I have encouraged them to do it themselves and when they did, they did a great job. 
     Today, I realized by blogging, I want to inspire and encourage others to not be afraid to try faux finishes and painting.  If you're not happy with the way something is looking 
or you're tired of it PAINT IT!!  And, if you mess up, paint it again!

FROM BATH CABINET TO A HAND PAINTED ARTSY BIRD CABINET & TUTORIAL

FROM BATH CABINET TO A HAND PAINTED ARTSY BIRD CABINET & TUTORIAL

In a home where I was working, my clients happened to be remodeling one of their bathrooms.  They were replacing their cabinets and put them in the garage to be hauled off.  One of the cabinets was a linen cabinet that hung over the commode and when I saw it in the garage I just knew I could do something special with it.
I bet lots of you have this same cabinet over your commode with the opening on the bottom for tissues, towels, etc.  I asked a carpenter to help me with the feet.  I asked him to turn it upside down with the opening at the top.  I found these feet at Lowes.  Actually, they are fence post finials.  I asked him to attach these feet to the cabinet.  The little wrought iron corner pieces I found at Hobby Lobby.
LOVE their 40% off coupons!!
Added the new handles and painted right over them.
 I primed and painted it a soft blue. 
 Painted all of the artwork on front and sides.  
Aged it with an antiquing glaze and sealed it with a clear coat.
The inside I painted an off white that matched the other artwork.  
I painted little metallic dots on the front of the shelves.
Painted metallic copper/bronze around the feet and a couple of other places on the cabinet.
I really love how this cabinet turned out and it sold very quickly!  
One of these days I think I will get to see it again in a client's home.
I do hope so!!
 Because I forgot to take a "before" photo of the original linen cabinet, 
I found this on Google to show you. 
 I wanted you to see what I started with.
See!  I turned open space to the top for my cabinet.
You can do it, too!

PURCHASING A LIGHTWEIGHT COMPRESSOR & DRILL

PURCHASING A LIGHTWEIGHT COMPRESSOR & DRILL

When I purchase a new tool, I get the lightest weight tool I can find.  This small nail gun and compressor are perfect for me.  The compressor is small and not very heavy.
I'm so happy with this drill.  I replaced an older drill that was heavy and the battery was getting old.  This new drill is lighter and has a lithium battery that lasts for a very long time.
 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DRAWING & PAINTING STRIPES

DRAWING & PAINTING STRIPES

 
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DRAWING & PAINTING STRIPES TUTORIAL

First, I painted the base coat.  The client told me about how wide they wanted the stripes.  I measured around the room and decided how wide they could be.  But, it's important to count the stripes and make sure that when you get to the end, you don't have two of the same color.  Even though I know how to count, I still use my yard stick and go around the room, saying to myself: "pink/orange, pink/orange".  A long time ago when I was painting stripes I had everything measured just perfectly and at the end, I had two of the same color!!!!!  Not sure how that happened, but, that's why I count around the room just making sure there are NO mistakes!  As you're painting, if you see you're going to have a few inches left over or a few inches short, it's ok to start adding or taking away 1/4" or 1/2" to each stripe.  As you're wrapping around a corner, you can cheat a little bit, too.  
It will all come out looking really nice.  
Have fun!! 
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 DISTRESSED AMERICAN FLAG I PAINTED
Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan    PAINTING, PAINTING A STRIPE & DISTRESSING FURNITURE FOR PATTI'S BEACH HOUSE
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Parents to-be asked me to paint these stripes in their nursery.
The dad measured and marked where he wanted me to paint the stripes.Then!  I had to make them match at the fourth corner.  Plan ahead to end your stripes behind the door.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

PAINTING ARTWORK ON CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

The holidays are right around the corner and I bet you're planning your decorations.  A very inexpensive and fun way to decorate is with canvas drop cloths.  These are the halloween drop cloths that I painted for a client.  You can find canvas drop cloths at paint stores.
You can paint these, too.
They were so much fun!
I used craft paints.
  For all of the metallic swipes that you see, I used a very wide brush.
Your kids would have so much fun painting these,too.
Witches, black cats, spiders, ghosts, etc. are all very easy to paint.
Just spread out the drop cloths on your driveway and let'em go at it!!
Have fun!
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Here is (another) link to my tutorial about painting on canvas cloths: