Spiffing Up Our Deck With Matthew Mead And A Wagner Sprayer

My Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer deck project with guru Matthew Mead

Do you ever have to pinch yourself sometimes when something wonderful and unexpected occurs?

I was so thrilled to host stylist, paint guru, photographer and magazine master at our home recently! I bet you already follow Matthew Mead and are as big a fan of him as I am. His talent, enthusiasm, and ideas are limitless, and he’s a blast to hang out with.

My hubby Steve built a giant party deck on our home years ago, and every couple of years we need to give it a good power wash and paint it. Then, magically, I discovered the Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer and suddenly painting the deck was no longer a dreaded chore.

Wagner's FINISH magazine for fall 2016

Get the details on how I did it, and see how Matthew and I styled the deck for fall in the new issue of FINISH, Wagner’s online DIY home design magazine here. Be sure to share the link with your friends, too.

There are are so many fun, creative, and easy painting projects in FINISH, you will come back to it again and again. And the heat gun pumpkins ( AND heat gun popcorn)… brilliant. Not to mention Cari Cucksey’s baby room!

While you’re there, check out photos of my studio, with a few words of painting wisdom from me while you’re there in Shop Talk.

Happy Painting!

 

A White Painted Cabinet Features My Family Christening Ensemble

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Sometimes re-painting a furniture piece is more about what you want to do with it than what color it it, or what finish it is. This cabinet is not old. It’s plain. It’s functional. I just painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint, in the color Casement, that requires no topcoat. It was a passionate project, brought on by the recent death of my dear Aunt Theresa. I loved her effervescent spirit all my life, and now she is gone. The last of our family in my parents’ generation.

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An Old Chest Upcycled With Fusion Mineral Paint In Blues

Upcycled old chest, using Fusion Renfrew and Homestead Blue.

No doubt, Fusion Mineral Paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to update a piece of furniture. The eco-friendly, matte finish, 100% acrylic paint won my heart a couple of years ago.

If you know my style, I love to layer, add texture and patterns, and more. But lately I am craving a total simplicity option: a quick way to update a piece, with NO clear coat or wax required. Used gently for 21 days to dry and cure, this product is super durable.

Having been a project blogger for many years, I am gloriously blessed with the opportunity to try out many fabulous home décor ideas with a variety of paint, patterns, and tools. And, over all of those years, our house gets, quite frankly, over-projected at times.

So I have been on a mission to redirect my style, though always a bit boho and eclectic, to a more serene place of quiet backgrounds with unique art and colorful accents.

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Create This Art Canvas Finish Using Artisan Enhancements And Chalk Paint®

Artisan Enhancements tutorial.

Watch these new quick videos from my YouTube channel to learn this cool technique, using Artisan Enhancements products, stencils, and tools, plus Chalk Paint®!

Subscribe today, and don’t miss more upcoming videos!

Easy, Inexpensive Summer Decorating From My Etsy Shop!

Summer decorating is easy and inexpensive with photo downloads from Etsy.com

Decorating your home or office? Need a wonderful gift for any occasion?

I am loading up tons of photos from trips to Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, and Puerto Rico that can be used alone as a single statement, or grouped together for fabulous impact. Think small – in a powder room. Or huge – use several over a sofa!

Mix and match! Choose from warm and cool colorways, castles, stunning doorways, and Marrakech moments. Old World and contemporary.

All you need to do is go to my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky, and peruse my growing collection of gorgeous options! You will purchase a downloadable image, in JPG form, that will arrive, lightning-fast, as soon as you pay for your purchase!

You can print the photo on your own printer on photo paper, take it (or email it) to a local printer or Office Depot-type store, or upload it to a service like Shutterfly. Then pop into your own frame.

So easy!

PLUS, here’s a summer decorating coupon, that will save 30% on your purchase of $15 or more, thru August 31st!

Summer decorating is easy and inexpensive with photo downloads from Etsy.com

Once you have loaded up your Etsy shopping cart in my store, use this coupon code:

DECORATE30OFF15.

This coupon will apply to all items in my shop, and if you purchase 2 photos, it will be like getting a third free!

Happy shopping, and stop by often. I will be adding lots more photos all summer long!

 

Perfect Summer Projects For Home And Deck Using Artisan Enhancements Products!

Artisan Enhancements video tutorials on YouTube

Are you new to Artisan Enhancements? Or, maybe you are familiar with the products, but find yourself craving a bit of instruction.

Perfect!

Use Crackle Tex, Fine Stone, Scumble, Foil with Leaf & Foil Size, Clear Topcoat Sealer, stencils, plus Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Check these four video projects on my YouTube Channel, My Patch Of Blue Sky with Debbie Dion Hayes.

Enjoy!

Commission Your Beloved Dog Or Kitty Portrait On Etsy!

Commission your pet's portrait on Etsy.

Do you have a treasured pet? Do you love original art? Perfect! Commission your pet’s portrait!

It’s so easy. All you need to do is send me a good, color, close-up photo.

You will receive an original, signed, 8″ by 10″ ink and watercolor portrait, on high-quality watercolor paper, for only $85. Your order normally ships within 2 to 3 weeks, and it is ready for you to frame in your own style.

Get all of the details in my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky. You can order directly from there.

Prefer a larger size, or multiple pets in one portrait? Just send me an email description, at Debbie@MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.

 

Visit My Updated Etsy Shop!

My Patch Of Blue Sky Etsy Shop

You may think I paint all of the time. Surprise! Sometimes I hammer, drill and slice after schlepping through tons of scrap metal at the junkyard!

Samples of scrap wall art in my Etsy shop.

It’s a dirty job. One that I love. I used to create copper art all the time, but one of my faux finishing clients bought every piece I had recently made for his man cave. Now, ages later, I’m rediscovering a passion, and, this is a great way to work out my new bionic shoulder and have a blast too.

Check out my newest junk art series, “Recycle The City” in my Etsy shop today!

Custom sizes and designs are available – think man or lady caves, bars, restaurants, art studios. You get the idea!

Shop For Jewelry Treasures, Link To DIY Painting Tutorials!

Shop Finishing Touches

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have fun! Or even a girl’s guy.

Click on the image above to see new items in the FINISHING TOUCHES SHOP at My Patch Of Blue Sky. Discover weekly jewelry treasures from my world travel collections, in all budget ranges.

AND, while shopping, click on the images to link to my DIY tutorials and learn how to create the project or finish featured in the background photo!

So Excited To Be Teaching Again At ArtFusion In Colorado This Fall!

ArtFusion Event, October 2016, Colorado

Do you attend the ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe last November? If you did, I can bet you are so ready to do it again, in an all-new event in Colorado this year. October 26 thru 29 will be magical days of creating, painting, learning, laughter, and spending quality time with folks like you.

If you wanted to attend, but could not, here is your chance, not to be missed!

I will be teaching 2 workshops again this year:

Passionate Pattern & Patina, featuring Modern Masters Metal Effects products, and Royal Design Studio stencils and modellos.

Also Simple Secret Layers, featuring Fusion Mineral Paint and products, Wood Icing®, and more!

Go to the instructors page to view the amazing lineup of teachers and workshops, and REGISTER SOON! Classes fill up really quickly.

More photos and details to come…