My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!Recently I announced that Staci Belew of Artisan Enhancements and I challenged each other to a DIY Furniture Finish Challenge, featuring AE products. We were both inspired by the Stucco Italiano wall finish photo at left that Staci discovered.

I decided to recreate it on a small piece in our hallway, and eventually, Staci will introduce her version on a focus wall later. We have not compared notes on how we approached which products to use, colors, textures, or layering. So it will be exciting to see Staci’s version too.

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The DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Is On, Featuring Artisan Enhancements Products!

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

A while back, I threw down the gauntlet and challenged anyone to send me inspiration photos of finishes found in magazines, on Pinterest, anywhere. Then I would choose one and interpret which products and colors to use, then execute it on a piece of furniture.

Here we go! Staci at Artisan Enhancements challenged me to a little duel. I am going to re-create this gorgeous wall finish, done by Stucco Italiano, Inc. As a faux finisher, I am salivating over this color and texture, but I understand that for the DIYer, it is unattainable.

So, Stucco Italiano, thank you for the fab inspiration!

Inspiration for DIY Challenge

So what is the deal with Staci? So cool! She is going to create the finish on a wall. We are not collaborating on a recipe for how to get our looks, but we will share both of our interpretations.

So fascinating to see which Artisan Enhancements products we each choose!

So stay tuned!

 

Want To Join Me For The DIY Furniture Finish Challenge?

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

Recently I announced the DIY Furniture Finish Challenge. I love figuring out how to get the look of an inspiration photo to share. And I’m thinking some of you might like to join me!

Here are the photos that several folks posted on Facebook that they would love to get a recipe for.

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

I love the gorgeous yellow and grey pattern as inspiration for a furniture finish. What a lovely table top! And the soft grey, more modern shimmer on the dresser is classy and perfect for many pieces. The settee is rustic and inviting and a bit French.

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

These finishes are quite crusty and worn!

Want to choose one or more to tackle? Simply analyze a photo. What products would be perfect to get the look? Then, choose colors and a finish, like wax or a clear coat.

HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE?

Create the finish on a piece of furniture, or just use a sample board. Photograph the final finish, and write down your recipe including the products you used. Step by step photos with the instructions on how you got the look are preferred, but not required. Email it all to me to share on a future blog post and social media!

No deadline. We are all swamped. Just have fun with it!

I will choose one and post it as well.

Debbie@MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

Announcing the DIY Furniture Finish Challenge!

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

Do you have folders crammed with magazine clips? Is your Color Inspiration Notebook bursting at the seams like mine? Are your Pins overflowing on Pinterest?

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

Have you collected zillions of fabulous inspirational photos with wonderful potential color ideas and combinations?

Great! Now you can not only use your inspiration collection, you can find out HOW TO DO THOSE FINISHES!

Are you excited yet? I am. This is going to be so fun for 2015.

HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS

Simply go to the My Patch Of Blue Sky Facebook page and post a very clear, close up, color photo of a project you are dying to do but have no idea how to do it. At least once a month I will choose one and create the finish as closely as possible. Then I will post the results and the DIY HOW-TO here on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com!

The description says furniture, but cabinets, walls and about anything else qualifies too!

How in the world can I do this? Well, 15 years of full-time faux finishing experience and clients representing several wonderful coordinating brands of paint and products helps!

THE BENEFIT FOR DIY PRODUCT RETAILERS…

I will also create a training module for you to use as a workshop! You will be able to find it in The Workshop Store.

Announcing The Workshop Store, A DIY Painters Design Challenge & More for 2015!

Blue Sky Anniversary

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe My Patch Of Blue Sky is one year old. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and this is not my first business venture. I owned a faux finishing business for over 15 years, and I ran a small home décor shop called Feather Your Nest with three dear friends for a few years simultaneously.

It has been a fun year for me, with the worst challenge being that I work at home. I have always loved to leave the house, dressed for the day, to work in a studio or office environment filled with like-minded folks. The dynamic for creativity has now changed. I have to reach within myself, my print and internet resources and connections every day instead of brainstorming with peers in the room together.

Now I work with Lacey Jane, the kitty assistant, who works and snoozes by my elbow at the computer – or on top of my studio work table. We have some quality time, and I talk to her instead of myself.

WHAT DID I DO IN 2014?

Annie Sloan stockists shop redesign projects

Many readers think of me as a DIY project, design and travel blogger. I have been blogging for years, and love to mingle with other bloggers like I did again this year at the Haven Conference.

But, My Patch Of Blue Sky is also my business, and I am often asked what I do, other than blog.

In 2014, I worked with lots of wonderfully talented, dynamic Annie Sloan stockists. Three signed on quickly as my first clients, then the list evolved. We reinvented their existing stores, or designed new ones. We shopped for merchandise at the High Point and Atlanta Markets. I built websites, created email blasts and handled blogs and social media. We did workshops at their locations, and even created workshops for them to teach.

And we laughed, painted, stenciled, lugged furniture, shopped ’til we dropped and loved every minute of it. And I’m pleased to say that they tell me their businesses have grown with my help.

DIY paint and project samples

I also designed and wrote dozens of DIY paint and stencil projects for my fabulous clients, Royal Design Studio’s Paint + Pattern, Wood Icing™, Artisan Enhancements and Modern Masters. At times, I wondered if I had one more new idea in my brain, and somehow, the projects flowed!

Now I can say that I have a large portfolio of DIY paint, stencil, and related products to design with that blend beautifully with each other. Lots of exciting potential.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?

Color Inspiration Notebooks - USA and Canada

In August, I self-published the Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Furniture. Who know that there would be dozens of retailers in the USA in half of the states. Plus one in Canada?

And who knew that The Colour Inspiration Notebook Canada will launch soon?

In early January, I will introduce The Workshop Store for retailers of DIY products who tell me they always need new, inexpensive, quality project workshops and furniture finishes to satisfy the never-ending demand by their customers. Running a store is daunting enough without the pressure of cobbling together new content.

The first offerings will be compiled from posts I have written for clients like Paint + Pattern and Wood Icing™, with their permission. Then I will add more, often.

Retailers will simply shop by drop-down tabs, choosing according to the product lines they sell.

For pure painting fun, I can’t wait to start the DIY Furniture Finish Design Challenge. So many times I pin stunning painted finish ideas on Pinterest, but how does one DO IT?

So, submit your inspiring photos for me to choose from on Facebook, and I will create a finish designed from the DIY paint and products I know and love.

Then I will share the recipe!

Stay tuned for details. 2015 is going to be a blast!Signature2