Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and  new-found designers that I am now loving too.

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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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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…

Dimensional Hand-Painted Floral Finish Using Wood Icing®, A Stencil, And Metallics

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial.

Are you snowed in? We have been for a couple of days this week, enjoying the wintery weather a bit, but also dreaming of spring and anxious to see the yard and blooms again. I decided to venture into my studio and take advantage of the quiet time to conjure up a very simple dimensional hand-painted wall, furniture, or canvas art finish. I used leftover paint and products: some Wood Icing® Textura Paste to add dimension, Chalk Paint®, a large graphic flower stencil, and Modern Masters metallic paints.

Voila! This finish is artsy, easy enough for the snowed-in-kids to help with, and fast-drying.

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Remembering 2015 Projects: Stencil And Paint Upholstery With Chalk Paint®

How to upcycle upholstery using a Royal Design Studio stencil and Chalk Paint®.

As you can see, Buggy Buggerson immediately claimed ownership of this little upholstery loveseat, which is right in the soft afternoon sun.  I wrote the blog project for Royal Design Studio‘s PaintAndPattern.com blog and it was a favorite by readers in 2015, and me, including folks at ApartmentTherapy.com!

Get the tutorial on PaintAndPattern.

Remembering 2015 Projects: Make A Simple Plant Stand Gorgeous

Make a simple plant stand gorgeous using Fusion Mineral Paint and products |Tutorial

Here’s one of my many favorite projects for Fusion Mineral Paint, using their paint, Tinting Kits, Sand Stone Texture, Gilding Paste, and Beeswax Finish.

There’s nothing like the feeling of taking a piece like this large, boring plant stand and making it a fabulous statement in a room!

Get the tutorial on the Fusion Mineral Paint blog.

It’s Not Too Late To Register For ArtFusion in Santa Fe!

ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe, November 3 - 6

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be an instructor at the ArtFusion Event this November in Santa Fe! And thanks to all who have completely filled up my two classes! Can’t wait to play in all sorts of paints with you.

ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe, November 3 - 6

If you have tried to register, and found your preferred classes full, be sure to add your name to the waiting list. We just added all of the folks on the waitlist for my Funky Chunky class.

ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe, November 3 - 6

There are still some openings with amazing artists available, and I hope you’ll check out their workshops too. The website also includes hotel options and discounts.

Hope to see you soon in Santa Fe!

P.S. I am also teaching a different workshop that week at New Leaf in Albuquerque, so stay tuned for details.

New Leaf

 

Artisan Enhancements Products & Script Stencil Create A Beautiful Finish!

Use Artisan Enhancement foil and products, plus gold foil and Chalk Paint® to create this finish.

What fun this finish was to create! A bit rustic. A bit glamorous. And totally fit for a fancy gold frame.

Often I have thought how wonderful, and time-saving, it would be to paint right over an existing finish on walls or furniture, and use it as ghostly pattern within the new technique. Especially when well-stuck wallpaper is involved.

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I’m So Excited To Be An Instructor At ArtFusion In Santa Fe, November 3-6!

ArtFusion Event Instructor | November 3-6, 2015

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be included as an instructor at the ArtFusion event, coming to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The list of teachers and workshops is astounding – so many amazing, talented artists sharing their finely honed crafts.

I have my eye on classes too!

There will also be an ARTFEST, open to the public – perfect to showcase and sell your original artwork.

I love that a portion of the instructors’ fees go toward several charities.

My all-day workshop, called Funky Chunky Finishes for Cabinets and Furniture will feature 10 techniques that I am creating for ArtFusion.

I would love for you to join me to get your funk on while we create classy and crustic finishes to add to your portfolio!

You will use lots of my favorite DIY paints, products and stencils – PLUS – some materials you have NEVER used in a finish before.

Play with textures, metallics, paper, foils, embossing, gilding, cake making tools, and even a piece of glass to insert into a cabinet door.

I would love to see you at ArtFusion, taking advantage of all of the creative magic sure to happen.

REGISTER HERE!

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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