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!

 

Announcing One-To-One Creative Skills Workshops For Retailers And Individuals!

Blue Sky Creative one-to-one workshops for retailers and individuals | Learn to use many DIY products for furniture finishes and artwork. Or learn to use WordPress, social media and email marketing tools.

Are you dying to learn new skills? Is it difficult to find workshops that fit into your crazy schedule and budget? Would you love to have personal training, tailored to exactly what YOU need?

Perfect! My One-To-One Workshops may be the solution for you. We can create your  personalized learning experience in my own quiet home studio and office.

Blue Sky One-To-One Workshops. Learn social media, creating a website and more plus furniture finishes.

Check out the topics below. Choose all business, specific furniture finishes, or a mix!

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Fusion Stencils, Metallics And Texture Make A Simple Plant Stand Gorgeous

{This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint. They graciously allow me to create projects with their amazing products. The content and ideas are my own.}

Fusion Mineral Paint stenciled and gilded plant stand project.

I am still working on projects in our happy, bright, living room. Years ago I rescued this substantial plant stand with visions of stenciling it like glam fabric to coordinate with our old and crusty column collection. You can see that it got a quick distressed finish and nothing else. So much potential was waiting to happen, right?

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Get A Stone Effect Using Wood Icing, Artisan Enhancements And A Royal Design Studio Stencil!

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame

Are you always looking for these two things: a cool new furniture finish AND another picture frame to showcase your evolving family, friends and accomplishments? Me too!

You may know that I have the unique opportunity to work with several wonderful DIY products. Yes, I admit it, it’s a little slice of creative heaven for me.

Rose Wilde, co-owner of Wood Icing Co. had a great idea for a stone finish – let’s try some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone on top of Wood Icing products to get the look of stone. So naturally I added a perfect Royal Design Studio stencil to enhance it all on this flat picture frame I unearthed in my clutter of “great stuff to use for blog posts.”

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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

 

 

 

 

 

An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous Using Wood Icing® + Milk Paint!

Wooden dough bowl painted with green mmilk paint and stenciled with Wood Icing Textura Paste

I have spent many years in the faux finishing and DIY paint worlds. I can’t even begin to count the number of different products I have used. Some I love to use, and others…well, not so much. I am excited today to play with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for the first time. The look is very “me” and the though of pairing it in a project with Wood Icing‘s Textura Paste made me jump out of bed this morning in anticipation of the possibilities.

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The Reveal! Orange Teak Master Bedroom Furniture Goes Weathered Grey!

Orange teak goes weathered gray

Recently I posted several times about transforming our three large master bedroom furniture pieces. They are 1970s Danish modern and after many, many years I was so eager to get rid of the orange hue and change to soft, weathered gray. I prepared for my large refinishing project first by using my Color Inspiration Notebook. I created it as a fun tool to assist DIY furniture painting project lovers with color inspiration and selection. The built-in color wheel walked me right through my basic color scheme. It confirmed that I was happy with my accessories and the major teal color, accented with a bit of green and metallics.

The huge dilemma was what to do with the teak – eeekkkk. It seemed to grow more orange every year! The platform bed and two large dressers are loved for their simplicity and have been perfect for storage capacity (there are drawers under the bed).

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Win A Color Inspiration Notebook From DIY Furniture Painting Bloggers!

I am having so much fun with several of my favorite bloggers who are giving away a Color Inspiration Notebook – just in time for your painting projects. And gifting of course!

MEET SUZANNE BUGHERI of The Painted Drawer

The Painted Drawer Notebook giveaway

Suzanne loves to paint like I do, and in her giveaway post she shares projects like these, and how she uses the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Don’t miss Suzanne’s giveaway post and enter to win a Notebook! Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends TODAY AT MIDNIGHT!

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MEET DANIELLE DRISCOLL of Finding Silver Pennies

Finding Silver Pennies Notebook Giveaway

Danielle transformed this old dresser using Miss Mustard Seed’s Mustard Seed Yellow paint. How pretty and cheerful!

Want to read Danielle’s project post and enter to win a Notebook? Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends on November 30th.

Stay tuned for winner announcements, including the giveaway from Kim Yeager at LARK NEST DESIGN.

More blogger giveaways coming soon!

Want to purchase a Notebook? Order or find a retailer near you.