Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

My front door, painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint, was featured in the LA Times recently.

Last week I was blissfully working away in Valencia, California, at the offices of the fabulous Modern Masters team! Along with fellow faux finisher and decorative artist, Mary Childs from Orlando, we each created seasonal DIY projects, to be debuted prior to each holiday.

What an honor and a treat to play with many of my favorite products while conjuring up projects I think you are going to swoon over. Watch for cool and creepy Halloween ideas, coming soon, on the ModernMastersCafe.com blog!

Fortunate color Modern Masters Front Door Paint

During Masterminds week, I later discovered, one of my Modern Masters Front Door Paint projects, using the bright green color Fortunate, was featured in a color-trending story about Modern Masters, by writer Bonnie McCarthy, of the Los Angeles Times.

What a coincidence!

I hope you’ll hop over to the story and check out the bright and inspiring front door projects by fellow bloggers, TheTaleOfAnUglyHouse.com, RobbRestyle.com, ColourSaturatedLife.com, and SpoonfulOfImagination.com.

 

 

 

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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Check Out Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine!

Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine | January 2016 issue

Many of my friends and clients are retailers of DIY paint and decorating products. On their behalf, I am excited to see this magazine, Paint & Decorating Retailer, targeted to their business, online and in print. It is packed with need-to-read content regarding color, social media, trends, and so much more, for the do it yourself and professional markets.

I am honored that one of my fabulous clients, Modern Masters, provided some of the images from my blog posts using their products, as well as Royal Design Studio stencils and Wood Icing®.

One of my dear friends, and social media guru and marketing consultant, Regina Garay of Sociacomm.com also comments on metallics, finishes, and their currents trends.

Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine | January 2016 issue

Find all of the tutorials on these projects here:

COVER IMAGE, rust and metallic stencil on a wooden screen on ModernMastersCafe.com

TOP RIGHT, “Ice Palace” wall finish on WoodIcing.Blogspot.com

BOTTOM, rust and patina cabinet doors with a stencil, on Royal Design Studio’s PaintAndPattern.com

 

Thank You PaintAndPattern.com!

PaintAndPattern.com

Many thanks to Melanie Royals and the team at Royal Design Studio, who publishes the online design magazine PaintAndPattern.com, for including my tutorials for a second year in 2015! Clearly, I am nuts about stenciling and all sorts of patterns, from contemporary, to Moroccan, and everything in between.

Thanks as well for sending so many stencils and modellos for me to use in my workshops at ArtFusion in Santa Fe. They are always a huge hit.

Yes, our home is very Boho, with lots of color and pattern in stenciled furniture, accessories, and artwork. Just when I think I can’t imagine one more stenciling project, I get inspired again, often by fellow P+P bloggers like Deb Trombley, of NomadicDecorator.com and so many more.

I’m looking forward to many new project adventures using Royal Design Studio stencils, modellos, Stencil Cremes and who knows what else in 2016. See you there!

 

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: Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Using Modern Masters Metal Effects

Make Rusty, Crusty Wall Art Magic Using Modern Masters Metal Effects products | Tutorial

Thank you Modern Masters for including me to spread the good word about your amazing products during 2015!

It has been a fabulous, creative year for me, using Modern Masters Metal Effects to create projects for the blog, ModernMastersCafe.com, and in workshops across the country.

Rust, crust, and patina, on letters, home accessories, artwork, focus walls and more! Here’s a look back at a favorite art project that I did for our master bedroom, using a old ceiling tin mounted on a wooden frame.

Get my tutorial on ModernMasterscafe.com!

 

Create This “Ice Palace” Wall Finish Using Wood Icing®!

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Have you noticed that rustic furniture can mix beautifully with a glamorous wall finish?

Our 1970s ranch home is far from glam, but I have decided that a gorgeous treatment on a focus wall can be a sweet addition.

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Create Cool, Contemporary Faux Brick Using Fusion Products

Create Cool, Contemporary Faux Brick Using Fusion Products

Recently I posted about painting our fireplace brick and mantel with Fusion Mineral Paint. It was fast, inexpensive, and provided the immediate gratification I crave! Just a bit of cleanup to begin with and I had a fresh, new look in about an hour and a half, no sealer coat required.

While I was painting, I thought about folks who do not have a brick fireplace – maybe just drywall above their mantel, or even no fireplace at all. I realized that Fusion has a wonderful option for creating the faux brick look! They offer a stencil shaped like authentic brick that can be used for painting what I call southern-traditional-style brick. You know, terra cotta and browns. Or, like my new favorite, a cool, contemporary color scheme, using soft grey and white textures.

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