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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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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Summer Deck Projects Using Royal Design Studio Stencils, And More!

Summer deck projects using Royal Design Studio stencils and more

Thanks to Royal Design Studio, and their fun tiny new stencils and one-time-use modello patterns, our deck is brimming with flowers, ferns and fun. During the month of May, for Paint+Pattern, I worked on three summer deck projects that really made an impact our our outdoor living space.

Here are some quickie sneak peeks.

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Small, Rustic Touches In Our Tiny Powder Room Add Up To Fabulous!

Rustic bath accents and a pearly wall finish update a tiny powder room.

I’m pretty sure that we have the weirdest, smallest powder room in existence. It is not prominently featured somewhere near the entrance of our home, where guests can discover it. It is hidden at the back door, within the laundry room.

Blah! When we first moved here I’m not sure we knew it existed for a month. Until we had a gaggle of little girls over for a deck party. Then the magic location revealed itself as nothing short of brilliant.

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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!

 

Make Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Magic Using Modern Masters Metal Effects!

I am sharing a post that I wrote for the Modern Masters Café blog in January. This is one of my favorite ever projects. Enjoy!
Modern Masters Metal Effects

Recently I experienced some creative excitement that really got my heart beating. Packages from Modern Masters arrived on my doorstep, chock full of their Metal Effects products. My goal: to create something rusty and fabulous with gorgeous green patina like you find on ancient hardware and statuary.

I have spent over 15 years as a full time faux finisher, yet I never discovered these crazy fun, addictive products! I know you have seen stunning finishes on walls and furniture on Pinterest and in magazines and drooled over the look thinking they are impossible for a DIYer to achieve.

Oh, it’s so not so!

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Paint A Copper Metallic Star Lamp + A $150 Fusion Products Giveaway!

Paint a metal star with Fusion Copper metallic paint.

This is the story of a cool painted star lamp, using the Fusion Copper Tinting Kit, AND a $150 Fusion Products Giveaway! Visit all 13 of the Blog Hop bloggers listed below, get inspired by their cool Fusion Mineral Paint projects, and enter to win along the way!

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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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Use Fusion Products To Create Texture And Bling On Furniture

{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.}

Here’s How I Used Fusion Products To Create Texture And Bling On My Bland Brown Table

Table painted with Fusion Mineral PaintI just know you have a bland, boring, brown something in the attic you are dying to make gorgeous. Right? I did too. I discovered this lovely table that was perfect. Well, almost perfect. It. Was. Ugly. Leather top and all.

Although I have played quite a lot with Fusion Mineral Paint and products, this was my first complete project where I got to brainstorm a new look for this piece, and use several fun paint colors and stencils.

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Stencil Crazy? Find All Of My Royal Design Studio Projects Here!

You’ve probably noticed by now that I adore pattern. And I adore using Royal Design Studio stencils! Fabulous new designs that I have to try are constantly introduced. I have been honored to be on the Paint + Pattern Design Magazine team for over a year now and I am as passionate as ever.

And prolific. Holy Cow. Have I done some stenciling! Find links to all of my designs here on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com 24/7. Click on the project you like and hop on over to Paint + Pattern for all of the instructions and supplies you’ll need for your project. And SO much more by team members.

Stencil Projects by My Patch Of Blue Sky on PaintAnd Pattern.com