Entries in paint technique (8)


new foyer lamps + how to create a "zinc" finish

Three blog posts in one week, can you believe it?  I'm still behind on laundry by three loads, but I have to say, it feels soooooo good to be back to blogging on what I hope I can make a regular basis!  On the heels of Wednesday's post, I still have lighting on the brain, this time in the form of new pair of huge table lamps for my foyer!  If you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you may remember me posting a while back about how one of the lamps in my foyer mysteriously broke into one hundred pieces while we were watching Game of Thrones last season.  I've had such a hard time findinganother pair  that I like that are also big enough; the last set was 31 inches high which is perfect for us because both the hubby and I are tall and I hate walking by and being able to see over the lamp and seeing the bulb.  Coming off of the upstairs addition, I also didn't want to spend a fortune,either.  So, when a friend called from a trip to Pottery Barn a few weeks ago and said a pair of Estelle stacked glass table lamps were on clearance for more than half off, I couldn't say no!

These pictures just don't do the lamps justice, they are so beautiful.  And they are HUGE - 33 inches to the tip of the finial, to be exact.  When it comes to lighting, I tend to find bigger is better for a dramatic impact and these lamps definitely deliver.  And if you really want to dial up the drama, a large scale mirror will do the trick!

I found this one a few years back at HomeGoods but it had a yellowed finish that looked like it had spend half a century inside a chain smoker's house.  So, I gave it a little refreshing with a "zinc" paint treatment and I LOVE how it turned out.  Here are the step-by-step instructions on how I created the finish - it's so easy and one of my favorite paint treatments, mostly because the messier the better!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


faux finished walls: would you ever?

Faux finished walls.....those three words conjure images of sponge painted and rag rolled walls that were popular in the 90's and make me cringe a little. The thing with faux finishes on interior walls, for me at least, is that it has to be done absolutely perfectly in order to not look cheesey or fake (for lack of a better word).  A few years ago, I actually tried a technique by Ralph Lauren Home, which was supposed to look like linen wallpaper.  I followed the directions to a "T", watched the how-to video a hundred times and it still looked awful.  Streaky.  Messy.  I vowed never again.  But then recently I revisited the idea again as a less expensive alternative to grass cloth wallpaper-maybe I just wasn't patient or quick enough the first time around?  As luck would have it, the paint department in Home Depot was doing a little demo on the technique a few weeks ago.  I'm not gonna lie, they made it look soooooo easy.  Time consuming, but easy, nonetheless.  I don't know that I have the patience for this but it got me wondering if any of you readers would ever go for it?  Has anyone ever tried it?  Did you have any success, if you did?  Or know of anyone who did?  I'd love to know!

The inspiration gallery on Ralph Lauren Home's website is droolworthy enough to make me want to run out and grab their paint and glaze right now.  I think a major pro about the technique is that you can paint over it if and when you ever get tired of it, whereas removing wallpaper is a much more costly, time consuming endeavor.  I love each and every one of these inspiring images and the shades of blue are just gorgeous, don't you think?  And furthermore, it's very difficult to tell that it isn't wallpaper!

Bright Canvas is a similar technique with a bunch of different colors to choose from.  Candy colored grass cloth lookalikes:

So, what do you think?  Would you ever try either one of these techniques??


diy: antique brass paint finish

My favorite DIY's are those that take the least amount of time and are virtually impossible to mess up.  This paint technique satisfies both requirements and the results are pretty impressive!  I've heard a lot of wonderful things about Modern Masters metallic paints and have been wanting to give them a try for a while; after wanting to add a little warmth to my mantle for fall, I ordered a small pot of the brass color way and gave it a go to a small round mirror I had laying around.  I can totally see what all the hype is about with the paint; it covers like a dream and has a more believable metallic quality than I could get out of a can of spray paint.  After a few coats, I loved the color but still wanted a more "antique" feel, so I brushed on some walnut stain, wiping it back messily and leaving a little bit of stain in corners on the molding.  I love it.  Here is how I did it:

1.  Prime your piece.  I use Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Primer.

2.  Add two coats of Modern Masters paint, waiting to dry completely between each coat.

3.  Using a foam brush, brush on some walnut stain, wait a few minutes and then wipe it off with a clean white cloth. 

That's it! 

Happy Hump Day!


ralph lauren paint is back at home depot!

The day Home Depot stopped carrying Ralph Lauren paint in order to make room for Martha Stewart's line was, indeed, a sad one for me.  They had the most brilliant, saturated color palettes in every beautiful color from soft whites to the deepest, darkest, moodiest of blues.  Hoarding their paint swatches was the best part of trips there and their seasonal design folders carried a multitude of inspiration for more than just paint!  I was especially disappointed when it came time to paint Baby Girl's crib because I knew Champagne Toast was the ONLY color that would give me the look I was going for in her nursery - so much so that I ended up driving TWO HOURS to the nearest specialty paint store just for a gallon!  So, I'm especially excited to see that Home Depot is once again carrying their line!  Here's a peek at some of their latest inspiration:

The colors in their Harbor Blues and Atlantic Light collections are so dreamy:

And I'm LOVING their Indigo Denim faux paint techinque...a less expensive, DIY version of blue grasscloth wallpaper, perhaps?  Isn't is stunning??

Check out Home Depot and Ralph Lauren Paint for more colors and inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend!


a new mirror for the entryway + a HomeGoods score

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of the framed sea life book pages in my entryway to my Instagram account (@bungalowblue) and mentioned how they were going to soon be relocating to another room in the house.  There were quite a few comments on the perfect hang job and how it was a shame I was taking them down, and normally I would be in total agreement (it did take a while to get all 12 of them up there), HOWEVER, I'm just as excited with what will be taking their place:

If you've ever been on the hunt for an oversize round mirror at a reasonable price, you know it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack...close to impossible.  So, when I spotted a gorgeous, almost 40-incher at Home Goods a few weeks ago for less than $200, it was a no brainer - I had to have it!

There's just something about mirrors in entryways, don't you think?  They're classic, make small spaces like entryways live larger and help bounce natural light around.  With its generous size, this one is going to look amazing in my entry:

The finish is gold-ish and brown, a very bad faux paint job, but that's easily fixable.  Right now, I'm trying to decide whether I'll give it a "zinc" finish like another mirror I've refinished:

...or, the weathered wood finish I posted about last week.  (I'm kind of obsessed with this one lately and want to do it to EVERYTHING):

What do you think?  Which finish should I go with?