Relief Painting Tutorial

Hi Dear Friends!

I’m here. Just growing older and feeling time pass quickly with my children and trying to be there for every, single emotional and physical need. You get it.

I did do a little tutorial yesterday on this super cool relief decor piece a client brought over. I wanted to show you that when you do something with a ton of detail like this you want to gently brush on your paint. You don't want to shove it into the crevices with a heavy-hand. There's something really pretty about letting that wood show through and that means you shouldn't touch it. Step back and evaluate, decide when to stop.

I went over the piece lighting with clear wax and a cloth. I also sanded a little on the part of the rooster that were long surfaces. The color is Country Grey.

Here is the result. I love that pieces like this can be placed leaning against most any surface for some interesting detail.

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…spring work

Hey!

I wanted to let you all know that I will be here through the spring working. Summer will be mostly family time, but Spring is an opportunity to set the refresh button and make your home crisp and clean. So, if there are projects that you've been putting off and would like help refinishing your old, brown pieces send me an image and I'll give you a quote. My turn around is 2 weeks and I work mostly with Annie Sloan, as you know.

cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

I also have a full garage of items that I am going to be finishing up and selling at good prices so check in.

Loving you all!

Christen

 

…ukulele blue

Hey Guys! Whose ready for warm weather? ME, that’s who.

I feel like in order to put a room together you need to be in that space for a while to sort it out. We are not able to get to the lake as often as I would like so I try to play things out in my head. Originally, I was going to literally paint every itty-bitty thing white in the house – from flooring to stair rails to furniture. I halfway tried that. This piece below was one of the pieces that I painted white, but for months I could not finish it.

When I lose steam for a project it’s usually because it’s not right. I think I’m being influenced by all the color that I’m seeing out in the world. So. Much. Blue. Images that I’ve been drawn to look something like this:

I see so much texture and color and not everything is symmetrical. It feels comfortable and elegant. I'm really into it. So, I decided to try to incorporate the look into the main living space and it started with painting this console blue. It's Napolonic Blue, but we call it Ukulele Blue based on, well, Reid's ukulele that matches the color.

Yes, I need to scrape the glass. I also sanded down a white table that I painted early on because I wanted to expose some of the wood. I think natural wood works really well with this dark blue. It was a family affair to get it sanded.

And DH waxed for the first time!

I'm in love with how it turned out.

Lastly, I worked on a few smaller items - a little entry table and hanging some accessories. When doing a dark color, sometimes you need multiple coats. I used three on each of these blue pieces.

Love gold with blue. I framed this antique music many years ago with custom mats and think they work great here.

Feels better. Um, I think no curtains, DH.

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