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Monday, May 30, 2011

Dry Brushing My Columns for a Restoration Hardware Look

I've had these columns for several years in another room in the house.  I wanted to try them on the screened porch. Here's an image of the columns with their original dark stain.  I couldn't decide if I wanted them in the screened porch room or not.





  I decided I'd like them if I could give them a gray wash to match the mirror.  I selected a dark gray latex paint. There's a close up of the mirror below.  Very Restoration Hardware look, don't you think?





First, I decided I would practice on the back side of the column.   I lightly sanded the columns because I wanted the dark stain to show through.  I removed all the dust and debris and wiped the column down with a damp cloth.

Next, I went over the surface with a dry brush and followed with a damp cloth.  This didn't work.  Too much of the paint came off.

Back to the drawing board.  I selected a small section of the column and soaked the area with a wet cloth.   I then applied the paint again with a dry brush.  Success!  The dampened area was just enough to dilute the paint, the dry brush gave a light coating of paint, and the stain showed through.  Perfect.  I worked my way all over the column, dampening small sections at a time and making sure that I feathered in where one section began and the other ended.

On the left is the original stained column and on the right the dry brushed one.





Did you know that adding water raises the grain of  wood and lets it accept stain or paint easier?  Try it.  It worked for me on the columns.

Here they are in the screened porch room.  What do you think?




To see the original post, go here.  To see final result views of the screened porch, go here for view one, here for view two, and here for view three.

Kathy

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Lime Washing My Factory Cart for a Belgian-Furniture Look

Several months ago I bought a factory cart and wanted to use it as a coffee table on my screened porch.  Let's just say the price was right but the colors weren't.  It was only $100.  I've seen them as high as $600.   Ever the bargain hunter, I decided I could do something with it to make it work for me.

Here's what it looked like.  Red, green, and a touch of yellow.  Yuck.



The equally attractive under side.  It looks like a dead bug.



First,  I bought some environmentally safe paint stripper to remove the Christmas colors.  
Either I wasn't patient enough or it didn't work.

Plan B.  I used a stainless steel paint in a flat finish.  It was something my husband had on hand.  His hobby is working on vintage cars and this paint was manufactured by Eastwood, an auto parts restoration company, and is sold for painting cast metal.   I liked its flat finish.  I sanded and cleaned the entire cart and applied the paint to all metal surfaces. Yea, colors were gone.
I think that any gray paint in a flat finish that can be used on metal would work just as well.

Next, the liming.  I went on line and was ready to buy a very expensive liming kit.
I read a little more about liming and found out that all a liming finish is is diluted white paint which settles into and accentuates the wood grain.
Oak is the type of wood you most see with a lime wash because of its very deep and visible grain.

How lucky am I?  The wood on my cart was oak.   I decided I wanted to use some very light gray paint.  The closest color would be Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray.  Or, you could just use white.

Instead of mixing the paint with water, I saturated the boards with a wet cloth, painted on the gray, then followed with another wet cloth, wiping off the paint.  It worked!  The paint stuck in the wood grain and lightly coated the rest of the surface.

Here's what it looked like when I finished.  The paint accentuated the grain and gave a translucent finish to the smooth  surfaces.  It didn't even take an hour.




This is the wood top.  The paint very easily filled into the grain.
I need to mention that this was a raw wood surface that I sanded.


In place in the screened porch.





A  View from the Top




Give it a try.  Easy Peasy.

Kathy

Completed Porch



If you missed the original screened porch post, go here.  If you missed final results of the posts on the screened porch, go here for view one, here for view two, and here for view three.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reflections

Whenever I'm trying to take photos and there's a mirror in the room, I cringe.  I normally have a terrible time controlling the reflection.  Well, while taking the photos of the porch a very unexpected thing happened.  The reflections were so interesting that I decided to share them.  If you've been following along you should be able to recognize the vignettes. Take a peek through the looking glass.


Enjoy.











Did you figure them out?

Kathy

Completed Porch



If you missed the original screened porch post, go here.  To see the final result of the screened porch redo, go here for view one, here for view two, and here for view three.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Screened Porch Reveal View Three

This view is the brick wall near the entrance into the house.  It's the wall you see first when you enter from outside.   I covered a rectangular table with a gray giraffe print.  Above the table is a framed over-sized tin ceiling tile section.  My collection of bottles are on one side, and on the other some "ferns" and a dress form woman.  I draped some jewelry around the bottle to add some sparkle.  There's a mercury glass orb in the cement wall sconce.




You can see the items better in this next photo.
I included the previous one so you could get a feel for the room.  I'm thinking about getting a piece of glass cut for the top of the table.  When I have guests I can remove the items and use it for a buffet.  What do you think?




A close up of the woman dress form and the metal ferns.


And a close up of the other side with the bottles.




There's one final post about the porch.  Please check back.

Thanks for following along.

Kathy

Completed Porch



If you missed the original post, go here.

To see the final room result view one, go here, and for view two, go here.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Screened Porch Reveal View Two

In this area I have a garden table and chairs.  On the table are iron candlesticks, a cloche on a pedestal, and suspended above it, a wire orb.  I'm planning on adding a cord and light inside the orb.




Another view of table with my over sized silver tray.



In front of the cart I added two director's chairs with a garden stool between them.



This is a close up of the items on the garden table.




Behind the director's chairs is another small matching garden table. 


On top of the table is the lantern with vintage books and an iron bird.
A piece of faux blue coral is along side it.



Underneath, a stack of rattan suitcases.



One room view left.  Check back for the next post.


Kathy

Completed Porch




If you missed the original porch redo post, go here.   If you missed view one of the final room result, go here.  To see view three go here.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

I've Been Featured on Centsational Girl

One of my favorite blogs is Centsational Girl.   It's written by Kate, a super talented. creative and amazingly prolific blogger.  She's appeared on Nate Berkus too.  
 She recently hosted a party where bloggers could share their outdoor projects.  I thought that my
screened porch redo met the criteria so I decided to share.
Imagine my surprise and excitement when I went to her blog to show my husband what a linky party was and there was my screened porch.  I still can't believe it. 

Here's what she said about me:
"Kathy from All About Vignettes built a screened in porch then furnished it with European flair.  Wow, this view is like something out of House Beautiful, the columns, the mirror, the fabrics… swoon!

Thank you Kate.  It is an honor to be recognized by you.

To see the full post, go here.
Kathy

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Screened Porch Reveal View One

Whew, it's done.  Since there's so much going on in there, and I don't have a wide angle lens, I'm going to individually feature several views of the room.
This wall is to your right as you enter from the sidewalk through the screened door.  It's the wall where the sofa finally stayed.




In a previous post, here, you saw the sofa and mirror.  I was indecisive about the columns.  I decided to keep them in the mix and used a dry brush technique to get them to be the same color as the mirror.  I'll do a tutorial on this in another post.  I decided not to use the chartreuse accents I was considering in the previous post.  On one side of the sofa I  used a painted garden table with an attached lamp and a magazine rack.



And on the other side a vintage medical cabinet with its original chippy swirly paint design.  I  added an alabaster lamp, blue transfer ware bowl, and a piece of coral.




This is another angle of the same view.  In the foreground you can see my factory cart.  It was painted red, green, and yellow.  I'll do a separate post to tell you how I achieved the Belgian look.




Below is a top view of  the factory cart.






On top of the cart I placed weathered medical books, bound with twine and topped with a starfish.  In the large hammered metal bowl are some floats and shells.


Next post will feature another view of the room. Three views in all.
If you missed the original post, go here.
To see view two go here and for view three here.


Kathy

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