Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Abandon Blog

It seems I had been into this for about five minutes. The guy that created and updates our website just pointed out to me that I have not posted in a few years.  Well everyone knows I have plenty to say. So I  may as well write some of it.  Some of what I say can actually be helpful.  I am once again trying to stop smoking cigarettes.  I figure this is something constructive I can do with some of my newly found free time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Recycle, Re-use, Re-think

Wait! Do not throw away that armoire that is out dated!  It an be changed to fit a new decorating style or just updated to house that new television or computer.

Even before the economy went south I have always been a proponent of re-using useful things.  Often when people think of re-finishing a piece of furniture they think of stripping it down to the original wood and starting all over again.  This can be a very daunting task and those who attempt to do it themselves are often left with a half finished piece hanging around in some corner somewhere waiting to finally make to the curb or end up on Craigs List.

With the paint materials that exist today a piece of furniture an be transformed into a one of a kind piece in a matter of hours.

More on this later.....off to complete samples for a meeting I have in a few hours.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Myths and Old Wives Tales

How many of you have heard that a dark color will make a space look smaller? I am betting that most of you have. For those of you who would love to paint a wall or a room a deep dark color I have good news for you. Dark colors tend to open a space up!

It was probably 15 or 16 years ago when my partner and I were tasked with taking a long narrow hall and turning into a reception area for an appointment only bakery. The client gave us an invitation and asked us to work off of those colors.

The first thing we did was add a crown molding and chair rail to add a little sofistication. We came up with a great wall finish (I had just completed a course at The Finishing School) and I really thought I knew what I was doing. I was able to put together the color combination and mix the colors perfectly. As far as execution, well that was another story. Lucky for me I had a genius for a partner. That was for above the chair rail. Once we managed to get the top done with multiple color glazes and faux stone, we had the bottom to contend with. It seemed the only thing to do was a dark green. The Ralph Lauren paints were out at that point and the color collections were in this painters opinion the best that were out at the time.

We picked a very dark green. I was terrified. All that kept going through my head was, "oh no! this will take this skinny hall and make it look even narrow". The client was terrified and decided to let it go and just let us do our thing. They were out of money and paying us in cake. So dark green won and we rolled away. When it was all done, 75 coats later we could not believe our eyes. That hallway doubled in width. You could look into the wall and it kept going forever. Our clients were thrilled and our family members and friends received the most amazing birthday cakes for years.

From that project on I have continuously suggested to a client that they go for it if they desire a dark color. I often tell that story. To date I have never had to change a dark color. There was a lot of hand holding and therapy through the process, but the color always stayed.

I have found over the years that medium toned colors tend to cozy up a space. They seem to give the illusion that the walls are closer together.

If you want dark red, deep brown or even black, I say go for it! Remember it is only paint.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What this Blog is all about.

The purpose of this blog is to supply people with helpful information and to clear up some of the myths regarding all types of painting. Everyday new products come and go for various reasons. There are many myths and old wives tales that confuse people and stop them from painting things they think they might want to paint or finish in some decorative way. I would also like to offer information that will help people decide if they should tackle a project themselves or hire a professional.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A simple statement regarding paint.

Paint never ever has to be painful.