Decorative Painting, Walls and Ceiling Repair

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    walls glazed in a cloud pattern
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    walls glazed in antique leather look, white valances painted to resemble the wood frames of the windows

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    crackled frames, glazed, crackled raised panels.

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    2015 ASID Show House. I used multiple treatments to make the railings and stairs look like aged driftwood.
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    2015 ASID Show House. I used multiple processes to change the white oak doors to an aged gray patina.

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    2015 ASID Show House. It’s difficult to see, but the ceiling here was oak, and I used several steps to bring it to a light driftwood color. I used Rubio Monocoat as the finish.

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    2015 ASID Show House. Multiple steps on the wood ceilings and walls, to give them an aged driftwood look. The finish coating on all the wood is Rubio Monocoat.
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    2015 ASID Show House. Another view of the grand staircase. Often there is damage to finishes during the construction process; I colored many areas in the antique wood columns to look like the surface patina, where light wood underneath had been exposed.

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    This is my favorite paint of all for trim and cabinetry. It’s Advance, by Benjamin Moore. It’s a waterborne oil enamel that is, in my opinion, far more beautiful than any other oil paint. This is a safe, extremely low VOC paint that I apply with a brush. I have done trim and cabinets with this paint, and because it is safe, it can be used indoors in the winter- you can have your kitchen painted in January!. I am sensitive to paint smells, and this paint I have used for 12 hours straight, multiple days without the slightest effect- not even watery eyes. And it washes up with plain water. I left a half inch of this paint in a container, and it dried perfectly smooth and hard and never yellowed or cracked or lost any sheen like oil enamel would have in the same situation. In this picture I tried to capture the way the light refracts off the surface- it resembles the inside of a clam shell in the sunlight, showing all the colors of the spectrum; it’s really amazing paint.
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    Custom made stencil, metallic polka dots

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    After: I added gel stain to match the lighter area of the board with the darker area.
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    Before: sometimes stain does not soak into built up pieces of wood the same.
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    middle window frame was darker, so wood grain pattern was darkened to match the frame
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    the right window frame had the lightest stain, so I matched the white valance by giving it a lighter finish. Custom finishing is the only way to match the subtle variances in wood finishes.
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    Here is the first window again, showing more of the wall.
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    Another side of the walls glazed to resemble leather
    brushed sued walls
    Suede finished walls are beautiful and very durable. I used a similar but slightly darker colored flat paint on the ceiling to create a soft, comforting feeling.
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    I created my own apple green from metallic gold and brushed it on to resemble antique gold leaf squares. I had planned a second coat, to make it more subtle, but the client loved the look. A second coat would have more resembled the pattern in galvanized steel.
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    Another view. I used salmon colored walls for contrast, and painted the white medallion a metallic gold to match the chandelier, then colored the roses and leaf patterns in soft metallic.
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    This is a darker on lighter flat paint, ragged off to show very subtle highlights.

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    Antique leather pattern in browns.
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    Closer view.
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    One wall completed in antique leather pattern.

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    This ceiling had water stains from a severe wind-driven rain storm. Rather than retexture the entire ceiling, I spray painted the stains with stain block, then custom mixed a color to match the older finish.
    the same spot after repair
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    Cloud glazed walls in an absolutely stunning mansion.
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    A wider view of the stairs.

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    A large wall showing the antique leather finish in a deep red wine color.