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19 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Star Scenic [Giveaway Closed]

Star Scenic is an international supplier of faux finish, scenic and decorative painting products.  They have both an physical location in Orlando, FL, as well as an online store.  It was founded in 1990 to meet the unique requirements of scenic artists working in the film industry and theme park projects and have since expanded to include set painters, muralists, faux finish artists, decorative painters, gilders, sign painters and wood finishers as clients.

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Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Gina Garner and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a small Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit (up to 100 square feet) in their choice of the available colors.

You can read more about the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations line here.  The kits come in either light or dark with a variety of colors to choose from.   To see the process, you can click here for the online instructions and click here to see the video.  There’s lots of great information to explore on those pages! Star Scenic carries the line and will also help answer any questions you may have.

For your chance to win a kit…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Star Scenic online and let us know which products or brands in their online store intrigue you the most!

Please note that comments left on Facebook and/or Twitter will not count towards this prize.  The Giveaway is open to everyone and one winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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17 Jul

Kitchen Week: Bella Tucker

 Kitchen Week: Culled from submitted entries, the week-long series focus on five artists with extraordinary projects.  For the first time ever, each artist and five readers are receiving prizes for their beautiful artworks. Look to the end for today’s sponsor and your chance to win! Our Kitchen Week continues with another old friend of Fauxology, Nashville-based Bella Tucker, owned by Dana and Brooks Tucker.  They have a project full of moxie, creative ideas and finishes galore — the Before & After will excite you!  Dana guides us through the project.

The kitchen makeover is our own kitchen.  When we started, we had only been in our new house about two weeks. The house was built in 1985 and the main offenders were the popcorn ceiling, the soffits, short dark cabinets and outdated appliances.  The kitchen also had very little light — it felt like a cave!  Despite all the shortcomings, I knew the kitchen had a good footprint and would be a space we could work with.

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We had a limited budget and about 2 weeks. The previous homeowners had invested in beautiful granite countertops and we didn’t want to replace the cabinets and risk cracking the beautiful granite.  I scoured Pinterest looking for ANYONE who had worked with the existing cabinets and one idea I did found was a person who built a box around her soffit to extend the cabinet to the ceiling. I showed the photo to my contractor who had the idea to remove our soffits and extend the cabinets to the ceiling with plywood, inverted shoe molding and crown molding. They also removed the wall oven and installed two doors from the back of the island to create additional storage. We cut out the cook top and put in a double oven range.

Brooks and I tag teamed to paint the cabinets. We used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in 50% Pure White and 50% French Linen to make the perfect gray. We painted the island in Annie Sloan Graphite.  We framed in the new refrigerator and added a chalk board message board to the side.

Brooks skimmed the walls and then did a drip drag and roll aluminum metallic paint finish on the mail wall and back splash.We had an electrician come in and install nine can lights, two pendants from Overstock over the bar island and a capiz shell chandelier from West Elm.

At this point, we were only left with a popcorn ceiling. We thought we were going to go with a tin ceiling but it was going to cost us $1,500-$2,000. I knew there had to be a better way. I came across styrofoam tiles that look like tin.  You cut the tiles with an exacto knife and they glue right up on top of the popcorn ceiling. They are also paintable if you would like to customize the color. For around $400 we had a beautiful custom ceiling!

One of the features we liked about the house was that it didn’t have a dining room. We never used ours in the old house and seemed like a waste of space. Our new house had a huge eat-in area that would seat 8-10 along with an extended island that could seat 4 bar stools. Perfect!  We were literally painting cabinets at 10pm the night before our company arrived for Thanksgiving, pulling tape and stashing paint cans and trays in the laundry room!  Thanksgiving was extra special spending it with our family, in our new home, in our personalized kitchen.

Before & After

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Talk about an incredible DIY transformation with a lot of vision!  To read a more in-depth profile, Dana shared her own write-up on the Bella Tucker blog.  Dana and Brooks are based in Nashville, TN, and run Bella Tucker together.  They also share current projects and ideas via their Facebook page, boards on Pinterest, Twitter stream and Google+.

For their winning submission for Kitchen Week, Dana and Brooks will receive a $50 Shopping Spree from Robyn Story Designs.  Would you like to win this prize as well? Scroll right below or click here!

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17 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Robyn Story Designs [Giveaway Closed]

Robyn Story Designs is a 5,000 square foot destination of style, a place where anyone looking to add panache to their home or wardrobe can visit for inspiration.  She has a fab online boutique, too!  We recently took a trip to their incredible shop and because they are also Annie Sloan Chalk paint stockists, we took an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshop at her studio as well.

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Bella Tucker and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a $50 Shopping Spree at Robyn Story Designs!

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For your chance to win the $50 Shopping Spree…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Robyn Story Designs and let us know what you love about their shop!

But that’s not all! You have THREE MORE chances to win…

  1. Follow Robyn Story Designs on Facebook
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  3. Follow Fauxology on Facebook

Each time you do one of these, leave us a comment on this blog post letting us know you did.  So, you can leave up to four individual comments on this blog post to enhance your chances of winning — please note that comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts or sites will not count towards this prize.

The Giveaway is open to everyone and one winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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16 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Faux Design Studio [Giveaway Closed]

Faux Design Studio is an incredible decorative arts school in Chicago whose head instructor, Sheri Zeman, is continually introducing new, cutting-edge techniques and products in the field of faux finishing and decorative painting.  Faux Design Studio is a Certified Training Center and retail distributor of the complete Faux Effects International Gold and Silver label product line and offer a full lne of professional faux finishing supplies and tools.

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Kaveri Singh and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a Twisted Roller (value $65) which produces wonderful woven effects easily and effortlessly for various finishes, including plasters.

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Sheri Zeman creates many of her beautiful finishes and backgrounds with the Twisted Roller and it has become a favorite with decorative painters, artists and faux finishers.  The above striking blue plaster finish, Pacific, showcases just one technique created with the texture roller.  She will soon be teaching at the IDAL Convention and the Faux Retreat!

For your chance to win a $65 Twisted Roller…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Faux Design Studio and share what you love about Sheri, her studio and/or let us know which of her classes appeals to you the most!

But that’s not all! You have FOUR MORE chances to win…

  1. Follow Faux Design Studio on Facebook
  2. Subscribe to the Faux Design Studio newsletter
  3. Follow Fauxology on Facebook

Each time you do one of these, leave us a comment on this blog post letting us know you did.  So, you can leave up to four individual comments on this blog post to enhance your chances of winning — please note that comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts or sites will not count towards this prize.

The Giveaway is open to everyone and one winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Monday, July 23, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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11 May

Decorate by Holly Becker Giveaway Winner!

From the keyboard of Peggy Pardo…

Decorate by Holly Becker

Last week we had a fabulous Book Giveaway, a copy of Decorate: 1,000 Professional Ideas for Every Room in Your Home. It was written by Holly Becker, creator of one of the most popular (and one of the first) decorating blogs Decor8, and acclaimed lifestyle writer Joanna Copestick with photography by Debi Treloar. “In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget.” Fauxology readers were given several ways to enter. One Reader was picked via Random to receive their own copy of this popular design book. Without further ado, the Winner is…

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Based on number of eligible entries. Winning entry generated by Random.org

Monica Arrache

Monica Arrache is the owner of the successful decorative painting company Art Nu Faux LLC. Established in Massachusetts in 1998, she relocated the business to Florida in 2000. She has worked with architects, interior designers, builders, carpenters, residential homeowners as well as commercial businesses including resturants, hotel chains, real estate brokers and more. You can also keep up with Art Nu Faux via her Facebook fan page!  Congratulations, Monica!

Cheers to all,
Peggy
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02 May

Book Giveaway: Decorate by Holly Becker

From the keyboard of Peggy Pardo…

I have an addiction – to decorating books. When one calls out to me from a bookstore shelf or an Amazon.com page, I have to respond by looking through it. Should I spy even one picture that inspires me, into my basket it goes. That’s how I’ve amassed a gazillion decorating books. Okay. That may be a slight exaggeration, but I do have 3 Ikea Billy bookcases filled to the brim. ‘Nuff said.

Naturally when someone I admire comes out with a decorating book, I get very excited about it. That’s how I felt when I first heard about Decorate: 1,000 Professional Ideas for Every Room in Your Home. It was written by Holly Becker, creator of one of the most popular (and one of the first) decorating blogs Decor8, and Joanna Copestick with photography by Debi Treloar. This one I didn’t even peruse before buying; just added to my cart and awaited its arrival.

Holly Becker Decorate

Thanks to Amazon Prime, Decorate was here in 2 days. Did it pass the “at least one picture I like, so I’ll buy it” test? Did it ever! The first time I go through a design book or magazine, I stick strips of post-its with brief notes on the pages that have something to which I want to refer back. By the time I finished going through Decorate, it had so many pieces of paper sticking out of the top it looked like a craft project. That’s a good thing -  a really good thing.

My post today originally started out as a book review. Why not? I think the book is wonderful. However, there are so many fantastic reviews of Decorate that are already out there – like this one from Apartment Therapy, this one at Mango Juiced and here is another at Living In. Rather than do a review, Regina and I thought we’d take it one step further and do a GIVEAWAY! So instead of just telling you how great the book is, one lucky reader will receive a complimentary copy of Decorate and be able to see for themselves!!

Here are a couple of pictures to whet your appetite…

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Decorate Holly Becker 3

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For your chance to win

Leave a comment on this post letting us know how we could improve Fauxology, tell us about your favorite post or share your suggestions for post ideas.

But that’s not all! You have six more chances to win…

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  4. Follow Peggy on Twitter
  5. Follow Regina on Pinterest
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Each time you do one of these, leave us a comment on this blog post letting us know you did.  [If you're already a fan, just let us know! :)  ] So, you can leave up to seven comments on this blog post to enhance your chances of winning — please note that comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other sites will not count.

The Giveaway is open to everyone and one winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Good luck to all,

Peggy

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10 Apr

Royal Design Studio Pinterest Contest!

One of our fab blog sponsors, Royal Design Studio, is holding their very first Pinterest contest — with a $250 Stencil Shopping Spree prize.  Sweet, no?  Do be sure to check their Stencil Ideas blog for full details — all you gotta do is Pin it to Win it!  Of course, please feel free to spread the word and share!  Someone has to win… :)

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