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19 Dec

Holiday Sponsor Love: Royal Design Studio!

Royal Design Studio has been a long-time supporter of Fauxology — and goodness knows I love their stencils, techniques and products! Their president, Melanie Royals, continues to dream up ever-so-wonderful ways to make decorative painting and finishing easier, not to mention the application of beautiful patterns to a myriad of surfaces.  They have so many good things to share and I thought I’d pay it forward!

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Imagine learning amazing finishes and techniques in the comfort of your own home, wearing your favorite pajamas with a nice cup of hot chocolate at your side — all at your own pace, without travel and lodging costs. That’s the beauty of Virtual Workshops.  There are four classes available: SkimStone & Modello® Stencils, Antique Mirror & Glass, Metallic Foils and Stencil Impressions. Each class comes with video lessons and a complete, illustrated manual. If you see each of the class descriptions, they come with informative videos and module lessons.  As the classes are ongoing, you can start a class as soon as you register!

Special Pricing on Virtual Workshops through December 31st!

NEW STENCIL CREME COLORS & STENCILS

Stencil Cremes are a fantastic stencil paint with opaque coverage and creamy, dreamy application. Eight new colors were introduced just last week and they have special pricing through the end of the year!  In addition, a few new stencil patterns were added to the Royal Design Studio collection — you can always see the latest additions in the New Stencil Designs area of their website.

 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

For ten days until Christmas Eve, Royal Design Studio will feature one selected stencil per day at 50% off!  They are on Day 6 and have a few stencils to go — will your favorite be among them?  Be sure to use the code given for your half off savings!

The daily selected stencils will be showcase on their Facebook page, Twitter account and Pinterest boards.  Do be sure to follow and “like” them for plenty of inspiration, too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more the latest and greatest with Royal Design Studio!  They also have the Design Amour and Stencil Ideas blog with creative artists and fab projects showcased regularly — great reads!  A nice, big lush Thank You! goes out to Royal Design for the Fauxology support!

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22 Oct

Recipe for Rusted Pumpkins

Who wouldn’t love a recipe for Roasted Rusted Pumpkins?  Sounds delicious, right?  The Modern Masters Metal Effects® product collection is BY FAR my favorite line to create oxidized finishes such as Rust and Verdigris.  I was recently speaking with Monique Rogers of the Modern Masters line and she forwarded some images of her 6-year old son creating a rusted pumpkin for school, playfully called The Pumpkin in the Iron Mask.  Cute right?  I thought I’d share the images with you and give you a bit more info on the Rust finish effect.

It’s a 4-step system with a Metal Effects Primer, Iron Reactive Paint, a Rust Activator and the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat.  They work together as a system to create the wanted metal patina and oxidized effects. (The other metal effects do not always require a topcoat, but the Rust finish does.)

First, you prime with the Metal Effects Primer and then go over that with the Iron Reactive Paint.  Here, you can see that both small and large faux rivets were embedded into the pumpkin before the painting began. You could use thumbtacks for this effect and it definitely adds a nice layer of realism! Make sure you have great coverage of both products.

 Spraying the pumpkin with the Rust Activator.  Notice the safety goggles and floor drops!

Voila! The Rust Activator will then work its own magic and you can frequently see the process before your eyes.  Love that!  Note that it will activate where you spray and so a nice even coat may be best but it also depends on the look you are going for.  Do note that, in addition to spraying, you can also brush on the Rust Activator or use another applicator.  Some areas may take longer than others — I always wait overnight and then I topcoat.  If you should have any questions on the Metal Effects® line, Modern Masters has a fantastic FAQ area with helpful information.

I do have to say the results are not a “painted” effect — the finish is quite incredible!

Modern Masters has wonderful recipes to create stylish rust finish surfaces for Interior Design.  Here’s two sample images:

On the left is the unique Rusted Finish recipe and on the right is the Rusted Iron recipe.  You can find the even more inspiring images of the oxidized metal effects in action in their Photo Gallery.  You might think these finishes are limited to small accessories and/or pots but it’s truly incredible to see the amount of surfaces this line can work on — from hospitality exteriors to fountains to light fixtures to gates to sculptures and more.  This is in addition to walls and ceilings!

Please do be sure to check out their Facebook page and fun Pinterest account as well.  Of course, you could also see all their incredible products, available globally, on their Modern Masters website.  Do let me know if you’ve used their Metal Effects® line and if you’ve liked the results!

HALLOWEEN DAY UPDATE: Wanted to share a wonderful post and tutorial on Metal Effects pumpkins by Chicago artist Bonnie Lecat.  Beautiful step-by-step action — she rocked it!  Enjoy!

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18 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Giani Granite [Giveaway Closed]

Giani Granite began manufacturing pigment dispersions and specialty additives for paint companies nationwide.  Today, they have award-winning unique kitchen coatings products, such as faux granite countertops, stainless steel and cabinet refinishing kits, that are changing the way America remodels its kitchens!

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Zebo Ludvicek and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a choice of either:

  1. A Granite Countertop Kit in your preferred color; or
  2. A Liquid Stainless Steel Kit.

G  I  V  E  A  W  A  Y

Boston-based decorative painter Rima Bechara recently tried the Liquid Stainless Steel Kit with great success — click here to read the fantastic review.

For your chance to win either kit…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Giani Granite and let us know your favorite product and/or color!

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

  1. Follow Giani Granite on Facebook
  2. Follow Giani Granite on Pinterest
  3. Follow Giani Granite on Twitter
  4. 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 five 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 Wednesday, July 25, 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.

 BEFORE

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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12 Apr

Finding the Original Source of an Image on Pinterest

Straight from Regina’s Laptop. Word!

I don’t know if you know this about me, gorgeous ones, but I really enjoy Pinning.  I do know, though, that I’m not alone.  Most of us also enjoy sharing proper credit and give a virtual high-five to our fellow creatives — but then you click on an image’s link and find yourself at a site where there is no information whatsoever.  What to do?

I thought that today I’d give a short tutorial on two ways to find the original source of an image and/or credit, especially for a site such as Pinterest.

SRC IMG BOOKMARKLET

The first way is super quick and easy.  I must give a huge round of thanks to Lynne Rutter for clue-ing me into this in her recent post about wonderful blog policies to keep in mind.  She mentioned a “reverse image look-up tool called Source Image” — and that opened a whole new world to me.  Src Img is a free tool that does the image research for you.

Simply go the site, drag the link to your Bookmarks tab and Voila!  The next time you come upon an image where you would like to know the original source, click on the Src Img link in your Bookmarks tab while the picture is open on your browser.

(above) I’ve used one our studio’s Venetian Plaster projects as an example.  The bookmarklet will bring up multiple white squares with questions marks within them.  As you hover over them, they will individually turn black (like so) and once it does that while you’re over the image you want to research, click on it.

(above) It will then bring up the best guesses for that image via Google Images.  As you can see, it includes Pages and Visually Similar Images.

Sometimes, it will bring up the true original source, other times it will bring up a blog or website that featured it and provides accurate information for you.  The pages it brought up for this image — my Home Workshop guest blog post Venetian Plaster Demystified and my Pinterest page — both lead back to my studio, Garay Artisans.

GOOGLE IMAGES

Let’s say you have an image on your hard drive and you’d like to know the source or you don’t want to install the bookmark.  For this, you can go directly to Google Images itself.  Here, I’ve used an image I had for the post on the book, Living in Cuba.

(above) I paned the Windows side by side, clicked on the image and “dragged” the photo onto the Images bar.

(above) It’ll look like this…

Google Images then gives you it’s best results for that image.  Please note that both those pages come back to Fauxology, where I would definitely have provided proper credit.

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Sometimes it takes just a few more clicks into the pages given to find the right source, but I think it’s worth the extra few seconds if only to provide the proper information and credit.  I always think “What if it could lead to a project for them?”.  I like that thought. :)   Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything else I should cover.  Have a great day, lovelies!

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11 Apr

Suddenly a Centerpiece!

DIY No Comments by Peggy Pardo

From the keyboard of Peggy Pardo…

Even though spring hasn’t “officially” begun, I am well under way with the spring cleaning. After the hard stuff is done, I can get to the fun things – like decorating the table!

Centerpieces don’t have to be elaborate flower sculptures to be beautiful. In fact, I find that some of the simplest arrangements using everyday items are the most charming ones. There are no rules; so uses your imagination and have fun!

I’m always looking for creative ideas for centerpieces and while searching I found plenty. I thought that I’d share them with you…

Photographer: Keith Scott Morton

Photographer: Aimee Herring

Photographer: Andrew McCaul

Photographer: Aimee Herring
The above photos are all from Country Living

The above photos are from Martha Stewart

Quilts as table cloths, cupcakes as decorations, watering cans and birdcages as vases  – everyday items used in creative ways to make fabulous centerpieces. What unusual item have you used to create something beautiful for your table?
Cheers to all,
Peggy
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06 Apr

Lucky Stripes

From the keyboard of Peggy Pardo…

I’ve always wanted to paint stripes in my house, but alas, for now I’ve had to satisfy that urge through fabrics and other textiles. I love the bold look of stripes splashing across the walls. Your eye can’t help but follow. Look at these lovely examples I’ve found for you…

Stripes on bathroom walls and tiles

Source: Coastal Living
Photograher: Laurey W. Glenn

Stripes on bathroom ceiling

Source: Elle Decor
Photographer: William Waldron 

Black and white stripes on bathroom wall

Source: Apartment Therapy

Stripes in foyer

Source: Elle Decor

Stripe curtains and walls

Source: Blount Design

 Yellow and blue stripes in bedroom

Source: Elle Decor
Photographer: Pieter Estersohn

Striped dining room chairs

Source: House Beautiful

Striped art

Source: Apartment Therapy 
Artist: Ashley O’Brian

How do you paint perfect stripes? That’s the question Centsational Girl posed to her readers and they answered with some of the best tips I’ve read on this subject. If you are planning on painting stripes, you must read these tips first.

Horizontal, vertical, diagonal or otherwise, stripes create a bold impact. They can be wide, narrow, vary in width, and have any number of colors in the design. They also go with almost any decorating style.

Now I REALLY want some stripes!! Where shall I put them? ……Hmmm…………have to think on this one…..

Have you painted stripes before?

Cheers to all,
Peggy
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