Hi Ya’ll!! It’s been a minute since my last blog post but the wait was soo worth it! Yea I know I have had other door envy blog posts Ive done….But-that is what brings me back around for another follow up on that subject!
The Door envy paint finish has gotten sooo much traction on Pinterest these days and I am getting call after call, email after email asking for all the “deets” on the exact finish I created like the photo below. Yes, Ive heard your requests and to make this easy for all of us I pulled together a really nice, easy to follow video that takes you through all the products, techniqes and application, I mean I cover every detail for you in this.
You will be able to create this on your very own door or add it to your list of services if you yourself are a painter. It’s a great way to offer extra income (and believe me-the customers love and want this) during the warmer months for your business! You may also use my brand name “Girl UPcycled’s Door Envy” Paint Finish if you have completed the tutorial class. This will help show your customers how you’ve been trained and why your painting method is worth the price you charge and is the absolute way to go when they are thinking of updating the look of thier front entrance and curb appeal.
The door below (incase you missed the original blog post on this) was actually a brand new build and the customer was wanting the look and feel as if the door had aged gracefully throughout the years, I still stare at this same door when ever I happen to drive by it on occasion-I’ts still as beautiful as the day it was finished!
Door Envy makeovers are one of my top favorite finishes to create still to this day (well, at least when I have the time anyway) there’s just something about a home that has a special feature upon the entrance, you know what I’m saying right? The one that just stops you in your tracks! It makes you wonder what kind of a unique person must live behind those doors to put such beautiful detail on their home! It really does make such a huge difference in the curb appeal as they call it, it makes your home stand out rather than just simply blend in like the rest of the homes in the neighborhood, don’t ya think??
I’m so very honored to be among 9 Creators on Youtube that have rallied together with a creative playlist of DIY videos that you will find helpful to use at your own homes. The creators consist of Debis Design Diary, Jami Ray Vintage, The Turquoise Iris, Cara’s Color Me Vintage, Morning Dew Creations, Iron Orchid Designs, She Paints, Windmill Vintage Designs and myself Girl UPcycled.
You will learn so many great tips to use within your painting projects on Canvas, Furniture and wood crafts, and a bonus story with each video that wil make you laugh, cry and touch your soul! There’s something for everyone! I hope you enjoy them!
Please comment below about what made you feel good, touched you or taught you something you didn’t know? Or maybe you just something that you loved! I would love to hear about that and even a sweet story of your own? So please tell me in the comments below!
Find the other videos with my creative friends at the playlist series of videos below!
Easy Ombre Paint blending technique using Debis Design Diary DIY Paint, this paint technique can be used on furniture, canvas as a background layer or wood signs and whatever else you can come up with!
Find out the how’s and the why’s behind the creation of an intuitive art piece and learn this unique twist in the story of the customer that bought it, you won’t belive how this unfolded! Also enjoy watching clips of the artwork throughout the video from start to the final beautiful finish!
i hope this touches you as much as it touched my customer that now owns this piece. It’s amazing how are lives can be intertwined even when we have not yet met!
A Journey into an Intuitive Art project - YouTube
This is a very special story of the journey and creation of an Intuitive Art Work, I hope it touches you and warms your heart. This is dedicated to my friend Debi Beard, thank you Debi for you leadership and encouragement-check out her channel below-it's soo good!
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Its so Easy to pull a custom look together by making your own decorations! Come see the 4 beautiful EASY diy’s Ive pulled together, (including how to create an easy faux birch log you can use all year long) in this video to create a fun festive look!
Find my Aff links to all the products below if you care to try any of these looks
When was the last time you just grabbed some paint for no other reason than to feel the joy inside yourself as you watch color hit the canvas? What? Please don't tell me you've never tried this! Or please don't tell me not since you were a kid!
Bird in flight
creating impulse paintings can be quite liberating and freeing
Intuitive or "impulse" painting has so many benefits and is really about the actual process more so than the finall look or turn out of the piece, and btw it may never look finished to you visually however if your soul is done...that is when you are done. Sounds like a really bizarre way to paint doesnt it? Yes, and that's exactly why I love this style of painting so much. You see every impulse painting I have created has been a colorful adventure exploring among layers and texture or what ever else comes up during the journey!
Impulse Intuitive painting sometimes allows for its own shapes to evolve
Please take a moment to watch a couple of videos that show this process in detail from start to finish because as the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words!
The Intuitive Art process with all natural mineral paint - YouTube
I have a challenge for you, grab some paint, a brush....or NOT! Yes you heard me correct...just use your fingers if you want! Let yourself expierience this free way of painting! Intuitive painting or what I've been recently calling it "impulse painting" is one of the styles of painting that Ive been teaching in my Creators Art & UPcycle Club, it has been sheer joy to watch these talented ladies conquer their fear and move beyond what they dreamed they could create!
A "Furniture Painter", "Furniture Flipper", "Paint Finisher", "UPcycler", there are so many titles and descriptions for what we do, so many that sometimes it all sounds just so basic after awhile right? But that's actually WRONG! And here's the perfect example of why being a furniture painter is so much bigger than just ourselves and our titles.
My customer had delivered this old hutch to the studio with the intention of having a new paint finish applied to it but she noticed another beautiful old hutch that I had over in the corner of my studio that was the same size but already had all those special features and that "Grand Regal" feel she was looking for. She asked me to exchange the two hutches and keep hers for my own studio to sell. I was happy to do that but I noticed She seemed quite a bit hesitant about exchanging it explaining that her hutch was her grandmothers who she is very, very close with but just felt it wasn't a good fit for the look she was going for. So I explained in detail how I had all these special ways to add all that glamour and grandness that she was looking for, I promised her she would absolutely love it and that I really felt she should keep her grandmothers piece, in fact she could even let her grandmother see it when it's finished too for her approval. Watch the video below to see the trasformation in action!
Furniture Painting - YouTube
Furniture Painting glamour, watch the transformation and all my tips n tricks here!
Did you watch the video above? That is my customers grandmother Josephine's Hutch, YES, there are many ways when you customize pieces so that they can be every bit the look and feel you are going for, but now.....onto the AMAZING story behind this beauty.
I touched base with my customer and sent her photos during the transformation of her hutch and when it was finished I gave her a message that it was now ready to be picked up. A few minutes went by and my phone rings with my customer on the other end of the phone, her voice was shaking and broken as she gave me the biggest heartfelt thank-you for encouraging her tp change her mind on getting rid of her grandmother's hutch, her grandmother had just passed away the night before! Now, here's what then unfolded, her grandmother had a special photo that always hung in her house and she always reminded my customer that if something ever happens to her she is to have that special photo on her wall and she was to open the back of the photo from the frame and she had something waiting for her there. Now, get this... The exact amount of money that I charged for the hutch to be customized was the very amount that was found on the back of that photo!!! We were just amazed at how God works in such a magical way and how Grandmother Josephine was able to whisper her love to her grandaughter even after she had passed! Josephine was able to see some of the photos of the hutch before she died and thought it was the lovliest most beutiful piece of furniture (Josephine was a furniture finisher back in her younger days too) but the funny thing was is that she didn't recognize it as being hers! lol now how's that for a beautiful true story! This one is for YOU dear Josephine, I hope this story makes her happy.
This is why furniture Painters do custom work, my customers smile just lights up the room! What a beautiful journey this was for all of us!
Beautiful customized detailing brings out the glamour in this piece of painted furniture
This is an evening shot of Josephines lovely hutch that is now on showcase at my customers new Art Studio where she spends most of her spare time creating whimsical magical mixed media. The perfect spot for this special custom Painted Furniture project!
Grab all my affiliate links right here to reproduce this same look!
Upcycling a piece of furniture can bring a love for antiques to a whole new generation, take this piece for example.
This is a custom order that came in and belonged to my customers grandmother but it didn't necessarily fit in with their current style.
Beautiful yes...but guess what? My customers were not in love with it!
Do you know how to properly clean and know when or IF you should Prime?
Sometimes there are treasures to be found when cleaning the inner shell of a piece of furniture. I found out that Grammy had quite the perfect shot...and notice the eclectic mix with a verse on the pen saying Prayer is key that opens heavens door...maybe the bullet was too?? Lol
Ok, back to business-Are you confused with whether or not you need to Prime a piece? Well I have a short video below to help you with that answer!
To Prime? Or not to Prime? - YouTube
After all of the proper prep was finished I used two layers of the color Letterpress Grey from the DIY Paint line. The next day I applied both clear wax and then a layer of dark wax also from the DIY Paint line. See links to diy products below
The magic of dark wax! Yes it's a bit of work but ohhh...those results!
how to get a designer look using rollers - YouTube
Now for the FUN part! Using the home collection from IOD (Iron Orchid Designs) rollers I created a beautiful hand created designers touch by incorporating the Iron Gate roller Finish to the insides of the cabinet doors as well as the outer sides of drawers using the Gold Patina From the DIY Paint line. See instructional video above to see how easy this is to use!
Oh my gosh you guys what a fun fun project this was! So, I scored this fabulous little chair that had great shape and great bones however the color.. not so great, in fact it screamed late 80s early 90s with that ever so lovely (not) mauve ...yikes!!! help!!!
Ohh baby do I have big plans for you!
Did you know you can actually paint fabric using the DIY paint?? Yep you most certainly can!!! I actually did a live video on my Facebook page showing you all the tips and secrets to getting a great finish using this technique. Feel free to watch some of the video below that will talk you through all of the steps
*Watch video for all the fabric painting secrets
You can find DIY Paint, Golden Patina & waxes at the Aff link below:
A Mermaids journey, Isn't it just amazing what we can achieve by apply paint to something that's outdated and turning it into a beautiful jaw dropping piece?? I never tire of this process! Watch and learn how to take a bright brassy chandelier to an amazing mysterious statement.
Create decorative details with clay and create your own oxidized Patina with Chalk Style paint!
I started out with just a basic high gloss brass chandelier that was ever so popular in the 90's....eghh the 90's ...am I right?? I made sure I cleaned and in particular used a degreaser on it.
Say goodbye to this boring finish ...buhhh..bye!!
I decided it needed to have some type of special embellishments to make it really unique so next enters those fabulous mould offered by Iron Orchid Designs!
***Find the IOD moulds at my AFF link>>> http://amzn.to/2l6vR5I
Lucky me! I found this sweet whimsical Mermaid shape that fit just perfectly on each side of the cylinder of the chandelier!
...take a look at the entire "how to" video below to learn how to properly achieve all the creative steps for the oxidized patina finish!
Create Patina with Paint (and bonus clay for detailing) - YouTube
Lovely natural patina finish chandelier with beautiful handmade clay detailing
Lastly I finished it off with clear wax from the DIY line and added just a hint of dark wax around the mermaid detailing to help enhance it even more!
Find all the Diy Paint products from debisdiary.com or find a local retailer near you!
Check out my HOMETALK Live diy on Tuesday March 7th doing the Salty Kiss Patina on galvanized buckets!!!
Watch march 7 at 1:00 on Hometalk FB live!!! giveaway too!!!
See live on Tuesday March 7 at 1:00 est. I'm doing a giveaway!!!
I had the sweetest lil customer come in the other day! Meet Otis, Otis was on a sleepover with his Grammy when they decided to surprise Otis' momma with a very VERY special valentine that Otis helped design! Come join us on this creative fun little journey!
At Girl UPcycled Studio we absolutely live for the projects that connect loved ones and bring a little extra special experience to our customers lives... this is a great example! Watch the short video on this sweet little project!
Art with Otis - YouTube
Otis was quite the natural artist and so so patient with us!
A gift to last a lifetime!
Thanks so much Otis! Your mommas going to just love this!!!