Faux Painting, Decorative Painting & Commissioned Art Work
There are many terms and descriptions being used for a hot new craze in exterior home design, lime wash, white wash, german schmear, and lime painting. All of these techniques have been around for decades. We have developed a multi colored technique that gives home owners an affordable, durable way to change the color of their bricks that will last. Exterior lime paint, exterior lime washes give a whitish, time worn look, multi color masonry paints can give a custom brick look to an outdated orange brick. The Brick Whisperer aka Arlene Mcloughlin can transform any brick home with an infinite amount of possibilities when it comes to colors. Check out our facebook page The Brick Whisperer or our gallery of homes here at ArleneMurals.com
This dramatic before and after transformation of a dining room table is right in sync with the weathered paint trends, barn wood and farmhouse craze that’s so strong in decor right now. I sanded the top of the table with an orbital sander, then wiped down with a deglosser. Next I primed the entire table and bench with Stix primer, (a bonding primer from Benjamin Moore) I left this dry for 24 hours as recommended then painted a full coverage coat of Annie Sloan Country Grey. When that was dry I added accent dry brushing with Annie Sloan Paris Grey. The next step was putting in graining and distressing with Benjamin Moore Cloud white, When completely dry i sealed with a dark tinted carnauba wax. The end result is a fabulous faux finished barnwood table that will last for years!
I recently had the opportunity to work on a very special project for the nationally syndicated TV show “George to the Rescue” The show, stars TV personality George Oliphant, he visits homes across the country helping those in need with that special room update, renovation, or redesign. The wonderfully talented designer Marlaina Teich enlisted my services to paint a mural for the family of two sisters in Merrick, NY. One of the sisters suffered from a rare form of scoliosis, which she was born with. Both sisters found music as a wonderful way to bond, and share their talents. We collaborated and came up with a fun and funky music room mural containing graffiti, and graphic elements. The room was completely gutted, and re built under Georges careful supervision, from the foundation up. I came and painted the free hand mural which included, glitter, neon colors, graphic shapes and some 3d butterflies. When the room was revealed, the sheer joy on this families faces was so rewarding and satisfying! Catch episodes of George to the Rescue on channel 4 and clips on youtube.http://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/real-estate/George-To-The-Rescue-Home-Renovation-LX-137496358.html