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It’s been some time since I made a post about our DIY renovations.  There’s a reason for that.  We are slow.

But, today I’ll show you the painted faux bricks on the kitchen walls.

I’ll admit, I’ve grown a little weary of French Country shades of grey.  My Pinterest  page is full of the rooms of white and grey, but I just can’t make it work with the items my husband and I have collected over the years.  Sorry, we like color.

I started with some paints that I had in the basement left over from painting my bath.  That was before I found French Country, it’s more of a Tuscan feel.  The colors, available at Home Depot, were Behr’s Chai Spice, Warm Earth, and Home Decorator’s Collection Chenille Spread, which is an off-white. I also used some Valspar’s clear glaze,  and Mystic Sea paint available at Lowes, but any paint glaze would do.  For the base coat, I mixed one part Chai Spice and three parts white primer and rolled that on.

Making a Faux Brick Stamp

I created my own brick stamp using, of all things, adhesive backed craft foam cut into brick shapes and adhered to a piece of cardboard.  This worked really well.  The bricks are about 3 x 5 and 6 inches.  I staggering the ‘bricks’ for a realistic effect, measuring so the staggering is the same distance on each row.  That way, the bricks will ‘fit’ together when you stamp on the wall.  I left about a quarter inch between the bricks to represent the mortar.

I distressed the edges of the foam using the edge of a scissors blade and added some distressing to the inside of the rectangles by scratching with the end of the scissors.  This gives your stamping an uneven impression, which is what you want.  I made other stamps of various sizes to fill in spots which the large stamp didn’t reach, and one with bricks side by side for the top of the doorway.

Remember when you stamp on the wall to leave the quarter inch space between the bricks to represent the mortar.  I eyeballed keeping the rows straight, and I did a pretty good, but if you’re not comfortable with that, use a straight edge and level to draw a few guide lines on the wall before you start.  Start at the top of the wall and work your way down.

Stamping the Walls

Put a bit of the Chai Spice and Warm Earth in a paint pan. With a mini roller, roll on both colors at once.  It doesn’t matter if they mix.  You want a variety of color going on your bricks.

Roll and stamp, and sometimes you can stamp twice with one roll, giving a more subtle coloration.  If you feel the color is too dark, no worries!  The next step takes care of that.

Adding Subtle Textures

Once the bricks are dry, add a layer of white wash.  I used about a quarter cup of Valspar clear glaze mixed with about three fourths cup of Chenille Spread, and used a natural sponge to wipe a thin coat of the mixture on the wall.   Pounce with the sponge to give a slight textured look.  This will be very subtle.  Don’t go for big details.  Each layer adds more to the look.

When dry, using a 1 inch flat artist brush, I went back in with the Chenille Spread/glaze mix and added a fine line to the top and one side of each brick, blending in with the existing whitewash in the mortar line.  Decide which side of the brick would be facing the light and do the same side on all the bricks.  Highlighting and shading add depth.  With a small piece of natural sponge, shade the opposite side and bottom of some bricks with Warm Earth and Chai Spice on some other bricks.  Again, a very small amount of paint and a light touch.  If you find you got too heavy handed, as I did, go back and lighten it up by applying a small amount of Chenille Spread/glaze mix on a small sponge.

Also, pounce more Chenille Spread on the areas of your bricks that didn’t fully stamp to simulate weathered whitewash.  You can add as much or as little as you like.

The colors still appeared too uniform in color, so I took a stamp I made of one brick, rolled some of the Warm Earth and randomly stamped a few bricks, repeated with the Chai Spice, and then with the Chai Spice/primer mix.  This should be done sparingly!  I also intentionally did not press on the whole stamp on some of the bricks so they only partially stamped.  Back up frequently and look at your wall to determine where you think it needs some variety.  Don’t overdo it!

Making It Real with Patina

After all that is done, I used a small amount of Mystic Sea on my small sponge and added tiny pounces of it here and there to represent a bit of lichen growing on the bricks.  You can use any light blue or green color that is to your liking for this.  That color is just what I happened to have.

Here is a before and after of the progress so far.

My next post will give you an update of the cabinets painted with Heirloom Traditions All in One Paint!  Love this stuff!

This was a long post!  Thanks for hanging in there and reading it!

Lisa

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It doesn’t take a lot of fancy, expensive paints to make over an outdated chandelier.  Don’t let them fool you!  You can get great results from simple, cheaper options.

Chandy Finished makeoverSo, if you’ve been looking into doing this, you have probably found other blogs who have used various name brand chalk and metallic paints. Here are a couple I loved, Diane’s at In My Own Style, and Amy’s at Maison Decor, and a zinc look makeover from Leslie at Colorways, whose chandelier’s style is much like mine was.

Sometimes you have to leave your chandeliers attached to the ceiling while you paint, but we were moving our light (along with the dining table) across the room so it was coming down, making the make over so much easier.

I also love to take apart my electricals and play with them!  I get so excited to start my projects, I always forget the before pics, but you’ve seen enough of these outdated shiny brass chandeliers, haven’t you?

My chandelier being taken apart.

My chandelier being taken apart

But take pictures of any funky ways things are assembled, like the way this wire goes around this part, so you can reference them when you put it all back together.

Take pictures for reference to assist in assembly later

Take pictures for reference to assist in assembly later

 

I took the whole chandelier apart and taped up the sockets to keep the paint out.  Then, started it off with a shot of Rustoleum antique bronze spray paint…. not much of this shows at the end, but I like having that dark base.

Then, I started layering my home-made chalk paint.  Here is my recipe:

Chalk Paint

For the painting process, I have some pictures from a lamp I painted the same way.

Shiny brass lamp to make over

Shiny brass lamp ready for make over

The paint I used on this project was made with a sample of Behr Chenille Spread, which is an off-white.  I used a chip brush and instead of stroking it on, I stippled it, which is a fancy way of saying I dabbed it on.

Antique Bronze spray paint and coat of white chalk paint stippled on

Antique Bronze spray paint and coat of white chalk paint stippled on

Next came a bit of blue chalk paint, this is called Provence Blue.  I used this sparingly.  I wanted to simulate a patina on old metal.

If you do too much, don’t worry.  Just put more white on top.  I would also use a paper towel and dab off if I put too much on.  I liked how that gave it more texture.

The next layer is a bit of brown spray paint.  I kept the can about 18 inches away and let it sputter so it spattered on the pieces.

Brown spray paint spattered on the white and blue chalk paint

Brown spray paint spattered on the white and blue chalk paint

Again, with the white, and if I wasn’t quite happy with it, I just kept adding layers until I was.  There is no right or wrong with this, just do what makes you happy.♥

To add a little shine, the last layer was a Ceramcoat Gleam acrylic craft paint in silver that I had on hand.  I used a foam brush to put it on and then used the paper towel again to rub it in.

Even acrylics can be used to add layers

Even acrylics can be used to add layers

Silver acrylic paint rubbed on as final layer

Silver acrylic paint applied on as final layer

Now to assemble the chandelier parts back together.  I wasn’t entirely happy with the original composition of the pieces.  I played with how they went together.  The top pieces were put back the way they had been, except I turned them upside down.

On the bottom half, I wanted to eliminate the big round piece.  I just didn’t like it.  It is easy to change things up this way.  I had some threaded rods from other lighting projects, but you can buy some different length rods at the hardware store in the lighting parts department.  Lighting nipples

So I just played with the pieces and the rods until I got something I liked.

The chandelier is now going to be a plug in instead of hard wired. (The outlet was wired to a wall switch, so we can flip the switch to turn it on)  I added the chain and attached the new wire to the existing wiring in the chandelier. Wire and chain can be purchased by the foot at the hardware store.  Adding the new wire is pretty easy to do.  All the wires to the various arms of the chandelier all come together in the center.  They were held together with pigtails (those little plastic caps).  Unscrew the caps, remove the old wire that went up to the ceiling and attach the new wire, re-attach the caps.  Done!  Thread the wire through the chain.  There are plugs that you can add to the other end of the wire to plug into the wall.  Ask a person at the hardware store to help you find these.

I also added some bling with glass beads from Fire Mountain Gems.  I used a small drill bit and drilled holes in to candle holders so I could attach the bead drops I created.

Look at the bling!

Glass beads attached to the candle holders

Glass beads attached to the candle  holders

Completed chandelier makeover

Chandelier make over

 

 

 

The Bead Board Ceiling

Now that the holidays are over, we began the makeover of the first floor of our builder-basic townhouse condo.  We have a semi-open concept, so a makeover in one room ends up having to be a makeover for all the rooms.

We’ve started with the ceiling and are going to work our way down.  The ceiling in the living room area is nearly complete and I couldn’t wait to show you what we’ve done.  No pretty pictures here, this is the nitty-gritty stuff!

First I want to say that I got my inspiration for these ceilings from Emily and Shane over at Lifestyle & Design Online.  Their ceiling makeover was amazing and gave me the idea to redo our ugly ceilings in the same way.  We have some really ugly ceilings too.  The textured paint has been up there since the early ’80’s and there is no way to clean it!  Yuck!

We started with finding the studs with a stud finder and then snapping chalk lines so we knew where the studs were all across the ceiling.

snaplines

We then attached strapping to the ceiling because unlike Emily and Shane, we have studs under the ceiling, not lathe.  This gives a solid base to attach the bead boards.  I spent a lot of time measuring and figuring where the seams would go so that strapping would be in the right place to attach the panels.

strapping

Then the fun really began!  We put up the bead board panels.  It was a bit of work for only two people.  We created a lift from a 2×4 with a 1×4 cross piece to help lift and hold the panels in place while we nailed them up.  We used pre-primed 4×8 bead board panels from Lowes found online here.  Although they are more expensive, these panels were less flimsy than the ones at HD.  We had them,  and the strapping, delivered.

beadboard

Once all the paneling was up, we attached the molding, pre-primed 1×4’s, purchased at Home Depot.  You can see those online here.

Most of the molding is up, now all that’s left is the painting.

Molding

After we are done with the ceiling, we’ll start with the painting of the walls.  I spent so much time looking at the paint chips at Home Depot to find just the right greige, the combination of beige and gray.  I bought some samples and painted them on my walls to see how they looked at different times of the day on different walls.  Here is a close up of the colors I liked.  They look a bit more beige at night.

paintswatch

I’m going with the Filtered Shade by Valspar.   I wanted to match this fabric that I’m using for accents in my living.  I used it on the rocking chair that I refurbished.  You can see that story here.  It matches beautifully, doesn’t it!

Rocking Chair Peek

 

Found this on the web. I wanted to share this great way Jessica at How About Orange created to inject a little personal style without committing permanently. Great for renters who aren’t allowed to paint or change anything.

How to "wallpaper" using fabric | How About Orange.