Monday, March 15, 2010

Everything looks better with a little color

So-I am going on tv again next week.
I am supposed to talk about how you can update your decor with paint.

I thought I should get going on some painting.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

First, before I show you the pics I must tell you all.
I am not a proffesional painter.
I learn how to do things by trial and error.
So these tips-are what I learned by doing.

Now..Onto the pictures.
This is the before pics of my downstairs entry.
This is what you see when you walk in the door.

Now I know-how lame am I?
If this is the first thing you see when you walk into the house-why didn't you do something about it sooner?
Answer-cause I am a looser!
I had no idea how much I would love this!

First tip: Paint the inside of your door and the casing. Pick a color that will match your colors of your room.
This little tip is huge!
You all should do this.
It was cheap and easy!
Definately changes the space from drab to fab!



Sorry about the lighting. This space gets no natural light and it's quite small.
I was laying on the stairs to get a decent angle.
I love the door and richness of it. So much more fun than the lame white door!
I used this great green color on the door and the other three door casings in the space. I also painted all the base boards this color!
Talk about cozy!
Did I mention that I LOVE it?

Ok-this is the wall that you see when you walk in the door.
Blah and boring!
Gotta love the builders white!
Now which wall do you like better? Plain white or warm and cozy?
No question right?
The pic on the right was one with the flash.
Sorry-it makes the room kind of glow!

Since I love how this turned out-I thought I would share with you how I did it.
Again-this is the Tausha way.
It worked for me, so I am confident that it will work for you!

First-Paint the wall a great neutral color.
I used Behr Paint & Primer in one. The color:MUSHROOM BISQUE
I can't say enough nice things about this paint.
It was fantastic to paint  with.
It covered beautifully!
It was $32 bucks a gallon and worth every penny.
Now, because we were going to glaze-I only did one coat.
If you are not going to glaze-2 coats will work great.
If you are covering a dark color-such as red-you will need 3 coats.

Now onto the glazing.
I used Behr tintable glaze.
It was $14 a quart.
I used some leather brown paint to tint it with.
The recipe I used: 2 cups glaze to 1/2 cup paint.
I bought one of the quart size empty paint cans to store the extra in.

Now on to the techinque:
First we painted it on with a brush. We tried wiping it on and I didn't like it.
We painted in a whatever we felt like pattern.
I know-really techincal huh?
Actually-we did use more of a circualr techinque.
We brushed on the glazed and wiped it off.
A tip with this- if there are two of you-make sure you use the same texture of rag.
I used a crappy dishtowell that had a waffleweave pattern and my husband used one  that was not patterened.
DON'T DO THIS!
We ended up ripping his one rag so we could get the same textured look on the wall.

The glazing was super easy and quite fun.
Now, don't freak out if parts of the wall are darker than another part.
My wall didn't take the same everywhere.
I am not sure why-but it didn't.
Don't fret it looks great when you are done!
Promise!

This little change made a HUGE impact in this little space!
I wish I could show you better pictures-but it is such a small space it was hard to get good pics!
Oh-I almost forgot-we were done in 4 hours.
5 if you include the vacuuming, mopping and decorating.
I love it!
It was a quick change and really easy to do!
It was cheap also.
Score!
So-look around your house and see what inside doors you can paint!
Add some glaze as well!
You will love the finished product!

I am hooking up Monday Greatness!

16 comments :

  1. Painting, painting, painting, I hate painting. Until I am done, then I love it. That really turned out great. Be sure and post when you will be on tv so we can watch.
    Brooke

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  2. This is so pretty, I love it. And you are so so funny!.

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  3. Wow that looks good!! Great tips. I have never painted a door or molding anything other then white. I am scared I won't like it!! Maybe I need to get over my fear because that looks great!!

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  4. Gorgeous!! And congrats on your tv appearance!

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  5. I love it, it looks Old world style with a modern twist!!~ Very nice job!

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  6. Argh builders white you feel my pain, I'm a new homeowner and I'm in dire need of color in my WHOLE house, minus two bathrooms that I've painted. It's just so WHITE, visiting you from New Friend Friday!

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  7. Hi,
    I just found you at BNOTP and I really like your blog. I am your newest follower.
    Bonnie
    http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

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  8. It looks great! I may have to try this when we paint the dinning room this summer!

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  9. Oh, I'm glad you did this...I have never glazed...cause I'm CHICKEN...but not anymore...I WILL DO IT...someday...when I'm not already sick of painting! You did a great job!

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  10. I have been wanting to try this and I have been hesitant, but now I am feeling inspired. Thanks for the steps and tips.

    Chelsea

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  11. Great job! I used a similar parchment technique on our diningroom ceiling tray with a tuscan decor. For smaller spaces I have the paint department mix up sample size paints (because I'm super cheap) and find nearly have a full sized sample container of paint leftover ~ gotta love those sample sized containers!

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  12. It looks so comfy and lovely!! Thanks for the tutorial! I love all of your decor! Thanks so much for linking! I get excited when I see you've linked! I love all of the great ideas here!!

    XOXO,
    Andy

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  13. Thanks for the tut! I've never done glazing on walls... it looks beautiful though & congrats on the tv gig.

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  14. What brand and color did you use on your door? I love it!

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