We’re changing it up! #PaintTipTuesday [009]

Soooo we’re changing it up from Wednesday to Tuesday simply because it sounds a lot more catchy! #PaintTipTuesday ~ tell us it doesn’t, we dare you!

And on that note, we’re going to talk your ear off about Stencils. How to stencil. Why stenciling is awesome. Where you should stencil. Why wouldn’t you stencil?

Through the power of Google and the world wide web, we have stumbled across a few “not-to-miss” Stencil projects and how-to videos. Let’s review.

1) Professional decorative artists Janna Makaeva and Greg Swisher show how to use an interlocking wall stencil, teach a simple stenciling technique and give expert stenciling tips and design ideas. Reusable stencils are a good investment if you want to tackle a large project like a wall in your home.

2) HGTV posted a beautiful article about how to create a focal wall with the stencil of your choice! Bring a Original_Janell-Beals-Stencil-Wall-Beauty_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.822little flair to those solid colored walls, and spice up whatever room in the house you feel needs a kick! For the deets, just click on the photo to the right >>

3) But where can we buy stencils, you ask? Why not check out some of the beautiful stencils on Etsy! And if you’re feeling artsy, just use some of these beauts for ideas and then go ahead and make them yourself.

4) For more fun guides and how-to design projects ~ check out DesignerTrapped.com for her post on stencil floors. I’m sure you’ll keep clicking back for more!

5) And if you have pesky, textured walls – don’t miss out on the article from Stencils & Stories about what to do regarding all things stencil!

 

#PaintTipWednesday [008]

Ever wonder how the professionals get the streaky, but artsy look while painting walls? It’s a technique called dragging – and although the name makes it sound quite easy, there’s some special work that needs to be done to acheive a well painted “dragged” wall.

What we’ll need for our project: tut_dragging

1. Walls in good painting condition! 
2. A quick hand! Must paint fast.
3. Paint tray
4. Rags
5. Water
6. Benjamin Moore / California Paint latex glaze
7. Benjamin Moore / California Paint eggshell sheen
8. 2″ and 4″ china bristle brushes + Paint Pad

Now, to the fun stuff . . . 

Once the walls are prepared for painting (primed, dried, and base coat applied – let dry again). You’ll mix the glaze with two parts waters to one part glaze for the perfect ratio.

You’re going to moisten the paint pad with water before dipping it into the paint mixture – make sure you don’t put toooo much onto the pad as it can cause unblanced streaking. Start from top and apply the paint in one long, continuous vertical stroke.paint-fabric-x

As soon as you finish your stroke with the paint pad, take a DRY paint brush and run it through the mixture, using only the smaller brush for hard to reach spots. Make sure you remove the paint from the paint brush after every stroke to keep it dry for the entire project.

Apply the next paint pad stroke and repeat with the dry paint brush until the wall is finished. Overlapping the paint pad strokes will give the wall a continuous and professional look.

For a crisscrossed look, use the same steps to apply the effect horizontally.

Will you stick to your New Years Resolutions this year?

Every New Year we resolve to take better care of our bodies, our mental health, and our homes amongst other things. While we may need to make our number one resolution ~ Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s ~ we’ve also added to our list the following:

1) Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s
2) Organize each room + KEEP it organized always
3) Cross off those design projects we keep saying we’ll do
4) Travel more + let those travels inspire how we view our lives (and maybe our homes!) 
5) Donate things we don’t need / use any longer ~ it could make somebody else’s life better rather than sitting on your shelf in a closet. 
6) Find more inspiring stories to feature on ItsMoreThanJustPaint.com blog 😉 

If you feel like you’re in need of some serious home organization ~ give Tami a call and visit her website: LetsGetOrganized.Net to see services offered. If you’re in need of an interior design consultation and a professional eye, visit Nina at ABeautifulRoom to find a package that works for you and your home! Or if you simply have paint, wood flooring, screen or wallcovering related questions – come visit us in person at any of our Exeter Paint Store locations! Now in Exeter and Epping ~ new store opening in Seabrook early 2015!

If you know of anybody that you feel should be featured on the blog, please feel free leave us a note in the comment section and/or email itsmorethanjustpaint@gmail.com

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